HTC Q2 financials show cause for joy, stop fear-mongering

HTC has posted its Q2 2013 financials to which the majority are calling a failure for the struggling company; making out it’s the beginning of the end.

These people are blind.

It’s undeniable HTC is not in a great place at the moment; largely internally due to staff restructuring (and spectacularly leaving) as well as failed handset launches such as the HTC First, alongside the struggle to meet demand for the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

The rise of OTT applications and the threat to SMS

It has been said on more than one occasion that SMS has had its day.  According to Informa, the volume of OTT messaging traffic is set to be twice that of Person-to-Person (P2P) SMS messaging by the end of 2013, and with over 19.1bn OTT messages sent last year, OTT applications are beginning to have a substantial impact on SMS traffic and revenue.

The overall trend is certainly significant, and it would be very easy to say there is little to no life left in SMS but that’s just not the case. ...

By Louise O'Sullivan, 05 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Billing, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Apple brand loyalty drops behind Samsung in South Korea

It’s another day, and that means another Apple versus Samsung story. Between ongoing patent disputes and court cases; a new report from Samsung’s own home turf of South Korea shows less than promising brand loyalty results for Apple.

According to DIGIECO, a group affiliated with Korea Telecom, 53 percent of 416 iPhone users surveyed responded they would not continue to use Apple’s smartphone line.

Whilst not entirely surprising; considering Samsung’s huge marketing prowess which has gained them...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Australian regulator moves forward to prevent “bill shock”

Only yesterday, TelecomsTech posted a wonderful article by Matt Hooper on “bill shock” and how mobile operators should take more responsibility to help prevent it, well Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulator clearly heard.

So what preventive measures will soon be in place to help Australians roaming abroad from returning to huge fees, and therefore the dreaded “bill shock”?

First of all, the new...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Are we heading towards “fashion house” technology and custom smartphones?

Buying a smartphone could become a whole lot more complex over the next few years, from custom-builds, to deciding which fashion designer we want behind our mobile devices. I’m already cringing with you at the thought of the latter.

So let’s start with the more exciting prospect of custom-build smartphones...

Custom-build Smartphones

Ever since Google’s acquisition of Motorola we’ve been waiting to see the fruits of the combined giants efforts, and rumours of the ubiquitous “X” phone...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Telecoms provider T-Mobile teases “Our boldest moves yet.”

Mobile network provider T-Mobile has teased an event being held on July 10th in New York City simply entitled, “Our boldest moves yet.”

Apart from pondering over this intriguing tagline; little can be gained from the invitation. The image is entitled “moonshot” to which we can only speculate its meaning.

It could simply be a reference to taking a wild shot, or a “bold move”, although a quick Google search shows up Janet-led initiative “Project Moonshot.”

Taken...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Microsoft partners with Telefónica to boost WP against Android and iOS

Although gradually rising, Microsoft has had nowhere near the success with Windows Phone the Redmond-company had surely hoped by this stage.

It’s truly a shame, as whilst Android – the market share leader – could be called an iOS clone, and iOS is still being called “stagnant” in features; Windows Phone has both brought both brand-new design and software innovations to the table.

Now the software giant is looking to Telefónica to help boost the platform against its two...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Interview: Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “Connected Cars”

This week Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Automotive Telematics at Telefónica, privileged me with an exclusive interview about a report released by the company on how the “Car industry must remodel itself to exploit the connected future.”

As we move towards a fully digital lifestyle we expect devices to be connected; with not just access to the wider world via the internet and services that entails, but also seamlessly with one...

Deutsche Telekom launches M2M Developer Kits

In order to help promote M2M (Machine-to-Machine) development based in the cloud, vendor Deutsche Telekom is providing developer kits to get started.

TelecomsTech spoke to DT’s Ruslan Ismailov at Mobile World Congress back in February to discuss the telco’s M2M strategy going forward – and now we’re beginning to see some progress.

Consisting of an Arduino or a Cinterion board with a GSM chip, and of course a SIM card for access to the...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, Industry, Infrastructure, M2M, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Shopping on your mobile? Transactions to exceed $3.2 trillion by 2017

The latest research from Juniper shows commerce transactions on mobile will reach an incomprehensible $3.2 trillion by 2017, fuelled primarily by mobile banking.

However, by comparing to all financial transactions in the US it suddenly seems insignificant. In the U.S alone the total for 2012 exceeded $4,400 trillion.

