31 May 2012

[Guest Post] UK Phone Networks Accused of Throttling VoIP Services

UK Carriers Throttle VOIP

A number of mobile phone carriers in the United Kingdom have been accused of throttling VoIP services and even blocking them entirely. A recent survey by Opinion Matters found that 60% of UK smartphone owners, or 18 million customers, would switch networks if they found out that their current provider restricted access to VoIP services. What many of the survey respondents were not aware of however, is that most UK networks already do.

29 May 2012

Proof of the iPhone's Dependence on Carrier Subsidies: A Market Share Analysis

iPhone 4S Carrier Subsidy

I have previously written about the impact of carrier subsidies on the iPhone and recently, there have been some more articles stating that this may pose a risk to Apple. But before we accept or reject this assertion at face value, it would be prudent to find out just how much of an impact it has. We can do this by delving into a statistical analysis to isolate the key drivers of the iPhone's country-wise market share. So let's dive right in.

24 May 2012

Microsoft Office for iPad & Android: Smart Move?

Microsoft Office Android iPad

According to BGR, Microsoft is poised to release Microsoft Office for the iPad and Android tablets by November of this year. Let's take a look at why this would be a great decision for Microsoft.

22 May 2012

The Google Nexus Strategy Shift: Top 5 Reasons

Google Nexus Devices - Android

Recent reports from the Wall Street Journal have stated that Google plans to expand its annual Nexus device program to five OEMs, from its previous approach of partnering with a single manufacturer. Google also plans to sell these devices online through the Play Store. Let's take a look at the top five reasons for Google's strategy shift.

18 May 2012

Analysts Expect Windows 8 to Disappoint

Well, this happened sooner than expected. Analysts have downgraded price targets on HP & Dell, and expect Windows 8 to disappoint.

15 May 2012

iPad Mini Rumors & Price Points: A Reality Check


We have heard rumors of the impending launch of a 7.85-inch "iPad Mini" for some time now, but none of those rumors have received as much attention as a recent report from iMore. Let's have a look at the veracity of these claims, specifically related to the rumored $200-$250 price, and the potential impact it could have on Apple's stock and the tablet market.

Visualization of Android Fragmentation

OpenSignalMaps - OEM Fragmentation

OpenSignalMaps has just released a very insightful report visualizing Android fragmentation, which is a great value add to my previous article on Android Fragmentation.

8 May 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. HTC One X: Market Impact

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. HTC One X

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X, the two major smartphone product launches of H1 2012 are complete. Now, let's take a look at the competition between these two products and their impact on the smartphone market.

1 May 2012

iPad vs. Android: The Tablet Market & Segmentation

Google-Asus Nexus Tablet (Android)

This is a follow-up to my article, from a couple of months ago, analyzing the segmentation trends in the tablet market. Since I wrote that article, we have seen some more data on the market share trends of the iPad and other Android tablets, including some very interesting data on the Kindle Fire's impact. Now, let's have a look at how the data stacks up against my predicted trends.