Microsoft acquires Nokia, now it’s time for Windows Phone 1.0

This morning, Microsoft made the (shock?) announcement the company has acquired Nokia for the rather meagre sum of $7.2 Billion. You don’t have to be a top analyst to realise this has been on the cards for a long time; but the deal could mean Windows Phone can really get off the ground.

We can quite confidently say Nokia is the sole manufacturer keeping Microsoft’s mobile OS from ending up like the Titanic; sunken, but unforgotten. Redmond had to save their biggest asset.

Currently Microsoft receives less than...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

UK erupts into full-scale 4G war as Three announces plans

LTE operators have comparisons to the HBO series Game of Thrones; it’s a battle to the top in which the competition only becomes more fierce and the players are willing to get dirty to ascend their superiority.

Three’s announcement of their 4G plans today is the latest, and most disruptive.

4G in the UK witnessed an 11-month period of criticised exclusivity by Orange and T-Mobile’s network collaboration, EE, due to a limited spectrum auction. Over this time, the operator hit negative...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Nokia Lumia 1020 sets new smartphone benchmark but pricing remains tricky

Tony Cripps, Principal Analyst, Devices and Platforms

Nokia’s Lumia 1020 finally combines Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 software with the 41MP over-sampling camera technology that the company previously marketed in the Symbian PureView 808. The combination sets a new benchmark for high-end smartphone engineering and is a timely reminder of Nokia’s R&D capabilities. However, the company must still overcome incumbent rivals, slow adoption of Windows Phone, and a modest marketing budget if the Lumia...

By Ovum Research, 19 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

HTC predicting first loss in their history, is it as bad as it sounds?

The next quarter looks bleak for HTC, despite their latest flagship – the HTC One – “performing well” and outselling any of last year’s models; this trend will not continue into Q3.

In fact, for the first time ever, the company predicts a loss of up to 8%. But is the situation as bad as it sounds?

First let’s take a look at the stats - the Taiwanese manufacturer expects its operating margin to drop between 0 and minus eight percent in Q3, down from Q2's 1.5 percent. Gross...

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Samsung overtakes Apple as most profitable smartphone firm, but it’s still not enough

Whoever you side with in the seemingly historic Samsung versus Apple dispute, you can’t fault Sammy’s drive – they aren’t even happy selling almost triple the smartphone sales in the past quarter (and yes, I realise Apple hasn’t had a major smartphone launch in that period.)

According to Strategy Analytics - with 107 million units sold from April to June; this equates to Samsung holding a 27.7% market share.

Nokia follows at 61.1 million sold for a 15.8% share, and Apple takes...

By Ryan Daws, 29 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Google’s Chromecast disrupts everything on TV

The genius minds over at Google have just secured themselves an unstoppable force in the TV entertainment market; making a streaming device so well-priced everyone wants one – sometimes even multiple for every HDMI port in their home.

If you haven’t heard, Google’s Chromecast is a dongle which allows applications such as Netflix and YouTube to be streamed on any screen with a HDMI port.

You may be thinking,”ok, cool, but how does this disrupt everything?

First let’s take into account...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Google, Industry, IPTV, Smartphones.

Asian telcos top for customer satisfaction – where does your country rank?

Most of us have had horror stories regarding customer service by various telecom providers, but where do you think your country ranks in overall satisfaction?

It’s time to find out - as independent research firm KPMG has released their “In Search of a Better Customer Experience” study.

To take into account the overall customer experiences both in-store and over the phone, the firm used mystery shoppers to embark on a journey spanning 850 store visits and 750 calls.

Providers were assessed on...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Operators, Research, Smartphones.

Taking a look at how 4G changes the mobile landscape

Most of us have come to terms that 4G will be making some big changes to our lives and how we access data services on the move, but are you aware of the impact it will have on the competitive landscape?

A report by independent research firm Yankee Group investigates just that.

Mobile network operators (MNOs) have been fighting to release their services as quick as possible, whilst offering the fastest and most reliable service. Although this certainly helps to gain an advantage, it’s not the only way to...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research, Smartphones.

Apple is bidding for the Kinect motion peripheral

Ok, so that may have been a slightly misleading headline; Apple is bidding for the company which designed and created the original Kinect device used first in Microsoft’s Xbox console - PrimeSense.

The Israeli-based firm will also be providing chips and designs for the upcoming Xbox One, and has gained $85 million in venture capital funding.

Apple, however, is expected to bid between the region of $280 and $300 million to acquire the company and its technology.

This would put the company at an advantage over...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Entertainment, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones, Smart TV.

It’s time we spoke about the good side of the Internet

Whenever you look in the news recently; all you read and hear about is the latest cyber threats, bullying, indecent images, fraud, and the whole host of other negative issues which surround the web. I think it’s time we took a step back and looked at the positives.

Lauren Hammersley has a 2-year-old daughter Hazel, who was sadly diagnosed in April with Stage 3 neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.

The brave young girl wanted pizza, to which her mother taped "SEND PIZZA RM 4112" on the hospital...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.