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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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Handsets & Smartphones Market Monitor Q4 2013: Diverse smartphone market challenges major players

Major players such as Nokia and Samsung stumbled in Q4 while smaller brands such as Sony, Lenovo and TCL Alcatel continued their impressive growth trajectories. Samsung’s rise to the top of the market was halted as the high-end smartphone market reached saturation. Growth came from the low-to-mid end of the market, benefitting price sensitive players like Lenovo and TCL Alcatel.

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Mobile M&A and Funding Market Monitor H2 2013: The rise of wearables

Q4 2013 saw significant growth, returning to deal volumes seen in 2011. Services and Software/OS once again dominated M&A activity, followed by hardware and payments in Q4. Health and Wellness was one of the most notable categories in terms of venture funding activity, a direct result of the rise of wearable devices.

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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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