Archive for the 'Symbian' Category

Market Share vs Installed Base

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The Guardian newspaper blog has a thought provoking post on why an 80% market share might only represent half of smartphone users. The main insight is that the latest sales don’t necessarily reflect the installed base. This is something I have previously mentioned in the context of stats, fragmentation and as long ago as 2009 and […]

Gartner Technology Trends for 2013

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Many companies doing development are looking at the ‘here and now’. I previously observed how successful products sometimes project the technical and market roadmap to the next few years and try to fill a gap. In mobile, things change very quickly, timescales are compressed and it’s rarely sensible to try to project more than a […]

Smartphone OS Installed Base

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The indomitable Tomi Ahonen shares some stats from his Phone Book 2012. Of particular interest is the installed base of smartphones, by operating system.
Note that this is the installed base, not recent sales, which means the numbers are more useful for people interested in trying to determine what platforms they should support. Further, they […]

Canalys Q2 2012

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Canalys released their Q2/2012 figures while I was away last week. I take more interest in Canalys reporting because a) They are World figures (I dislike the way some other researchers quote US figures as if they are World numbers) and b) The numbers are based on shipments and not on something such as use […]

Mobile Stats, Android and Fragmentation

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The theme today seems to be mobile stats and different ways to view them. First take a look at Gartner’s Q1/2012 stats released today. The interesting part for mobile developers is the breakdown by operating system…
 

Android has made a large gain in market share. Symbian is dying fast and Microsoft has less share than Bada […]

The Enterprise and Mobile Platform Security

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Dimensional Research has a recent free report on The Impact of Mobile Devices on Information Security (pdf) that highlights some of the issues related to enterprise device security. The report is based on a survey of 768 respondents responsible for securing company access in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.

The report shows the […]

Graphics Download for Mobile Apps

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

One of the areas I commonly see startups underestimate is the download of non-photographic graphics. In its simplest form, download via http is trivial on all mobile platforms. However, the complexity manifests itself when you start to consider that different devices have different screen sizes and resizing graphics on the device is undesirable either because […]

Nokia 808

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The news today is buzzing with the Mobile World Congress announcement of Nokia’s ‘PureView’ 808 smartphone using a 41 megapixel sensor.
The strange thing is that it’s a Symbian rather than Windows Phone device. I would have expected innovations such as this to be brought out on Nokia’s new platform of choice rather than one that’s […]