Blackberry unveiled a new smartphone aimed at developing markets. The low-end Q5 smartphone runs its new BB10 OS and features a QWERTY keyboard alongside a 3.1 inch touch display.
The new device will launch in select markets outside North America in Q3 2013. Blackberry also plans to make its Blackberry Messenger (BBM) service available for Android 4.0+ and iPhone (iOS 6+) users in Q3.
The growth of smartphone adoption in the U.S. marketplace has me wondering, how much more upside is available and when will we likely see full market saturation?
136.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones — that’s 58 percent mobile market penetration — during the three months ending in March, up 9 percent since December.
The global home networking device market totaled $4.9 billion in the second half of 2012 (2H12) — that’s a 5% increase over the first half of 2012, according to Infonetics Research.
Broadband router revenue grew 6% in 2H12, thanks to shipments of higher-end WiFi routers in North America and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa).
Driven by increasing demand worldwide, media tablet shipments continue to surge across the globe, growing 142.4 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2013, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).
The strong performance of the two market leaders helped drive total shipments to an impressive 49.2 million units for the quarter.
Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled nearly 426 million units in the first quarter of 2013, a slight increase of 0.7 percent, according to Gartner.
In the first quarter of 2013, sales of mobile phones in the EMEA region declined 3.6 percent. The North America and Latin America’s mobile phone market fell 9.5 and 3.8 percent, respectively — while Japan saw its mobile phone sales drop 7.3 percent.
As every aspect of our daily lives has become hyper-connected, some people on the cutting edge of tech are trying their best to push it back a few feet.
Keeping their phone in their pocket. Turning off their home Wi-Fi at night or on weekends. And reading books on paper, rather than pixels.
The mobile communications sector continues to advance — with new handheld devices driving mobile internet usage.
Samsung increased its smartphone market share by shipping an estimated 68 million smartphones and accounting for approximately 34 percent of all smartphone shipments in the quarter.
Across the globe an estimated 405 million mobile phone handsets — including 197 million smartphones — were shipped in the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.
Smartphone shipments grew by 38 percent year-over-year (YoY), while feature phone shipments declined 5.2 percent YoY.
With global tablet mobile data subscriptions projected to grow 8 times — from 23 million in 2012 to 188 million in 2017 — tablets represent an important incremental growth opportunity for mobile network operators.
Mobile broadband subscriptions on tablets represent less than 10% of the total tablet installed base in 2012 — but they’re a key driver of postpaid net additions at AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
The mobile gaming market continues to be a high-growth opportunity.
IDC research shows that the number of paying smartphone and tablet gamers will surpass the number of paying Game Optimized Handheld gamers worldwide in 2013 and rise at a rapid rate through 2017.
IDC believes that digital distribution has reached an inflection point in mobile and portable gaming.