Can LG beat iPhones and Galaxies?

LG Electronics belongs to one of the world’s largest electronic multinational firm, LG Group. The Seoul based LG Electronics operates its electronic business through five divisions. They are mobile communications, entertainment, appliance, air-conditioning and business solutions. LG electronics takes 2nd place in the world in production and distribution of television sets. The company established in the year 1958, has spread over many countries with its subsidiaries present in more than 75 countries. LG Electronics has won many awards and achievements over the years and is one of the forerunners in technology front.

Pic - LG Optimus vs Sasung Galaxy vs. Apple iPhone

LG’s new Optimus mobile competes with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy. The new phone sports sharper display than Apple and Samsung range of mobile phones. The Seoul based company is slow to take advantage of the booming smartphone market which is much dominated by Samusung, Apple and HTC. LG needs a push to start afresh from the loss making status to break even status. It needs to build its own identity in terms of appearance and features. Other big brands are able to march ahead by delivering attractive and timely features which lead to shape their own identity. LG launched their first smartphone in 2010 whereas Apple launched its first smartphone in the year 2008.

As per the latest reports of Q2 of 2011, Apple is leading the smartphone market capturing 18.5% of the global market. The next place goes to Samsung and Nokia was pushed to third position. Finland based Nokia has a great setback dropping to 15.2% from 38.1%. Nokia still leads the world market (in terms of all kinds of mobile phones including basic models) by capturing 24.5% of the global mobile handset market. Samsung takes second place with 20.5% and LG being consolidated at 3rd place with 6.9% share of the market. As per financial analysts, LG has to work hard to come out from the current ‘negative’ status to ‘stable’ status. The company needs fresh and regular stimulants by presenting innovative, user friendly and state of the art mobile phones.

LG has released more than 12 smartphone models under the brand, Optimus. Optimus LTE sports 329 pixel screen compared to 326 pixel by Apple’s iPhone 4S. Optimus LTE comes with 1.5 GHz processor which is similar to Samsung’s Galaxy model. LG claims that new model based on LTE technology is capable of working on high speed networks. LG is also eying on handsets based on 3D technology. LG had already launched a 3D phone this year which has an edge over Apple and Samsung. LG is trying its level best to come out with many number of models supposing that any one of them may become a super hit. While the strategy looks good, as per the financials analysts, the pace LG is diving in is too slow. Until LG will be able to convince the customers with a handset that performs and can be a best bet against Samsung or Apple, most of the customers may stay away from LG. The coming months are crucial for LG to come out from the debt trap and march ahead with flying colors.

Samsung Divestment – Down fall or Rain fall

Samsung – One of the largest multinational conglomerates from Korea is going for divestment. Samsung Group with its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea has numerous businesses spread across the globe. The group companies are promoted under the brand name of Samsung. Samsung Electronics is one of the vibrant and is the world’s largest companies in terms of sales. The group has floated many noteworthy entities and its ship building concern, Samsung Heavy Industries takes second place in the world. The group has diversified its interests in electronics, insurance, entertainment, heavy industries and investment banking among others.

 

It is perceived that Samsung Group’s disinvestment comes in tune to the alert given by administrators and politicians of the country that small and middle enterprises may suffer due to unsupportive maintenance, repair and operation activities of large and multinational companies. Samsung Group has confirmed that is has picked up Interpark as a successful bidder for its procurement wing, iMarketKorea Inc. Interpark is one of the leading online shopping malls in Korea. The deal is worth about $342 million which comes out to be 58.7 % of the share held by Samsung group companies.

 

Surprisingly, the same pace of divestment measures are not followed by other big businesses such as LG or SK. The deal is likely to finalize in the month of November, 2011. As per the deal, Samsung guarantees Interpark revenue generation to the tune of 2 trillion Won per annum through iMarketKorea. iMarketKorea was setup in the year 2000 by Samsung to cater operation and maintenance services to small business clients. Interpark in association with Korea Venture Business Association and private equity firm HQ goes for this new ambitious deal. Interpark is successful in defeating other major bidder, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts Co and MBK Partners.

