96% of LatAm Users Access Social Networks via Mobile

Mobile devices, such as low-cost smartphones and small media tablets, will become the consumer platform of choice for accessing the internet and social networking sites in Latin America (LatAm). In fact, if the mobile social network market continues to develop at the current rate, then the region can achieve 116.8 million mobile social network users by 2015, according to the latest market study by Pyramid Research. Their recent report outlines the current state of mobile social networks in Latin America and the changes that Latin American mobile network operators and device...

By David H. Deans, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, Mobile.

Mobile Apps Potential for Creative Content Marketing

I've been thinking about the numerous ways that marketers are connecting with their customers and prospects via mobile devices -- smartphones and media tablets. Mobile apps that utilize a digital magazine (or eZine) format are particularly interesting, because they offer the potential to enable new forms...

By David H. Deans, 05 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Marketing, Mobile.

Expectations for the Next-Generation Mobile Phone

As more consumers transition to smartphones that are intended for internet access, their device performance expectations evolve -- sometimes in ways that were not anticipated by device manufacturers or mobile network service providers. According to the latest market study by In-Stat, the rapid adoption and growth of smartphones -- and of other mobile computing devices -- have pushed the expectation needle for the ideal feature set to new levels. As a result, most handsets today already include a multitude of features like a digital camera, GPS, email capability, touchscreen, and...

By David H. Deans, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Apps, Asia, Billing.

Mobile NFC for Creative New Marketing Applications

As the number of mobile phone-based payment users grows worldwide to over 375 million in 2015, the demand for devices enabled with near field communications (NFC) -- the underlying communications technology behind many mobile payment solutions -- will grow as well. According to the latest market study by In-Stat, the adoption of this technology will push global annual shipments of NFC chips to over 1.2 billion by 2015. NFC is a set of technologies that supports wireless communications between two devices in close proximity to each other. An NFC link is very quick to set up, enabling small amounts of data to be...

By David H. Deans, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Marketing, Mobile.

Low Cost Smartphones for the World's Poorest Citizens

The next one billion people on the planet who are first-time users of the internet will likely gain access via a smartphone, not a computer. Moreover, the internet offers them the prospect of new hope and socioeconomic advancement. Why? Many of these people are poor, very poor. In most developing nations, the typical Android smartphone -- typically selling for $400 to $500 -- is way out of reach for many consumers that currently have a feature phone or perhaps no phone at all. These potential smartphone owners currently only have one operating system (OS) choice in the low-cost category, (the under-$150...

By David H. Deans, 02 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Africa, Asia, Consumers, Europe, India, LATAM, N America, Research, Smartphones, UAE.

Upside for Smartphones and Mobile Net in Asia-Pacific

The telecommunication services boom in the emerging markets of the Asia-Pacific is expected to continue in 2011, and will drive the total mobile subscription rate in the region to grow by more than 15 percent. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the mobile market in the Asia-Pacific still has the potential to grow at more than a 10 percent rate for the next two years. The smartphone market is also forecast to have healthy growth, with 24 percent share in total handset shipments in 2011 -- that's up from 17 percent in 2010. Smartphone shipments in Asia will see a significant growth of...

By David H. Deans, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

60 Million Media Tablets will Ship Worldwide in 2011

You've been thinking about your next portable computing device, but you can't decide because there are now numerous options to consider. Perhaps the next device that you purchase won't be called at computer. Does it matter? Media tablet shipments surpassed netbook personal computer (PC) shipments this quarter -- reaching 13.6 million tablets, compared to just 7.3 million netbooks. Netbook PCs had previously led the way with 8.4 million shipments in 1Q11, compared to just 6.4 million media tablets. “This is a trend that we do not expect will reverse,” says Jeff Orr, group director, mobile devices at

By David H. Deans, 27 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Research.

Smartphone Users Interact with Brands via Social Networks

comScore released results of a study on mobile social media usage which showed that 72.2 million Americans accessed social networking sites or blogs on their smartphone in August 2011 -- an increase of 37 percent in the past year. Their latest market study also provided new insights into how mobile users interact with social media, finding that more than half read a post from an organization, brand or related event while on their mobile device. “Social media is one of the most popular and fastest growing mobile activities, reaching nearly one third of all U.S. mobile users,” said Mark Donovan,...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Demand for Media Tablets Disrupts the PC Market

Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments increased by 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (3Q11) compared to the same quarter in 2010, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). The results are up slightly from the 2.7 percenet growth experienced in 2Q11, and just below IDC's August projections for 4.5 percent growth in the quarter. The Americas and EMEA were slightly below expectations while the Asia-Pacific markets were slightly ahead. The market continues to struggle as consumer discretionary income is diverted to other areas and business...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Smartphones.

