Smartphones will make up more than half of all mobile phones shipped worldwide by the end of Quarter 1 this year.
Data from the 4th quarter of 2012 shows that smartphones shipments hit a record high of 44% of the overall mobile phone market of 472 million. With smartphone numbers growing by almost 40% year on year every quarter, while shipments of feature phones dropped by around 20% in the same period, this would put smartphones ahead of feature phones shipments (at 286 million vs. 211 million) during the first quarter of 2013.
Sales of smart devices such as smartphones and tablets are poised to pass the one billion mark in 2013, as the consumerisation trend hits businesses with an “unstoppable force” according to a recent survey. Continue reading →
The International Data Corporation’s (IDC) today released its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report for Q2 of 2012. The report shows the breakdown of smartphone operating systems (OS) in all handset worldwide shipments over the months April, May and June, covering Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, Windows 7/Windows mobile and Linux. Continue reading →
Mobile carriers in Europe have started building stock of the new ‘nano SIM’ amid expectations it will be used in the next generation of Apple iPhone, the Financial Times reports. While Apple has yet to give any details of the new device, the new SIM card design was recently approved by the European Telecommuncations Standards Institute, based on a design backed by Apple. Carriers expect that the iPhone will feature the nano SIM in a slimmed down design and have begun to store millions of the cards in warehouses in anticipation of high demand for the new iPhone. Its been suggested that the major networks were keen to be ahead of demand this time, after some ran short of micro SIMs when they were first deployed in the iPhone 4.
Earlier this year, Nokia came out with their own version of the nano SIM that had backing from Motorola and RIM and refused to provide crucial patents in the production of Apple’s nano-SIM. The nano SIM, which is 40 per cent smaller than the micro-Sim, is expected to be adopted by other phonemakers over time as it allows for smaller handsets.
The BBC announced this week that it will start a study on the current state of the UK’s mobile network coverage.
It is asking users of Android handsets to download an application that will measure the 3G outdoor coverage via GPS. The app has been developed by network analysis firm Epitiro who have in the past done study work for Ofcom.
The app runs in the background and collects data on the type of connection it sees is available and uses GPS to estimate the handset’s location. Once it has finished the study, the BBC are hoping to post the results on a clickable map. What users can see immediately when they use the app is a graph showing 3G, 2G connections and no coverage results split by percentage. They can also see a map showing their current location, although as this is done by GPS, the accuracy of the map is dictated by the type of GPS the handset has. Continue reading →
The target set by the GSMA back in February for a universal phone charger was the 1st of January 2012. It estimated that most phones would use a standard Micro USB (not to be confused with the Mini USB) charger. It now looks like phones compatible with the new universal charger will be available in Europe as soon as next year.
The European Commission has said it is eager to do away with the amount of excessive charger models, which are thrown away when buying new phones as well as generating several thousand tons of waste each year. Continue reading →
The GSMA and 17 leading mobile operators and manufacturers today announced that they are committed to implementing a cross-industry standard for a universal charger for new mobile phones. The aim of the initiative, led by the GSMA, is to ensure that the mobile industry adopts a common format for mobile phone charger connections and energy-efficient chargers resulting in an estimated 50 per cent reduction in standby energy consumption, the potential elimination of up to 51,000 tonnes of duplicate chargers and the enhancement of the customer experience by simplifying the charging of mobile phones. Continue reading →