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 →
Sony has announced it that will acquire Ericsson’s 50 percent share in their Sony Ericsson mobile phone joint venture, turning the company into a subsidiary in January 2012.
In an official press release, Sony said that Ericsson will receive €1.05 billion for its stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. The transaction will most likely be completed by the beginning of 2012. Included in the deal are sets of related patents as well as cross-licensing agreements for various intellectual properties.
Since 2001, both brands have released their line-up of phones under the Sony Ericsson banner. The new deal will allow Sony to better integrate its new and existing mobile phones to compete more easily with Samsung and Apple’s mobile offerings. Continue reading →
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 →