So much for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications--that part of the wireless industry that used to get knocked for its low average revenue per unit (ARPU) tendencies. Now it's the Internet of Things (IoT), a colossal category that not only includes M2M but also every other kind of thing imaginable, from toothbrushes to cars, and it promises to brings lots of revenues.
FierceWirelessTech takes a closer look at some of the companies making the biggest waves in IoT, querying industry analysts for their take on which ones to watch in 2015.
While Apple's iPad and iPhone dominate the overall mobile video viewing market, two tablet-size devices--Amazon's Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy--are grabbing a huge share of video viewing rates, a new study by Adobe has found.
While shipments of Android tablets in MEA increased 47 per cent year on year in the third quarter of 2014, iOS and Windows OS both suffered declines over the same period.
The smartphone segment was boosted in the third quarter of 2014 by the launch of Apple's iPhone 6 combined with the continual adoption of lower-cost, entry-level smartphones that enable new users to become mobile broadband subscribers for the first time.
BlackBerry is taking the concept of mobile health a step further than rival smartphone makers with plans to launch apps specifically for healthcare professionals.
Research firm IDC expects total smartphone shipments of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, which would indicate a 26.3 percent increase over 2013. However, IDC thinks growth will slow in 2015 down to 1.4 billion units, or a 12.2 percent year-over-year growth rate.
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2 per cent, down from 52.5 per cent in 2013.
It came out a little early to be considered a holiday gift, but if it had been, app developers might be approaching Apple about exchanging the first version of the WatchKit SDK for something that would let them make better Apple Watch apps.
Fueled by the popularity of its new products, such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's market capitalization soared to a record $700 billion in intraday trading Tuesday, a milestone that no other U.S. company has reached. By close on Tuesday, Apple's market cap had fallen to $690 billion, but that still makes the company significantly more valuable than Exxon Mobile, which is No. 2 in market cap, at $401 billion.