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Smartphones: Making Connections
Ian Fogg, Sr. Director for Telecommunications recently appeared on NHK World television in Japan, where he gave his views on the dynamics of the heated competition in smartphone development.

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Microsoft transforms business model for Windows Phone with new version

Microsoft has unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 at its 2014 Build conference. The update brings some features missing from Windows Phone compared to iOS or Android. Two new Windows Phone manufacturers were announced at the event, Micromax and Prestigo. Microsoft also announced that it will be dropping all Windows licence fees for phones and for tablets with screens smaller than 9 inches. This applies to all versions of Windows; not just Windows Phone.

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With Android Wear, Google kickstarts its wearable portfolio using its smartphone developer base

Android Wear is a new version of Android aimed at wearable devices. LG and Motorola will be among the first to launch smartwatches for the platform. Google is already seeding the market with an app development kit for Android Wear. Shrewdly, Google is leveraging Google Now as a key part of its wearable content and services. Unlike other wearable device makers, Google is able to leverage its extensive search capabilities which already provides bite-sized contextual content to Android smartphone owners.

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LTE Market Monitor Q1 2014

A quarterly report looking at the state of LTE globally in Q1 2014. Includes: 4G milestones and market developments; maps illustrating the LTE footprint by region and technologies; and an overview of spectrum auctions that took place.

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Mobile Games Market Monitor H2 2013: GungHo and King pass $1bn in 2013

Relatively new entrants to the mobile games market GungHo, King and Supercell dominated revenues in 2013 with GungHo and King the first publishers to generate more than $1bn annual sales. Mobile games veteran EA Mobile was the fourth ranked publisher in 2013, ahead of a growing contribution from a number of Korean and Japanese publishers. Messaging platforms continued to help drive growth in Asia-Pacific, which remained the leading region for revenues. Messaging apps Line in Japan, Kakao Talk in South Korea and WeChat in China are all proving important tools for driving freemium mobile games growth.

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4G Smartphone Market in China Set for Explosive 1,500 Percent Growth This Year

China’s domestic market for 4G smartphones is poised for a massive liftoff this year as shipments grow sixteenfold from 2013 levels, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS)...

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New iPad Air Costs Less to Make Than Third-Generation iPad Model, IHS Teardown Reveals

With the iPad Air, Apple Inc. not only has trimmed the weight and thickness of its flagship tablet line, it has also cut the component cost, as the new model carries a lower bill of materials (BOM)...

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Ian Fogg
Ian Fogg

As senior director and head of the IHS mobile and telecoms team, Ian Fogg directs research, consulting, analysis, and forecasting of the mobile and telecoms market. This includes...

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Francis Sideco
Francis Sideco

Francis Sideco is a Senior Director with the IHS research and analysis organization and is responsible for leading the IHS analyst teams covering wireless and wired/broadband...

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