Contactless payment technology is applied when the user fulfills a transaction by tapping a card or mobile phone handset against a Chip & PIN machine, rather than swiping a debit or credit card through the Point of Sale (POS) terminal.
Contactless transactions via mobile handsets will exceed 9.9 billion globally by 2018 — that’s up from just over 3 billion this year.
Juniper Research has valued network operator worldwide revenues generated from mobile roaming at nearly $90 billion by 2018 — that’s compared to $57 billion this year.
This growth will represent over 8 percent of the global operator billed revenues by 2018.
Always-On Consumers are defined as those who own and personally use at least three connected devices, go online from a minimum of three different physical locations and multiple times a day.
We found nearly half (48%) of the U.S. adult population can be considered as “Always-On.”
Emerging markets are the key focal point when considering smartphone and mobile internet access growth. According to IDC, in 2013 the worldwide smartphone market surpassed 1 billion units shipped — that’s up from 752 million in 2012.
This boom has been mainly powered by consumption in the China market, which has tripled in size over the last three years.
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.