Strategy Analytics announced that the market share for the Android operating system decreased to 56% from 60%. In addition, Blackberry’s smartphone market share declined from 11% to 7% over the past year. This is its lowest level in recent history. Consumers, businesses and operators continue to be frustrated by Blackberry’s limited touchcreen smartphone portfolio and repeated delays to its new BB10 operating system.
According to research by Strategy Analytics, smartphone owners in the US and UK prefer device screens in the 4″ to 4.5″ range, as long as the device is also thin. Almost 90% of existing smartphone owners surveyed chose a prototype smartphone with a display larger than their current device. This trend is driven by increased mobile web browsing capability, and engaging video and gaming experiences. However, in order for smartphone owners to adopt larger devices, it is important for handset manufacturers to ensure that mobile devices are not too heavy and that the devices remain thin enough for purses and pockets.
According to Strategy Analytics, the global smartphone applications processor market grew to $2.24 billion in the third quarter of this year (Q3 2011). This is a 59% year-on-year growth. Qualcomm ranked first in the smartphone applications processor market with 49% of revenue share in the last quarter. Thanks to the ramp up of its Android business, Broadcom finally broke into the top-five vendor list for smartphone applications processors in the third quarter.
In-Stat expects worldwide smartphone processor revenue will have a CAGR of almost 21% from 2009-2015. In the last ten years, smartphones and phones have created a multi-billion dollar business where one did not exist before. The next 10 years will not see changes quite as dramatic as those in the last ten years. However, the evolution of the handset will continue at a fast pace.
According to In-Stat’s Smartphones: A Worldwide View research, unit shipments of smartphones will grow to almost 850 million by 2015. Critical factors driving smartphone sales include a powerful browser, a wide variety of apps, an easy to navigate user interface, and a good keyboard or touch screen. The research is part of In-Stat’s Mobile Devices service, which provides analysis and forecasts of the market for mobile communications and computing devices, including cell phones, smartphones, MIDs, tablets, mini-notes/netbooks, and notebooks.
Historically the smartphone market has been dominated by ARM-based applications processors. ARM processors offer the best power efficiency while having comparatively less processing grunt than Intel equivalents. However, according to ABI Research, both Intel and ARM are addressing their weaknesses. In the next few years, the performance/power efficiency of the technologies will be equal. At that point the competition in the market should be immense. x86 and MIPS cores have entered the market this year, and are expected to grow to about 18% of the market by 2016.
To spur development and leverage growing excitement around Microsoft’s Silverlight technology and Windows Phone 7 (WP7) smartphone platform, McObject® has changed its licensing and distribution for the Perst[tm] for .NET object-oriented, open source embedded database system. The new arrangements make using Perst both more economical and more convenient in these environments.
Imec and Holst Centre, together with TASS software professionals have developed a mobile heart monitoring system that allows to view your electrocardiogram on an Android mobile phone. The innovation is a low-power interface that transmits signals from a wireless ECG (electrocardiogram or heart monitoring)-sensor system to an Android mobile phone. With this interface, imec, Holst Centre and TASS are the first to demonstrate a complete Body Area Network (BAN) connected to a mobile phone enabling reliable long-term ambulatory monitoring of various health parameters such as cardiac performance (ECG), brain activity (EEG), muscle activity (EMG), etc. The system will be demonstrated at the Wireless Health Conference in San Diego (US, October 5-7).
The fight for market dominance has heated up as mobile subscribers take to mobile smartphone apps in rapidly increasing numbers, reports In-Stat. While users are downloading applications at a phenomenal rate, Apple users download 2.4 times more applications than the average smartphone user. However, downloads is not the only success factor for an application.
According to a new research report by Berg Insight, global shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets increased 92 percent in 2009 to 150 million units. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.7 percent, shipments are forecasted to reach 770 million units in 2014. Adoption of GPS technology started in the smartphone segment where it is now essentially a standard feature on all new models.