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The Mobile OSS Market to Generate US$9.37 Billion in Revenue in 2012

The mobile operations support systems (OSS) market grew 8.6% in 2011 to reach US$9,079 million. Operations support systems are computer systems, software, procedures, and tools used by telecommunications service providers to ensure the smooth running of their networks.

Despite the economic climate, investment in the mobile OSS is expected to still sustain 3.3% growth in 2012 to US$9,376 million, as mobile operators seek efficiency gains and better oversight with their networks. “As mobile operators strive to simplify their legacy OSS architectures and procedures, 2011, 2012, and likely through 2015 should see the benefits of 4G deployments and upgrades. The forecast for 2017 is anticipated to surpass US$10,271 million,

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The Unlocked iPhone 5 Hits The Apple Store

On Thursday evening Apple quietly updated its online store to offer an unlocked GSM version of its latest iPhone, untethered from any carrier and contract.

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iTunes 11 Released

The wait is finally over, Apple has finally released iTunes 11 which includes some cool new features and interface enhancements.

“The new app contains a refreshed iTunes store design that takes cues from the iOS app store. Elements of the store also extend deeper into the UI. For instance, albums not only gain a new look and feel but also contain a new “In the store” feature that shows you top songs and related albums.”

“As for navigation, the new iTunes ditches the sidebars and top sorting column in favor of a simple row of buttons along the top. Switching between types of media (music, movies, podcasts, apps, etc.) is done using an option in the upper left corner. You access the store by clicking a button on the opposite side of the screen.”

For all of you big iTunes users, expect a pop up to appear soon, prompting you to download the new software.

 

Tardy iTunes 11 finally rolls out

 

 

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Apples iPhone 5, iPad Mini and 4th Generation iPad available in China in December.

Apple announced earlier this week that the iPhone 5, iPad mini and 4th generation iPad will be available in Chine this december.

“Reservation requests for each device will begin the day before they launch from Apple retail stores, and they’ll also be available for purchase from Apple’s online store and official resellers. Of course, nothing stopped Chinese consumers from nabbing one of Apple’s new devices on the black market, aside from a high markup.”

Now that Apple is expanding in China hopefully the have solved the manufacturing issues of the iPad mini and the iPhone 5 so that they can meet the international demand.

 

Apple’s China invasion continues: iPhone 5, iPad Mini, 4th gen iPad coming December

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Online Shopping: ‘Web Users Win, Mobile Users Wait’

Cyber Monday was a big success with shoppers taking in 8.5 million page views per minute and online sales that jumped 30.3% over 2011. Mobile access to deals presented some issues, including app performance issues within retail stores. There were also some worthy attempts at reaching mobile users, like Macy’s apps offering “unpublished” deals to shoppers who are physically within their stores.  Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot of growth in this area of mobile development within the next year.

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Google Play Narrowing The Gap On iOS For Mobile Revenue

According to a new report from mobile app analytics firm App Annie, Google’s Play software store is gaining on rival Apple’s iOS app marketplace. The revenue gulf between the two stores is often cited as a reason why Apple is able to attract more top-tier developers and quality titles, so a lessening of the gap between the two in that respect is particularly significant.

iOS revenues still take the cake, according to the report, sitting pretty at four times the size of those coming in from Google Play titles. But where iOS revenue actually contracted during the month by a slight percentage (0.7 percent), Google’s actually rose considerably (17.9 percent). Revenues in Google Play are up 311 percent overall since January 2012, and downloads on Play are up 48 percent overall, with global free downloads still 10 percent higher on iOS. App Annie notes that Google Play’s download growth has dropped off during the last month considerably, however, and that raises some question about whether or not both companies might be approaching a plateau in this regard.

via Google Play Narrowing The Gap On iOS For Mobile Revenue, But iOS Still Brings In 4X The Money | TechCrunch.