As an increasing number of NFC-enabled devices reach consumers’ hands, along with easy online payment solutions such as PayPal,...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

“LTE-Advanced” Galaxy S4 on the way, users ready for 4G switch

The latest research shows many customers can’t wait to switch to LTE and have capable devices in preparation; however Samsung, looking to get ahead of the pack, is introducing a refreshed Galaxy S4 in South Korea supporting LTE-Advanced.

Users outside of the country aren’t likely to utilise the “advanced” iteration for some time, so we’ll dream of its theoretical capabilities for now.

The standard by 3GPP should offer a download speed up to 3Gbps and upload speeds of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

HTC gets “One” up on Samsung

According to the latest IDC market research, HTC (2498:Taiwan) has overtaken nemesis Samsung as fifth largest smartphone maker spot in Japan.

This is a huge win for the company, who despite releasing handsets which are routinely reviewed as better than most – Samsung included – they cannot match the same level of marketing budget.

 

HTC’s most recent flagship, the “One”, is currently regarded as

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

The Connected Consumer Cloud - One place to rule them all

With the doors now open for competitive 4G offerings from the major players, the proliferation of consumer content cloud services is one that operators are looking to, to drive loyalty and value. With 89 per cent of consumers saying they would value the ability to share content anywhere, across devices, secure content services are the key to not only gaining new customers, but to retaining and growing existing bases.

The cloud is a term that has not only become part of an IT professionals day-to-day but,...

By Allen Scott, 11 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Operators, Research.

The new standard features of VoIP phones

In almost every field that involves technology the standard expectations of what’s included changes with time. Whether by popular demand, to keep up with competitors or by legal requirement, what was once a new shiny feature only available to few will most likely become the standard.

Next time you are in a car take a look around it at some of the features that have become pretty standard: seat belts, airbags, radios, GPSs, power steering, cruise control, and the list could go on for quite some...

By Nathan Miloszewski, 10 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Marketing, VoiP.

EE pushes LTE speeds, bumps coverage, and hits out at competition

As other networks fight and collaborate to get their own LTE solutions into the wild, EE (Everything Everywhere) has announced it’s already saturated the market with 500,000 subscribers. Now they’re looking to secure that title position through improved infrastructure and coverage.

In a press release, EE has given consumers an insight into their forthcoming expansion plans.

The next phase of...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Neelie Kroes’ “highest level” roaming plan support doesn’t include the GSMA

Last week, TelecomsTech reported on Neelie Kroes’ plan to abolish roaming fees in Europe. The Vice President of the European Commission was quoted as saying she has the “support of the highest level in institutions”, yet the biggest representative, the GSMA, doesn’t agree.

The GSMA is a mobile consortium representing more than 800 carriers including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, AT&T and Everything Everywhere.

As a...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

TargetSpot shows successful internet radio advertising

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Case Studies Highlight Results in Ad Recall and Response, Brand Awareness and Purchase Intent

NEW YORK - TargetSpot, the largest Digital Audio advertising network, released the results of Digital Audio advertising campaigns for Auto, Retail, Banking, and Insurance advertisers, showcasing the effectiveness of the medium across these key advertising categories.The results reinforce that Digital Audio is a very powerful medium for advertisers and brands to connect with their target audiences and achieve their marketing objectives. They illustrate Internet...

By Otilia Otlacan, 03 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Marketing, Research.

Hawk Search releases new feature to improve SEO

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SEO Booster is now available on the Hawk Search platform; SEO Booster makes site search results search engine friendly.

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GLEN ELLYN, Ill. - Hawk Search, an enterprise site search solution and a product of Thanx Media, has released SEO Booster, a new feature of their Hawk Search platform. Hawk Search’s feature rich platform now includes functionality that will help businesses improve search engine optimization and drive additional traffic to...

By Otilia Otlacan, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Google, Industry, Marketing.

Could Google be moving away from ‘Nexus’ line?

I find it interesting at Google’s annual I/O developer conference, the Mountain View-based company chose to showcase Samsung’s Galaxy S4 running the untouched, stock Android experience.

But it begs the question – could Google be moving away from the Nexus line?

 

This is completely theoretical, with the upcoming release of devices such as ‘Glass’, perhaps Google actually be making more of a play into the hardware market?

Google's acquisition of Motorola may also lend evidence to...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Google, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.