Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Screens 4-inches and larger sell better that those 3.5-inches and smaller, according to research firm NPD Group, as consumers seek a richer media experience from their smartphones.
Amazon.com has opened its Amazon Appstore for Android, offering free and paid applications based on the open-source operating system, albeit with some features that differentiate it from Google's competing Android Market.
Nokia, whose presence in the U.S. smartphone market is already small, has announced it plans to move away from its Symbian operating system in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. The company has high hopes of boosting its presence in the U.S., but its first Windows Phone devices won’t be ready until late this year, at the earliest.
A research report entitled, The Mobile Handset and Smartphone Market in India conducted by Frost and Sullivan puts forth that the mobile handset market's revenues is likely to soar from INR 255.91 billion in 2010 to INR 350.05 billion in 2016.
AT&T's $39 billion move to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom could lead to more balanced smartphone market share and could be a positive for the makers of BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets.
With the teledensity in India reaching over 128 percent in the urban markets, the telecom industry now is focusing on the rural market, which holds a great potential with a teledensity of less than 26 percent.
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According to latest update from Strategy Analytics, smartphone applications processor revenue showed 77 percent year-over-year growth to reach $4.52 billion in 2010.
Senior technology analyst Bill Kreher of Edward Jones estimates that RIM can sell two million PlayBooks in the next 12 months, with businesses being the sweet spot.
Mobile phones using Google's Android mobile OS are the fastest selling smartphones in the world. According to independent research from Gartner Inc., in the second half of 2010, Android overtook Apple's iPhone OS to become the world's third most popular smartphone OS in the world next to Symbian and Research In Motion.
Apple took top honors in customer satisfaction, followed by improving scores from Motorola and HTC, in a study released by research firm J.D. Power.
Strategy Analytics analysis of the U.S. smartphone market shows that with Microsoft's assistance, Nokia can be expected to recover its recent market share losses. Samsung will make even stronger market share gains.
Smartphone users in the UK downloaded over 860 million mobile applications in 2010 with 105 million downloads counting for paid apps. Revenue wise, that’s 280 million GBP for the UK’s total paid application downloads.
Verizon and SAP America have entered into an agreement to jointly deliver the SAP Customer Relationship Management rapid-deployment offering to enterprise users through Verizon's cloud offering, Computing as a Service. The combined offering will enable users to access SAP CRM from their desktops or their mobile devices.
Research In Motion is expected to unveil double-digit gains in sales and earnings when it reports results for its fourth fiscal quarter next week.
A recent Frost & Sullivan survey on consumer preferences for smartphone applications and usage within cars reveals that unlike the general perception that awareness and usage of such apps is soaring, actual awareness among European car owners is very moderate and daily usage is, in fact, low.
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