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Sony tries again to convert tech leadership into improved sales with Xperia XZ2 smartphone's 4K HDR video recordingFebruary 25, 2018At MWC Sony Mobile unveiled two new smartphones, Xperia XZ2, XZ Compact and the commercial launch for its Xperia Duo wearable. The importance of Sony’s innovations with these new smartphones will set the tone for the smartphone market for the next few years. IHS Markit expects other smartphone OEMs to deliver similar capabilities in the future including copying Sony’s 4K HDR video capture. But there is much more work needed to re-build Sony’s smartphone business and achievable sustainable profitability.
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
MWC 2016: Smartphone and Smart Accessory AnalysisMarch 17, 2016At MWC 2016, the major leading smartphone makers launched new flagship smartphones as well as a new range of VR 360 degree smart accessory cameras. Including, Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge; Xiaomi Mi5; and notably LG's G5 with a modular expansion capability; and Alcatel's Idol 4S which is bundled with a VR headset .Subscribers Only
How Apple will evolve its iPhone display strategyJuly 03, 2015The iPhone 6 enjoys undying popularity. Apple’s share in the global smartphone market received a boost thanks to overwhelming response to the makeover in its flagship smartphone.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
LTE Market Monitor Q1 2014: AT&T launches Sponsored Data & Connected CarsApril 14, 2014A quarterly report looking at the state of LTE globally in Q1 2014. Includes: 4G milestones and market developments; maps illustrating the LTE footprint by region and technologies; and an overview of spectrum auctions that took place.Subscribers Only
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.
Google continues to disrupt the smartphone market with competitive pricingNovember 01, 2013Google unveiled its latest smartphone from its developer-focussed Nexus line. It will launch in the US, Canada, the big 5 in Western Europe, Japan and South Korea from November 1st. The Nexus 5 features...
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
Lessons from South Korea's advanced 4G LTE marketAugust 20, 2013With the global 4G market maturing and over 190 4G commercial networks live, operators will try various strategies to capitalize on the 4G opportunity. This report focusses on the strategies used by South Korean telecoms operators and also looks at three other 4G markets; USA, Germany, and Japan.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...
Sony emerging from the pack of Android challengersAugust 04, 2013Japanese manufacturer Sony reported healthy growth from its smartphone business in its earnings for the first quarter of its financial year. Sony shipped 9.6m smartphones in the quarter ending on the 30th of...
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
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
Forecasting the 4G era's potential for market disruptionDecember 17, 2012 Subscribers Only
Smartphone Forecast 2012 - 2016: Children of the Smartphone RevolutionDecember 13, 2012 Subscribers Only