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iOS Has 77% Traffic Share in France–Why That Matters

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

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According to a report by analytics firm AT Internet, 77% of mobile device traffic in France comes from iOS devices. (Link, in French) This is only an imperfect proxy for device market share (if iOS device owners surf more, for example), but it strongly suggests that iOS is dominant in France among smartphones, a finding that squares with this Paris-based analyst’s anecdotal experience. 

Here’s why France shows such a lopsided result and why it matters for the rest of the world and the mobile platform wars: France was a unique market for iOS early on because French courts mandates that Apple offer its iPhone on all carriers. Remember: when the iPhone came out on AT&T in the US, Apple pursued a conscious international strategy of building a partnership with the largest carrier in each country. In France, courts saw to it differently, which means that the iPhone was offered from the start on all major French carriers. 

Why is this important? Because it goes to show that Android’s surge in market share that we’ve been witnessing was due more to Apple’s delays in bringing carriers on board than in consumer demand for the Android brand. And, in turn, it suggests that now that Apple has adjusted to offering the iPhone on many carriers, it will reap many advantages.

As we wrote in our special report on the mobile platform wars, we think the upside for iOS is underestimated because it benefits from a developer network effect, which is what matters. Now that Android doesn’t have a carrier advantage, that effect should be magnified. 

Read our note on mobile network effects →

Read our special report: Who will win the mobile platform wars? →

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 news No Comments

AT&T Is Going To Try To Blow Away Amazon’s Cloud (AMZN, T)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-has-got-yet-another-new-cloud-competitor-att-2012-1


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There’s already no shortage of companies with their own “clouds” trying to blow up Amazon’s popular web services.

Now AT&T will too.

On Monday AT&T announced  AT&T Cloud Architect, which it describes as “a developer-centric cloud platform providing storage and infrastructure as-a-service.” Sound familiar? It should. That’s what Amazon’s Web Services does, as does Microsoft Azure, IBM’s SmartCloud, Red Hat’s OpenShift and countless others.

AT&T has promised that it’s new cloud will support multiple flavors of Linux (CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Red Hat) as well as Windows Server.

AT&T was vague as to when its cloud would be available, saying that it would be turned on sometime in the next few weeks, reports Ars Technica.

The news is significant for another reason. AT&T is choosing OpenStack to build its cloud, making it the first carrier to join the OpenStack consortium. OpenStack is an open-source cloud architecture project based on a collaboration between NASA and hosting company Rackspace. It’s not the only open source cloud architecture, but it is the one that seems to be winning the most support with the most important participants.

Having the cloud industry settle on one architecture is good for enterprise customers. It ensures they won’t get stuck with one cloud vendor. They can move their applications more easily between multiple clouds built with the same technology.

That’s the heart of the complaint thrown at Amazon by competitors like Rackspace. They say Amazon’s proprietary technology makes it hard for customers to move.

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 news No Comments

Carrier IQ Admits Holding ‘Treasure Trove’ of Consumer Data, But No Keystrokes

Source: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/12/carrier-iq-data-vacuum/

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — An embattled phone-monitoring software maker said Friday that its wares, secretly installed on some 150 million phones, have the capacity to log web usage, and to chronicle where and when and to what numbers calls and text messages were sent and received. The Carrier IQ executives, speaking at their nondescript headquarters in a residential neighborhood in the heart of Silicon Valley, told Wired that the data they vacuum to their servers from handsets is vast — as the software also monitors apps deployment, battery life, phone CPU output and data and cell-site connectivity. But, they said, they are not logging every keystroke as a prominent critic claimed.



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Sunday, December 4th, 2011 news No Comments

Verizon Wireless Gets Its First Portable 4G COW [Verizon]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5846299/verizon-wireless-gets-its-first-portable-4g-cow

Verizon Wireless Gets Its First Portable 4G COWThe next time you’re in Florida for a sporting event, your LTE connection could be provided by a COW, Verizon’s portable cell phone tower on wheels.

