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Google plans Android Pay UK launchMarch 29, 2016In order to maximise its adoption by UK users, it is integral that Android Pay has a solid foundation of supporters upon launch of the service. These supporters include financial institutions, retailers, and payment platforms. Regarding the retailers, Android Pay will be available everywhere that contactless payments are accepted, such as Costa, Starbucks, Waitrose, and Boots. Significantly...
US operators miss benefiting from Huawei’s Nexus 6P & LG’s Nexus 5X signature Android 6 smartphonesOctober 07, 2015Nexus devices are the signature smartphones for each generation of Android and provide operators, developers and the mobile industry the first exposure to Google’s latest innovations. It's also the first time Google has chosen a Chinese brand to make a Nexus device. US telecom operators are notable among major operator groups in choosing not to range this generation of Nexus smartphones. IHS believes this lack of US operator support is because of misplaced fears. US operators should seize the tactical benefit for their customer acquisition volumes from selling these strong Nexus devices.
Orange's new smartphone will drive 4G adoption in EuropeSeptember 02, 2015Mobile operator Orange has launched a range of new smartphone aimed at lowering the barrier to entry to 4G. The devices range in price between €79 and €239 and will be on sale across all of Orange's European footprint.Subscribers Only
Google moves Android One into AfricaAugust 18, 2015Android One, Google’s program to get stock Android devices on low cost devices in emerging markets, is launching in 6 African countries: Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Morocco. This extension of the program is driven by a new device launch from Hong Kong-based Infinix.Subscribers Only
Sony is in stuck in the "Smartphone Catch-22", which all OEMs must navigateSeptember 18, 2014Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Sony drastically lowered its financial outlook, increasing the loss it expects to make this financial year to 230 billion yen (approximately $2.15bn or €1.65bn). This is an increase of 180bn yen (approximately $1.67bn or €1.3bn) and Sony attributed the entire change to its mobile business unit. Sony now finds itself stuck in a "catch-22" situation where the prospects of it being successful at either the high-end of the smartphone market or the low-end are slim.Subscribers Only
Android One to give Google’s brand a boost in emerging marketsSeptember 15, 2014Google has launched its Android One initiative in India. The program aims to provide a high level of experience on low-end devices by supplying a standard reference design that will work with the latest version of Android. This aims to solve Android's fragmentation problems as well as stave off competition from Microsoft at the low end of the smartphone market.Subscribers Only
Entering Fray, Google’s Android TV Could Shake Up Streaming Media Player Market Now Dominated by Roku and Apple TVAugust 11, 2014The arrival of Google’s Android TV platform could well disrupt the landscape for streaming media players now dominated by Roku and Apple TV, potentially roiling a rapidly expanding market that sells tens of millions of units every year, according to new research from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).
Rapidly rising Xiaomi launching smartphones in India despite issues with business modelJuly 29, 2014Chinese smartphone manufacturer is lauching in India as part of its gradual international expansion. The Indian smartphone market is booming and Xiaomi should be able to capture a significant portion of it. However, it is unclear whether Xiaomi's business model can work outside of China where it cannot rely on its appstore for revenue.
Swisscom moves multiscreen platform to the main TV screenApril 30, 2014Swisscom has launched a new iteration of its IPTV service, which it has branded TV 2.0. The next generation TV experience employs a set-top box with Android-based Teatro-3.5 software platform from Switzerland’s i-Wedia, and supports network DVR. The box uses Verimatrix VCAS and Microsoft PlayReady for content protection. The STB is powered by Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 Plus system-on-a-chip (SoC), and is 802.11ac Wi-Fi-enabled.
Microsoft transforms business model for Windows Phone with new versionApril 04, 2014Microsoft 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.
HTC needs more than One device to turn around its fortunesMarch 26, 2014HTC is hoping to build on the well-received HTC One with its new flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8 which shares the same industrial design as the previous flagship. The new One does come with a range of hardware and software improvements, mostly notably a dual camera arrangement for capturing depth of field information, as well as introducing a new version of its Android UI, Sense.
NTT deploying Android STB with ST Microelectronics OrlyMay 09, 2013On 3 June, NTT Plala will deploy a new set-top box (STB): the Sumitomo Electric ST-3200. The STB will run Android 4.0-commonly known as Ice Cream Sandwich-on a ST Microelectronics STiH415 "Orly" chip. The...