As an immediate reaction to the deal, stocks of iMarketKorea and Interpark have slipped by 2 to 3% on exchange trade. Even though there is no immediate effect in business functioning of the Samsung, it will be interesting to find the impact on Samsung group as a whole and Samsung Electronics in particular. By selling the major chunk of the iMarketKorea to Interpark and its allies, Samsung Group can better protect its brand image. It may help Group in the long run by being able to focus on its core competency and at the same will be able to draw maximum out of goods and maintenance services.

Samsung group was partitioned for the first time during 1960’s with Cho Hong-jai taking Hyosung group’s ownership. Second major partition happened during 1990’s with Hansol coming under the leadership of founder’s eldest daughter. Shinsegae group came under founder’s fifth daughter and CJ ownership went to founder’s eldest son. The current Samsung Group is led by founder’s third son. After separation and formation of groups, the deviated groups will not hold any liability in terms of business and it will be attributed to Samsung Group only. The group draws its continued inheritance right from its launch in the year, 1938 by founder Lee Byung Chull.

Having established its remarkable presence in the world of electronics especially in the new generation of mobile phones, it will be interesting to watch the new twists and turns of the Samsung Group in the highly competitive global market.

Is your Smartphone Air Travel Friendly?

Times rapidly change and mostly the focus is on increasing comforts with time. Mobiles were considered a luxury at one period and now they are the hottest trend and necessity. However, Smartphones have the edge in the new age market. The recent development related to Smartphone usage is its insisted in Air travels. The focus has shifted from simple conversational purposes to important time saving tweaks like online ticket booking and even checking on the airport gate information.

Stats reveal incredible results regarding the increase of Smartphone uses in Air travel just over the last couple of years. What could have contributed to this increase is the launch of numerous air travel friendly apps that cut in on time and effort that you would otherwise have to put in your air travel related tasks. These apps can help you download your flight information remotely, on the go flight check in, air travel tickets price comparisons, booking, booking, and delivering tickets and many other functions that frankly seem extremely convenient for frequent travelers as well as busybodies.

The survey revealed very interesting tid-bits. For instance, the stats for carrying Smartphones is the highest among first / business class air travelers and this percentage has steadily increased for frequent travelers. The percentage of Smartphone carriers was only 28 percent last year; but the numbers jumped to 54 percent over the course of just one year.

The Smartphone owning frequent air travelers use travel friendly apps for a variety of reasons. Their curiosity extends towards the next developments regarding similar apps. The functionality of the apps is necessary to capture the buying interest of this elite group. In line development trends show that very soon air travelers might be able to rent a car via Smartphone apps, check on bag fees, particular custom rules and augmented reality will also make an appearance where it can be used to check out closest airport hangouts and bars.

The survey was inclined towards researching self-service trends amongst airline travelers. The survey was conducted on a focus group that comprised of heavy frequency fliers from highly popular airport terminals. The areas include Atlanta, Frankfurt, Beijing, Abu Dhabi, Sao Paulo, and Mumbai. These areas were selected due to their popularity and widely eclectic travelers’ group base. In retrospect, the survey makes sense because the wider dimension of the focus group took various semi-groups in to account. The statistics, therefore, will have a higher credibility option.

Technology experts envision a rise in similar apps and increase in the actual functional utilization by the crowd. The future might get trendier with such phenomenon as mobile tickets, bar-coded mobile access to boarding passes, travel precautions and safety tips right in your mobile. These perks will allow you to save on the time that was till now spent in long boarding and booking lines at the airport. Again, since mobile check-in will no more be a fiction, thanks to augmented reality, chances are you will not have to reach the airport on a tight deadline.

Conclusively, catching the flight will turn out to be the only task, everything else related to the situation can be handled remotely.

Mobile Platform Trends Across the Continents

I just read an article today from Steve Litchfield at All About Symbian, which stated that the Symbian was still ruling the worldwide mobile market in terms of internet usage. This got me thinking, now which platforms are popular in the different continents? Is there a wide variation?

Mobile OS Report for the Worldwide market from Stat Counter
Mobile OS Report for the Worldwide market from Stat Counter

Steve’s  article was partly based on data from StatCounter.  StatCounter is a service which collects analytic data from websites which have their tracking ‘code’ installed. So the data they show is not based on sales of mobile handsets or install base of the mobile platform, but on what users use when they are surfing the web. As Steve stated, in the world-wide market Symbian still rules the roost. Let’s go a little deeper and see which platform is popular in each of the continents of the world?

