Mobile’s Hierarchy of Needs

Three seemingly disparate news items – Facebook Home, Google’s alleged (and denied) bid for WhatsApp, and Apple’s removal of AppGratis from the App Store – together give convincing evidence that we are moving up the mobile hierarchy of needs. And that’s a concern for Apple in particular. One of the more famous theory’s in psychology […]

Samsung’s Press Page

Last week I created this chart to demonstrate how very different Apple and Samsung’s mobile strategies are: The evidence can be seen on Samsung’s Press Release page. March 14: Samsung GALAXY S 4 April 3: Samsung GALAXY Star April 3: Samsung Pocket Neo April 8: Samsung GALAXY Win BONUS! The Samsung Galaxy Trend II & […]

A Facebook of the Future

A glowing profile of Facebook’s business to date by Kurt Eichenwald:1 The Google concept of demand fulfillment—someone searches for a pink shirt and is shown an ad for a pink shirt—had an important place in Internet marketing, the pitch went. But Facebook was about generating demand by showing users content that they might not have […]

Comparing Smartphone, Tablet and PC Graphics

Anandtech: At the end of the day I’d say it’s safe to assume the current crop of high-end ultra mobile devices can deliver GPU performance similar to that of mid to high-end GPUs from 2006. The caveat there is that we have to be talking about performance in workloads that don’t have the same memory […]

China’s Telecoms to Charge for WeChat?

WSJ: China’s state-run telecom companies are no strangers to angry customers, who complain loudly and often about poor service or hidden charges. But the companies experienced a new level of consumer rage over the weekend as rumors emerged that they’re working on a plan to charge for the use of the country’s most popular free […]

Price

Benedict Evans: From 2007 to 2012 annual handset sales grew from 1.1bn units to 1.7bn units. This was, obviously enough, driven by an expansion in the number of ‘human’ mobile phone users from 2.1bn to 3.2bn (the number of total connections was much higher). Almost all of the growth in subscribers and hence in handset […]

EA and the Future

Mitch Lasky: A lot of the buzz around the EA interregnum has focused on EA’s relevance in digital distribution, mobile gaming and free-to-play. Can EA win in these new markets? What should a 21st century EA look like? It is interesting to think about EA’s assets and the current state of the digital game economy […]

Samsung Galaxy S4 to cost $249.99 on AT&T

The Verge: AT&T has announced availability and pricing for the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. Customers will be able to preorder the Galaxy S4 starting on April 16th for $249.99 with a new two-year agreement. The carrier claims to be the first to offer the GS4 in the US, though Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and other […]

Where in the World Are Windows Phones Outselling iPhones?

NYT Bits Blog: According to Kevin Restivo, an analyst at IDC, the countries where Windows Phone shipments exceeded those of iPhone during the fourth quarter were: Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine. A seventh “country” where Windows Phone shipments beat iPhone is actually a group of smaller countries, including Croatia, that IDC lumps […]

Apple plans to scale up presence in India

The Economic Times of India (emphasis mine): The US and China were the only countries that accounted for more than 10% of Apple’s net sales in 2012 and 2011. Apple CEO Tim Cook had time and again said China is where Apple would see future growth, and famously said last year that while he loved […]