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Smartphone Trends: More Memory, More Market Share

Smartphones have (and are) becoming advanced computers as the software, hardware, services and user needs mature to a point it almost are replacing the need for PCs. Applications such as AR/VR will be more demanding on DRAM in phones this year. Higher Resolution Displays, LTE all are driving need for higher DRAM capacities in smartphones. Furthermore, OEMs have been pushing…

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Lenovo net income sinks 67% on higher costs, expansion; revenue declines 6%

Chinese technology company Lenovo Group announced Thursday that its net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 slumped 67 percent to $98 million, mainly due to increased costs of main components, business transformation and overseas expansion.   Revenue fell 6 percent to $12.17 billion, according to a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Pre-tax profit plummeted 68 percent…

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ALMOST HALF OF MOBILE USERS STILL ONLY TALKING AND TEXTING, FINDS NEW GSMA MOBILE ENGAGEMENT STUDY

Almost half of mobile phone users worldwide still only use their devices to make voice calls and send SMS, according to new consumer research by GSMA Intelligence. The new Global Mobile Engagement Index (GMEI) measures the level of engagement of mobile phone users across a wide array of use cases and services. This first-of-its-kind consumer index is based on inputs…

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Gartner Says Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Grew 7 Percent in the Fourth Quarter of 2016

Fierce Battle Between Apple and Samsung to Hold the No. 1 Global Smartphone Ranking Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 432 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. The fourth quarter of 2016 saw Apple leapfrog past Samsung to secure the No. 1…

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Smartphone market up 6.6 percent year-on-year in 2016; Western Europe reaches saturation

Global smartphone demand totaled 391 million units in 4Q16, up six percent year-on-year. North America returned to growth in the final quarter of the year, spurred on by flagship device launches and aggressive operator promotions. Sales in Western Europe fell four percent year-on-year in 4Q16 Western Europe: A saturated market Smartphone demand totaled 38.6 million units in 4Q16, down four…

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State of Mobile Networks: USA 2017

OpenSignal is back with another yearly investigation into the state of the major mobile networks in the US. Data speeds: T-Mobile and Verizon are neck and neck in speed Six months ago T-Mobile had just edged ahead of Verizon in our 4G speed rankings, but in our fourth quarter tests Verizon regained ground. The two were tied for first place in our…

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Top 3 Chinese Smartphone Vendors Grab Nearly Half Of China’s Market In 2016, Says IDC

OPPO, Huawei, and vivo lead other smartphone brands in China in 2016 According to the latest IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the smartphone market in China saw a 19% YoY growth and 17% QoQ growth in 2016Q4. For the full year of 2016, the market grew by 9% with top Chinese smartphone vendors taking up a larger share of the…

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Flemish smartphone penetration grows to 74%

Almost everyone in Flanders has one or more devices enabling them to be constantly online wherever they go: only 6,6% indicate that they have no smart devices in their homes. Three-quarters (74%) of the Flemish had a smartphone last year, an increase of 6 percent points from 2015, according to the annual Digimeter survey on media usage. READ MORE: Belgium Telecom…

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Technology, media and telecom M&A hit $698.2 billion in 2016

The savvy CEOs anticipate that trends in 2017 are likely to follow the path of disruptive events in 2016. Change is the norm. Digital technology will continue to have a dramatic impact on legacy players in the marketplace. Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT) sectors completed 3,021 deals worth $698.2 billion in 2016, representing a decrease of 4.5% in value and…

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Communications Forecast Alert: IT Spending, Worldwide, 4Q16 (Update) by Gartner

Communications Services The worldwide communications services market will drop by 1.0% in U.S. dollars (grow by 0.3% in constant currency) in 2016. Through 2020, we believe worldwide end-user spending from communications services will increase at a CAGR of 0.9% to $1.46 trillion. End-user spending on mobile services will grow at a CAGR of 2.2% to $981 billion in 2020. End-user…

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