Symbian is still the worldwide leader with around 32% share.Android has gained quite a lot of ground over the last year where  iOS was the second. As of this month iOS and Android are currently in neck to neck competition, so let’s see which platform gains over the next year. Blackberry usage is on a decline worldwide this year .

In this post, I’ll just concentrate on Symbian, iOS, Android and Blackberry as they are the most talked about platforms. In these graphs, you’ll also see quite a lot of Samsung, Sony Erricson and Unknown platforms and since we don’t exactly know what they are, we’ll keep them out of the picture. They could be the propriety OS which the manufacturers load on their feature phones.

North America

Mobile OS Report for North America from Stat Counter
Mobile OS Report for North America from Stat Counter

iOS is the top here with a current market share of  more than 36% users, with Android playing catch up. Did you notice that Blackberry is on a constant decline here?

South America

Mobile OS Report for South America from Stat Counter
Mobile OS Report for South America from Stat Counter

Their neighbors in South America use the Symbian platform most, but that’s on a steady decline in this area. Android users are on the rise out numbering iOS users. Windows CE actually makes the Top 8 list in South America, even though the percentage of users on that platform is miniscule.

Europe

Mobile OS Report for Europe from Stat Counter
Mobile OS Report for Europe from Stat Counter

iOS users really outnumber the rest here in Europe. Android seems to be eating up some of iOS and Blackberry’s share jumping from just above 10% last year to around 25% this year. Symbian is on a steady decline since last year.

Asia

Mobile OS Report for Asia from Stat Counter
Mobile OS Report for Asia from Stat Counter

Symbian rules the market in Asia. Android seems to have jumped out of nowhere from 3% last year to around 13% this year. Blackberry fell from 13% market share last year to a little more than 3% this year, the total opposite of Android. iOS seems to be stagnant with only a slight jump from 5.88% to 7.19%, not too impressive growth.

Africa

Mobile OS Report for Africa from Stat Counter
Mobile OS Report for Africa from Stat Counter

Another continent where Symbian is the leader. Android rose from almost 0 to 3% over the last year, and iOS has been stagnant in the 3-4% range. This is the only continent where Blackberry usage remained constant, even though it’s only around 1 to 2%.

Oceania

Mobile OS Report for Oceania from Stat Counter
Mobile OS Report for Oceania from Stat Counter

Not to forget our folks from the lands down under, Oceania has iOS as the leader with Android on the rise. Blackberry usage went from 1.3% all the way down to  0.6%. Symbian as well has been steadily loosing market share here, but they’re still the 3rd in the Top 8 list.

Conclusions

  • iOS leads in North America, Europe and Oceania. In North America, Android is catching up with them.
  • Symbian leads by a large percentage in price sensitive markets like South America, Asia and Africa. They still do show a slight decline in each of these markets.
  • Android beats iOS in Asia and South America. They are on a steady growth in most of the continents.
  • Blackberry seems to be on the decline worldwide, which is bad news for them.
  • If you noticed, Windows Phone 7 didn’t make it to the Top 8 list of StatCounter.

Want to play around with the data and see how it fares in your country? Check out the StatCounter Global stats.

The End of an Era, Steve Jobs passes

2011 will be remembered for many milestones in the tech industry for months to come, but today in particular will be remembered for generations. The iconic co-founder of Apple — Steve P Jobs — passed away, leaving behind his family, Apple and an industry that he has shaped over the last three decades.

Steve Jobs had been battling pancreatic cancer for a few years now, and his deteriorating health led him to step down as the  CEO of what is now the world’s most valuable company. Things were not always this rosy; in the mid 90’s Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy. Fast forward a decade and Apple has revolutionized the music, computer and mobile industry under the watchful guidance of this auteur.

In 2007, mobile phones were clunky. Touchscreen devices were rare and tacky. Application “stores” were run by network operators and mobile internet was merely a luxury. The iPhone changed all of that, and within months competitors caught wind of this paradigm shift. Companies like BlackBerry and Nokia were slow to pick up on this new direction and today face dire times. In 2010, Apple did it all over again with the iPad. Steve Jobs with Apple created a market out of nothing, and competitors today are still playing catch up.