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Apple Vets Carriers For 4G Performance Before Allowing iPhone 5 To Be Sold As An LTE Device | TechCrunch

Apple wants to ensure that customer experience with its iPhone 5 lives up to what the company is promising, and it will take strong measures to do so, including telling carriers when they can and can’t make the phone’s LTE capabilities available to subscribers. Generally speaking, carriers test to ensure devices meet their own network standards, but Apple seems to be in a strong enough position to be able to reverse that relationship.A new report from Telecoms.com says that a spokesperson for operator Swisscom had confirmed earlier claims that Apple only flips on 4G LTE access on the iPhone 5 once the network has passed a number of stringent live tests. Swisscom launched its LTE network this week, but wasn’t able to make the iPhone 5 an LTE device right away, since Apple still has to test and then issue a carrier update setting. This report was backed up by an earlier claim from NorthStream founder and CEO Bengt Nordstrom, who had heard about the same policy separately, according to Telecoms.com.

via Apple Vets Carriers For 4G Performance Before Allowing iPhone 5 To Be Sold As An LTE Device | TechCrunch.

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T mobile to get iPhone 5

T mobile recently invested four billion dollars in a bid to upgrade its network to 4G LTE technology. This has led analysts to believe that the wireless carrier may finally be offering the iPhone 5 to its customers.  Since it was initially announced that the iPhone would not be coming to T Mobile, they have lost many subscribers to other carriers.

 

 

http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/87807/t-mobile-may-get-iphone

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Flexible phones by 2013

A number of tech companies including Samsung, LG,  and Nokia are working on designing flexible handsets.  These ‘bendy’ phones will use flexible OLED technology, and will allow phones to have a degree of durability never before seen.  Users will be able to fold, roll, or even wear their phones.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20526577

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Google Adds Spreadsheet Editing To Drive Mobile App

The Google Drive mobile application has got an upgrade. The initial application did not allow for editing of spreadsheets on iOS and Android. Google just added this ability to the Drive application with its latest update. This adds to an already robust application that allows users to create, share, and edit content on the go.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/28/3702734/google-spreadsheet-editing-drive-mobile-apps

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Rounds Video Social App Goes Mobile

The Rounds Video Chat Hangout was released to the public today. The application, with over 6 million users, is making its splash into the mobile application market. Features of the application allow users to “hangout” by watching YouTube videos together, upload and view photos together, and create/edit video content that can be viewed together.

 

Rounds Social Video Chat App Goes Mobile, Recreates Hangout Feel With Shared YouTube Viewing, Photo Uploads

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iPhone 5s will soon be in China

China will soon be getting the iPhone 5 as the iPhone 5 has received approval for a network access license in China. The iPhone 5 is also compatible with network standards supported by China’s third-largest mobile carrier China Telecom Corporation. The introduction of the iPhone 5 to China will boost Apples standing in the mobile industry.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2012/11/29/iphone-5-gets-china-network-access-license/

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Basis Takes Finally Launches Its $199 Health Tracking Band

Basis has finally started shipping their health tracking wrist watch on Thursday. The watch/health tracker hopes to, “to capitalize on the desire by offering a gadget and Web interface designed to make it easier and more interesting to do the work necessary to achieve a healthier lifestyle.” Although the watch is currently sold out on Basis’ website, you are still able to reserve them for $199. Basis is hoping to dethrone Nike and Jawbone as the dominant workout tracker. The CEO of Basis,Jef Holove, said the issue with previous health trackers was that, “consumers were left wondering what to do with all that data after the novelty period wears off. There is often the ‘now what’ reaction from users.” Basis hopes to change that ‘now what’ reaction with consumers. “The Basis system uses multiple sensors on the wearable band that can detect when a user is sleeping or exercising, and data is sent via Bluetooth 2.1 to the cloud. The answer to “now what” from the Basis standpoint is not only to track the user’s activity but also to provide the data in a way that can be useful.”

 

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/76730.html

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Apple Will Start Selling Unlocked iPhones In The U.S.

A report from 9to5Mac is saying the company will begin to offer unlocked iPhones on their online store. They went on to say that also begin to sell unlocked iPhones in physical retail in the near future.  9t05 said that, “the unlocked iPhone 5 price range will likely be $649, $749, and $849 depending on a choice of either 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage.” These unlocked devices will allow customers from any carrier that has the iPhone for purchase to be able to use it through their carrier.

