MEF, the global trade association for companies engaged in mobile content and commerce, has revealed its mobile industry predictions for the next 12 months.
Its forecast combines insights from the group’s Global Board of Directors with research from the recent Global Mobile Consumer Survey.
The eighth annual Millward Brown Optimor BrandZ Top 100 ranking of the most valuable global brands still has Apple at the top, despite a slight drop in the total value of technology brands.
Apple’s brand value was calculated at $185 billion, just 1% up from 2012. Google retained second place but closed the gap slightly.
Mobile security company NQ Mobile has published a new report that says the number of mobile malware threats increased by 163% last year to more than 65,000. Almost all of the new malware discoveries were targeted at the Android platform.
NQ Mobile estimates that 32.8 million Android devices were infected with malware last year, which is an increase of more than 200% since 2011.
Just a couple of days after NVIDIA announced its new 4G-enabled Tegra 4i mobile processor - and only a few weeks after the original quad-core Tegra 4 was announced - Chinese manufacturer ZTE has confirmed it’s already working on smartphones powered by the new NVIDIA processors.
The first of these devices is expected to go on sale in China by the middle of 2013.
Mobile manufacturer ZTE has published preliminary annual results for 2012, revealing that it expects a loss of between 2.5 billion and 2.9 billion Chinese Yuan (£253 to £294 million).
Last year it made a 2.06 billion Yuan profit.