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Next Generation of Mobile Ads to Hit Smartphones By Next Year

A new type of smartphone advertisement is one its way: seamless integration of ad content into your mobile use. Traditional mobile advertising relied on clunky banners, amongst other ugly and intrusive methods of getting the users attention. Mobile ad developers are now focusing on creating ads that blend in with the intended normal content, creating a less distracting experience.

 

See the full story here: http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/the-new-face-of-mobile-ad-units-37977/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MobileMarketingWatch+%28Mobile+Marketing+Watch%29

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U.S. Smartphone Ownership Reaches an All Time High

A new report from comScore MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, which reports key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry, confirmed that 149.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (62.5 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months covered in the report. That is a sharp rise of an additional 4.1% since July. Apple was once again found to be the top smartphone manufacturer, while Android kept its spot as the top smartphone platform.

 

See the full story here: http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/u-s-smartphone-ownership-reaches-all-time-high-37954/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MobileMarketingWatch+%28Mobile+Marketing+Watch%29

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Sprint Ranks Lowest in Customer Satisfaction

A recently published Consumer Reports survey of more than 58,000 American wireless subscribers places Sprint dead last in customer satisfaction after the carrier received “dismal” ratings for pricing and network reliability. This news does not come as much of a surprise, as Sprint has been slowly losing mobile subscribers in the recent past. Verizon Wireless was once again the top major carrier, receiving high marks for data service and some aspects of customer support.

 

See the full story here: http://bgr.com/2013/11/21/sprint-customer-satisfaction-ratings/

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Developer Interest Rises for Windows Phone

Strategy Analytics has released a new survey of more than 1,600 mobile app developers that shows 32% of them plan to support Windows Phone next year. While this is still far below the percentages of developers who say they’ll support iOS (68%) and Android (84%) next year, it’s a marked improvement from the 16% of developers who supported Windows Phone in 2013. Additionally, the windows platform has been slowly capturing a greater percentage of the smartphone market over the past year.

 

See the full story here: http://bgr.com/2013/11/21/windows-phone-developer-interest-2/

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FCC Says to Mobile Giants: “Sort out your unlock rules, or else”

The FCC has now issued a warning to major mobile companies. They call for clear policy changes regarding unlock codes for mobile devices, once the consumer’s contract has expired. Traditionally mobile companies have been hesitant to release unlock codes, hoping that previous consumers will once again sign on for another mobile contract. This development is sure to change the way consumers choose their wireless plans in the future.

 

See the full story here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/15/fcc_unlock_policy_or_else/

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White House Files Petition Asking FCC to Require Carriers to Unlock All Mobile Devices

The Obama administration has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission asking that all wireless carriers be required to unlock all mobile devices, reports The Washington Post. This move comes several months after The White House backed a “We the People” petition that successfully gathered more than 100,000 signatures calling for cell phone unlocking to be made legal. If the FCC forces carriers to unlock their phones, there will be a dramatic shift in the way consumers choose both their mobile phones and data plans (disruptive technology).

 

See the full story here: http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/17/white-house-files-petition-asking-fcc-to-require-carriers-to-unlock-all-mobile-devices/

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One Billion Smartphone Shoppers by 2016

A new report has found that there will be over 1 Billion people shopping online with smartphones by 2016. Most retailers are reporting that there is strong growth in the traffic to their sites coming from mobile devices, and many believe that mobile will have the biggest impact on their business in the next 2-5 years.

 

See the full story here: http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/report-1-billion-smartphone-shoppers-by-2016-37339/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MobileMarketingWatch+%28Mobile+Marketing+Watch%29

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An App “Middle Class” Continues To Grow

Although it is slowly becoming more difficult for developers to break into the top charts in various app stores, the “middle class” of app developers continues to grow. According to new data released by analytics firm Flurry this morning, there has been 357% growth over the past 18 months from independently owned apps that have a worldwide audience of over 20 million monthly actives, and 121% growth from those with an audience of over 1 million.

