Shipments of consumer M2M devices will reach 13.8 million in 2017 – Berg Insight

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berg-insightAccording to a new research report from Berg Insight, shipments of consumer M2M devices with cellular connectivity reached 5.3 million worldwide in 2012. In the next five years, shipments are forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.1 percent to reach 13.8 million devices in 2017. This relatively new breed of connected devices – neither classified as handsets, PCs, tablets nor traditional M2M devices – have strong growth potential. Today, e-readers and PNDs are the most common consumer M2M devices already shipping in millions. The consumer device market is changing rapidly and dedicated devices are facing fierce competition from multipurpose devices such as smartphones and tablets. Introducing wireless connectivity is one strategy to meet this threat and new connected products such as the Galaxy camera range from Samsung as well as smaller scale success stories such as the PocketFinder from Location Based Technologies show the market potential for cellular connected consumer devices.

Emerging device categories such as personal tracking, wearable technology and digital cameras are well suited for embedded cellular connectivity and have high growth potential in the coming years. Berg Insight predicts that by 2017, smart watches will be the most sold consumer M2M device category before personal tracking devices, accounting for 23 percent and 17 percent respectively of total annual shipments. An increasing share of all content and services are delivered through the cloud and cellular connectivity gives the freedom of being connected everywhere.

“There are already over 15 million consumer M2M devices in use worldwide. Business innovation from device vendors, content service providers and telecom operators is now necessary in order to turn M2M consumer devices into a mainstream success” says Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight. The 3G connected Kindle e-reader from Amazon is the most sold consumer M2M device to date. “A seamless integrated offering without any complicated subscription models has been key to the success”, continues Mr Svanberg. Mobile data plans which let users buy a bucket of data to share across several devices as well as pay-per-use models are other promising business models for consumer M2M devices. “It is not always possible to hide the cost of data such as in the case of the Kindle, but the relationship between the benefits and costs need to be both clear and fair in order for users to be willing to pay extra for wireless data”, concludes Mr Svanberg.

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Panasonic Launches New Smartphones: P11, T21, T11

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panasonicYesterday Panasonic unveiled three new smartphones: P11, T21, and T11. These smartphones are designed to deliver on Panasonic’s brand promise of “Smart solutions for Smart people”, and come with compact and sleek designs, loaded with innovative software features to deliver superior performance thus making it an ideal companion for everyday life.

These new smartphones run on Android 4.1 (jelly bean) that promises superior quality graphics, multi-tasking and improved application performance. Priced between Rs. 9,790 to Rs. 16,490, all the three devices come in multiple screen sizes with IPS and High Resolution display. Quad-Core and Dual-Dual Core technology ensures impressive speed and graphics performance. All phones come pre-loaded with popular Apps such as ToI & ET news application, Hungama music application, WeChat Instant messenger, CamCard & CamScanner utility applications. The smartphones will be available to consumers in India from third week of September, 2013.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Manish Sharma, Managing Director, Panasonic India said, “With the launch of these devices, we are yet again raising the bar for innovation. Smartphone is a reflection of who you are, and since we are all different, it is imperative that we do not adopt a ‘one size fits all approach’. Panasonic’s new offerings will deliver a remarkable mobile experience to our consumers and set a new standard in premium smartphones. It syndicates great functionality and design, accompanied by a comprehensive system of applications that reliably address the needs of our evolving customers. We are positive that our consumers will yet again repose their faith in Panasonic.”

Panasonic has partnered with Broadcom and Qualcomm to quickly bring smartphones with advanced features including multi-core processor, vivid graphics and dual-SIM capabilities.

 

[Source: Business Wire India]

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UC Browser Releases Version 9.3 for Android Platform

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uc-browserYesterday UCWeb unveiled UC Browser 9.3 for Android Platform. The latest UC Browser comes with Smart Download capability in addition to new add-ons, multiple features and easy to use interface.  UC Browser 9.3 for Android aims at relieving users from all the anxiety and situation of seeing a mobile download process get interrupted and restarted all over again. With the new Smart Download capability of UC Browser V9.3, users can expect a seamless and faster download experience.

Highlights of UC Browser 9.3 for Android

Smart Reconnection : You no longer have to check your downloads every minute just in case it gets interrupted. Smart Reconnection automatically resumes interrupted download tasks, providing you with a seamless downloading experience.

Smart Preview: To make sure that the correct files are being downloaded, UC Browser is now equipped with Smart Preview that allows you to get a sneak peek of videos even while the download is still in progress.

Smart Manager: With a new and improved download manager, UC Browser provides you with a more user-friendly interface that makes file organization as easy as one, two, three! This advanced technology, backed with an improved user interface, is made to solve common issues that you encounter while downloading such as intermittent internet connection and mislabelled files.

