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Podcast - 30th May 2012

This week's mobile industry news podcast from The Fonecast takes a gloomy look at HP's job losses, the end of the Cisco Cius tablet and the growth in Android malware - before cheering up with encouraging news from Orange, Yahoo! and Sidecar.

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SMS will soon account for less than half of all global mobile messaging traffic

MessagingLast year’s annual total of 5.9 trillion SMS messages worldwide will reach 9.4 trillion messages by 2016, according to Informa Telecoms & Media. However, other messaging use will also increase, which means the SMS share of global mobile messaging traffic will fall from 64.1% last year to 42.1% in 2016.

Meanwhile instant messaging traffic across mobile networks will increase from 1.6 trillion messages in 2011 to 7.7 trillion messages in 2016, giving it a 34.6% share of traffic.

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Samsung Music Hub offers music streaming to Samsung Galaxy S3 customers

Samsung Galaxy SIIISamsung has announced a new music service at the same time as its new Android-powered Galaxy SIII flagship smartphone has gone on sale.

The Music Hub, which is available in the UK and other European markets, offers a combination of music streaming and cloud-based online music storage. It’s currently exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy SIII, although other devices will be added in the near future.

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CreditCall and Elavon introduce a mobile payment solution for UK businesses

Payment services business CreditCall, which announced its UK mobile payment plans at the end of 2011, has just launched its service to business owners.

 

It’s been running a trial scheme in partnership with payment processor Elavon since January.

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Mobile transactions will be worth over £100 billion this year

Gartner anticipates over 200 million users worldwide

Android in shopping trolleyThe total value of mobile transactions worldwide will exceed $171.5 billion (£109 billion) this year, a 61.9% increase from last year’s total.

That’s the latest calculation from Gartner, which also expects the number of mobile payment users to reach 212.2 million in 2012, up from 160.5 million last year.

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