Since USB was first introduced in 1996, a bevy of wired connectivity standards have fallen by the wayside. Now, USB 3.1 and USB Power Delivery will help to firmly establish the mobile device leadership position in the marketplace.
With the forthcoming Type-C port, mobile adoption of the USB 3.0 standard should accelerate significantly.
According to ABI Research, more than 55 percent of the least expensive country tariff plans are now on 4G LTE technology — that’s compared to just 22 percent a year ago.
This performance has been driven by the aggressive deployment of LTE-based mobile networks and a wider choice of consumer-centric LTE smartphones.
American shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled consumer electronics (CE) devices grew 10% in 2013, reaching 324 million units. The 802.11n Wi-Fi standard has become the industry baseline for low cost Wi-Fi, accounting for 88% of all shipments in 2013.
The market will shift to the 802.11ac standard, as the industry continues to seek improved connectivity to more efficiently deliver high-quality content and services on CE devices.
The smartphone market passed an important milestone in 2013 when worldwide shipments surpassed the one billion mark for the first time, driven by continued momentum from Google Android and Apple iOS.
Android and iOS accounted for 95.7 percent of all smartphone shipments in 4Q13, and for 93.8 percent of all smartphone shipments in 2013.
More and more UK consumers are reaching for smartphones while browsing in physical retail stores. A recent study looked at a wide range of shopping behaviors – from general research to price-checking and purchasing.
Researching is now the norm. Seven in 10 respondents had used their phones to check out potential purchases and compare prices.
Mozilla doubled down on its bet that low-end smartphones will give Firefox OS a place in the crowded mobile market, announcing partnerships that will bring $25 smartphones to the people who can’t afford high-end models.
The phones may seem small, under-powered, and short on features to people used to modern Android and iOS phones.
Despite continued growth of online video viewing on connected consumer electronics (CE) devices and expanding platform options, annual increases in mobile online viewing (via tablets and smartphones) are higher than any other category.
Worldwide mobile views already constitute over 20 percent of the total in 2013 – more than doubling during the next five years, according to ABI Research.
If there’s an eventual downside the the rising smartphone phenomenon, it’s not in sight. The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another key milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time.
According to IDC, vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide — that’s up 38.4 percent from the 725.3 million units in 2012.
China will very soon be the world’s largest 4G mobile phone handset market. Strategy Analytics forecasts that 4G LTE Chinese handset sales will grow by 547 percent Year-over-Year — to reach 135 million units in 2014.
Companies such as Samsung, Lenovo, Qualcomm and MediaTek will lead the way, according to the findings from the latest market study.
Alipay from China had more than 300 million mobile payment registered users in 2013 and conducted 2.78 billion unique transactions for the year. They are currently processing close to 18 million transactions per day.
There are many alternative mobile payment methods using operating operator billing, NFC, embedded payments, credit cards and proximity payments.