A new research report from Berg Insight says the market for mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) communications has begun to move from the 2G to 3G and 4G technologies.
Although cellular M2M devices on HSPA and LTE networks are expected to account for under 20% of the global market by the end of 2014, they’re forecast to dominate with more than 50% by 2018. Meanwhile, shipments of 3G/4G M2M devices are expected to overtake 2G M2M in 2017.
Long-established watch brand Timex has announced its first smartwatch: the Timex Ironman One GPS+.
It’s a fitness-focussed wearable device that offers connectivity via its own SIM card instead of relying on a Bluetooth connection to a nearby smartphone.
Last year AT&T, T‑Mobile and Verizon rolled out their Isis mobile payment service across the USA.
However, recent international news headlines have used the acronym ISIS to refer to a group of fighters in Syria and Iraq.
Online retailer Amazon has announced its first smartphone.
The new device is simply known as Fire - the same branding used to differentiate the company’s multimedia tablets - and will launch next week on the AT&T network in the USA. There is no news about UK availability.
After three years at the top of the Millward Brown BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Brands chart, Apple has lost the number 1 position to Google.
Apple slipped to second place in 2014, whilst IBM remained in third.