In addition, UC Browser 9.3 for Android also launched several new add-ons for users to enhance their browser.

QR Code Generator:  With the QR Code Generator, you can create a QR Code for the URL you are visiting, and share it with friends instantly via social networks.

Gestures: This feature allows you to customize gestures to trigger particular actions. Additionally, you can add your favorite site addresses as gestures and draw these gestures to visit these sites instantly.

Browse Faster: The Browse Faster add-on can clean up your phone memory and make browsing faster with just one click.

Private Bookmarks: Private Bookmarks is a bookmark folder which no one can access unless they know the password. It is a safe box for your personal stuff.

UC Browser 9.3 for Android also comes with upgraded Facebook Uploader and Translator which are already among the most downloaded add-ons.

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Annual Downloads From Mobile App Stores To Reach 102 billion in 2013 – Gartner

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gartnerAccording to a recent report by Gartner, annual downloads from mobile app stores will reach 102 billion in 2013, up from 64 billion in 2012. Total revenue in 2013 will reach $26 billion, up from $18 billion in 2012. Free apps will account for 91 percent of total downloads in 2013. Gartner said that in-app purchases (IAPs) will account for 48 percent of app store revenue by 2017, up from 11 percent in 2012.

Commenting on the insights, Brian Blau, research director at Gartner said,”Free apps currently account for about 60 percent and 80 percent of the total available apps in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, respectively.iOS and Android app stores combined are forecast to account for 90 percent of global downloads in 2017. These app stores are still increasingly active due to richer ecosystems and large and very active developer communities. However, we expect average monthly downloads per iOS device to decline from 4.9 in 2013 to 3.9 in 2017, while average monthly downloads per Android device will decline from 6.2 in 2013 to 5.8 in 2017. This relates back to the overall trend of users using the same apps more often rather than downloading new ones.”

According to the report, IAP purchases will drive 17 percent of the store revenue in 2013 and increase to 48 percent in 2017. However, as with downloads, IAP is expected to have strong growth in 2013 and 2014 and slow in later years. This is due to smart devices reaching more mass-market consumers whose willingness and/or affordability to spend on IAPs is lower than early adopters. Nevertheless, IAP will become a major monetization method for apps stores and developers.

Research shows that IAP contributes to a significant amount of Apple’s App Store revenue from iPhones worldwide. Other platforms have not reached such high levels as the iPhone, but analysts expect they will also see IAP contributions increase in the future.

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IMImobile Launches DaVinci Social

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imimobileYesterday IMImobile announced the launch of DaVinci Social, a universal platform that provides enterprises such as banks, retailers, utilities, brands and  broadcasters with the tools they need to listen, contextualize, respond, publish and analyse mobile and social media customer interactions.

DaVinci Social gives users a coherent, unrestricted view over the mobile and social landscape, allowing users to manage inbound and outbound content across SMS, MMS, email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube from one single dashboard. With multiple channels connected into the platform, users can build and deploy consumer engagement campaigns to grow an audience base, deliver instant customer service over mobile and social media channels, and publish or distribute user generated content to multiple outbound channels.

DaVinci Social can be utilised by multiple types of users for a number of different purposes, including enterprises such as banks, retailers, utility companies or brands and broadcasters. Brands and enterprises can provide a complete customer experience by implementing customer services over mobile and social channels, improving customer satisfaction by real time listening and management of customer comments and feedback. Broadcasters can utilise DaVinci Social to quickly filter incoming audience communications for external publishing to other audience visible channels including widgets, websites, on screen overlays, mobile sites, second screens and presenter tablets. DaVinci Social has already been used by a number of leading European and Asian broadcasters for a variety of television and radio shows, dealing with high volumes of traffic from multiple audience communication sources.

Commenting on the launch, Sudarshan Dharmapuri, Vice President of Product Management at IMImobile said,“We are excited to launch DaVinci Social during the Social Media Week in Mumbai. With consumers continuing to use a multitude of channels to communicate with brands, broadcasters and enterprises, having a tool for real time engagement is becoming key to staying relevant in today’s fast moving market. DaVinci Social provides all the tools to utilise user generated content of the most influential mobile and social channels in order to create more meaningful conversations and make smarter business decisions. The launch of DaVinci Social represents a key milestone in accelerating IMI’s growth strategy and further cementing the company’s positioning as a leading technology and solutions provider at the cusp of mobile, social and cloud technologies.”

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Safety at your finger tips with ‘imShakti’ from Notion Ink, Android App Launched

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I Am ShaktiNotion Ink, a technologically adept, innovation driven company, today announced the launch of their safety enhancing mobile application imShakti which assists users in emergency situations. The application once installed can be utilised in emergency situations. On pressing the Power button 5 times in quick succession within 2 seconds, imShakti will send users’ location as default message to their listed emergency contact at that time and convey that the user is in need.

