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Huawei_logo Old guard handset makers shrinking fast

Even Apple isn’t immune says Juniper Research

It seems that the old guard manufacturers of smartphones – such as Microsoft (aka Nokia)’ BlackBerry (RIM); Sony (Sony Ericsson); and HTC are seeing their handset shipments shrinking fast. The beneficiaries are mainly Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi. But, according to market watchers – Juniper Research, even Apple isn’t immune to this trend. Apple posted its slowest ever YoY [Year on Year]  iPhone growth – reporting a 0.4 per cent YoY growth in iPhone shipments for Q4 2015. Apple did make record profits, though. Oh. And the USA is partly responsible for the slow down. Continue reading

Juniper_Smartphone_Markets Apple Posts 20% YoY growth despite Q4 smartphone slowdown

Whilst Microsoft declines & Samsung smartphones grow by >1%
Global smartphone market now reaching over 1.4 million device shipments per annum

Press release

February 1st 2016. Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research has released its Q4 and full year smartphone market assessment for 2015. Samsung shipped an estimated 317 million smartphones, representing less than 1 per cent YoY [Year on Year] growth. Apple posts its slowest ever YoY iPhone growth, but with record profits. However, Microsoft’s phones continue to slide, shipments declining 57 per cent YoY to 4.5 million devices. Xiaomi misses its annual sales target – slowing down to 75 million. shipments. Continue reading

caterpillar - new name in 2015 18000+ distinct Android phones exist says Spirent

At least 12 different Android OS  versions are in use

The number of distinct Android devices in use globally passed the 18,000 benchmark for the first time in 2015. That’s according to the latest Device Intelligence report covering The year 2015 from the device intelligence business unit of Spirent Communications. Devices from eight new mobile phone manufacturers were also added for the first time. The list includes Acer, Asus, Caterpillar, Microsoft, OPPO, SKY, Tecmobile and XOX. Additionally, the company claims that it has saved the telecoms industry some $17.5m in customer care costs. Continue reading

Tweakker_motif Spirent Mobile Device Intelligence report 2015

- Record year in delivering device intelligence services
- Online smartphone support tripling to over 100,000 hours
- Saving the telecoms industry $17.5m in customer care costs

Press release

January 28th 2016. The year 2015 proved a record-breaking year for the device intelligence business unit of Spirent Communications. During the year, the unit helped more than 100 mobile network operators [MNOs)]and over 70 mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] to deliver new device intelligence services and support to over 1.5 million handset subscribers. Continue reading

- o'shead IoT antennae come back to USA courtesy of Taoglas

IOTx design centre is complete with 2 anechoic chambers & team of engineers

What is claimed to be a unique facility for North American wireless device manufacturers and mobile network operators [MNOs] has just opened up in San Diego, California. Taoglas‘ IoTx facility brings back to the USA the manufacturing of small runs of antennas. Hence M2M and IoT module manufacturers can now source, build and test products quickly in the States – thus saving money and speeding time to market. The Taoglas IoTx Centre is unusual because such facilities are usually private. Continue reading

- moore Taoglas opens North America’s first antenna & RF design centre for IoT devices

IOTx wireless design centre, complete with two 3D anechoic testing chambers and a team of antenna, RF and mechanical engineers accelerates product device designs

Press Release

January 22nd 2016. In the midst of explosive wireless device growth in the Internet of Things [IoT]/M2M market, innovative antenna leader Taoglas USA has announced it has opened a unique facility for its North American customers in San Diego, California. Quadrupling the original size of its local facility – it’s now more than 16,000 square feet – the Taoglas IoTx Centre offers a fully equipped design and test location that supports companies seeking a competitive, time-to-market advantage for M2M and IoT applications. This location offers unrivalled support for customers at all stages of their product design cycle – from concept to certification readiness. Preparation, planning, experience and the tools to test and debug issues are critical in first time success. Taoglas has founded the IoTx Centre to get that all done quickly and effectively. Continue reading

showrooming isn't going away - spencer EE launches Wifi In A Box to combat Xmas showrooming

Amazon leading showrooming app followed by eBay & Tesco

New data from leading British MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE suggests that the UK’s Xmas shopping season could be heavily impacted by the practice of ‘showrooming’ in 2015. EE’s data shows that 41 per cent of Brits – equivalent to almost 22 million shoppers – regularly showroom. That’s the tech term for using a mobile device (usually a tablet or smartphone) to check for a better price for an item online whilst still inside the store. The most common showrooming app is Amazon.  Over three quarters (82 per cent) of shoppers saying they use. The second most popular showrooming app for is eBay (54 per cent), followed by Tesco (28 per cent). Continue reading

always-connected mobile world - trowbridge RIPTec launches cut the cord app for unified communications

App has the potential to end small businesses’ dependence on fixed phone, systems and personal multiple mobiles in the anytime-anywhere workspace
GSM and VoIP communications on one smartphone brings about the Unified Communications era

Press release

November 30th 2015. Communications specialists
RIPTec has launched an app that has the potential to end capital investments on business communications hardware and software and replace it with one unified multi-number smartphone-enabled dialer for business and personal use. At-a-stroke, SME staff need no longer have one mobile for private use and another for business use. Continue reading

no clear boundaries for data ownership - moar professional athletes will help drive smart clothing sales

