Mark Bridge writes:
As 2011 draws to a close, many of us start looking towards 2012 and wondering what’ll be happening in the mobile phone industry. Here at The Fonecast we’ve invited a handful of industry experts and business leaders to offer us their thoughts about the coming year.
Today’s podcast contains analysis and insight from Hans Eriksson, Steve Litchfield, Dr Windsor Holden, Dr Mark Smith and Jack Wraith MBE.
Research In Motion has reported its third quarter results for the three months until 26th November 2011.
It says 14.1 BlackBerry smartphones were shipped in the quarter, along with 150,000 PlayBook tablets. In total, there are now around 75 million BlackBerry users worldwide.
A new report by IMS Research says 35 million NFC-equipped mobile phones have been shipped worldwide this year - with the figure expected to approach 80 million by the end of 2012.
The research business also notes the increasing number of partnerships involving Near Field Communications.
The Mobile Marketing Association has released a revised version of its mobile advertising guidelines.
It’s asking for feedback on the ‘Universal Mobile Ad Package’ before the final version is released in January 2012.
The Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales, Lord Judge, has issued guidance about the use of live text-based communications in court.
It covers mobile email and social media, including Twitter, when sent silently from mobile phones and internet-enabled laptops.