Here is a snippet from the article:

“Unlocked devices are on the market through Apple in other markets, like the Canadian store. These come SIM-unlocked, meaning you can use them with the carrier and plan of your choice. Customers still have to ensure that the version of the iPhone they pick up is compatible with the network of their choosing. In the U.S., Apple offers two versions of the iPhone, one that works with Sprint and Verizon 4G networks, and one that works with AT&T frequencies. It’s unclear from this report whether both versions will be made available unlocked, but hopefully we’ll find out later this evening.”

 

Apple to start selling unlocked iPhone 5 through online store as soon as tonight in the U.S., retail stores soon

Apple Will Reportedly Start Selling Unlocked iPhones As Early As Tonight In The U.S.

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RIM loses patent dispute with Nokia

RIM, the makers of BlackBerry has lost a dispute over the use of Nokia patents. The patent involved using WLAN technology to hookup to WiFi networks. This patent dispute could be a serious blow to RIM as all of their phones use WLAN technology and they are already failing as a company. If the BlackBerry 10 doesn’t bail RIM out, this could be the final blow to their company.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nokia-says-wins-tribunal-ruling-083323708.html

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Holiday Opportunity For App Developers

Trickle Down Mobile Economy Is A Big Holiday Opportunity For App Developers

As consumer behavior shifts to adapt to the Mobile Revolution, mobile apps are as much part of people’s media consumption as are television, movies, music and video games. Mobile apps are made to encompass all of those media categories and more.

“In particular, on Thanksgiving day, usage jumped by about 20% for that Thursday compared to the average Thursday in November. Friday was also up by 11% over the average November Friday. The increase in app usage across the long weekend, Thursday – Sunday, is 10%.” – Peter Farago, vice president of marketing for mobile analytics company Flurry

Games are a particular beneficiary of holiday app traffic spikes. Chartboost, a distribution and monetization service for iOS and Android games, noted a 50% spike in traffic to games over the recent Thanksgiving holiday compared to an average Thursday.

 

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Progress Software Writer Talks About the Future of Application Development

Mobility Changes the Shape of App Development

Dion Picco is Manager, Product Management at Progress Software.  These are his insights on how mobile application development will evolve.

Organizations want to modernize their existing applications, resulting in a much more mobile-first approach. This includes moving the back end from on-premise servers to a more cloud-based architecture (whether that’s public, private or hybrid) and updating the front end to be intuitive and mobile-capable.

Development cycles are shorter, user acceptance is faster and, ultimately, ramp-up is quicker — something vital in the mobile world where the demand for new apps is so great.

We expect this trend to develop into ever more process-centric and rules-centric application development, combined with API-based mashups across on-premises, cloud and mobile applications. This will bring higher levels of agility and support the rapid innovation needed by the world’s best companies.

Mobility is changing the shape of application development. Demand for cross platform support is growing, development cycles are shortening and users’ expectations are evolving.

Exploiting these devices to their full potential means empowering employees to use them to be more productive and enabling customers to be more self-reliant. Changing development techniques offer developers a real opportunity to take the lead in optimising business processes for mobility and stake out an app development strategy, while collaborating more closely with other stakeholders.

Whether it’s developing a native app, a browser-based one, or taking a hybrid approach, mobile apps are a unique species and it’s not possible to just attempt to transfer techniques that worked well for desktop application development. The key is to embrace these new methodologies and seek out best practice from partners and providers to find the right applications to empower users, both within and outside the business.

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Don’t Worry About Lost Phones Anymore

“Find My iPhone” and “Android Lost” are two popular apps that help you locate your phone and let you erase all data remotely once you’ve decided searching for it is a lost cause.

Dont Worry About Lost Phones Anymore

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Mozilla Invests in Everything.me

“Mozilla has taken its first step into the VC world, investing in Everything.me to support the startup’s efforts in creating HTML5 mobile app technology.

Everything.me, formerly DoAT, provides technology that enables smartphones to quickly and easily match a user’s needs with the most relevant HTML5 content. The Israel-based company plans to use the funding to expand its team and drive Everything.me’s ongoing development.”

