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All posts tagged "smartphones"

  • Survey: new technology ‘too complicated’ for most South Africans

    According to a new report from Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, titled Engaging the Digital Consumer in the New Connected World, most consumers experience challenges using several new types of smart high-tech devices. The survey was conducted online in October and November 2014, with 24 000 consumers in 24 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. The sample size in each country was representative of the online...

  • Is Africa ready for the $50 smartphone? [T4ALagos]

    There are around 750-million SIM cards in Africa (versus 220-million desktops), which means that the US$50 smartphone presents a massive opportunity for the continent. But are African tech entrepreneurs ready for the coming explosion? When US$50 smartphones become the norm, only those who are able to build for them will survive. “Do we want the Germans coming to our shores and eating our lunch?” Gareth Knight asks the audience at Tech4Africa in Lagos, Nigeria. “When the US$50 smartphone hits the continent, where will they get the apps and who is building those apps for them?” Knight, who has been running...

  • Former Apple CEO John Sculley to take on Indian smartphone market

    He may be best known as the man who effectively forced Steve Jobs out of Apple, but John Sculley reckons he still has a role to play in the tech space. More specifically, he wants to go after the Indian smartphone market. According to BGR, the former Apple CEO is getting ready to launch a new smartphone brand in India alongside former Micromax smartphone head Ajay Sharma. The venture, which is reportedly being bankrolled by Singapore-based Inflexionpoint (a company that counts Sculley among its founding partners), reportedly already has a team on the ground consisting mainly of Sharma's former...

  • Smartphones and emerging markets: where we’re headed in 2014

    There are few emerging market countries that are particularly mature in terms of their cellphone and smartphone usage and buying patterns (China, in particular stands out); but there is a large contingent of emerging markets who are not as mature in this regard. What are some of the factors that have held back smartphone adoption in these markets and further to that; what is being done to accelerate the adoption rates? In 2008; smartphone sales accounted for just nine percent of all phone sales in China. In 2012; that number skyrocketed to 59% of all phones being sold in China...

  • When devices outnumber people: considering the consequences

    Four years from now, in 2017, the global human population is expected to reach 7.4-billion. By this same time, we expect the global installed base of connected video devices to surpass 8.1 billion. What can we expect from a world where, on average, every person on the face of the Earth possesses at least one connected smartphone, tablet, PC, game console, Smart TV, or set-top box? The economic consequences of connectivity extend far beyond the realm of media and technology. Commerce, education, healthcare, trade, banking, the structure of interpersonal relationships… none of these areas is likely to be left untouched...

  • Global device market on the up thanks to cheaper tablets, smartphones

    The global tech giants will be pleased to hear this. We're still buying devices in their billions, with little sign of a slowdown in sight. There's one big exception to that rule though: we're buying less PCs than ever. In fact, reports tech research house Gartner, worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.32-billion units in 2013, a 4.5% increase from 2012. The vast majority of that growth however comes from tablets and smartphones, especially among those at the lower end of the pricing spectrum. Tablet shipments alone are expected to grow...

  • Samsung could soon slip from top smartphone spot in India

    This is interesting. Samsung's aggressive smartphone strategy, tied with a range that aims to please every pocket, has seen it leap to the top of the global smartphone standings. But in some markets it looks like the locals are fighting back in a big way. Take India for instance, where local brands such as Micromax and Karbonn, could soon usurp the South Korean giant. Micromaxx in particular is becoming an increasingly dominant player with the latest stats from research and tracking company IDC showing that it currently owns 22% of the Indian market, up from 18.8% in the previous...

  • Lenovo sells more phones and tablets than PCs for first time

    If you're in the hardware game, it might not be a bad idea to pay very close attention to Lenovo. The Chinese company is not only the world's top PC manufacturer, it's also now doing a roaring trade in smartphones and tablets. In its latest financial results, the hardware giant revealed that it actually sold more mobile smart devices than it did PCs in the last quarter. That's pretty impressive, considering that its managed to buck the worldwide decline in PC sales. Lenovo’s PC shipments for the first fiscal quarter were 12.6-million units, giving it 16.7% of global...

  • Are smartphones turning people into workaholics?

    Research in Britain has found that our all-encompassing magical devices are "doing us in" by adding an average of two hours work per day. Even though smartphones are supposed to make life easier, it also seems to turn us into workaholics. As reported by The Daily Mail, research by technology retailer Pixmania states that Britons are increasing their amount of work hours per year by as much as 460 hours, as mobile phones and devices enable them to respond to emails while not being at work. Smartphones and devices that have email enabled are owned by almost 90% of employees,...

  • The smartphone revolution may be unstoppable, but it’s only just begun

    Last month, we gave you the low-down on internet prophet Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends. One of the things that Meeker pointed out is that mobile traffic is growing at a tremendous rate, accounting for nearly 10% of all internet traffic. Interestingly, 3G subscriptions only account for 18% of the world's total mobile subscriptions. The enormous number of 3G subscriptions that took place in emerging markets like India and Brazil suggest that mobile is exploding in a way that very few other technologies ever achieve in a year. The driving force for this is the smartphone. But analysts are...

  • China hits 1 billion mobile phone users

    Yes, there are over a billion mobile phone users in China. Considering the population of the country is around 1.3-billion, that means that more than 76% of Chinese citizens have one. Wow. The latest stats, released by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), show that there are approximately 1 030 052 000 mobile users in the country. The new information, reported on Chinese language site Sina Tech and later picked up by Tech in Asia, confirms previous speculation about China's huge mobile phone market. Mobile phone subscriptions were above the 900-million mark in January, so it...

  • Four aspects of technology I really don’t understand

    I am, admittedly, not as bad as my mother when it comes to understanding the technological trappings of our modern world. I am even sometimes able to provide her with technical support when she calls me with her problems and queries (examples include "how do I like something on Facebook?" and "where is on?"). But, for someone who was born sometime after 1940, I am somewhat of a technological retard, and here are some of the things I struggle with the most… 1. Smartphones I have a BlackBerry. Apparently this is classified as a smart phone, but I have to say...

  • Samsung, Apple take the lead in smartphone wars

    The war between Apple and Samsung has seen the two tech giants battle it out in court and in the advertising arena. The prize at stake? Smartphone dominance. The two are already the biggest players in the field, with tech research company Juniper Research estimating that nearly 60% of the 139 million smartphones shipped worldwide carried either the Apple (35.1-million) or Samsung (46.9-million) brand. That’s a fairly substantial increase from the 46%...

  • Mobile sensors to be worth $6bn by 2016 [Report]

    Micro Electronic Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are crucial pieces of equipment in our smartphones and tablets. You might take them for granted, or might not even know what they are, but 4-billion are set to be built into our mobile devices by 2016. MEMS include accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and others such as pressure, humidity, and temperature sensors -- some of which are crucial to the Augmented Reality and Location-based services found in so...

  • Over a third of China’s online population are mobile-only users [Report]

    China has the world’s largest online population, topping out at over 500-million users. That’s interesting enough in its own right. More interesting though, is the fact that over a third of those users only use mobile devices to access the internet. That’s one of the key findings of a new report from research company On Device. If the report is to be believed, then around 38% of China’s online population only access the internet on mobile devices. If that isn't proof enough that mobile is pushing online growth in the Asian superpower, then bear in mind that 45% of...