 

See the full story here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/08/an-app-middle-class-continues-to-grow-independently-owned-apps-with-a-million-plus-users-up-121-in-past-18-months/

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ARM Unveils 16-core Mobile Graphics Chip for Smartphones and Tablets

 

ARM is introducing two new graphics-chip designs today that will be used in both low-end and high-end mobile graphics devices, from smartphones to tablets. The high-end chip will have 16 cores to create rich graphics for upcoming devices. This new disruptive technology will vastly expand the scope and capability of the existing mobile phone game market.

 

See the full story here: http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/29/arm-unveils-16-core-mobile-graphics-chip-for-smartphones-and-tablets/

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Android captures record 81% global market share, Windows Phone is ‘fastest growing’

Android’s market share has jumped up to 81.3 percent, from 75 percent last year — and up from last quarter — while Apple’s slid from 15.6 percent in Q3 2012 to 13.4 percent this year. BlackBerry, on the other hand, lost over 75 percent of its market share, dropping to a single digit: 1 percent. Unsurprisingly, the Windows phone is now the fastest growing smartphone, increasing its shipments annually by 178% in Q3.

 

See the full story here: http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/31/android-captures-record-81-global-market-share-windows-phone-is-fastest-growing/

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Mobile Advertising Projected to Rise 300% by 2018

According to a new study from Juniper Research, advertising in the mobile industry is expected to rise from the current level of $13 billion to $40 billion by 2018. Although desktop ads are worth much more money per click, followed by tablets and then mobile devices, ad revenue is quickly shifting towards mobile. The fastest growth is expected with in-app advertising. Also, the region with the fastest growth in mobile advertising will be India, with 400% growth expected by 2018.

 

See the full story here: http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/25/bytelight-uses-led-lights-to-pinpoint-your-exact-indoor-location/

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Mobile Industry Has Biggest Financing Quarter Ever

Venture capitalists have invested $1.12 billion in U.S. mobile companies last quarter, the largest ever for the mobile industry. It was also the first time VC investment for the mobile sector was larger than VC investment for the healthcare sector. Although this news does not come as a surprise, it does show the extremely prolific growth happening in the mobile industry.

 

See the full story here: http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/24/mobile-tech-just-had-its-biggest-financing-quarter-ever/

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Blackberry May Be Purchased By Chinese Tech Firm Lenovo

Struggling mobile maker Blackberry has fallen under the radar in recent years. This may change in the near future with the potential acquisition of the entire company by Chinese Tech Firm Lenovo. The shift could lead to a more global presence for Lenovo, as the majority of their mobile sales are currently in the Chinese market.

 

See the full story here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/blackberry-chinese-tech-firm-lenovo-considers-buying-entire-company/

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Adidas Releases “MiCoach” Smartwatch, Signaling a New Trend in Mobile Technologies

Just a day after Nike released their highly anticipated “Fuelband” smartwatch, Adidas released a smartwatch of their own. The watch monitors heart rate, utilizes GPS functionality, and also has compatible apps for the Android, IOS, and Windows mobile operating systems. Although the smartwatch does not allow 3rd party apps, it signals a new trend in the mobile field. Smartwatches are becoming increasingly marketed as the “next big idea” in the mobile world. In the near future we can expect smartwatches that fully operate on mobile operating systems, with all of the functionality of mobile phones.

 

See the full story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24564469

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Sony Announces Plans to Focus on European and Japanese Smartphone Markets

Tech giant Sony announced they will continue focusing their smartphone efforts on Europe and Japan, rather the focusing on the smartphone market in the United States. They have determined that they are “the most important areas” for marketing their smartphones, and will only shift to the US market after seizing the European and Japanese markets.

See the full story here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/sony-to-focus-smartphone-efforts-on-europe-and-japan/

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Tech giant Sony announced they will continue focusing their smartphone efforts on Europe and Japan, rather the focusing on the smartphone market in the United States. They have determined that they are “the most important areas” for marketing their smartphones, and will only shift to the US market after seizing the European and Japanese markets.

See the full story here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/sony-to-focus-smartphone-efforts-on-europe-and-japan/

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For the first time since HTC became a public company, they have reported a quarterly loss of $101 million. HTC was initially focusing on a partnership with Microsoft, although they have now begun to shift towards Nokia’s smartphone market. This signals a shift in the smartphone market, as Microsoft is becoming increasingly at risk of being the only supplier of the Windows based smartphone.

