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iPhone 5 for T-Mobile US Highlights Apple’s LTE RF Front End Design and Cost ChallengesApril 16, 2013On April 12th, T-Mobile US finally offered the Apple iPhone to its customers rounding out the last of the 4 major US wireless carriers to sell the iconic smartphone. For some time now...Subscribers Only
Samsung Galaxy S4 Carries $236 Bill of Materials, IHS iSuppli Virtual Teardown RevealsMarch 19, 2013The HSPA+ version of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S4 smartphone carries a $236 bill of materials (BOM), up significantly from last year’s model—the Galaxy S III—due to major upgrades...
Samsung follows up SAFE with KNOX, Lending Mobile Security Credibility to Android and Bolstering its Chances to Maintain Market Leadership PositionMarch 12, 2013Android smartphone leader Samsung took a significant step closer to bringing the popular open mobile OS platform up to par in terms of security relative to competing proprietary platforms such as BlackBerry and Apple iOS. Unveiling KNOX during the start of Mobile World Congress 2013, Samsung became the first Android smartphone OEM to implement Security Enhanced (SE) Android, a NSA approved OS framework that is designed to limit damage that can be caused by flawed or malicious software running within Android. Samsung's KNOX solution essentially creates a containerized environment whereby sensitive enterprise software and data can be manipulated with guaranteed separation from other user applications and data. This software separation prevents any unauthorized access and presents arguably the best existing security solution within the latest Android OS architecture.Subscribers Only
Mobile World Congress 2013 - LTE and New Business ModelsMarch 07, 2013While much of the fan-fare surrounding smartphones today tend to focus on class-leading flagship models such as Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy devices, the market often overlooks the...Subscribers Only
With Flow UI in BB10, BlackBerry adds to smartphone user interface innovations using gestures.January 31, 2013On January 30th, BlackBerry (formerly known as Research in Motion or RIM) officially unveiled 2 new smartphone designs running their next generation OS known as BB10. The centerpiece of this product announcement was the debut of the thoroughly updated BB10 operating system which includes a unique user experience called Flow UI. The goal of the new user interface design is to improve smartphone usability. For frequent user interactions such as summoning up new emails, text messages and other notifications, BlackBerry focused on the concept of single finger touchscreen gestures. Using gestures, a BB10 user can now navigate between information rather than the previous smartphone UI paradigm of navigating between applications that displayed information separately.Subscribers Only
Global LTE Subscribers Set to More Than Double in 2013 and Exceed 100 MillionJanuary 22, 2013Just three short years after the technology’s original deployment, worldwide subscribers to the 4G wireless standard known as Long Term Evolution (LTE) are projected to surpass the 100-million mark this year
LTE subscribers worldwide will reach 198.1 million in 2013, up a remarkable 115 percent from 92.3 million last year, according to an IHS iSuppli Wireless Communications Special Report from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
Since being adopted in 2010 with just 612,000 users, the 4G next-generation wireless technology has grown by leaps and bounds, surging by an astounding factor of 22 to 13.2 million subscribers in 2011, and then jumping another 599 percent in 2012 to nearly 100 million subscribers. By 2016, LTE will claim more than 1.0 billion users, as shown in the figure below, equivalent to a five-year compound annual growth rate of 139 percent.
Samsung Displaces Nokia as Top Cellphone Brand in 2012 and Takes Decisive Smartphone Lead Over AppleDecember 18, 2012For the first time in 14 years, wireless communications giant Nokia will not sit atop the global cellphone business on an annual basis at the end of 2012—with Samsung set to seize the mobile handset market’s top rank.
Samsung is expected to account for 29 percent of worldwide cellphone shipments, up from 24 percent in 2011, according to the IHS iSuppli Mobile and Wireless Communications Service at information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS). Nokia’s share this year will drop to 24 percent, down from 30 percent last year.
Selection of LG as next Google Nexus Smartphone OEM reveals changing dynamics of Android hardware EcosystemOctober 30, 2012Google’s Nexus line of smartphones officially began with the HTC Nexus One back in January of 2010. Billed as a “pure Android experience” device, it was Google’s attempt to create a flagship Android smartphone that placed the market attention on what the software platform can do given the most advanced hardware design. The Nexus branding was also a strategic way to mute the competitive forces between the various OEM brands participating within the Android ecosystem by creating a technically advanced Android device that did not compete on the same scale as other OEMs within the Android ecosystem.Subscribers Only
Cumulative Android Smartphone Shipments Will Exceed 1 Billion in 2013September 11, 2012Just five years after Google Inc.’s Android appeared on the market in 2008, IHS forecasts that cumulative global shipments of smartphones using the operating system since it was introduced will amount to more than 1 billion in 2013.
Worldwide annual unit shipments of Android phones will rise to 451 million in 2013, up from 357 million in 2012, according to an IHS iSuppli Wireless Communications Smartphone Report from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS). These massive totals will mean that combined shipments for every year since the first smartphone using Android shipped in 2008 will reach 1.1 billion by the end of 2013, as presented in the figure below. In contrast, the No. 2 smartphone operating system, Apple Inc.’s iOS, will amount to 527 million in cumulative shipments in 2013 and won’t reach the 1 billion level until 2015.