The carrier’s first 4G COW was delivered to Pembroke Pines and will be used at major public events throughout the state of Florida. The mobile cell tower lives up to it acronym. It weighs 24,000 pounds, measures 1,080 inches with its antenna extended, is powered by super-sized generators and can provide supplemental phone and data coverage for thousands of Verizon customers. [Electronista]


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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 news No Comments

Android ousts iPhone OS for second place in US smartphone market

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/10/npd-android-ousts-iphone-os-for-second-place-in-us-smartphone-m/

“We’re number two” might not be the chant everyone’s after, but we have a feeling that Google is more than satisfied with that in this case… for now. According to market research firm NPD, Google’s Android operating system edged up into second place in the US smartphone market during the first quarter of the year, leaving it still well behind RIM’s BlackBerry OS, but marking the first time that it has moved ahead of Apple’s iPhone OS. Specifically, NPD found that RIM maintained a strong 36 percent market share for the quarter, with Android coming in at 28 percent, and iPhone OS in third at 21 percent. The growth for Android was attributed largely to strong carrier support — like Verizon’s buy-one-get-one free offer which, incidentally, also helped Verizon maintain a 30 percent smartphone market share, which is just slightly behind AT&T at 32 percent, and ahead of T-Mobile and Sprint at 17 and 15 percent, respectively.

Disclaimer: NPD’s Ross Rubin is a contributor to Engadget.

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Monday, May 10th, 2010 news No Comments

the American phone subsidy model is a RAZR way of thinking in an iPhone world

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/23/editorial-the-american-phone-subsidy-model-is-a-razr-way-of-thi/

The concept is simple enough — pay more, get more. So it has gone (historically, anyway) with phone subsidies in this part of the world, a system that has served us admirably for well over a decade. It made sense, and although it was never spelled out at the customer service counter quite as clearly as any of us would’ve liked, it was fairly straightforward to understand: you bought a phone on a multi-dimensional sliding scale of attractiveness, functionality, and novelty. By and large, there was a pricing scale that matched up with it one-to-one. You understood that if you wanted a color external display, a megapixel camera, or MP3 playback, you’d pay a few more dollars, and you also understood that you could knock a couple hundred dollars off of that number by signing up to a two-year contract. In exchange for a guaranteed revenue stream, your carrier’s willing to throw you a few bucks off a handset — a square deal, all things considered. So why’s the FCC in a tizzy, and how can we make it better?

Continue reading Editorial: the American phone subsidy model is a RAZR way of thinking in an iPhone world

Editorial: the American phone subsidy model is a RAZR way of thinking in an iPhone world originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Feb 2010 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 digital No Comments

Your Data’s Probably Gone Forever [Outages]

Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/BtPKBvdhhc8/t+mobile-sidekick-outrage-your-datas-probably-gone-forever

T-Mobile Sidekick users have been holding out hope that their data might be recovered after T-Mo issued an optimistic message of hope. But the carrier just updated users and admitted the truth: Your shit’s gone. Sorry, guys.

It’s been more than two weeks without data for Sidekick users, and T-Mobile finally bit the bullet and announced that it probably isn’t coming back. The quote:

Regrettably, based on Microsoft/Danger’s latest recovery assessment of their systems, we must now inform you that personal information stored on your device – such as contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists or photos – that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger. That said, our teams continue to work around-the-clock in hopes of discovering some way to recover this information. However, the likelihood of a successful outcome is extremely low.

This is pretty crappy of T-Mobile and Danger, and while it’s probably unfair to make this connection, doesn’t give us any new confidence in Project Pink, developed by the remnants of Danger after Microsoft acquired it. (After all, Microsoft bought Danger specifically because of their software services. And now, it just goes kablooey?) Renowned Sidekick user and a-hole Perez Hilton, while normally hysteric about just about everything, has the right tone here:

To add insult to injury, the ONLY thing T-Mobile is offering their customers, whom they obviously don’t value or respect, is one month of free data service.

That’s shit!

One month of free data service (which is not the same thing as one month of free phone use) for SEVEN DAYS of heartache and no access to contacts????

That’s fucked!!!!

Really, that’s kind of putting it lightly. [T-Mobile via Boy Genius Report]


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