Economics

EE sees more LTE subs turn away from WiFi

Subscribers might be angry with WiFi. Why? Because it is "less secure" in their perception, also a real hassle to connect! No wonder we prefer to be connected 100% of the time. Just look stuff up without the inconvenience of another login, another screen. Payment perhaps!?

Yes this has implications. Here is the story: http://www.mobileworldlive.com/ee-sees-lte-subs-turn-away-wi-fi

Google & Motorola to 'supercharge the Android ecosystem'

Google will pay cash to acquire Motorola Mobility for a total of about $12.5 billion dollars. This bold move intends to drive innovation for the Android Platform, an open source environment for mobile and online, and most importantly it aims to fill the gap left by the nearly obsolete cable entertainment services. The acquisition plans to build new and innovative programs and devices for the home market to create a seamless experience to engage users in creative ways and bring about a conversion between home and mobile devices.

Android started 6 years ago through the vision of Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, to align standards across the internet and mobile under a single Open Source platform: Android. According to Larry Page, "since November 2007, more than 150 Million Android devices have been activated worldwide through a network of 39 manufacturers 231 carriers in 123 countries. 550,000 [new] devices are lit up [activated] every day."

Paypal: digital currency accepted everywhere in US by 2015

Blogs have called it the end of the wallet but many people don't believe this is achievable by 2015. We will just have to wait and see. Personally I believe that digital currency will only gain relevance in the years to come and as we explore the topic by means of technology, scales might shift to different ways of measuring value and spending habits.

Mobile certainly pays a part here. According to the latest 2010 numbers released by CTIA, the US has over 300M Wireless Subscriber Connections and with a population of over 307M people ('09) you can bet that nearly everyone in the country has a mobile phone! And with smartphone penetration reaching 50% coupled with services like PayPass, PayPal, Google Wallet and others, digital currency will become a reality faster than most of us think.

Mobile advertising today and the opportunity

Informa Telecoms & Media believes that the global mobile advertising market was worth US$2.3 billion in 2009. Over the next five years, the market is expected to show strong growth and generate revenues of around US$24.1 billion in 2015.

In 2010, the Asia Pacific Developed region (which includes Japan and South Korea) is expected to account for the largest share (43.6%) of the global mobile advertising revenues, but this will fall to 21.7% by 2015. The mobile advertising revenue share of all other regions is expected to grow during the same period.

In 2015, the largest share (30.9%) of mobile advertising revenues is expected to come from the Asia Pacific Developing region, driven by strong growth in China and India. North America’s share of the global revenues is expected to grow from 16% in 2010 to 18% in 2015 and Western Europe’s is expected to grow from 4.9% to 8.6% during the same period.

Key Market Trends

Google now activating 200,000 Android units a day

From TechCrunch: Remember back in the day when Google was only activating 100,000 Android units a day? You should — it was May. By June, that number had jumped to 160,000 units a day. And today it now stands at 200,000 Android units activated a day. That’s pretty incredible.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed as much during a sit down with a group of journalists after his panel at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA. When asked about how the Android platform is doing, Schmidt was practically glowing. He cited the recent quarterly shipment numbers (the ones showing total shipments passed those of the iPhone in the U.S.) and said that he just checked their own internal numbers this morning.

Rethinking privacy with a mobile device

By Emilio Castellanos

We are entering times where mobile geolocation will change our concept of privacy. Whether we embrace it or become afraid of it and how it is regulated greatly depends on how we choose to use it or abuse it.

Privacy has become more elusive since the internet era. Personal information posted online on social sites along with information collected through webcam services, street cameras, records stored by financial companies, etc., is all susceptible to be intercepted by 3rd parties.

However privacy issues become even more critical when we consider the mobile device: it contains a chip which constantly broadcasts your whereabouts. This locator has been monitored by government agencies since 2005 (FCC's E911) and is now standard on all new mobile phone models. Some devices will emit a signal even while turned off.

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