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The whole world gets smart as Gartner data shows smartphone market growth
December 17, 2014 | 2:25 pm

gartner136.gifThe latest data on the global mobile phone market from Gartner shows smartphones reaching new levels of penetration and cannibalizing other mobile phone segments in the third quarter of 2014. Against a background of overall flat mobile phone sales during the quarter, "sales of smartphones to end users grew 20.3 percent to reach 301 million units." Much of this increase is driven by the progressive disappearance of the feature phone category, as phones that do nothing but phone become an increasingly small slice of the mobile pie, even in emerging markets. "Sales of feature phones declined 25 percent in the third quarter...

IDC shows smartphone shipments, revenue growth slowing as markets mature
December 3, 2014 | 2:28 pm

IDC_logoThe latest global mobile phone market forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC,) the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, headlined "Worldwide Smartphone Growth Forecast to Slow from a Boil to a Simmer as Prices Drop and Markets Mature," points to worldwide smartphone shipments reaching "a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013." That impressive growth rate, however, is due to halve during 2015, with IDC predicting "1.4 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2015 for a 12.2% year-over-year growth rate. Slower annual growth continues throughout the forecast with unit shipments approaching 1.9 billion units...

Mobile phones go wingardium leviosa
October 9, 2014 | 2:25 pm

For those wanting to take the Harry Potter approach to controlling and interacting with your mobile device, there are some welcome developments on the horizon. Already there is the Amazon Fire Phone, which, although it hasn't exactly set the ... ahem ... world on fire, does incorporate gesture control via its four forward-facing cameras. However, there is also Elliptic Labs, which seeks to make mobile devices gesture-capable via ultrasound. Elliptic's Touchless Gesture Recognition Engine is already implemented in a Windows 8 suite and an Android SDK. According to the company's materials, "ultrasound signals sent through the air from speakers integrated in smart...

Smartphone shipments hit 300 million says IDC
August 15, 2014 | 6:12 pm

IDC_logoThe latest figures in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker show the global smartphone market hitting a new record high, with a sharp hike on last year's figures. According to the data, "vendors shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones worldwide in 2Q14, up 25.3 percent from the 240.5 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2013" - the first time shipments have risen over 300 million. This comes from the same research house that a short time ago noted a decline in tablet shipments amid an explosion in the popularity of phablets. Judging from these...

Yota Devices moving from Russia to Canada
August 10, 2014 | 2:56 pm

According to a report in Canada's Financial Post, Yota Devices, the makers of router equipment and the very interesting Yotaphone, is relocating from its original home base in Moscow to either Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario. The decision is unrelated to the current political climate in and regarding Russia, according to the article, but is prompted partly by the desire to tap the talent pool of current and former BlackBerry engineers in Canada. The Yotaphone attracted attention before because of its eink back display, which is designed to combine with its front-facing LCD to provide a complete hybrid smartphone/ereader experience. So far,...

UK print media still so not ready for mobile
June 19, 2014 | 10:25 am

CanadaThe Opera mobile web browser has been around for 14 years, the 2G standard dates back to 1991, so it really shows how on top the mobile revolution and internet stuff in general UK print media are that after all this time, at least according to a survey by cross-platform advertising firm Vibrant Media, nearly half of the top titles don't have sites that work properly on mobile devices. And this despite, according to Vibrant Media, a 90 percent expected increase in money spent on mobile advertising in the UK, to  £2.26 billion ($3.84 billion). Daily news publications are the best optimized for...

Ericsson Mobility Report shows mobile broadband, smartphone penetration escalating
June 6, 2014 | 12:02 pm

Ericsson has just released its June 2014 Ericsson Mobility Report on the state of the planet's mobile communications, available in its entirety as a PDF here. And the Report not only puts the planet on course for one phone connection per head, with 100 percent penetration at least 7.2 billion connections by 2015, it also shows that smartphones and mobile broadband are taking up an ever greater share of that penetration....

Latest Kantar data shows smartphone big boys struggling in Europe
May 27, 2014 | 5:25 pm

Samsung-Galaxy-Note-IIIjpg_thumb.jpgThe latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, covering the three months until April 2014, shows that international leading brands, from Apple to Samsung, are facing attrition from smaller newcomers who are picking away at their market share. Alongside comeback stories from the likes of Motorola are significant successes by companies like China's Huawei, which saw its sales rise 123 percent in the five most significant European markets (the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) over the past year. "Across Europe there is an accelerating trend of fragmentation in the handset market as smaller brands gain real traction," said Dominic...

Latest IDC data spotlights a billion smartphones shipped in 2013
January 28, 2014 | 6:30 pm

The latest data report from International Data Corporation (IDC) in its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker series has highlighted the record-breaking figure of just over 1 billion smartphones shipped worldwide in 2013, "up 38.4 percent from the 725.3 million units in 2012." Also spotlighting "a difference of less than 1 percent" from its forecast for full-year shipments in 2013, IDC noted that this growth in smartphone demand is cannibalizing the broader mobile phone market, which grew only 4.8 percent over 2013 to a total figure of almost 1.822 billion units. [caption id="attachment_106479" align="aligncenter" width="475"] Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, January...

Samsung’s new year gift to the ebook community: The gatefold screen?
January 22, 2014 | 4:26 pm

[caption id="attachment_8049" align="alignright" width="168"] The Readius - an earlier less successful effort in foldable screen technology.[/caption] The reporting around CES 2014 included plenty of rumors and hints from a supposedly closed-doors presentation of Samsung's latest contribution to smartphone technology: A workable folding screen. Solid details are sparse, with no official Samsung announcement, but Korean and other industry sources indicated that this was am AMOLED screen, 5.68” in size, based on a plastic-style substrate. This follows earlier statements from Samsung that it would have a foldable touchscreen ready for market by 2015, but the screen displayed at CES has been described as...

Mashable, Mophie diagram our digital distractions on the move
December 26, 2013 | 2:25 pm

digital distractionsMashable has just shared an infographic from mobile accessories and services company Mophie on mobile data consumption - the data that mobile device users use while ... well, mobile. According to the article, almost 83 percent of leisure travelers say that they use their smartphones all the time while on the move, while a typical user checks the device 34 times daily. As it happens, none of the activities listed in Mophie's infographic include reading ebooks. This is obviously going to be the case in a breakdown of "exactly how — and how much — data we use while we're traveling." After...

Latest IDC quarterly numbers show smartphones due to clear 1 billion shipped in 2013
November 30, 2013 | 12:03 pm

The International Data Corporation (IDC)'s latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker data shows that smartphone shipments are due to clear 1 billion by year end, the highest level ever, and "representing 39.3% growth over 2012," according to IDC. "Despite a number of mature markets nearing smartphone saturation, the demand for low-cost computing in emerging markets continues to drive the smartphone market forward. By 2017, total smartphone shipments are expected to approach 1.7 billion units, resulting in a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.4% from 2013 to 2017." Falling prices for Android handsets, as well as the computer functionality already mentioned,...