According press invites, the long-rumored Amazon SmartPhone is finally about to be launched. From the teaser video, it looks like speculation about a 3D motion-responsive interface is likely correct. We have long believed that Amazon would make a phone, given the company’s focus on growing the ecosystem. It will join Amazon’s other hardware as a means to drive more users into the Amazon ecosystem. It will also likely have Amazon’s forked version of Android. The other key issues will be its price, potential Amazon Prime connection, and carrier / geographic availability. Continue reading Amazon to Launch SmartPhone on 18th – Will UnderCut Premium Android Mobiles ?
Few days ago we discussed the Saturation in sales of High End SmartPhones. The high end consumer is complaining that the hardware spec is a marketing gimmick and refusing to upgrade. Amidst this backdrop, can the mobile handset makers give consumers a reason to buy new handsets ?
‘Battery Life Consumers’ most frequent complaint about smartphones is battery life, and yet all the new features in today’s flagship smartphones add features that many consumers believe do not improve user experience – but meanwhile shorten battery life. Most Mobile Apps Continue reading What SmartPhone Features Can Reverse the High End Mobile Saturation Cycle ?
The Entry Level SmartPhone / Feature Mobile Phone [Sub $200] market will be under the control of WhiteBox Phone Manufacturers in 2013. The Mid and High end SmartPhone market belonged to Brands such as Samsung, Apple, HTC etc. However, the equation is likely to change as we have already seen with the disruptive launch by Xiaomi in China.
Xiaomi launched MI2 based on QCOM’s first quad core processor, MSM 8064 (definitely the most powerful mobile processor in the world right now), with 2GB of mobile DDR, 4.3 inch HD quality display (342 ppi vs iPhone 5 of 326ppi and HTC One X of 312 ppi) and 8MP camera sensor with aperture of f/2.0. From a pure hardware perspective, MI2 probably has the most advanced hardware in the world and is also priced at only US$310, around half of the retail price vs smartphones with comparable hardware specs. Continue reading Will Internet Companies Cannibalize Mid-End SmartPhone Market ?
In the Rich Feature Phone Market, most of the Chinese / Taiwanese brands are profitable (razor thin margin). Despite higher ASP driven by smartphone, the vast majority of these brands could actually be loss making. In my view, these brands are making even poorer profitability on smartphone than on feature phone due to higher R&D cost, rising marketing expenses, and much shorter product cycle for them to recoup the cost.
With whitebox makers now selling 2G smartphones below US$50 and 3G dual core smartphones around US$100, there is very little room for Chinese brands to make money in the sub-US$100 segment. With the whitebox 2G smartphone dropping below US$50 and 3G below US$100, expect whitebox smartphone to take meaningful market share in other emerging markets in 2013. Continue reading WhiteBox Mobile Handset Manufacturers Force Brands to Look Above $100 SmartPhone Market
With the convergence of Mobile Phones and the Internet, 2011 and 2012 saw the rise of SmartPhones over Feature Phones with Google’s Android Mobile OS acting as a Catalyst for vendors and of-course the high speed connectivity provided by carriers on UMTS /3G technology has unleashed new era in computing and how we do things in our daily life.
Android will Continue to Dominate
Smartphone OS share of Android could grow from 70% to 74% between 2012 and 2013, while Apple’s iOS share could decline to 16%. Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS may have to remain content with 6% coming primarily at the expense of Symbian and Blackberry OS.
FeaturePhones to Decline and Pave Way for SmartPhones
Beleagured handset maker Nokia, Samsung and other white box vendors continue to have Continue reading Globally 3G SmartPhones on Android Riding the Mobile Handset Sales