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Thursday, November 5th 2009 - 23:55 CET
Smartphone prices are falling as shipment volumes increase, and a new study from ABI Research finds that while in 2007 only 18% of smartphones on offer cost under $200 retail price, that percentage has already grown to 27% this year. By 2014, say the firm’s forecasts, 45% of the smartphones shipped that year will be priced below $200. These numbers highlight a rapid change in many consumers’ attitudes about smartphones, and a corresponding shift in vendors’ and mobile operators’ sales and marketing strategies. Prices will hold at a certain point, we may never see a $30 smartphone. But over time, smartphones will take a substantial part of the mainstream handset market.
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Friday, August 21st 2009 - 17:10 CEST
New research has shown how the mobile handset market is becoming increasingly polarised between low cost handsets for emerging markets and high-end smartphones for developed regions - with the mid-range handset market being squeezed. Low-cost handsets and Smartphones will together account for almost 79% of all new mobile phones by 2014, or just over 1 billion units in all. Operators and vendors are preparing to deal with a massive influx of new users from low-income socio-economic groups in developing markets and a rising demand for complex ‘smart’ devices from affluent users in developed markets.
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Saturday, August 1st 2009 - 19:20 CEST
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, worldwide GPS smartphone shipments will grow 34% from 57 million units in 2008 to 77 million units in 2009. GPS adoption in smartphones is being fueled by widespread consumer acceptance of portable navigation devices in Europe and the United States, and the increasing presence of mapping software applications among mobile phone vendors such as Nokia, Apple and Blackberry.
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Monday, July 20th 2009 - 14:30 CEST
ABI Research released a new in-depth market report. It reports that Entry-level cell phones enjoy 24% annual growth through 2014. The world’s largest underserved markets for mobile communications are in developing nations and regions. Asia, Africa, Latin America all have vast potential, but formidable barriers stand in the way. Among the most immediate: the low disposable income of most of the population. Low cost and ultra-low cost cell phones are seen as part of the solution to that problem, and according to a new study from ABI Research the two categories together will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24% over the next five years.
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Tuesday, May 19th 2009 - 20:42 CEST
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global Android smartphone shipments will grow 900% in 2009. Healthy support from operators, vendors and developers is driving adoption. Apple iPhone OS will be the next fastest-growing smartphone operating system in 2009, with a 79% growth rate. The full report, Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share by Region: 2008, is published by the Strategy Analytics Wireless Smartphone Strategies service and is available for download.
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Tuesday, May 5th 2009 - 20:30 CEST
Despite tough corporate and unemployment news making the headlines, the mobile handset-buying public did not head to the hills during the first quarter of 2009. Mobile phone vendors had shipped 258 million cell phones by the end of the quarter. Although that represents an 11% year-over-year decline, the result significantly exceeded the previous forecast of 253.5 million. “Green shoots are sprouting,” is how ABI Research vice president Jake Saunders describes the latest figures.
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Sunday, May 3rd 2009 - 22:33 CEST
SanDisk, the inventor and world’s largest supplier of flash storage cards, announced that four new 1,000-song, genre-specific slotRadio cards are available for sale. The new slotRadio cards (starting at $39.99 MSRP, U.S.) give consumers instant access to some of their favorite styles of music, including Rock, Country, Oldies and Hip Hop and R&B. Each new SlotRadio card contains several hand-crafted playlists featuring songs from Billboard’s top charting artists. Designed to be paired with the SanDisk Sansa slotRadio player, the plug-and-play music cards deliver true music enjoyment.
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Tuesday, March 17th 2009 - 22:30 CET
Samsung Telecommunications America, (Samsung Mobile) a leading mobile phone distributor in the United States and Paramount Digital Entertainment announced the availability of a 2G microSD card pre-loaded with the Mission Impossible Trilogy with the purchase of a Samsung Delve mobile phone from Alltel Wireless. This is the first time that Samsung Mobile and Paramount Digital Entertainment have worked together to bundle full-length feature films to add promotional value to its premium mobile phone, without creating a price impact on its carrier partners or consumers.
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Sunday, March 15th 2009 - 17:30 CET
SanDisk announced that LG Electronics’ latest fully loaded LG Arena (LG-KM900) multimedia handset will include SanDisk’s iNAND 8 gigabyte (GB) Embedded Flash Drive (EFD). The SanDisk iNAND storage device will be utilized by the LG Arena handset as both a boot and data storage device, eliminating the need for a separate boot device. “Fast and reliable digital storage is essential to LG’s mobile multimedia user experience,” said Mr. Kwak Woo Young, Executive Vice President of LG Electronics Mobile Handset R&D Center. “Because of this, we’ve chosen top-of-the-line SanDisk memory for our new LG Arena multimedia phone.”
Read: LG Arena
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Monday, February 9th 2009 - 04:24 CET
Schlage, the most trusted brand of door locks, announced that the first wireless-controlled and Z-Wave enabled door lock, Schlage LiNK, is now available for purchase through Amazon and GoKeyless. Fusing home security and automation with mobile technology, Schlage LiNK deadbolts and locks provide homeowners the power to remotely control and monitor access to their home 24/7 with any web-enabled mobile phone or computer.




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