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Huawei takes a leaf from Xiaomi’s book with European Honor brand launchNovember 03, 2014Huawei beats Xiaomi to offer its direct to consumer Honor range of handsets in Europe. The European Honor handsets will be distributed exclusively via online channels. The initial smartphone models include chipsets from Mediatek and Huawei's Kirin and are priced aggressively at €139 and €299. This is a bold brand strategy for Huawei because it risks spreading itself too thin and also risks its established operator relationships.
Mobile operators and handset OEMs should fear Samsung's retail expansionJanuary 30, 2014Samsung plans to open sixty Samsung-branded stores across seven countries in partnership with technology retailer Carphone Warehouse. Operators will be disappointed to see an already dominant mobile handset maker become even stronger in retail. By having a one stop shop for all Samsung device sales and crucially repairs and other trouble shooting, Samsung stores could steer more consumers into its stores and not into operators' stores.
Google continues to disrupt the smartphone market with competitive pricingNovember 01, 2013Google unveiled its latest smartphone from its developer-focussed Nexus line. It will launch in the US, Canada, the big 5 in Western Europe, Japan and South Korea from November 1st. The Nexus 5 features...
Vodafone, KDG wedding signals future of platform pay TV?September 12, 2013The path looks increasingly clear for Vodafone's ambitious takeover of German cable giant KDG after the mobile group cleared the 75 percent threshold for shareholder acceptance for its takeover of...
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
Telefonica seeks alternatives to smartphone duopolyJuly 01, 2013Spanish multinational operator Telefonica has announced a marketing partnership to promote sales of Microsoft's Windows Phone handsets in selected markets. As part of the one year agreement,...
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
Samsung makes smartphones smarter with sensors, but risks overshooting market needsMarch 15, 2013The Galaxy S4 will cement Samsung's existing position as the leading mobile handset maker globally. This flagship smartphone will act as a halo device that will boost Samsung's mobile brand and support sales of all of Samsung's handsets at all price point
Deutsche Telekom signs Wi-Fi deal with FonMarch 05, 2013Deutsche Telekom has signed a Wi-Fi sharing deal with Fon, enabling its customers to gain access to millions of Fon hotspots in exchange for making their own home routers available to other Fon users. The...
Mozilla & 18 operators challenge Google's smartphones with Firefox OSFebruary 24, 2013Mozilla unveils the first commercial build of Firefox OS and its "open mobile ecosystem" alongside numerous device, content and operator partners. The 18 operator groups backing Firefox OS reach all parts of...
Eight Mobile Trends for 2013 and the Strategies to WinFebruary 19, 2013 Subscribers Only
HTC One brings TV multiplay strategy to smartphone designFebruary 19, 2013The new flagship HTC One is the first true TV multiplay smartphone and as such should be the smartphone at the heart of operator strategies to bundle fixed and mobile services.
Smartphone Forecast 2012 - 2016: Children of the Smartphone RevolutionDecember 13, 2012 Subscribers Only
EU set to free up 3G spectrum for 4GNovember 14, 2012The European Commission has decreed that all EU member states will have to make spectrum currently assigned to 3G services available for next generation services by June 2014. The ruling relates to the 2100MHz band which is used for 3G services in every...
Google unveils price competitive LG Nexus 4 flagship smartphoneOctober 30, 2012The Nexus 4 is made by LG and has high end specifications. It will be available on November 13th with two storage configurations: 8GB and 16GB, starting at just $299 for an unlocked and contract-free handset. The 16GB model will be available for an extra
Five years of iPhone disruptionJuly 22, 2012Five years on, it's easy for hindsight to cloud our view of the original iPhone. At the time, many in the industry did not classify the iPhone as a smartphone because users could not install third party apps. It's been a massive success precisely because
Mobile World Congress 2012's impact goes far beyond mobileApril 05, 2012 Subscribers Only
Google Q4 2011 results: the search for mobile revenue and profitsJanuary 23, 2012In Google's most recent results the company reported: 250m Android devices activated to date. This represents first time activations of devices that include Google's proprietary apps such as Gmail, Android...