Most smartphones have a very similar shape, but that’s about to change as new technology is applied to forward-looking designs. Mobile phones and associated wearable electronics are now part of what is called the Internet of People (IoP).
The IoP encompasses internet-enabled personal electronics.
Internet usage is evolving, and so are the application scenarios for business technology. Desktop personal computers will produce a much smaller share of commercial internet protocol (IP) traffic. Mobile and portable devices will drive the majority of traffic by 2018.
Moreover, commercial mobile location-based services will be the fastest growing application — with a 24.9 percent CAGR.
Mobile internet usage and digital media consumption in America continues to be driven by the growing number of subscribers with smartphones. comScore released market data for key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for April 2014.
Google Android led as the number one smartphone platform with 52.5 percent market share.
Consumers around the world are rushing into the embrace of the mobile internet, according to eMarketer. By the end of 2014, they expect 1.76 billion people to own and use smartphones monthly, that’s up more than 25% over 2013.
By 2017, more than one-third of all people around the globe will be smartphone users.
Android devices continued to dominate smartphone sales in Great Britain, according to research data. The Google operating system (OS) claimed a 56.2% share of smartphone sales in the country in the three months leading up to March 2014.
UK smartphone users who own and use an Android phone at least monthly will total 18.3 million this year.
Since 2011, expectations have been high that mobile contactless payments — enabled via Near Field Communications (NFC) — would rapidly gain traction around the world. This has not come to pass.
The number of consumers making contactless payments via their mobile handsets will reach 300 million globally by 2017 — that’s up from just over 110 million last year.
Based on a greater decline in demand than predicted in the first quarter — and real concerns that vendors will face additional market challenges the rest of the year — International Data Corporation (IDC) has lowered its 2014 worldwide media tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast to 245.4 million units.
That’s down from the previous forecast of 260.9 million units.
The lead-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been beset by protests, organizational missteps and construction issues. And with the big kickoff just days away, there remain many concerns. One such worry is that the country’s mobile communications infrastructure will not be able to cope with the huge amount of activity.
Mobile devices seem set to perform an important support role for those fans who will be following the events in Brazil.
More than 25 million German residents access the internet every day with a mobile device, according to a study. Half of all respondents had a smartphone in early 2014, and one in five had a tablet — that’s up from 40% and 15%, respectively, a year earlier.
eMarketer estimates that Germany’s smartphone user population will reach 35.4 million this year.
According to Strategy Analytics, mobile phone sales will reach 430 million units and generate revenues of $87 billion in China during 2014. In contrast, mobile phone sales will stabilize at 163 million units and deliver revenues of just $60 billion in the United States this year.
China will overtake the United States for the first time ever to become the world’s largest mobile phone market by value.