Apple's Victory Over Samsung Will Not Materially Impact Future Android Handset Shipments – Innovations And Designs Yes, But Not ShipmentsSeptember 03, 2012On August 24th, a jury in a San Jose court handed down a landmark decision in the patent litigation case between Apple and Samsung. The nine-member jury ruled in favor of Apple finding Samsung in violation of 6 design and utility patents related to the iPhone and awarding Apple a $1.05B in damages. This particular patent case and subsequent victory for Apple has been closely watched within the mobile industry as a portent of the future of this hyper-competitive mobile handset marketplace.
Smartphones See Accelerated Rise to DominanceAugust 28, 2012
Driven by increased demand from developed regions for high-end models, along with an unexpectedly strong push from emerging economies for lower-cost products, smartphones are expected to rise to account for the majority of global cellphone shipments in 2013—two years earlier than previously predicted.
Smartphone shipments in 2013 are forecast to account for 54 percent of the total cellphone market, up from 46 percent in 2012 and 35 percent in 2011, according to an IHS iSuppli Wireless Communications Market Tracker Report from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS). The year 2013 will mark the first time that smartphones will make up more than half of all cellphone shipments.
Samsung Regains Smartphone LeadershipJuly 26, 2012
Six months after losing the top position in the smartphone market to Apple, Samsung in the second quarter regained leadership as its sales rose 5 percent to 36 million units, up from 34 million in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Apple suffered a 26 percent decline in shipments to 26 million units, down from 35 million in the first quarter.
Samsung’s modest increase was propelled by strong growth in high-end smartphone shipments.
Apple’s shipments in the second quarter were impacted by a combination of factors, including macroeconomic variables, increased competition from newer smartphone offerings and delayed purchasing among consumers who are waiting for the availability of the next iPhone model. All this led to a buildup of channel inventory, resulting in lower-than-expected iPhone volumes.
Windows Phone 8 – Microsoft’s Panacea?June 22, 2012Subscribers Only
Prior to this week’s preview of the upcoming Windows Phone 8 (WP8), there had been little coherence to Microsoft’s mobile OS platforms that spanned smartphones to tablets to notebook PC products. The existing Windows Phone 7 (WP7) smartphone platform was based on Microsoft’s legacy Windows CE OS kernel which has been updated with the Metro user interface (UI) while PC products run on the more sophisticated Windows NT kernel but did not have a multi-touch friendly UI.
Clarification in Android Hardware Strategy as Google closes on Motorola Mobility AcquisitionMay 25, 2012Upon Google declaring its intent to acquire Motorola Mobility last August, many in the industry voiced concerns over the search giant’s overt attempt to get into the hardware business. Although acquiring Motorola Mobility would net Google a treasure trove of Intellectual Property (IP) needed to defend against the likes of Microsoft and Apple, the $12B price tag seem to undermine the argument that Google was just interested in Motorola’s patent portfolio.
Smartphones and 4G LTE to Fuel Wireless Communications Growth in 2012 and the FutureMay 14, 2012Subscribers Only
Smartphones and the next-generation 4G wireless technology known as Long Term Evolution (LTE) will be the key agents driving a significant portion of growth for the mobile communications industry this year and beyond, according to an IHS iSuppli Wireless Systems market tracker report from information and analysis provider IHS.
Qualcomm’s 28nm Chip Delay Potential Downstream Impact on HTC and Apple in 2012April 26, 2012Subscribers Only
During its latest analyst call, Qualcomm admitted to problems meeting customer demand for its new 28nm S4 Snapdragon chipset. Originally slated for volume production in Q1 of 2012, the MSM 8960 processor is just beginning to trickle out to mobile handset OEMs. Consequently, the product release schedule for the S4-class Snapdragon, such as the MSM8960, will likely be pushed out, and the Q2 launch of the MDM9615, Qualcomm’s second generation LTE baseband processor, will likely slip as well.
Samsung Overtakes Nokia for Cellphone LeadApril 26, 2012
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in the first quarter overtook Nokia Corp. to become the world’s largest cellphone brand for the first time. However, Samsung remained in second place in the smartphone segment of the cellphone market, behind Apple Inc.
Windows Phone to Rely on Manufacturing Advantages to Disrupt Smartphone MarketApril 26, 2012Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (WP7) operating system, which debuted in late 2010, launched with several OEMs including LG, Dell, and Samsung. Nonetheless, its late entrance in the smartphone arena, compared to iOS and Android, and its rather bland hardware implementation was met with market indifference. Additionally, as a nascent software platform, bringing consumers over to the budding WP7 platform proved to be difficult due to a lack of critical developer and applications mass behind the platform.
Microsoft Drops WP7 Hardware Requirements in Anticipation to Enter Chinese MarketMarch 01, 2012Microsoft recently announced during Nokia’s press event at Mobile World Congress that they have dropped the hardware requirements for their Windows Phone operating system from a Qualcomm S1 or S2 processor with 512MB of RAM to a Qualcomm MSM7x27 processor with 256MB of RAM. This is a huge step for the budding smartphone OS that is trying to compete with the likes of Android in the low cost smartphone market.
Quad-core Processors Defining the Next Generation of Premium SmartphonesMarch 01, 2012With the MWC in full swing, it is clear that finding a way to differentiate oneself from the rest of the crowd is critical for mobile device OEMs who are looking to catch up to Samsung and Apple in market share. Quad-core processors are clearly one of the factors defining the next generation of smartphones and tablets.