130 Million Mobile Video Communication Users by 2016

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, mobile voice-over-IP (mVoIP) clients downloaded to a smartphone will account for four fifths of 640 million mobile VoIP users by the end of 2016 -- while alliances between carriers and mVoIP specialists will remain relatively few in number. Improved technology, more intuitive interfaces and increased user awareness all account for the increasing dominance of the app model for mVoIP. In addition VoIP specialists are broadening their horizons as they explore the potential of alliances with social media, gaming and software...

By David H. Deans, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones, VoiP.

Publishers will Embrace eMagazines and eNewspapers

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, annual revenues derived from eNewspapers that are delivered to portable digital devices will exceed $1.1 billion by 2016 -- with publishers increasingly adopting subscription-based applications to counteract their falling print publication sales. The Juniper market study noted the surge in Apple iPad adoption led a number of newspaper publishers to move beyond standalone smartphone apps towards more integrated digital media strategies. Companies such as News International have begun offering a single subscription price enabling access to The Times...

By David H. Deans, 21 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Browsers, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Media Tablet Owners Purchase Online More Frequently

Recent findings from a survey of U.S. smartphone and tablet owners indicate that tablet ownership increases the frequency of mobile shopping, improves the purchase experience -- and makes people who own both devices use their smartphone more often. The study revealed that tablet ownership increases mobile purchase frequency, with owners of tablets (as well as smartphones) buying nearly twice as often as those who only have smartphones. Further, more than 40 percent of these “dual owners” made more than 20 mobile purchases over the past year. Nearly two-thirds of dual owners indicated higher overall spending due to...

By David H. Deans, 20 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

4G Mobile Network Services Deploy in Slow Motion

The market for fourth-generation (4G) wireless devices continues to shift and evolve, as expectations are being reset and planned network upgrade deployments proceed slowly. Shipments of 4G smartphones are now expected to grow from 4.6 million in 2010 to 245 million in 2016. LTE smartphone shipments will surpass WiMAX smartphones in 2011 -- growing at a 72 percent CAGR over the forecast period. Michael Morgan, senior mobile devices analyst at ABI Research, says, “Nearly all of the world’s mobile operators, including the largest, are supporting

By David H. Deans, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, LTE, Mobile.

Will New Media Tablets Displace PCs or Smartphones?

Led by a growing demand for media tablets -- and more specifically the Apple iPad 2 -- an estimated 37 million ultra-mobile devices (UMDs) will ship into the United States during 2011. UMDs represent mobile computing devices on a continuum bordered by laptop or notebook  PCs and smartphones. The UMD category consists of four segments: ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs), mobile Internet devices (MIDs), netbooks, and media tablets. The revenue value from vendor shipments of UMDs into U.S. sales and distribution channels during 2015 is forecast to reach $24 billion. About 75 percent of total UMD shipments in the U.S. market during 2011 are expected to...

By David H. Deans, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile.

84.5 Million People in the U.S. Now Own a Smartphone

comScore released data reporting the key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending August 2011. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.3 percent market share. Google Android continued to gain ground in the smartphone market reaching 43.7 percent market share. For the three-month average period ending in August, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 25.3 percent of U.S. mobile...

By David H. Deans, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

HD Video is Pervasive in Mobile Consumer Electronics

Today, high-definition (HD) video capabilities are a standard option in many types of consumer electronics (CE) devices. Once considered a feature that was available only in the expensive high-end products, HD video technology is now truly pervasive -- rapidly spreading throughout the industry. As an example, last year there was a dramatic increase for High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connections in portable consumer devices -- including consumer-oriented HD video camcorders and digital still cameras (DSC). In addition, within the personal computer segment, the HDMI interface applications in mobile PCs, graphics cards, and PC...

By David H. Deans, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Mobile.

In-flight Wi-Fi Service Revenue to Surpass $1.5 Billion

During the past year there has been significant growth in both the usage rates of in-flight broadband internet access and number of planes deployed with the capability. As new providers enter the emerging global market, growth is sure to continue in the coming year. Additionally, what has to date been predominantly a U.S.-centric market began to see an expansion of borders -- with deployments in Europe growing over the past year and new activity in the Middle East. According to the latest market study by In-Stat, they now forecast that in-flight Wi-Fi revenues will surpass the $1.5 billion mark in 2015. ...

By David H. Deans, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry.

IPTV Subscriber Growth in Europe will Treble by 2020

As broadband subscriptions continue to grow in the European Union (EU) countries, Point Topic has forecast that related pay-TV adoption is set to treble by 2020. “We’re projecting just over 160 million broadband subscribers in the EU27 by 2020 -- and just over one in three will take an IPTV subscription,” says Oliver Johnson, CEO at Point Topic. According to their latest market assessment, IPTV adoption in Europe has been very different in countries where it is deployed. The success of IPTV depends primarily on two factors. Firstly is it available, not only the physical network but at a price the...

By David H. Deans, 11 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IPTV, OTT Services.