tablets

/tablets
15 03, 2017

This Year’s Mobile World Congress Highlights

2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00

2017’s biggest mobile event is over for another year, even though smaller events will be taking place in Asia and the Americas later in the year. As usual, most major manufacturers showcased their new devices for 2017, but there were no huge surprises. Most devices focused on bigger and better screen space and more impressive cameras, with the occasional ‘ah cool’ moment like the Alcatel A5’s sound-responsive LED cover. Of course, the smartphone most discussed wasn’t actually there. Samsung used the MWC to let us know they’d be unveiling the Galaxy S8 on March 29th, so we’ll have to wait a little longer for one of the biggest devices this year. The other big splash wasn’t something new, but rather the revamp of an old favourite. The Nokia 3310 is back in a variety of pretty colours and an updated Snake. How this will actually sell remains to be seen. [...]

This Year’s Mobile World Congress Highlights 2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00
29 12, 2016

2017: We predict next year’s big trends

2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00

Last year, we set out the top six trends we expected to see in 2016, from an increase in mobile payments to a watershed year for VR. Would it be blowing our own horn to say we got it right? Probably. We did though. So what do we expect to see in 2017? We're going to spend more time in virtual worlds This was also one of our 2016 predictions and we were particularly pleased to see it happen. 2016 was a dream year for VR fans! A lot of great products launched, from the HTC Vive to the Samsung Gear VR. Whether you've tried it or not, VR is simply an incredible amount of fun, and with VR providers scrambling to become the household name, this is a trend that is going to shoot straight from 2016 into 2017, and beyond. VR has some handy real-world applications like remote meetings, but let's be honest. Most of [...]

2017: We predict next year’s big trends 2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00
5 01, 2016

Our top six predictions for 2016

2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00

We are living in a period of rapid technological change, and it’s not going to slow in 2016. We're expecting an exciting year.  Here are some of the more interesting trends coming up: 1. Mobile video use will continue to rise New device activations over Christmas show a big rise in the purchase of phablets (smartphone/tablet combinations) compared to smartphones and tablets. There are reasons other than TV  (most notably use of games apps and the desire to have everything in one place) but this is one of the big drivers. Users are expected to increase the average time they spend watching video online by almost 20% in 2016 alone. This isn’t surprising. Online viewing is convenient. Viewers watch what they want, when they want, with fewer commercial breaks. Traditional paid-for subscription TV services are more expensive than a few catch-up apps and an online subscription from Amazon Prime or Netflix. This is [...]

Our top six predictions for 2016 2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00
18 11, 2015

Ericsson’s 2015 Mobility Report highlights the change coming to the sector

2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00

Ericsson have just released their 2015 Mobility Report and it makes for fascinating reading. We've posted before about how it is essential that businesses are ready for the huge changes and demand coming in the next few years, and the numbers in their report confirm what we're seeing. Here's a peek at some of that data. You can find the full report here. We're already seeing big increases in data traffic but it's nothing compared to what people will be consuming in another five years.  Much of this will be driven by video which is expected to grow 55% annually through 2021.   There are more mobile subscriptions than people in the world, and twenty new subscriptions are added every second. The Internet of Things and increases in device use and traffic are going to have hugely disrupting effects on the industry. We know that change is coming, but not all customers [...]

Ericsson’s 2015 Mobility Report highlights the change coming to the sector 2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00
5 10, 2015

The rise and rise of video

2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00

Research earlier this year confirmed what we are already seeing: video is fuelling strong mobile data growth, with much of the growth driven by the increasing use of video in social media. Facebook introduced auto-play videos in May 2014, with Twitter following soon after in June, and YouTube announced the following October that half of their views were now coming from mobile devices. However, while the behemoths of social media are behind much of the growth, the area to watch is the rise of video apps such as Vine, Keek, Mixbit and Tout, and the driving demographic behind them. Vine became the most downloaded free app within the iOS app store within two years of its launch, and Keek, launched in 2011, was adding more than 250,000 users a day at the height of its growth the following year. Much of the demand is being driven by younger consumers; 85% of the Keek [...]

The rise and rise of video 2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00
24 09, 2015

Broadband as a core utility and the future of the complex device sector.

2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00

In a report released by the White House last month, the United States government announced it considers broadband to be a ‘core utility’ on a par with electricity, sewage and water.  The report announced plans to improve and modernise broadband access for Americans over the next two years. “Access to high-speed broadband is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity.” Barack Obama The UK has its own plan to ensure everyone in the UK has at least basic broadband access by 2016, with a target of 90% of households having access to super-fast broadband by the same date. The UK has one of the highest smartphone penetration rates in the world, higher than the United States, and, along with Germany, the highest in Europe. What will this mean for the complex device sector? Firstly, the increase in available broadband is not confined to households   Access to public Wi-Fi is [...]

Broadband as a core utility and the future of the complex device sector. 2018-02-18T20:44:38+00:00
22 09, 2015

The Benefits of Integration and Flexibility

2018-02-18T20:44:39+00:00

The benefits of integration are often overlooked. We research the type of tools and products we need (perhaps ticking off features off a list as we do), do a cost benefit-analysis of each and then make our decisions. But we need to consider integration too. We might purchase three different systems, each performing well at its own task, but at the very least that means training staff on three different products, with three sets of passwords, access, installation and support. It might take less than a minute to switch between systems and re-orientate ourselves with a new interface, but it adds up when it happens multiple times a day with multiple members of staff. While time-saving may be the most obvious benefit of purchasing an integrated multi-process system, it’s not the biggest. The best SaaS systems are designed with integration in mind. With thoughtfully designed integration, each component adds additional support, capability [...]

The Benefits of Integration and Flexibility 2018-02-18T20:44:39+00:00
22 09, 2015

44% of smartphone users want improved battery life

2018-02-18T20:44:39+00:00

A recent survey revealed that 44% of smartphone users said battery life was the one thing they would choose to improve on their smartphones. Building more efficient batteries will be the next big challenge for device manufacturers, but there are also easy ways in which users can improve their battery life without buying a new smartphone or battery. This problem affects all your customers and they’ll be looking for solutions.  Seventy percent of smartphone users look online or on their device for answers before calling or visiting, so providers should ensure that support is readily available through their websites or on-device. Here are a few of the tips your customers may need when it comes to battery life: Screen and display are some of the biggest battery culprits when it comes to rapid battery draining. Changing the default time-out period for when the device goes inactive, even by only fifteen seconds, will help reduce battery drainage. [...]

44% of smartphone users want improved battery life 2018-02-18T20:44:39+00:00