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New Nokia strengthens brand with Google’s Android One & a curved display smartphoneFebruary 25, 2018HMD Global launched five new mobile phones at MWC 2018, all with striking industrial design. By choosing to only offer handsets with Google's pure Android One or Android Oreo (Go Edition), HMD threatens to disrupt established OEMs with legacy software. The new Nokia 8110 demonstrates featurephones are evolving now with LTE and will not die soon. HMD's flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco has a stunning steel-framed dual curved edge display in a super compact frame which will target Europe.
Samsung looks to innovative S9 camera to energize Galaxy S smartphone salesFebruary 25, 2018Samsung is packing its main innovative push into the cameras of its latest flagship Galaxy S devices. With the new super slow motion video capture, Samsung has improved on previous industry attempts to commercialize this feature. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are strong handset designs which evolve from 2017’s excellent S8. They are markedly different in camera quality and display size from the two to three year old smartphones potential customers own now which should boost upgrades. However, consumers may delay purchase because of rising flagship prices.
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 – 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
Orange's new smartphone will drive 4G adoption in EuropeSeptember 02, 2015Mobile operator Orange has launched a range of new smartphone aimed at lowering the barrier to entry to 4G. The devices range in price between €79 and €239 and will be on sale across all of Orange's European footprint.Subscribers Only
Samsung foregoes global release for an early Note 5 launchAugust 13, 2015Samsung launched two new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. While these releases were anticipated, Samsung is launching ahead of schedule to try to maximise its momentum before Apple launches new iPhones in late September. The cost for this early release appears to be a staggered regional launch. Samsung also finally launched its payment service which it initially announced in February 2015.Subscribers Only
Apple SIM is a Test for Mobile Operators' Main Business ModelOctober 17, 2014Apple SIM threatens to fundamentally change the relationship between mobile operators and users. Making it easy for users to switch carriers and tariffs makes market competition more efficient and places pressure on operator revenues and profitability. With this initial launch, Apple is testing the business model and technology. If successful, Apple has a number of ways it will look to extend the Apple SIM strategy...
Apple risks new categories with iPhone 6 phablet and Apple WatchSeptember 09, 2014Apple launches its first wearable -- the Apple Watch -- as well as revitalizing its iPhone range and moving into mobile payments with Apple Pay. Apple's bold new products depend on the continued success of the iPhone to succeed, but with a 2015 availability data, Apple has many things still to do to finish its first generation smartwatch.
Samsung seeks curved differentiation with Note 4 and Galaxy Note EdgeSeptember 03, 2014Samsung launches two new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy Note 4, and the curved screen Galaxy Note Edge. But with increasing competition in the smartphone market, Samsung is being forced to use numerous tactics to maintain differentiation and head off the threat from Apple, including: content bundles, innovative software, cutting edge hardware, and brand spending.
Amazon must innovate with its launch strategy to succeed with an own-brand smartphoneJune 13, 2014Amazon is holding a launch event on June 18 for a new hardware product. Previously, Amazon launched the Kindle eReader (2007); Kindle Fire tablet running Android (2011); and the Fire TV streaming video box (2014). An own-brand smartphone would be a natural next step which Amazon will have at least considered. But Amazon must ask itself: Is launching a smartphone really the best strategy? We set out what Amazon must do to succeed with an own-brand smartphone in this very challenging market.
Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is the first step to an Android divorceJune 13, 2014Samsung launched the Samsung Z smartphone in Russia. While Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is small scale, the move demonstrates how Samsung is seeking to reduce its dependency on Android. There are numerous challenges for Samsung, not least creating an app ecosystem which makes Tizen a compelling smartphone.
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.
Operators hit by high prices in Austrian spectrum auctionOctober 28, 2013Austrian telecoms regulator RTR raised just over €2 billion in an auction of spectrum in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz bands. The 800MHz band provides 60MHz of additional spectrum for mobile operators in...
Big Nokia launches for Microsoft's mobile futureOctober 21, 2013Both sets of new handsets are important products for Nokia and Microsoft. The new Asha handsets are a critical holding action against ever cheaper Android smartphones and a way to maintain customers that can later be sold Lumia Windows Phones. The 1520 an
New Network Technology data addedAugust 27, 2013IHS has extended its Mobile Technology Intelligence service with the addition of a new Network Technology section, featuring subscription technology historicals and five-year forecasts at country level for all...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...
Nokia aims to revive fortunes with a 41 megapixel Windows Phone smartphoneJuly 10, 2013The new Lumia 41 megapixel camera-centric smartphone will act as a halo product to boost Nokia's brand appeal. IHS forecasts that this smartphone will not ship sufficient volume's to turn around the company's fortunes on its own. Nokia's share of the smarSubscribers Only
EE launches shared data plans that are simple in concept, complex in implementationJuly 02, 2013UK operator EE is launching shared data plans, similar to those seen in the United States with Verizon and AT&T:- - All plans feature unlimited calls and texts along with different price levels determined...
Huawei introduces world's thinnest smartphoneJune 18, 2013Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has launched the Ascend P6 which it claims is the world's thinnest smartphone. At 6.18mm thick, the Ascend P6 is 20% thinner than the 7.9mm thick Samsung Galaxy S4. The phone is...
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