Archive | Mobile phones

Capped America

Failed presidential candidate John Edwards once spoke of “two Americas.” While Edwards was making an economic pitch, his message, with a little temporal updating, could just as easily apply to the market for data. In one America—that of residential broadband—most users enjoyed unlimited data and zero restrictions. In another America, mobile broadband users faced tight […]

Chinese Mobile Makers’ App Store Strategy

How have Chinese smartphone makers, such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and ZTE, been able to compete in the domestic Chinese market at lower price points than those of international brands like Apple and Samsung? Local suppliers and service providers are vying for millions of consumer purchases—specifically, high-quality, feature-rich devices at relatively low prices. They must […]

The One Arena Apple Still Rules

With iPhone sales seemingly hitting a plateau, many pundits have taken to bemoaning the Tim Cook era. But whatever one thinks about the future of Apple under Cook’s leadership, there is one area where Apple continues to hold an unquestionable lead: mobile video consumption. In a recent survey, the Streaming Video Alliance found that 47.42 […]

Android Poised to Dominate in Emerging Markets

With the smartphone market looking to emerging markets for growth now that most developed markets have reached saturation, the Android OS is positioned to further dominate in these markets much the same way Microsoft dominates the computer business. The flexibility to develop devices at multiple price points and feature sets, as well as to customize […]

Why Aren’t There 21st Century Flip Phones?

Apparently by the 23d century, we’ll have returned to flipping flip phones. We know this because in the current blockbuster Star Trek Beyond, the intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise employs communicators with lids that have to be flipped up to operate—subspace radio gear still must be pretty bulky in 2260. A couple of years […]

Lenovo and Moto: The First International Smartphone Marriage?

One year ago, Lenovo’s proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google rocked the tech world. An old mainstay of the radio business and an enduring brand would survive… but with an overseas owner. Three months ago, the $2.9 billion acquisition was officially closed and now, Lenovo is the world’s third largest smartphone maker after Apple […]

Can BB10 and WP8 impact Android/iOS smartphone dominance?

Republicans/Democrats. VHS/Beta. Team Jacob/Team Edward (ask your kids). And, of course Android/iOS. Most folks, especially technology folks, like a simple choice, one or the other (the Xbox/PlayStation/Nintendo ménage àtrois a notable exception). All of which makes the recent rumblings of competition in the smartphone space so fascinating.   According to recent figures from a number […]

MPEG Efficiency: The evolution will be mobile

With the advent of the next generation of high definition video compression technology on the visible horizon, it looks as if it will be taking a much different path to video dominance than what has been traversed in the past. Instead of the traditional digital TV world, High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) will likely be […]

Microsoft Chases Undecided Vote

In a few weeks you’ll have a choice to make – and I don’t necessarily mean the presidential election. Just as the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney, most have made up their minds between the two major smartphone contenders, Apple iOS and Google Android. But just as in politics, there is a wide […]