There are almost 6.5 billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide, over 1.5 billion smartphone users and more than 250 million tablet users.
Around the world, there are now almost 1.5 billion people regularly downloading mobile apps, and the business has grown rapidly, generating revenues of $12 billion in 2012, as users downloaded more than 46 billion apps.
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Can an alternative smartphone OS option challenge the dominant position of Google Android and Apple iOS ecosystems? A group of new open-source mobile operating systems (OS) are set to make an impact on the mobile industry.
“Tizen’s strong backing from Intel and Samsung will enable it to quickly outpace its other Linux mobile OS challengers,” says Joshua Flood, senior analyst at ABI Research.
According to a recent U.S. study, Android was ahead of iOS by 3 percentage points — Android ran on 28% of mobile phone owners’ smartphones, compared with 25% on iPhones running iOS.
There was an even split of women on iPhones and Android smartphones — at 26% each. For men there was a skew toward Android — 31% of males used Android, compared with 24% iPhone.
Mobile payments, performed via a device such as a smartphone, is clearly a fast growing sector of the global communications and retail-related marketplace.
At the end of 2012, there were 480 million mobile payment users worldwide — this number is expected to cross the 1 billion users mark by the end of 2015.
Tablet owners spend significantly more on smartphone apps than those who do not own a tablet, according to Analysys Mason.
More than 60% of tablets owners who have installed apps on their smartphones have paid for an app — compared with 40% of non-tablet owners.
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The Smart Vehicle will become the new frontier for app developers over the next five years, according to Juniper Research, which now forecasts that the market for in-vehicle apps will be worth just short of $1.2 billion by 2017.
“The biggest winner from the rapid roll-out of smartphone tethering and in-vehicle Apps will be the consumer,” says Anthony Cox, analyst at Juniper Research.
ABI Research predicts that subscribers of enterprise-grade mobile content management (MCM) solutions will grow at double-digit rates — to reach over 110 million subscriptions by 2018.
Smartphone subscribers of MCM will grow at a modest 12 percent year-over-year, whereas corporate-liable media tablet subscribers will grow by 21 percent over the next 5 years.
Interest in finding new apps in China is notably higher than in the U.S. market. Whereas half of American smartphone users searched for new mobile apps at least weekly, that number rose to 63% in China.
And only 28% of China’s smartphone users reported rarely or never looking for a new app — compared with 40% who said the same in the U.S.
Globally, the traditional data center security hardware appliance segment of the market grew by 2% in 2012.
The smaller, but much faster-growing, virtual security appliance segment grew 33% in 2012, and is forecast by Infonetics to more than double between 2013 and 2017, to over $1.3 billion.
After years of steady but low growth, the commercial building automation systems (BAS) market is experiencing a rapid period of change and investment.
According to ABI Research, over the next five years the building automation services market will grow to $43 billion – that’s up from $35 billion this year.