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Mobile Marketing: How To Generate Loyalty On The Go

We’ve been hearing the claim that “there are more mobile phones in the world than there are toothbrushes” for a while now. It’s important for marketers to think about what that actually means for them. According to a recent Pew Internet report, 46% of American adults own a smartphone. We’re deep in a world of mobile dominance, and an effective strategy to capitalize on this market needs to be the first weapon in your marketing arsenal.

The mobile device opens up an unparalleled window into your customers’ lives. The value of this information cannot be overstated: if you can utilize mobile’s unprecedented opportunities for customer engagement properly, you have the opportunity to turn your customers into fans.

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Vimeo Launches ‘Reimagined’

“Video-sharing service Vimeo has launched a new iPhone application that has been built from the ground up.

The company’s redesigned application, which hit the Apple App Store today, allows users to both create and share videos all from within the app. In addition, users will now find easier access to their video queue and simpler navigation.”

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Mobile App Downloads Surged by 33 Percent in October Post-iPhone 5

BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Fiksu, Inc. (www.fiksu.com), developer of the award-winning Fiksu for Mobile Apps Marketing Platform that combines advanced media optimization technology with the world’s largest app media inventory, today reported that app downloads dramatically increased by 33 percent in October following the new iPhone 5’s Sept. 21 arrival. In tandem, the cost to acquire a loyal app user continued its downward trajectory, decreasing by 6 percent in October.

For October, the Fiksu Cost per Loyal User Index was $1.06, down seven cents or 6 percent, from September’s $1.13. Significant increases in organic searches and app discovery – driven by the arrival of the iPhone 5 and users’ natural enthusiasm for downloading apps on to new devices – pushed costs down and created a huge opportunity for mobile app marketers to very cost-efficiently acquire loyal users in October.

The Fiksu App Store Competitive Index (which measures the average aggregate daily download volume of the top 200 free U.S. iPhone apps) soared to 5.4 million daily downloads in October, a 33 percent increase from September. The Index painted a similar picture following the availability of the iPhone 4S in October 2011, when traffic also surged by a proportional 29 percent, and continues the surge Fiksu saw developing at the end of September.

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LTE subscribers expected to double by 2014

“As consumers and enterprises increasingly expect always-on connectivity anywhere they go, operators around the world face unprecedented challenges,” Yankee analyst Declan Lonergan said in a statement. “Not only are they tasked with investing in new infrastructure and rolling out next-generation LTE networks at an ever-faster pace (in a decidedly harsh economic climate), but they must also find innovative ways to monetize those new networks, all while fighting increasingly intense competition from OTT vendors intent on stealing away their bread-and-butter voice and messaging revenue.” 

LTE subscribers expected to double by 2014 | BGR.

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Does Your Phone Know Spanish?

Now language translation apps for smartphones can do much, much more than that old plastic device with the rubbery buttons and one-line display. Many of them let you speak or type a question in English and have that instantly translated into a foreign tongue, which the app can speak out loud or display on the phone’s screen. A response from a local can be translated right back into English for you. A single app may include the ability to translate dozens of languages—more than a backpack full of dictionaries.

Does Your Phone Know Spanish?

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Android, Apple Dominate at Home but Share Work With BlackBerry

 

When nearly 4,000 information workers were asked which operating system their work device runs, Apple, Android and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry-despite all the funeral marches that have been played for RIM’s brand of late-were shown to be used in roughly equal numbers, according to Forrester’s Forrsights Workforce and Hardware report.

So even though BlackBerry share of sales has slipped, it’s still the smartphone used for work by 26% of information workers across our 17-country sample, second only to Android at 27%, with Apple iOS at 24%.

Android, Apple Dominate at Home but Share Work With BlackBerry.

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Your Smartphone Knows You So Well It’s Scary

Smartphones makes the user’s life more convenient in many ways and much of it is because of all the information the phone stores about the user. Advertisers and business are already offering many services that allow the user to check-in to places or offer them location-based deals but there is expectations that this type of advertising will continue to increase significantly in the next few years. Already 74% of smartphone users use location-based apps and many of these consumers allow their apps to track them. You can always opt-out from allowing apps to track you but many don’t so there is increasing amount of mobile users that advertisers have an access to. Mobile advertisers are still trying to find the best to reach the customers but location-based apps seem to be on the right track.

