Podcast - 30th January 2015
We're back with a month of mobile industry news, including takeover talks and takeover rumours. O2 and Three are said to be discussing a merger... but is there any truth in the suggestions that BlackBerry could be up for grabs?
We also discuss Apple's record-breaking quarterly figures, the highlights of CES and the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, as well as saying farewell to the current version of Google Glass.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has said he thinks ‘net neutrality’ - preventing telecoms networks from restricting or prioritising certain types of internet traffic - should go further than just network operators and service providers.
In a letter to the US government (later published as a blog post) he says that neutrality should also be mandated for content and applications.
Most purchases will be from enterprise and public sector buyers
Shipments of ‘smart glasses’, such as the Google Glass product, are expected to grow by almost 150% this year.
That’s according to ABI Research, which expects over 90% of these purchases to come from enterprise or public sector customers.
Company now valued at over $1 billion
Mobile-based music recognition service Shazam has arranged a new $30 million investment (around £20 million), which values the company at over $1 billion (£663 million).
The company has over 100 million active mobile users per month and has seen its app downloaded over 500 million times.
HTC has enabled its RE camera to live-stream via a mobile phone to YouTube.
An update to the RE Android app will let users stream live video to their YouTube channel. A similar update will be made available for Apple iOS devices within the next few weeks.