Archive for the 'Mobile' Category

UK Mobile Coverage

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

UK mobile coverage is in the news today with the Government and network operators claiming it’s a win for consumers. However, as the article says, the money is "unlikely to be any more than the operators were going to spend anyway in that time period".
From a consumer angle, I have suffered from the network operators […]

Smartphone Sales Grew 20%

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Gartner has some new research that shows smartphone sales grew by 20% for Q3 2014. However, the respective OS market shares stayed roughly the same…  

What’s more interesting is that three of the top five smartphone vendors are Chinese: Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo. Samsung continues to see a double digit decline in percentage market share. I suspect […]

State of Mobile Commerce

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Criteo has some new analysis "State of Mobile Commerce Q4 2014", covering over $130 billion of annual sales across more than 3,000 online retailers globally. There are lots of insights and the research upends many assumptions.
Consumers are buying on mobile. Smartphones have overtaken tablets and the average order value is reaching desktop level. Criteo […]

Learn About Mobile Dark Social

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

There’s an interesting article on fusion.net on dark social and mobile dark social. This isn’t some illicit part of the Internet but instead is about traffic on web sites that has no referrer. i.e. The previously visited ‘place’ wasn’t a conventional web site and hence isn’t known for analytics purposes. For example, the user might […]

Beacons Need Content

Friday, December 5th, 2014

There’s a thought-provoking story at prismatic that explains Why the beacon revolution has been postponed. I worked on an iBeacon client project (on Android) this past year and some of the observations are similar to mine.
If you don’t know what beacons are, at their simplest, they are just Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices that […]

$65 Android Single Board Computer

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Imagination have a new CI20 development board that can run Android 4.4. It uses a MIPS-based 1.2GHz dual core processor, includes 1Gb RAM, 4Gb flash and SD card support. There’s also HDMI, audio out, a camera interface, Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth. There’s also connection via 2 x UART, 25 x GPIO, 2 x SPI, […]

Mobile Commerce Transactions, NFC and mTicketing

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Juniper has new research that says that Mobile Commerce Transactions will Approach 200bn By 2019. If you want to be part of this, Juniper say that NFC and mTicketing are likely to be the top growth areas.
However, if you get involved with NFC and ticketing then make sure it’s secure. As Trend Micro recently demonstrated, […]

IDC Smartphone Predictions for 2018

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

IDC has new research into Smartphone shipments and predictions for 2018. 1.3 billion smartphones will ship this year representing an increase of 26.3% compared to 2013. However, this growth is set to decline to about 9.8% compound annual growth between 2014 and 2018. The respective Android and iOS market shares are expected to stay at […]