According to Juniper Research, low-cost handsets and Smartphones will together account for almost 79% of all new mobile phones by 2014, or just over 1 billion units in all. New research has shown how the mobile handset market is becoming increasingly polarised between low cost handsets for emerging markets and high-end smartphones for developed regions.
INTERVIEW: Mark Newman, Chief Research Officer at analyst house Informa, talks about some of the latest trends affecting the mobile voice and data markets.
Speaking in advance of his address to the Insights’09 conference next month in Lisbon, he discusses the impact of the iPhone, the rush to open app stores and carriers’ attitude to mobile VoIP.
Nokia’s first-quarter profit plunged 90 per cent as the Finnish handset maker showed its vulnerabilty to the current economic difficulties.
The world’s leading mobile manufacturer posted a net profit of just EURO €122 million (USD $161m), compared with EURO €1.22 billion (USD $1.58bn) in the year-ago period.
The first Acer-branded smartphone is to go on sale in the first quarter of 2009.
While no details have been released – handset info or precise regions where it will be sold – it does at least firm up what have until now been speculative reports.
Smartphones will continue to be the device most used for watching mobile video, according to research firm In-Stat.
The high-end handsets will not have it all their own way though.
Over the next five years, they will be joined by over 160 million other devices that provide mobile video over networks now in exclusive use by cellphones.
Salary details, financial data, bank account details, sensitive business plans, notes from board meetings and personal medical details are being discovered by buyers of second hand smartphones.
Nearly a quarter of re-sold smartphones contain sensitive data, with BlackBerry owners identified as the worst offenders for discarding their handsets with company and personal information.
Mobile TV will soon become as accepted a feature of mobile handsets as the camera.
That is the prediction of David Srodzinski, founder and chief executive of Elonics, who spoke about his expectations for the future of mobile TV in an interview with Smartphone.biz-news.com.
Some impressive mobile phone product launches between now and the year-end will help the world’s mobile handset markets finish 2008 with strong sales, according to ABI Research.
Spurred on by the launch of Apple’s second-generation iPhone, rival handset vendors such as RIM, Nokia and Samsung are also expected to debut new models in the second half of 2008.