Steve Jobs will be remembered as one of those rare innovators whose focus on great industrial design, integrated hardware and software has shone through his competitors “spec-tastic’ approach to products.

Being a technology writer, I can’t help but feel a great loss, ironically, for someone who I have never met. However, I can proudly say I was part of that generation in which ‘that man’ changed everything.

Barack Obama summed it up best in his tribute to Steve: “The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented”

Will Google Hold The Car Wheels?

Google Maps help you not only visit a location virtually but also lets you drive to the location physically. Google Car – the pet project from Google is on the anvil. Google has successfully conducted its initial field trials on driverless fully automated car. Last year it has tested the car on real roads. The trails were done on six Toyota and one Audi cars. As per Google’s information, except two accidents where in one accident, the automated car was hit at its rear end at the signal point, it was a safe milestone.

Google, Car, Android

 

These tests were conducted in all kinds of roads with different levels of traffic intensity including tough roads with steep curves. These cars roamed on bridges and lake sides also. These fully automated cars are occupied with Google engineers to control them in case of misrepresentation of data from the gadgets arranged inside, on the top and on front and back. This car can be mentioned as a science fiction turned into reality. As Google is able to map every city with all major and minor streets being mapped with a pin point precision to the location of your house, it is able to take the next challenge of running fully automated driverless car. Google claims that the development of this kind of cars is targeted to decrease the number of accidents caused on busy roads and to utilize the driving space on roads and energy at the optimum level.

We know that cruise control systems (to control brakes and turn the wheel) are common not only in all modern luxury cars but also in every new breed of cars rolled out from production line these days. The control system and software employed by Google is many more times incremental of this cruise control system. The tracking and control system deployed by Google has 4 radars. There are three radars on the front of the vehicle and one on the rear side. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) software gets its input from one video camera present inside the car, LIDAR sensor on top of the vehicle, 4 radar sensors and a sensor attached to the rear wheel. The sensor attached to the rear wheel will track the vehicle’s location on the map.

Google plans to develop its business by marketing the system and the extensive data to automobile corporate. In order to successfully launch on roads, it has to cross many technological hurdles and legal battles. As of now, there are laws to control vehicles which are manned by human drivers only. Either new bills are to be introduced or existing laws are to be modified to give room for fully automated cars on public roads. With the usage of automated cars, who will be held responsible in case of accident is to be sorted out. Google has achieved initial success by being able lobby with Nevada State. Nevada is the first state to allow driverless vehicles on road. First bill (amendment) allows licensing and testing of automated cars and second bill gives exemption to those who are sitting behind the wheel to send text messages from mobile.

Let us see how far Google driven car will take us by its safe and comfortable journey!

Top Blogs on Mobile Blogging News

There are many blogs which are dedicated to news and views on mobile phones. We shall know about the top blogs which are so influential in this segment. These blogs present specialized content for tech savvy as well as common man. Here they are –

Boy Genius Report (BGR) is really a genius in analyzing cutting edge technologies both for tech people and ordinary public. Steered by Jonathan Geller who is coined as ‘Boy Genius’ for his exponential views, the blog site has grown into a huge success in a short span of time. Floated in the year 2006, it has become a mobile hangout for capturing breaking news and to know about the ‘to be launched’ mobiles and technologies. It has become the most respected site for tech news, reviews and expert analysis. Geller’s views and analysis can be found on many media channels including CNN, CNBC, TIME magazine, New York Times and many more. Surely, BGR takes the ‘Numero Uno’ slot.

Engadget takes the next slot by presenting news on mobile phones on a daily basis. Surfaced for the first time in the year 2004 has the foot prints of Jonathan Geller. Geller initially worked for Engadget before moving on to BGR. Engadget is partnered with Weblogs Inc. Engadget mobile is an independent tech blog presenting information on latest arrivals. The blog is well supported by public and has won the public loyalty.

IntoMobile can be mentioned for its ability to deliver content to please both technical professionals and consumers. Established in the year 2005, the blog is able to attract more than 3.5 million new visitors on monthly basis. IntoMobile is summed up as the best resource on the web by presenting comprehensive news and analysis on mobile phones. The active participation of new as well as repeat visitors is well streamlined by more than 10 expert editors. The blog takes its niche by presenting in an attractive and interesting manner with illustrative examples.

