Research firms Gartner and CCS Insight think much of the mobile phone shipment growth that will occur in 2014 will be driven by low-cost smartphones, underlining a shift down market that vendors and platform companies have been keen to take advantage of in their search for growth.
As expected, Google announced the first phones as part of its Android One program, and the software giant is teaming up with local device makers in India to produce smartphones that cost around $105 without subsidies. The Android One initiative is Google's boldest attempt yet to increase smartphone penetration in emerging markets and ensure that Android maintains its firm grip on the low-cost smartphone market.
Google sent out invitations for a media event in India on Sept. 15, according to gadget website NDTV, where it is expected to formally announce the first low-cost smartphones as part of its Android One initiative.
One of the major themes I'm hearing here at the Mobile World Congress trade show is that handset makers across the board are focusing on affordable smartphones.
BARCELONA, Spain- The GSM Association (GSMA) revealed mobile money services are enjoying rapid growth globally at the Mobile World Congress trade show, with 24 million new users accessing services in the year to end-June 2013, and the number of registered accounts almost trebling over two years.
Mozilla is partnering with Shanghai-based Spreadtrum to help drive down the costs of chipsets for smartphones and make the $25 price point a reality. In addition, the company announced that its Firefox OS will expand to 12 more markets (on top of the existing 15 markets). Those new markets initially include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina and Ecuador.
Facebook's $16 billion deal for over-the-top messaging service WhatsApp likely will not have a major impact on U.S. carriers and other Western operators because most have begun offering unlimited voice and text messaging. However, the action could put pressure on carriers in emerging markets, according to industry analysts.
The latest versions of the Apple iPhone went on sale in Italy, Russia, Spain and more than 25 additional countries on Friday, but analysts warned that the new iPhone 5s and 5c models are still too expensive in many emerging markets including Russia, which has just reopened its doors to the Apple smartphone after previously giving it the cold shoulder.
Rupert Wood The volume of mobile data traffic reached 8.1 exabytes worldwide in 2012, according to Analysys Mason's " Wireless network traffic worldwide: forecasts and analysis...
Growth in non-cash payment volumes in emerging economies is outpacing that of the developed markets, with Central Europe, the Middle East, Africa (CEMEA) and Emerging Asia leading the charge, acc