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Apple unveils iOS 8 ahead of autumn release for iPhone customers

Apple has announced iOS 8, the new version of its operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

Features include a ‘predictive text’ keyboard, enhanced photo editing and storage, video and photo sharing within the messages app, an iCloud Drive for file storage and a health app that provides an overview of personal data.

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VoLTE adoption and 4G device shipments are increasing as LTE coverage expands

At the end of last year there were over 230 million LTE-related mobile subscriptions worldwide, according to ABI Research. That’s 3.3% of all mobile subscribers.

This figure is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 36.6% between 2014 and 2019, resulting in more than 2 billion 4G subscriptions by the end of the forecast period.

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Consumers think mobile networks would be best at providing video calling services

Consumers think mobile video calling services provided by mobile network operators would be better than those provided by third-party ‘over the top’ providers.

That’s according to a survey commissioned by telecoms software specialist OpenCloud and carried out by YouGov across the UK, France, Germany and the USA.

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RTX becomes the latest company to offer a Mobile Voice Short Codes service

European telecom operator RTX, which previously used the RouteTrader brand for its services, has added Mobile Voice Short Codes to its product portfolio.

Its MVSC solution lets organisations promote a five or seven digit number that any UK mobile phone can either call or communicate with via SMS text message.

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Mobile device manufacturers need to improve audio quality, suggests new research

The quality of the audio experience on mobile devices hasn’t kept pace with other developments, according to a new report from ABI Research.

It described audio as “the Achilles’ heel” of feature phones, smartphones and tablets.

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