GigaOM boasts of more than 4 million unique visitors. The blog site established in the year 2006 delivers great news and views. These blogs are proven for in-depth analysis featuring both business and technology aspects. It has the capability to attract visitors from across nations by arming itself with a dedicated market research team and building digital community. The blogs present expert advice on application of latest gadgets and deliver content that focuses on emerging technologies. Originally named as ‘Jk on the run’, the blog site was taken over by GigaOM.

Moconews comes at the 5th plance in the mobile review blogs on the web. It covers mobile news content. Other blogs promoted by the parent company includes paidcontent.org, contentsutra.com and paidcontent.uk which are meant for other than mobile content. Launched by Rafat Ali in the year 2002, Moconews is one of the early birds in blog business dealing with mobiles.

If you have passion for new gadgets and latest technologies that change our lives every day, you can go through these interesting blogs to be informed and entertained about mobiles. Trust me, they really are beneficial. Also don’t forget to follow our own News Feed to stay updated with the latest news on My Portable World.

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Nokia Ovi Store apps downloaded 160% more than iOS apps

Research2Guidance  released some very interesting stats yesterday regarding application downloads from the various app stores/markets/marketplaces/app worlds and all the other names that have to be used because the term App Store is apparently not generic. Anyways, the data was really interesting because of this:

Yup. That’s right. Nokia’s Ovi Store generates more downloads per app than any other Application Delivery Platform (I guess one can use that term, unless some other company has started using it as a Store name). 160% more than iOS in fact. In fact, it shows that the Windows Phone Marketplace and the Blackberry App World have 80% and 43% more app downloads than iOS. Guess having ten times the number of apps as Windows Phone hasn’t helped iOS (or Android), probably because app discovery is an issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the Press Release:

“Apps On Nokia’s OVI Store Had 2.5 Times Higher Download Numbers In Q2 2011 Compared To Apps on Apple App Store

The “average app” has a better chance to generate downloads on “non-hyped” platforms.

Despite all the hype around the major platforms Android and iOS, publishers are still overlooking the hidden potentials of the niche players. The Q2 2011 results of our smartphone application monitoring report indicate that those applications published on the less popular platforms, such as WP7 marketplace or Blackberry’s AppWorld, generate significantly more downloads compared to the Apple App Store.

Significantly lower competition, yet a sufficiently large user base that desires apps, are the major reasons for this.  Symbian still retains, by far, the highest potential user base. Even though its users are incomparably less active than iOS’s heavy downloaders, it still generates significant download volumes to Symbian publishers.  This is largely because whilst Apple boasts of its 400,000 apps, the OVI store contains less than a tenth of that number.

Looking into average numbers, the Android Market stands not far behind the Apple App Store.  This quarter, the average Android App attracted just 5% less users than iOS.  Competition is harsh.

However, going in for very small niche platforms may not be the best idea either. LG World! and Samsung’s App Store are struggling to generate user attention.  Although LG has less than 3,000 apps and as a result it is much easier to be discovered there, its user base is just too low.

Although the Symbian platform is seen by some developers to be clumsy and outdated, as well as Nokia’s transition to WP7 which has fuelled discussions as to when Nokia will give up its platform completely, the current status seems to be promising.  Recently, Nokia reported the launch of three new Symbian Smartphones and confirmed that these will not be the last of the products, nor updates, to be delivered on Symbian.

Find other important Q2 2011 market developments in the new volume of the research2guidance Smartphone App Market Monitor. The third volume of the report includes a special interest chapter on mobile retail market.”

 

Source: BGR

What does your phone say about you?

Android users are pessimists and like ugly bulky devises vs iPhone users who are extroverts and like sleek devices which does just a few things?

Here’s an infographic created by  Hunch and Column Five Media, that suggest that there’s more to users on the different platforms than meets the eye. They’ve created the infographic based on data they’ve collected by via questions which users answer using their Hunch application on their mobile phones.

But then we take this with a pinch of salt since  you can’t stereotype users based on what platforms are running on their mobile phones.

Source: blog.hunch.com