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Apple and Qualcomm licensing dispute – what lead to a patent war?October 13, 2017This insight article (second of two part series) analyzes Apple’s external and internal environment that contributed to a patent war against Qualcomm and the potential impact the patent war can have on the smartphone industry.Subscribers Only
Apple and Qualcomm licensing dispute – to SEP or not to SEP?August 14, 2017On January 20, 2017 Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm at the Southern District Court of California. In the lawsuit, Apple accused Qualcomm of breach of contract, violation of unfair competition laws and requested judgement on royalty rate it must pay for Qualcomm’s standard essential patents. (SEPs) Since Apple’s initial legal lawsuit, both companies filed additional lawsuits in different jurisdictions and the dispute grew into a full scale patent licensing war. This article provides summary and analysis of the licensing dispute between Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc.Subscribers Only
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
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 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.
Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is the first step to an Android divorceJune 13, 2014Samsung launched the Samsung Z smartphone in Russia. While Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is small scale, the move demonstrates how Samsung is seeking to reduce its dependency on Android. There are numerous challenges for Samsung, not least creating an app ecosystem which makes Tizen a compelling smartphone.
Enhancing user experience in tablets for entertainment: Sony Xperia Z2 and Huawei’s MediaPad X1 and MediaPad M1April 02, 2014A new line of tablets for consumers has been released including Sony's Xperia 10.1 inch tablet and two tablets with smartphone capability by Huawei, the MediaPad X1 and the MediaPad M1.
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
Operators hit by high prices in Austrian spectrum auctionOctober 28, 2013Austrian telecoms regulator RTR raised just over €2 billion in an auction of spectrum in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz bands. The 800MHz band provides 60MHz of additional spectrum for mobile operators in...
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
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...
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
EE launches shared data plans that are simple in concept, complex in implementationJuly 02, 2013UK operator EE is launching shared data plans, similar to those seen in the United States with Verizon and AT&T:- - All plans feature unlimited calls and texts along with different price levels determined...
Huawei introduces world's thinnest smartphoneJune 18, 2013Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has launched the Ascend P6 which it claims is the world's thinnest smartphone. At 6.18mm thick, the Ascend P6 is 20% thinner than the 7.9mm thick Samsung Galaxy S4. The phone is...
Apple's results demonstrate where it has sustainable differentiationApril 23, 2013Apple reported its results first the first calendar quarter of 2013. Operational metrics remains strong while financial performance slipped very slightly.IHS believes Apple has four assets that will deliver sustainable differentiation in the future, notab
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