Fitness wearables market worth $10bn by 2020 says Juniper

The fitness wearables sector will generate over $10 billion in hardware revenues by 2020 (up from an estimated $3.3 billion in 2015), a new study from Juniper Research has found. This tripling effect will be largely driven by the sales of wrist-based trackers, whilst hundreds of thousands of connected garments used by professional sports teams will showcase wearable technology’s most advanced capabilities. The is latest research – ‘Smart Wearable Devices: Worldwide Consumer & Enterprise Markets 2015-2020‘, has also found that that devices offering more advanced fitness tracking capabilities – such as heart-rate tracking and blood-oxygen saturation levels, are becoming more popular. Continue reading

xAd spots a rise in inverse showrooming

Launches its Mobile Path to Purchase report

xAd has launched its biggest research of the year – the company’s third annual ‘UK Mobile Path to Purchase’ report. This study examines how consumers’ relationship with mobile and physical location affects purchase expectations and decisions. 2015′s study contains online survey data from 1,500 UK-based smartphone users who have used their devices for a purchase decision in the previous 30 days. Perhaps the most surprising finding is a rise in ‘inverse showrooming’. This was where 60 per cent of consumers who research goods and services in-store then proced to convert. those searches to purchases on location. Consequently, this new research reveals that consumer purchase decisions are influenced by real-time location. Continue reading

Apple fanbois will  welcome sapphire glass - ebbett Battery life is prime concern for phone users

Latest research from Protect Your Bubble bad news for Apple

According to research carried out by mobile phone insurance specialist, Protect Your Bubble, 37 per cent of UK mobile users have noticed their battery life deteriorate dramatically since they acquired their first handset. So, in light of the iPhone 6S ‘battery-gate’ fiasco – if battery life is what consumers care about, then Apple may be in a bit of trouble. Significantly, the research found that long battery life is the top priority for over half of buyers 51 per cent when choosing a new phone. And it’s even more important to mobile users than which mobile operating system [OS] the phone has (36 per cent). Continue reading

karl_whitfield Application-to-Person connects more people than any other platform says OpenMarket

SMS is more prevalent than any global language

A recent report from OpenMarket and and Portio Research has found that of the 7.3 billion people worldwide, 6.1 billion use an SMS-enabled phone. This amounts to 84 per cent of the global population – making text/SMS more prevalent than any global language. Moreover, it also means that Application-to-Person (A2P) connects more people than any other platform in human history. OpenMarket argues that this makes SMS the ideal mechanism for businesses to use to communicate with their customers.  The Portio Research report – entitled ‘SMS: The language of 6 billion people‘,  promotes a ‘mobile first’ mind set and the growing emphasis on content personalisation. It also reveals three megatrends that are shaping the way consumers purchase goods and services, and interact with brands. Continue reading

jay-emmet OpenMarket research shows that personalisation is key to enterprise comms

SMS remains the top global language with 84 per cent of adults using a text-enabled mobile device

Press release

October 14th 2015. OpenMarket, a leader in enterprise mobile engagement, and Portio Research, a UK-based market research firm, have announced the launch of a new report on the trends driving communications technology globally. The Portio Research report, sponsored by OpenMarket and titled ‘SMS: The language of 6 billion people‘ examines the shift towards a ‘mobile first’ mind set, the unprecedented reach of SMS, and the growing emphasis on content personalisation. It also reveals the three megatrends that are shaping the way consumers purchase goods and services, and interact with brands. OpenMarket and Portio Research will present a 60-minute webinar on October 29th [2015] to discuss the report findings. Continue reading

-houbak Mobilethink solving Africa’s $6 billion cloned device dilemma

Press release

With 10-20% of mobile devices coming into a network being cloned or counterfeit mobiles, Mobilethink’s automatic device detection and upsell solution is now must-have technology for African carriers to generate revenues from potentially banned smartphones; solution will be showcased at AfricaCom 2015 in Cape Town in November

September 29th 2015 Spirent Communications‘ device intelligence business unit Mobilethink has announced that it will use AfricaCom 2015 as the springboard to show African carriers how to end the current cloned device nightmare on their networks and to either block or engage with users. Continue reading

Tablets to replace laptops in the workplace within 10 years, EE research reveals

Research from EE reveals that more than half (52%) of UK workers say tablets will replace laptops in the workplace within 10 years
Almost a third (31%) said that workplace laptop usage is declining, and 24% of workers say they have now transitioned to tablets
Businesses are also keeping tablets for longer, with 30% keeping their tablets for over three years
In light of this, EE is launching the UK’s first 36-month tablet plan specifically built for small businesses customers. It provides a cost-effective option that better reflects how small businesses purchase and use tablets, and compliments EE’s shorter term tablet plans
Case study: Sailing holiday provider Sunsail is using 4G tablets from EE to reduce costs by over £10,000 annually and increase customer engagement by up to 60%

Press release

September 3rd 2015. Tablet adoption is speeding up in the workplace, and tablets are predicted to replace laptops within 10 years, according to new research undertaken by EE. Continue reading