Your Smartphone Knows You So Well It’s Scary.

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EU and US are against ITU internet changes

Next month in Dubai 193 countries are gathering together to voice their opinion about charging foreign web traffic. Some countries want to tax foreign content and service providers, but all 27 European Union countries as well as the US are against this proposal. Some countries justify charges because the money would allow them to expand their networks but those that oppose these changes say that the way the Internet works is fine. If a law such as this would pass it would force companies to considered where to offer their services and through which country to route their traffic.

EU stands with the US against proposed ITU internet changes: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.

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Apple to Begin Selling Unlocked iPhone 5s

Tonight at 9 p.m. Apple is expected to begin selling unlocked iPhone 5s. This will allow customers to purchase the iPhone 5 at its minimum charge of 649 dollars and be able to attach any specific carrier to the phone. The user will also be able to change the carrier as many times as they desire. For users seeking to avoid the limitations of data plans but still want an iPhone 5 will finally be able to purchase one.

 

http://mashable.com/2012/11/29/buy-unlocked-apple-iphone-5/

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Akash2 Tablet for only 40 Dollars

DataWind will be releasing the Akash2 soon, designed for those who desire a tablet but do not have the money. At its cheap price of 40 dollars, offering multitudes of features such as 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of flash memory, and USB hub. The tablet was not designed to be an Ipad killer as stated by DataWind’s CEO but the tablet will allow the demographic who would not originally buy a tablet, due to the price now have an option.

 

http://mashable.com/2012/11/29/aakash2-hands-on/#103765Back-of-Aakash2

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PocketCloud Hits the iPad, Windows RT, the Web, and Dell PCs

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Today, Dell announced support for several new platforms that makes PocketCloud Explore even more flexible and compelling than before. Every single Dell Inspiron and Dell XPS sold after November 15th has already started shipping with the PocketCloud Companion PC client preinstalled. Even better, you’ll be able to connect to those computers (or any PC with PocketCloud Companion installed) from most major mobile platforms, as Dell also announced availability of PocketCloud Explore apps for the iPad and Windows 8/RT.

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European, Canadian Enterprises Approach BYOD Cautiously

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European and Canadian enterprises are allowing BYOD in increasing numbers, with more than over half of the enterprises accepting it. However, it’s only slowly as people still question the security of doing so. This would bring a great influx of employees with their personal mobile computers and other devices in the office, which is a good reason to raise some caution.
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iPad mini’s display is from Apple’s enemy, Samsung

“Apple’s new iPad mini includes a display from South Korea’s Samsung Electronics, a key supplier but also the Silicon Valley tech giant’s fiercest rival in a global mobile-device war.

The iPad mini, to be available in stores on Friday, also includes Apple’s A5 processor, SK Hynix flash memory, a Broadcom touch controller and a number of chips from Fairchild Semiconductor International, according to electronics repair company iFixit, which acquired one early and opened it on Thursday.

“Though the markings on the back of the LCD (display) don’t turn up much information, the Samsung display driver (chip) reveals that Apple once again went with Samsung in its display manufacturing,” iFixit said.

Apple and Samsung are engaged in patent disputes across several countries as they vie for market share in the booming mobile industry, and Apple is believed to be seeking ways to rely less on Samsung. But Samsung remains a key supplier for Apple, manufacturing its application processors and providing other components.”

via IPad mini’s display is from Apple’s enemy, Samsung – chicagotribune.com.

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T-Mobile says US mobile industry to consolidate to three major players

“The U.S. mobile market is a big one, with 321.7 million subscribers as of second quarter of 2012. That’s a 101% mobile penetration, which means the number of lines equals the population. But while the nation is serviced by four major carriers today, T-Mobile thinks the market is not big enough for four big carriers to service.

In a meeting with shareholders, COO Jim Alling said the industry might see some adjustments and consolidations in the next few years. “Is it possible that four major players could go down to three? I think that is possible, and likely in the longer term,” he said, referring to the possibility of the country’s four major carriers merging into just three. This actually almost happened when AT&T made a bid to acquire T-Mobile from its parent company Deutsche Telekom in 2011. That $39 billion acqusition deal did not push through, though, having been shot down by regulators for possible anti-competition.

