mobile phones

Mobile phones could relieve poverty for unwired billions

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

Two closely related items have appeared online that underline how important mobile comms can be to emerging and frontier economies – and how deep the digital divide still is. In a post in The Register, Tim Worstall claims that “Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech [...]

OnePlus One phone available to all, OnePlus Two to follow

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The OnePlus initiative, previously covered in Teleread, was a bid to create a smarter, better Android-based smartphone that has achieved some success and quite a few fans, with some commentators claiming that its debut OnePlus One model put Google’s own Nexus phones completely in the shade. [...]

Cyanogen looks to diversify mobile experience with Microsoft apps

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Cyanogen Inc., the commercial operation behind the highly popular Cyanogen range of Android OS variants, has announced a partnership with Microsoft that offers prospects of a more diverse Android platform in future – if it still counts as Android OS at all. “Cyanogen Inc. and Microsoft [...]

The curious case of the developing world’s smartphone gender gap

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Waiting for new smartphone programs like Android One to bring the four billion global citizens who still don’t have internet access, and put ebooks in the hands of the developing world? Well, for the female half of that four billion, you may have to wait more than a little while longer. [...]

Android is: The Dominator

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Forget Fifty Shades of Grey – how about Fifty Flavors of Lloyd? Yes, if you want to see a dominant force cracking its whip over the supine global smartphone market, Android in IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker is the one you want to catch. According to the IDC [...]

Ubuntu Phone platform surmounts App Store envy?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ubuntu’s rather delayed attempt to crack the mobile market with a Linux-based mobile phone is getting even more attention than it otherwise might, not only because of its transition to an open source OS, but also because of its replacement for apps: Scopes. Ubuntu descibes these as: “a [...]

The whole world gets smart as Gartner data shows smartphone market growth

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest data on the global mobile phone market from Gartner shows smartphones reaching new levels of penetration and cannibalizing other mobile phone segments in the third quarter of 2014. Against a background of overall flat mobile phone sales during the quarter, “sales of smartphones to [...]

IDC shows smartphone shipments, revenue growth slowing as markets mature

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest global mobile phone market forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC,) the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, headlined “Worldwide Smartphone Growth Forecast to Slow from a Boil to a Simmer as Prices Drop and Markets Mature,” points to worldwide smartphone [...]

Mobile phones go wingardium leviosa

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

For those wanting to take the Harry Potter approach to controlling and interacting with your mobile device, there are some welcome developments on the horizon. Already there is the Amazon Fire Phone, which, although it hasn’t exactly set the … ahem … world on fire, does [...]

Smartphone shipments hit 300 million says IDC

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest figures in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker show the global smartphone market hitting a new record high, with a sharp hike on last year’s figures. According to the data, “vendors shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones [...]

Yota Devices moving from Russia to Canada

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

According to a report in Canada’s Financial Post, Yota Devices, the makers of router equipment and the very interesting Yotaphone, is relocating from its original home base in Moscow to either Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario. The decision is unrelated to the current political climate in and [...]

UK print media still so not ready for mobile

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Opera mobile web browser has been around for 14 years, the 2G standard dates back to 1991, so it really shows how on top the mobile revolution and internet stuff in general UK print media are that after all this time, at least according to a survey by cross-platform advertising firm Vibrant [...]

Ericsson Mobility Report shows mobile broadband, smartphone penetration escalating

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ericsson has just released its June 2014 Ericsson Mobility Report on the state of the planet's mobile communications, available in its entirety as a PDF here. And the Report not only puts the planet on course for one phone connection per head, with 100 percent penetration at least 7.2 billion connections by 2015, it also shows that smartphones and mobile broadband are taking up an ever greater share of that penetration. [...]

Latest Kantar data shows smartphone big boys struggling in Europe

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, covering the three months until April 2014, shows that international leading brands, from Apple to Samsung, are facing attrition from smaller newcomers who are picking away at their market share. Alongside comeback stories from the [...]

Latest IDC data spotlights a billion smartphones shipped in 2013

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest data report from International Data Corporation (IDC) in its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker series has highlighted the record-breaking figure of just over 1 billion smartphones shipped worldwide in 2013, “up 38.4 percent from the 725.3 million units in 2012.” Also [...]

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