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Android One means more low-cost smartphones for e-reading
June 26, 2014 | 10:25 am

androidone5-600x400Fans of dirt-cheap e-reading devices - and who isn't? - will be gladdened by one of the many announcements to come out of the Google I/O 2014 development conference, still under way in San Francisco. There, Google Android supremo Sundar Pichai introduced Android One, a new reference platform designed to bring an almost-full Android experience to users in emerging markets, with a sub-$100 price tag. According to the official Google Blog: There are many people—billions of people, in fact—who still don’t have access to a smartphone. We want to change that; so today we announced an important initiative called Android One....

Aereo loses, cell phone privacy wins at Supreme Court today
June 25, 2014 | 11:22 am

A pair of important Supreme Court decisions came down today—one disappointing and one critically important to anyone who uses mobile devices. The disappointing one is a 6-3 decision killing Aereo. The service that used dedicated individual miniature antennas to stream broadcast TV service to people’s computers over the Internet has been ruled to appear too much like a cable company, even as it scrupulously followed the letter of existing case law (while nonetheless skirting its spirit). Aereo could try to license content from the networks going forward, but would have to pass the costs on to consumers—and as Gizmodo...

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....

comScore U.S. rankings give Android OS lead, Apple still leading devices
June 5, 2014 | 3:11 pm

The latest numbers from comScore, Inc., "a global leader in digital measurement and analytics," showing U.S. mobile phone market share for April 2014, reveal that Android is now well entrenched as the Number One smartphone OS, with 52.5 percent of market share by platform, followed by Apple with 41.4 percent. Apple, however, continues to hold the lead in market share by device manufacturer, with 41.4 percent of the market, while Samsung comes in second at 27.7 percent....

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...

Phablet use distinct from smartphones and tablets
May 23, 2014 | 10:25 am

0298_what_is_phablet_768x432_mainI saw this article on re/code about phablet use, and none of is seemed surprising to me. I also didn't agree with all of it. Check the page URL for the article: phablets aren't just eating tablets' lunch, they're changing behavior (which wasn't the same as the article headline--interesting). Do remember that this is the same site that published an article on how our love affair with tablets is over. Okay, let's step back a moment. The data on phablet use was interesting. Social networking was more than 50% of the usage, which didn't surprise me. My iPhone 4S is a bit...

Clothes to cure smartphone addiction
May 13, 2014 | 2:15 pm

smartphone addictionSo I was thinking about writing about something serious, like Spain's insane new law. But before I could get to it, I found this article on clothes to cure our smartphone addiction. Silly must trump serious, at least for the moment! Yes, someone has designed clothes made from radio-frequency blocking fabrics. Drop your phone into a pocket, and it's rendered virtually useless as a phone. Aren't the designs stylish? Don't they make you want to dash out to buy them? Okay, I know that disconnecting is a fun theme for tech bloggers to write about, and that many are concerned about how...

Republic Wireless offers affordable hybrid VOIP/cell smartphone service
April 18, 2014 | 3:06 am

20140418_003539_HDRI’d previously mentioned switching to an Android smartphone with Virgin Mobile, and enjoying it as far as it went. However, lately my Virgin Mobile phone went belly-up. I’d already promised myself that when I got my new full-time job I would be switching to Republic Wireless, so this was a good opportunity. I’ve only had my new Motorola Moto X for a day or so, but I’m already pretty pleased with the phone and the service so far. If you’ve never heard of Republic Wireless, it’s a small no-contract smartphone startup based on a clever idea. If you’re like...

New Nielsen report shows smartphones changing lives
February 26, 2014 | 6:47 pm

A timely new analysis from Nielsen provides some context that justifies all the smartphone releases around Mobile World Congress 2014. Because, it seems, "smartphones are beginning to transform how we engage in our everyday lives." Based on data collected "from markets including the U.S., U.K., Italy, Japan, and around the globe," via Nielsen's opt-in phone monitoring meters, the report concludes that "not only is smartphone penetration growing, with over two-thirds (67%) of mobile subscribers in the U.S. owning smartphones in Q4 2013, but consumer usage of phones is rapidly shifting toward increased screen time with entertainment and social media." Also, critically, "time spent using...

MWC2014 announcements look likely to extend smartphone lead
February 24, 2014 | 10:58 am

The series of product announcements from smartphone manufacturers coming from and around Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona look likely to push smartphone penetration even further across all markets and price points, and to make smartphones more attractive and affordable than ever before as ereading platforms. Manufacturers seem to be queuing up to offer larger screens with higher resolutions at lower prices. Typical of these announcements, Lenovo, has announced a new series of smartphones, the S series, which "start at $349, $269 and $229, respectively." In this series, the S860 has "a large 5.3-inch HD screen," the S850 has "a large...

Kantar data emphasizes Android lead, Apple slide in smartphone sales
January 30, 2014 | 10:15 am

New 4Q 2013 data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech backs up earlier IDC figures for 2013 smartphone sales that suggest Android is continuing to extend its lead across global markets, especially outside the U.S. According to the Kantar analysis, "the three-month period ending December 2013, shows that Android closed out the year strongly across 12 global markets including the United States.  The operating system ended 2013 with a sales share of 50.6 percent, a gain of 4.4 percentage points from the final three months of 2012." Android remained especially strong in Europe, "with 68.6 percent share, while Apple held second place with 18.5 percent."...