But even as the so-called AT&T-Mo deal was halted, the major U.S. carriers have found themselves entering into mergers and partnerships with other companies. For instance, there’s the planned Sprint acquisition by Japanese telecoms provider Softbank. There’s also T-Mobile’s acquisition of super-regional carrier MetroPCS.

Of course, this will depend on the regulatory environment, Alling, says. As such, whatever consolidation may happen is set for the longer-term. The statements made by T-Mobile’s COO probably assume that his company will be on the winning end of the deal, if the industry were to consolidate into a fewer — but bigger — major competitors.

But are four major competitors really too big for a country to handle? In some regions, the mobile industry has seen consolidation into three or fewer carriers. For instance, China has China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, which have almost a billion lines shared across the three. However, another big market, India, has eight major mobile carriers. Which is the best model for the U.S.?”

T-Mobile says US mobile industry to consolidate to three major players.

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Report: The growth of mobile in U.S. continues to boom

These are some of the findings from the latest report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project:

  • The number of cell owners who have used their phones to take a picture has grown from 76% in 2010 to 82% now.
  • The number of cell owners who have used their phones for texting has grown from 58% in 2007 to 80% now.
  • The number of cell owners who have used their phones to access the Internet has grown from 25% in 2008 to 56% now.
  • The number of cell owners who have used their phones for email has grown from 19% in 2007 to 50% now.
  • The number of cell owners who have used their phones to record video has grown from 18% in 2007 to 44% now.
  • The number of cell owners who have used their phones to download apps has grown from 22% in 2009 to 43% now.
  • The number of cell owners who have used their phones to get health information has grown from 17% in 2010 to 31% now.
  • The number of cell owners who have used their phones to check their bank accounts has grown from 18% last year to 29% now
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Samsung wins U.S. court order to access Apple-HTC deal details

A U.S. judge has ordered Apple Inc. to disclose to rival Samsung Electronics details of a legal settlement the iPhone maker reached with Taiwan’s HTC Corp, including terms of a 10-year patents licensing agreement.

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Mobile Data Roamers to Generate Over $35bn in Revenues by 2017

A new report from Juniper Research forecasts that mobile data roaming revenues will grow by 21% per year between 2012 and 2017, reaching over $35 billion in 2017, driven by an increasing number of active data roamers using data services while abroad.

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Google’s Nexus now supports LTE

Initially it was believed that the Nexus would not be able to support LTE,but after a few small software tweaks the phone can now enable 4G LTE capabilities. Bad news about this for most Nexus customers is that “LTE band 4 (which covers AWS 1700 and 2100MHz spectrum)” is not supported outside of Nexus homebase, Canada. Verizon’s LTE network and the majority of AT&T’s use entirely different spectrum bands. AT&T uses AWS spectrum for some of its LTE network, but it’s not easy to find. According to users, this fix makes the Nexus an even better phone since  Band 4 LTE is what that carrier will eventually rely on.

For now, the upgrade to the phone is considered on a hack , but there isnt anything preventing google from creating an upgrade.
http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/23/nexus-4-lte-hack/
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Samsung to ship over 60M smartphones in Q4

Samsung Electronics will ship over 60 milllion smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2012 given the popularity of its Galaxy Note 2 and S3 devices.

The Yonhap News Agency, citing research findings from investment bank UBS, reported Wednesday that the South Korean electronics giant will sell 61.5 million units of smartphones in the October-December period. This is an increase of 5 percent from an estimated 58 million units in the previous quarter, it noted.

The shipment volume could go up to as high as 63 million depending on sell-through, or the amount of devices actually sold to consumers, it added.

 

Read More Here: http://www.zdnet.com/samsung-to-ship-over-60m-smartphones-in-q4-7000007714/

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Thanksgiving breaks Instagram records

With platters of delicious Thanksgiving food being served on elegant tables throughout the U.S., the setting was just right for Instagram to break its records, and it did.