“Emergency situations won’t give prior notice or hint against a specific gender. It could be women, men, children, senior citizens or patients. In view of the mobile penetration, we contemplated that it would be more relevant to target all mobile users. imShakti upholds the underlined endeavour to make the users believe that “I Am Shakti” and to not be afraid of any situation. This instant service can boost your confidence with the certainty that timely help is on the way. When we are in a panic situation, we don’t have time to unlock the phone, look for the application and select that one feature to help you immediately. We are confident that this application will make a significant impact in emergency situations,” said Rohan Shravan, Founder & CEO at Notion Ink.

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SMS with user’s location is sent instantly on pressing power button 5 times within 2 seconds
 All Android mobile users can use this app
imShakti gets the location from the GPS, cell-towers, and Wi-Fi.

During an emergency, we don’t get lot of time to think and sometimes it’s difficult to think straight. It is however important that your loved ones be notified, and that the authorities are able to pinpoint your exact location.
I’m Shakti (IMS) is an initiative by Notion Ink to build tools to enhance safety for Women, Kids and generally everybody. IMS provides you with the fastest and simplest way to contact your nearest and dearest during emergencies.
If you’re in trouble and need to notify your emergency contacts, press your power button 5 times (within 2 seconds)!
All you have to do is set a/some emergency contact/s and your phone will send them an Emergency Text Message (SMS) with a preset message. If your phone can find your approximate location, it will be included as part of the Emergency SMS.
If your location cannot be found, the Emergency SMS will be sent without your location and the phone will continuously search for your location. When it does find your location, another SMS will be sent with your location details.
Note – To activate sending Emergency SMS, press the power button quickly 5 times within 2 seconds. Alternatively, you can open up the application and click on the button that says “Send Emergency SMS”

Other Features

On opening the application, users can customize their Emergency SMS. This feature assists in case users are not in a hurry or have no access to the internet, as they can quickly type in the location. The SMS is built by simple check boxes enabling the user to add customized texts (like “Don’t call back, not safe; Pick me up, will wait here; I’m very low on battery”).

There is an option to turn off all your connectivity services, dim your screen and kill all running applications in case you’re critically low on battery and need to conserve your charge.
There is also another option that enables you to put your phone in a state of complete silence.
All Android mobile users can use this app when they are in tough situations and think their loved ones must be informed about the situation and location immediately.

Privacy

Notion Ink takes the privacy of its users very seriously, and given the intended use of the application, it is important that information like the location of a person be accessible only to whom the users wish to send it to. There is NO back up taken on the location or phone numbers, or number of times the application was used to send SMSes. The application is self sustaining and does not require or utilize a server on the backend to run.

Download the app for your device : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nidl.shakti

 

 

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GSMA Invites Applications for GSMA Mobile Awards 2014, Last Date of Entry Friday, November 29th, 2013

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GSMAMobile AwardsThe GSMA confirmed that the Global Mobile Awards 2014 are now open for entry.

The awards, which honor excellence and innovation across the mobile industry, will be open for entry until Friday, November 29th, 2013.

As usual, the winners will be announced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Next year’s MWC kicks off Tuesday, February 24th, 2014.

“The Global Mobile Awards recognize the world’s leading mobile devices, services, apps and technologies and this year, with a host of diverse categories reflecting the latest mobile trends, growth sectors and opportunities, we expect the competition to be even stronger than ever,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer for the GSMA.  “Arguably the most established and respected awards program in mobile, the Global Mobile Awards at Mobile World Congress offer an outstanding platform to spotlight the innovation that drives our industry.”

A full list of categories, deadlines and award criteria can be found at www.globalmobileawards.com.

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Twitter Acquires Mobile Ad Exchange Platform MoPub

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twitterMicroblogging network Twitter has announced the acquisition of MoPub, a mobile-focused advertising exchange. MoPub’s technology lets mobile application publishers manage their inventory and optimize multiple sources of advertising — direct ads, house ads, ad network, and real-time bidding through the MoPub Marketplace — in a single product.

Announcing this acquitistion, the Twitter blog stated,”The two major trends in the ad world right now are the rapid consumer shift toward mobile usage, and the industry shift to programmatic buying. Twitter sits at the intersection of these, and we think by bringing MoPub’s technology and team to Twitter, we can further drive these trends for the benefit of consumers, advertisers, and agencies.”

It further added,”The MoPub team has built a leading mobile ad exchange, and their focus on providing transparency to advertisers and publishers aligns with our values. We’ll continue to invest in and improve their core business. In particular, we think there is a key opportunity to extend many types of native advertising across the mobile ecosystem through the MoPub exchange.”

Twitter plans to use MoPub’s technology to build real-time bidding into its ads platform and thus enable advertisers to easily automate and scale their buys.

