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Monday, December 17, 2012

Smartphone penetration reaches 55% in Europe

More than 6 in 10 UK mobile phone users have a smartphone

Smartphone penetration across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - the ‘EU5’ - hit 54.6% during the three-month period from August to the end of October 2012, according to the comScore MobiLens service. It found that Spain had the highest smartphone penetration in Europe (63.2% of mobile phone users) followed by the UK at 62.3%. Spain also had the most dramatic growth, up almost 15 percentage points from last year.

Looking specifically at the UK, Apple was the most popular smartphone manufacturer. Its iPhone range is now the hands of 28% of the country’s smartphone users, while Samsung doubled its market share and moved up to second place with 24%. Google’s Android had the largest UK share of operating systems at 46.6%, followed by Apple at 28% and RIM at 15.2%.

Top smartphone manufacturers: UK share of smartphone users

Manufacturer October 2011 October 2012
Apple 26.5% 28.0%
Samsung 11.2% 24.0%
RIM (BlackBerry) 17.7% 15.2%
HTC 17.7% 15.0%
Nokia 16.0% 7.9%

 

Top smartphone operating systems: UK share of smartphone users

Mobile platform October 2011 October 2012
Google Android 34.2% 46.6%
Apple iOS 26.5% 28.0%
RIM 17.7% 15.2%
Symbian 17.2% 6.4%
Microsoft Windows Phone 2.6% 3.1%

[Total UK smartphone subscribers aged 13+; three month average Ending Oct 2012 vs. Oct 2011]

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Smartphone innovation is slowing down, as Samsung struggles to differentiate

Lawrence Lundy of Frost & Sullivan writes:

While the Galaxy S5 is an evolutionary product, there is not enough in there to make people upgrade from the 4. It doesn't push the envelope in any real way; we are in a sort of stasis now when it comes to smartphone innovation.

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Welcome to the digitised city

M2M technology transforms parking in Pisa

Jürgen Hase of Deutsche Telekom writes:

The Smart City is on its way. All over the world more and more cities are connecting all areas of their infrastructure. Pisa in Tuscany, for example, aims to improve its traffic management with a machine-to-machine (M2M) solution and a Big Data service provided by Deutsche Telekom.

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HTC goes One better

Mark Bridge writes:

“Hey, everybody, we’re releasing a new flagship smartphone that carries all the hopes of the company with it. If this sells well, we could be saved. If not, it could be disaster.”

“Great. What shall we call our new phone?”

“Oh, we’ll give it the same name as the previous model. That’ll be fine.”

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The new iPhone no-one was expecting

Mark Bridge writes:

New Apple products! New Android smart watches!

You’d be forgiven for not having noticed either of those news stories last week. Apple did indeed announce a new iPhone – but it was simply a new iPhone 5c with just 8MB of memory.

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LTE fuels the race for the fastest network

Noam Green of Flash Networks writes:

The introduction and deployment of LTE networks offers real promise for both subscribers and operators worldwide. It brings the potential for revolutionary improvements in quality of experience for mobile broadband, and even faster downloads and video streaming.

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