The Facebook-owned mobile photo-sharing social network said Thanksgiving 2012 broke all its records.

More than 10 million photos whose captions included Thanksgiving-related terms were posted, and for several hours, more than 200 photos were being uploaded every second, Instagram said in a blog post Friday morning.

Read More Here: http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-instagram-thanksgiving-records-20121123,0,4224040.story

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ABI: Cumulative Mobile App Revenues To Exceed $30B By End Of 2012, Nearly Double 2011 Figure; Now “Major Digital Industry”

http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/23/abi-cumulative-mobile-app-revenues-to-exceed-30bn-by-end-of-2012-nearly-double-2011-figure-now-major-digital-industry/

Analysts are finally recognizing apps as a major economic industry rather than a short-term fad.

How much money have mobile apps made? By the end of the year the cumulative revenues of the global mobile app market will have exceeded $30 billion, says analyst ABI Research. This figure includes money from pay-per-download apps, in-app purchases, subscriptions and in-app advertisements — the whole app kit-and-caboodle if you will.

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PayPal Thanksgiving Mobile Payments Volume Up 173 Percent; eBay Mobile Transactions Up 133 Percent

PayPal Thanksgiving Mobile Payments Volume Up 173 Percent; eBay Mobile Transactions Up 133 Percent

Inexplicably, although iOs and Android users are spending the same amount of time shopping, actual spending is ten times higher on iOs. Perhaps iOS apps are somehow better designed for economics as a whole?

eBay saw a 133% increase in mobile volume transacted on Thanksgiving, compared to 2011. PayPal says that Thanksgiving 2012 resulted in a more than 2.5-fold (173%) increase in global mobile payment volume compared to Thanksgiving 2011.

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Samsung wins the right to see Apple-HTC patent agreement

Today, a court ordered that Apple and  HTC reveal its complete and unredacted contract. The contract will include the details of how much Apple is paid by HTC for every android phone. “As a result of that win, Apple is seeking a ban on the importation of Samsung’s Android smartphones and tablets.” The issue Apple has with this is “Knowing what HTC has already negotiated with Apple, of course, is a major advantage to Samsung if and when it chooses to seek a licensing agreement of its own.”  Also, HTC  and Apple believed that the court order should not be shared because of the competitive nature of the 3.

Seems as if this ongoing battle between Apple and Samsung will continue to steam on for months to come.

Samsung wins the right to see the full Apple-HTC patent-licensing agreement

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Mobile App Revenue reported expected to exceed $30billion by end of 2012

By the end of this year, the mobile app industry will have generated more than $30 billion in revenue since  four years ago, according to a report on mobile markets by ABI Research, a tech analysis firm.

The report takes into account money made from app purchases, in-app purchases (such as upgrades inside video game apps), advertisements inside of apps and also subscriptions.

 

(The app market took off in 2008 when Apple introduced the App Store and invited developers to build apps for the iPhone)

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Schools embracing mobile technology to teach

At the Terrey Hills school, students can choose their own devices, unlike most public schools where students are given a laptop.

Mr Harris said the Bring Your Own Device model meant students took more responsibility for their own equipment.

The school used the Federal Government’s Digital Education Revolution funding to upgrade its wireless network instead of buying laptops.

 

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T-Mobile says US mobile industry to consolidate to three major players

“The U.S. mobile market is a big one, with 321.7 million subscribers as of second quarter of 2012. That’s a 101% mobile penetration, which means the number of lines equals the population. But while the nation is serviced by four major carriers today, T-Mobile thinks the market is not big enough for four big carriers to service.

In a meeting with shareholders, COO Jim Alling said the industry might see some adjustments and consolidations in the next few years. “Is it possible that four major players could go down to three? I think that is possible, and likely in the longer term,” he said, referring to the possibility of the country’s four major carriers merging into just three. This actually almost happened when AT&T made a bid to acquire T-Mobile from its parent company Deutsche Telekom in 2011. That $39 billion acqusition deal did not push through, though, having been shot down by regulators for possible anti-competition.

