Archive for February, 2011
The Comscore Mobile Year in Review covers the US, the top 5 European markets and Japan, and looks at the changes driven by smartphone adoption, 3G penetration and unlimited plans.
Casting their eye over 2010 the analysts recount a “game-changing year” for mobile, as its very definition expanded under the weight of technological innovation in tablets, e-readers and other connected devices. Read the rest of this entry »
There can be few better ways of starting a week you know will end with a major strategic announcement than by inadvertently ‘doing a Ratner’. But seeing as the deal Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop unveiled on Friday was one to kill off Symbian, the leaking of a memo in which he compared it to “a burning platform” probably didn’t do too much harm.
The company’s decision to jump into bed with Microsoft and use its Windows Phone 7 operating system might seem an odd one – Nokia invented the smartphone and leads the market with 37.6% of all smartphones sold last year running its Symbian operating system.
But its smartphone position has been waning, with market share down from 46.9% in 2009 and, as Elop noted, “Apple owns the high-end range” and Android is “winning the mid-range, and quickly they are going downstream to phones under €100”. Read the rest of this entry »
As one failed opportunity to make an online killing is earmarked for sale by a corporation not entirely au fait with the internet, another potential still-born venture is picked apart by critics, who all seem to be asking “what’s the point”.
Rupert Murdoch’s iPad-only newspaper The Daily is clearly desperate to be the future of publishing. But the costs involved (including a $30 million launch), the estimated 650,000 subscribers needed to break-even and its reliance on a single, high-end niche platform make it feel like a very risky move indeed.
It’s available free for the first two weeks, then at 99 cents a week, or $39.99 for a year, but for News Corporation’s long-term strategy you’d certainly hope they start offering an Android-compatible version soon. In the meantime non-subscribers can see its free content online here. Read the rest of this entry »