See the full story here: http://www.geekwire.com/2013/samsung-signals-record-profit-htc-posts-quarterly-loss/

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Verizon’s Vice President of Security Says “Don’t look at us to protect your data. That’s on you”

At a recent high profile technology conference, Verizon’s Vice President of National Security Policy made several statements regarding user privacy. He basically says they will continue selling the data of all users, and that if you don’t like it, it is your responsibility to protect yourself. The recent NSA spying revelations have shown that user data is being collected at an alarming rate. Although more advanced users are familiar with encryption methods and safe usage, the majority of users will continue having their data collected if they are using Verizon.

 

See the full story here: http://bgr.com/2013/10/03/verizon-privacy-nsa-spying/

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New Mobile OS in Development, “CyanogenMod” Aims to Capture Microsoft’s Spot as the 3rd Most Popular OS.

A new mobile operating system is now in development. “CyanogenMod” is currently an app that streamlines the Android experience down to the basics. However, the install process is time consuming and confusing. To fix the problem, the creators of CyanogenMod have raised $7 million dollars to produce a truly independent and user-friendly OS.

See the full story here: http://www.geekwire.com/2013/cyanogen-2/

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First Ever 100% LTE Phone

For the first time, a 100% LTE phone is being released. 100% LTE has the call connection time of 0.25seconds~2.5seconds, which is 20times faster than the existing telecommunication network. Also, it is 30% faster than 3G in sending the SMS. Moreover, using a wide range of 50~7,000Hz zone of audibility to deliver a clear, natural HD class, near-original sound of the voice are its benefits. This is paving the way for future phones, and is a preview of the new standard  for phones to come in the near future.

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http://www.gsma.com/membership/lg-uplus-the-first-in-the-world-to-commercialize-the-100-lte-system-the-releasing-of-100-lte-smart-mobile-phone-galaxy-s4-lte-a

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HTC Sells Shares of Beats Audio for $265 Million

After two years, HTC has decided to end its partnership with audio company Beats by Dr. Dre. In 2010 HTC owned 50% of Beats, until selling half of their shares last year. Although HTC users never truly benefited from the partnership, HTC has said it is open to continued partnership with Beats as new opportunities arise.

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http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/beats-buys-back-htc-stake-for-265-million/

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Bitcoin App “Gliph” Gains Popularity

Promoted as “the only native Bitcoin application,” Gliph is an application which encrypts messages between users. The app now has functionality to send and receive the growing online currency Bitcoin. Gliph’s growth in popularity marks a shift in the way users may exchange money on mobile devices in the future.

See the full story here: http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/19/gliph-raises-seed-round-for-worlds-easiest-way-to-send-bitcoin-exclusive/

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Revolutionary Full Eye-tracking Technology Released

A new eye-tracking technology is in development. “Tobii,” a Swedish technology company that develops both the hardware and software for eye-tracking, recently gave the world a peek at their new product “EyeMobile,” a small device which connects to a Windows 8 tablet via USB input. Although Tobii unveiled their eye tracking technology several years ago using a Windows laptop, users still needed their hands to click the mouse. The “EyeMobile” technology allows users to have complete tablet functionality using only their eyes, paving the way for a future where most devices will be embedded with this type of technology. One unit costs roughly $3900, but when they become cheaper in the future, eye-tracking technology will become much more common.

See the full article here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/tobii-eyemobile-hands-on/

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Android now leads iOS in total app sales, although iOS still more profitable

For the first time in the history of the two platforms, Android now has more quarterly app sales than Apple devices. Android sells approximately 10% more apps, although they still make less total revenue than Apple. It is interesting to note that game sales make up 80% of Android revenue and 75% of Apple revenue, while they only account for 40% of the total app downloads for both.

See the full story here: http://www.geekwire.com/2013/android-leads-ios-app-downloads-apple-king-profits-numbers/

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Largest mobile carrier in Japan, Docomo, to begin selling iPhones

http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/05/good-news-for-apple-japans-largest-mobile-carrier-docomo-will-start-selling-new-iphones/

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Intel now producing CPU’s embedded with lasers, significantly improving data transfer speeds. This breakthrough will drastically reduce the cost of operating large data centers.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/518941/intels-laser-chips-could-make-data-centers-run-better/