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PayPal Launches Seller Protection Policy in Asia Pacific

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paypalRecently PayPal announced that it will be launching an expanded Seller Protection policy in Asia Pacific (APAC) on October 11th, 2013. PayPal’s Seller Protection will help to protect merchants from fraudulent transactions and cases where items are not received by buyers to enable merchants to seek out growth opportunities in new markets. Seller Protection will be available to PayPal merchants in India, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

As of October 11th, 2013 PayPal will provide Seller Protection to eligible merchants that use PayPal to process transactions for tangible items[1]. With this launch, PayPal is reducing the liability for fraud from the millions of merchants fuelling the Asia Pacific economy. Businesses currently selling on the web are forced to dedicate a huge amount of time and money to tackling fraudulent transactions, while many offline companies lack the confidence to sell online due to fear of fraud and sheer size of this issue. PayPal understands the pain points that merchants face, particularly when selling beyond their own borders, and partners with merchants to help them adopt best practices at every stage in the sales cycle including customer service, shipping and checkout. With this PayPal is adding another layer of security to help merchants reduce risk and increase sales.

Commenting on this, Rohan Mahadevan, Vice President, Asia Pacific, PayPal said, “At PayPal, we’re committed to being a true partner to our merchants. We work together with them to overcome any obstacle they might face when doing business online from logistics, to customer service, to checkout integration and cash-flow. Seller Protection is yet another way in which we’re working closely with our merchants, to help them accelerate their sales while managing their risk. This will empower online businesses to capitalize on the multi-billion-dollar cross-border trade opportunity in Asia’s fast growing economy”

The Seller Protection program safeguards merchants against risks to their business which cost significant time and resources to address, including fraudulent transactions and items not received by the buyer. Online businesses can benefit from Seller Protection for no extra cost and with no need to subscribe provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

With its industry leading risk models, technology and business model, PayPal is one of the only companies to offer such comprehensive protection to both buyers and sellers in Asia Pacific and across the world. PayPal Seller Protection makes it as easy as possible for merchants to mitigate potential risks and requires no additional mandatory codes which interrupt a sale during checkout.

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UCWeb Releases UC Browser version 3.1 for Windows Phone

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uc-browserMobile internet software and services UCWeb today released UC Browser 3.1 for Windows Phone with a bunch of enhancements. UC Browser has risen to become the No.1 browser on WP store, receiving over 11,000 highly rated reviews from Indian users alone. Now, the latest version is available for download on the WP Store (for both WP8 and 7.x).

UC Browser’s unique features make it the most popular alternative to default IE browser on Windows Phones. This latest update comes with multiple enhancements including easy-to-use interface and cloud acceleration technology as well as a number of advanced features like sharing, smart download, speed mode, multi-tabs management, UI customization, to name a few.

Commenting on the occasion, Kenny Ye, Managing Director of UCWeb India, said “A dedicated WP team was set up for early R&D and right after Nokia unveiled Lumia 800 as early as 2011, UC browser version 1.0 for WP was successfully released. We are proud to say that we deliver the best browsing experience on WP platform.”

Some key highlights of UC Browser for WP are:

  • Allows greater sharing: UC Browser enables you to share images via ANY apps on your Windows Phone that support photo-sharing. Long press on any image you come across, and select “Share Image” to experience the lovely fun of sharing!
  • Allows you to enjoy music while browsing: This feature makes playing downloaded music while browsing possible, even though the screen is locked.
  • Provides a great user experience: UC Browser is fast and easy to use. Its cloud acceleration and data compression technology, reduces data consumption and loads web content much faster. It supports more Gestures than IE does, for instance, swipe right to go back a page or left to go forward instantly without refreshing the web content – the simple gestures not only save your time and data, but also deliver great interactive experience. The action bar provides quick access to Multi-tab Management and Homepage, which also satisfies your appetite for speed and convenience.
  • Smart Download: With Smart Download feature you can download files of various formats, and pause and resume the downloads as per requirement. In other words, it turns your cell phone into a smart and powerful download tool.
  • Allows Multi-tab Management : While IE browser allows only a maximum of 6 tabs, the UC Browser can open up to 9 tabs at the same time, with the ability of swiping to close.
  • Highly Customizable : You can personalize the Speed Dial, pick a Font for webpages, as well as change the background and skin by selecting pictures from UC Theme Center or your storage. It also offers flexible browsing modes to cater for individual preferences and different environments.

Additionally, the Night Mode feature can reduce the screen brightness and ensure your eyes don’t hurt; Speed Mode lets you surf at super speed without waiting, and Incognito Browsing allows you browse in stealth without being recorded. By entering Visit as PC mode, you can experience the full features of webpages as if on a PC. On the contrary, Text-only Browsing strips annoying content like ads, images,etc., and turn your phone into a complete e-reader.

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