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Samsung foregoes global release for an early Note 5 launchAugust 13, 2015Samsung launched two new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. While these releases were anticipated, Samsung is launching ahead of schedule to try to maximise its momentum before Apple launches new iPhones in late September. The cost for this early release appears to be a staggered regional launch. Samsung also finally launched its payment service which it initially announced in February 2015.Subscribers Only
Apple SIM is a Test for Mobile Operators' Main Business ModelOctober 17, 2014Apple SIM threatens to fundamentally change the relationship between mobile operators and users. Making it easy for users to switch carriers and tariffs makes market competition more efficient and places pressure on operator revenues and profitability. With this initial launch, Apple is testing the business model and technology. If successful, Apple has a number of ways it will look to extend the Apple SIM strategy...
Apple risks new categories with iPhone 6 phablet and Apple WatchSeptember 09, 2014Apple launches its first wearable -- the Apple Watch -- as well as revitalizing its iPhone range and moving into mobile payments with Apple Pay. Apple's bold new products depend on the continued success of the iPhone to succeed, but with a 2015 availability data, Apple has many things still to do to finish its first generation smartwatch.
Samsung seeks curved differentiation with Note 4 and Galaxy Note EdgeSeptember 03, 2014Samsung launches two new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy Note 4, and the curved screen Galaxy Note Edge. But with increasing competition in the smartphone market, Samsung is being forced to use numerous tactics to maintain differentiation and head off the threat from Apple, including: content bundles, innovative software, cutting edge hardware, and brand spending.
Amazon must change tactics with its Fire smartphone to ignite the mobile marketJune 18, 2014Amazon's debut smartphone includes differentiated and technically impressive features, but none represent the game changer which Amazon needs to drive consumer adoption. At this price, and with this launch proposition, the Fire will struggle to ignite the smartphone market unless Amazon changes its approach.Subscribers Only
Amazon must innovate with its launch strategy to succeed with an own-brand smartphoneJune 13, 2014Amazon is holding a launch event on June 18 for a new hardware product. Previously, Amazon launched the Kindle eReader (2007); Kindle Fire tablet running Android (2011); and the Fire TV streaming video box (2014). An own-brand smartphone would be a natural next step which Amazon will have at least considered. But Amazon must ask itself: Is launching a smartphone really the best strategy? We set out what Amazon must do to succeed with an own-brand smartphone in this very challenging market.
New developments in productivity tablets: HP Pavilion 11t x360 and Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2April 02, 2014Hewlett-Packard’s latest convertible touchscreen tablet/notebook PC, the HP Pavilion 11T x360 launched on February 26 for $399. The convertible tablet PC features a hinged screen which allows it to fold into laptop mode for use with the attached keyboard or...
Monetising mobile messaging: Asian apps' content strategies lead the wayNovember 01, 2013Social and communications apps came second only to games in terms of mobile application store performance in Q2 2013. But many apps are looking beyond core communications to drive revenue growth with more complete mobile content strategies. Asian apps lead the way so far with KakaoTalk, Line and WeChat all looking to use content to generate revenues...Subscribers Only
Big Nokia launches for Microsoft's mobile futureOctober 21, 2013Both sets of new handsets are important products for Nokia and Microsoft. The new Asha handsets are a critical holding action against ever cheaper Android smartphones and a way to maintain customers that can later be sold Lumia Windows Phones. The 1520 an
Sprint hopes to One Up the competitionSeptember 18, 2013US operator Sprint announced its early upgrade tariff, joining similar initiatives from the other national US networks: T-Mobile's JUMP! (Just Upgrade My Phone), Verizon's EDGE, and AT&T's Next. With...
New Network Technology data addedAugust 27, 2013IHS has extended its Mobile Technology Intelligence service with the addition of a new Network Technology section, featuring subscription technology historicals and five-year forecasts at country level for all...Subscribers Only
Design and Sourcing update for Mobile Intelligence SubscribersAugust 15, 2013Since the acquisition of Screen Digest Limited in 2010 by IHS Global Limited we have worked to create a new and exciting team under the name IHS Electronics & Media. This team brings together a unique...
Motorola aims to bounce back with Google inspired smartphoneAugust 01, 2013Motorola announced the anticipated and much leaked Moto X, its first smartphone designed from the ground up since Google acquired Motorola in 2011. The mid-range device will focus on customisation, offering a...
Nokia aims to revive fortunes with a 41 megapixel Windows Phone smartphoneJuly 10, 2013The new Lumia 41 megapixel camera-centric smartphone will act as a halo product to boost Nokia's brand appeal. IHS forecasts that this smartphone will not ship sufficient volume's to turn around the company's fortunes on its own. Nokia's share of the smarSubscribers Only
Samsung makes smartphones smarter with sensors, but risks overshooting market needsMarch 15, 2013The Galaxy S4 will cement Samsung's existing position as the leading mobile handset maker globally. This flagship smartphone will act as a halo device that will boost Samsung's mobile brand and support sales of all of Samsung's handsets at all price point
LG announced deal to acquire WebOSFebruary 28, 2013LG Electronics announced on February 25, 2013 the acquisition of the WebOS operating system from HP, to be used in its Smart TVs starting early 2014. With this deal LG will obtain the source code,...
Mozilla & 18 operators challenge Google's smartphones with Firefox OSFebruary 24, 2013Mozilla unveils the first commercial build of Firefox OS and its "open mobile ecosystem" alongside numerous device, content and operator partners. The 18 operator groups backing Firefox OS reach all parts of...
Eight Mobile Trends for 2013 and the Strategies to WinFebruary 19, 2013 Subscribers Only
Forecasting the 4G Era's PotentialFebruary 19, 2013 Subscribers Only
HTC One brings TV multiplay strategy to smartphone designFebruary 19, 2013The new flagship HTC One is the first true TV multiplay smartphone and as such should be the smartphone at the heart of operator strategies to bundle fixed and mobile services.