Figures from the GlobalWebIndex market research study into digital consumers have provided a fascinating snapshot of mobile device usage.
Globally, Android was the most-used mobile operating system, climbing from 27% market share in 2011 to 65% by the end of 2013.
New deals and old problems
Mark Bridge writes:
Mobile phones have been hitting the mainstream news over the past few days. There was Channel 4’s report about data on second-hand phones not being properly deleted before the handsets were re-sold, there was the latest round of the Smart UK Project and there was Tim Muffett’s story about the mobile-enabled high street on BBC Breakfast this morning.
Nokia and HTC have settled all pending patent litigation between the two companies and have also set up a patent and technology collaboration agreement.
It follows a number of legal battles between HTC and Nokia in the USA and Europe.
The latest financial results from Nokia show the company making a net profit of €41 million for 2013, which compares favourably with a €1.483 billion loss in 2012. Annual net sales for the group were €12.7 billion, down 17% year-on-year.
Nokia’s NSN division - which manufactures network equipment and will be the main part of the company when its devices and services is taken over by Microsoft - made a net profit of €15 million, compared with a net loss of €1.4 billion in 2012.
Continental, the automotive supplier best known for its brakes and tyres, has announced a new project with the Nokia HERE mapping and location business.
It follows an announcement in September last year, when HERE partnered with Continental Corporation, Magneti Marelli and Mercedes-Benz.