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Nexus 6P and the Google Store Review

I want to openly congratulate Google and Huawei for the Nexus 6P. A great looking phone, perfect size and design, great performance, no bloatware... pure Android. I am really enjoying it. It goes head to head with the Apple 6s Plus at a considerable lower price. There is also something to be said about the Google Store experience. I need to openly claim I had one of the best customer service experiences in a long time, period. So I have to take a moment to thank the Google Store's Service department for their astute handling of my Nexus 6P order. More about that below.

MicroSIM to NanoSIM Cutting Guide PDF for Nexus 5X and 6P

Although we make no claim or guarantee this will work for you (fat fingers), you can save the trip to the store and cut your SIM card yourself with this great guide from GoSoftWorks. Just download and print the PDF attached. And give some KUDOS to GoSoftWorks by liking their video and visiting their website. http://www.gosoftworks.com/GoSoftWorks/NanoSIM.html

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

FCC: Texts confirming opt-outs do not violate TCPA

Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Declaratory Ruling stating that sending a one-time text message to confirm receipt of a consumer’s request to opt out of receiving text messages does not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. Section 227 (TCPA), if the following conditions are met:
* The consumer had previously given prior express consent to receive texts from the sender, ¶ 15;

Android now powers 75% of all smartphones sold

An insightful article by Sebastian Anthony, on Nov 2, 2012, reminds us how Android devices are cornering the market. We already know that according to the latest numbers (June, 2012) Android activations hit 1.3M per day, according to Google's Schmidt. According to Anthony "no less than 75% of smartphones shipped ran Google’s Android operating system. This equates to 136 million Android handsets, almost doubling the 71 million Android smartphones from the same quarter last year.

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.

Google Wallet: Mobile will revolutionize the way you shop

Update: PayPal files lawsuit to protect trade secrets: A reason worth fighting for. Read more on the PayPal blog here: http://bit.ly/jrSW90 - According to .Net Magazine Google estimates that by 2014, over 150 million devices will be NFC ('Near Field Communication') capable. Read more about the lawsuit here: http://bit.ly/l1HMpY
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National Wireless Initiative can change the US economy

We are very excited about the National Wireless Initiative. It confirms the growth and necessary direction that the US economy needs to compete in the decades to come. Smart and forward looking.

Here is what it promises:

  • Nearly Double Wireless Spectrum Available for Mobile Broadband: The President has set the goal of freeing up 500 MHz of spectrum for everything from smartphones to wireless broadband connectivity for laptops to new forms of machine-to-machine communication within a decade. Critical to realizing this goal are “voluntary incentive auctions” and more efficient use of government spectrum, estimated to raise $27.8 billion over the next decade.
  • Provide At Least 98% of Americans with Access to 4G High-Speed Wireless: Private investments are extending 4G to most of the Nation, but leaving some rural areas behind. The President’s initiative would support a one-time investment of $5 billion and reform of the “Universal Service Fund” to ensure millions more Americans will be able to use this technology.
  • Catalyze Innovation Through a Wireless Innovation (WIN): To spur innovation, $3 billion of the spectrum proceeds will go to research and development of emerging wireless technologies and applications.

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.

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