But even as the so-called AT&T-Mo deal was halted, the major U.S. carriers have found themselves entering into mergers and partnerships with other companies. For instance, there’s the planned Sprint acquisition by Japanese telecoms provider Softbank. There’s also T-Mobile’s acquisition of super-regional carrier MetroPCS.

Of course, this will depend on the regulatory environment, Alling, says. As such, whatever consolidation may happen is set for the longer-term. The statements made by T-Mobile’s COO probably assume that his company will be on the winning end of the deal, if the industry were to consolidate into a fewer — but bigger — major competitors.”

T-Mobile says US mobile industry to consolidate to three major players.

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DISH vs. FCC

DISH has declared its intent to launch a wireless business that the company expects to invest billions and trigger tens of thousands of jobs to create a wireless broadband network that would power a variety of mobile and fixed devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers. However, the Federal Communications Commission has circulated a proposed order related to rules that would, once approved by the full Commission, govern 40 MHz of broadband-ready AWS-4 wireless spectrum controlled by DISH Network Corporation. DISH executive vice president states, “While the FCC would grant full terrestrial rights, its proposal to lower our power and emissions levels could cripple our ability to enter the business.”

This proposed order is not final and has a chance of being repealed. The outcome of this battle will be big in the mobile world.

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2012/11/21/155944.html

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Turkey Day Was Instagram’s Busiest Ever 10 Million

While the day after Halloween is typically Facebook’s biggest photo sharing day, Instagram had its busiest 24 hours to date over Thanksgiving when users shared 10 million photos with holiday references, peaking at 226 per second. The surge likely inspired plenty of sign-ups too, as iPhonographers and Droidographers alike showed off their touched up snapshots to family.

Instagram said “Overall, the day broke all Instagram records as we saw the number of shared photos more than double from the day before, making it our busiest day so far.” It eclipsed the 800,000 Hurricane Sandy Instagrams to become the services most photographed event yet.

The company counted up photos with tags like #thanksgiving and #turkey and saw a sustained flow of over 200 holiday photos a second for several hours surrounding the 12:40pm PST peak at 226 per second.”

Turkey Day Was Instagram’s Busiest Ever, With 10 Million+ Thanksgiving Photos Shared At Up To 226 Per Second | TechCrunch.

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T-Mobile seeks further acquisitions or combinations to continue growth

T-Mobile is currently already completing a merger with Metro PCS. However, they are still looking for more deals to help them catch up with rivals. Even with the merger to Metro PCS, they still trail to Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc. and Sprint in customer numbers. T-Mobile is pursuing more agreements with virtual mobile operators, which offer services on other operators’ networks.

If T-Mobile continues to merge with more and more companies, this could drive down competition rate in the mobile industry. This could have a huge effect on the mobile world as we know it.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-16/t-mobile-usa-sees-three-national-networks-over-long-term.html?cmpid=yhoo

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Retailers Use Mobile to Lure Customers Into Stores

Today’s news of Black Friday madness is making the “holiday” even more unappealing to the average shopper.  From long lines to outright violence shoppers are looking to the Internet for comparable deals and an overall better (and safer) shopping experience. This New York Times story discusses how retailers are using mobile applications, like interactive store maps and real-time parking availability apps, to enhance the physical shopping experience for deal hunters.

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Cumulative Mobile App Revenues To Exceed $30B By End Of 2012

How much money have mobile apps made? By the end of the year the cumulative revenues of the global mobile app market will have exceeded $30 billion, says analyst ABI Research. This figure includes money from pay-per-download apps, in-app purchases, subscriptions and in-app advertisements — the whole app kit-and-caboodle if you will.

The figure, which comes from ABI Research’s Mobile Application Markets Research Service, is nearly double the amount of money apps had generated by the end of 2011, according to the analyst.

“Consumers’ high interest in apps has for a long time been obvious from download volumes, but it’s 2012 that will go down in history as the year when the economic side of the business finally took off,” said senior analyst Aapo Markkanen in a statement. ”We’re no longer talking only about a short-term gold rush. Apps have become a major digital industry.”

via ABI: Cumulative Mobile App Revenues To Exceed $30B By End Of 2012, Nearly Double 2011 Figure; Now “Major Digital Industry” | TechCrunch.