Archive | April, 2010

Android market share increasing at 32 pc per quarter: AdMob

29 Apr

AdMob has released its Mobile Metrics Report for March and in this month’s report, the US-based ad network studies the growing popularity of Android OS with the Android traffic increasing on its network at a rate of 32 per cent every month. AdMob’s data evaluates market share through the share of mobile ads served from its network.

Motorola Droid grabbed a major chunk of 32 per cent share in the total Android traffic generated. Another surprising thing that we noticed was that more than 54 percent of the Android traffic was generated from devices with QWERTY keyboards. The list includes Motorola’s Cliq, Droid, Samsung Moment, HTC Dream and few others. Where Motorola Droid caught a significant share in March, Google Nexus One almost lost its appeal this time as AdMob’s stats suggest that the handset’s share declined to 2 per cent in March which was as high as 74 per cent in September last year.

Talking about the traffic generated by iPhone OS on Admob’s network, the iPhone 3GS leads the segment by contributing to 39 per cent of the total iPhone OS requests. The second generation iPod touch and iPhone 3G captured 25 per cent and 20 per cent share respectively in the total iPhone OS requests. However, the first generation iPhone seems a little outdated as AdMob’s figures point out that the phone managed to produce just 2 percent requests on its network in March.

Nokia launches Ovi Unlimited Music in India, introduces X2 camphone priced around Rs 5,000

29 Apr

Nokia today finally launched its Ovi Music Unlimited service in India that will enable users who buy devices that come bundled with the service to download unlimited music tracks for 12 months. Nokia claims to have a repository of over four million tracks in its music store including those in Bollywood and regional genres.

However, what really excites us is the new phone that the Finnish handset vendor has announced today. The X2, which will be priced at approximately Rs 5,000 before taxes and subsidies, has all the features one would expect from a music phone and a 5.0 MP camera with flash. This would be Nokia’s most affordable 5.0 MP camphone ever.

The X2 offers a 2.2-inch QVGA screen and measures in at 13 mm thin and weighs in at 81gram. It also has dual speakers, dedicated music keys, FM stereo and support for up to 16GB of storage via microSD card.

India’s 3G auction: Day 16 update

29 Apr

The bids for all-India 3G spectrum crossed Rs 8914 crore on the 16th day of auction. The provisional winning price for Mumbai at the end of 94 rounds was Rs 1383.3 crore and for Delhi, the bids closed at Rs 1,349.51 crore. The bids for Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu were valued at Rs 883.16 crore and Rs 808.16 crore respectively.

 

To see the full stats published by DoT, click here.

What does HP's acquisition of Palm mean for webOS

28 Apr

HP’s acquisition of Palm does not seem to be much about Palm as a company but rather its webOS platform. HP sees webOS as a great platform to create innovative new products that would help it get a footing in not just smartphones but other product categories like netbooks and even tablets. So what does this deal mean for webOS?

The biggest advantage that webOS will get is some much-needed cash infusion to evolve the platform that will keep it competitive with the likes of iPhone OS and Android. HP has put its weight behind the platform and will see to it that it is well-funded.

Secondly, it will make webOS devices available to more customers in more markets than what cash-strapped Palm could do. From a webcast that concluded a few minutes ago, HP made it clear that it will be able to strike better deals with hardware manufacturers and ensure that more carriers across the world carry webOS devices based on its existing relationships.
 
Thirdly, webOS would figure in HP’s greater scheme of things as it would prefer the platform to power different form-factors like tablets and even netbooks. This would give HP a differentiation from its competitors.

Fourthly, globally HP is an aggressive player and invests a lot in its go to market and distribution programs, something that Palm could not have done considering its financial state. Again, this is something that webOS desperately needs.

And finally, with more devices/form-factors available to a larger audience, HP hopes that webOS would see the level of developer participation that the platform deserves.

Breaking: HP agrees to acquire Palm for $1.2b

28 Apr

After a couple of months of speculation about who’d acquire Palm, with HTC and Lenovo considered to be the frontrunners, HP today took everyone by surprise by announcing that it will be acquiring Palm for $1.2 billion. Palm, one of the pioneers of PDAs, encountered choppy seas when its smartphones running on its innovative webOS platform failed to deliver numbers.

“The combination of HP’s global scale and financial strength with Palm’s unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm’s unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications,” HP said in a press release.

The press release also states that Palm’s CEO, Jon Rubinstein, is expected to stay back at the company. Rubinstein was responsible for developing webOS.

HP had been active in the smartphone market till a couple of years ago with its iPaq range of Windows Mobile devices but could not really make a niche for itself. We are not convinced at the moment how HP intends to garner a respectable share in the smartphone market, considering that it is already crowded with three major players – Apple, RIM and Google. It is not webOS that is crucial at the moment. Instead it would be how interested developers would be to develop apps for the platform. Still early days to pass any judgements and we will wait and watch how things pan out.

RCom joins hands with GetJar, to offer 65,000 free apps on its app store

28 Apr

RCom has entered into an alliance with GetJar, the world’s largest independent mobile app store that offers free mobile apps across various handset platforms like Java, BlackBerry, Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile. The open mobile app store will offer its vast range of more than 65,000 free mobile apps through R-World. RCom users will be able to access apps ranging from games, social networking, sports, entertainment and productivity.

Initially, the carrier won’t charge its users anything for downloading and using apps except for the service charges – 50 paise per 1 MB. Also, social networking apps like Facebook, Yahoo!, Fandango and eBuddy can be downloaded to more than 2,300 handsets. RCom’s app store will run on almost every type of handset. The carrier anticipates an increase in mobile internet usage across its platform due to the free apps it will offer on its app store.

India adds 20.31 mn wireless subscribers in March

28 Apr

India has added 20.31 mn new wireless subscribers in March, pushing the overall wireless subscriber base to 584.32 mn.

 

Vodafone added the maximum number of new subscribers- 3.6 mn in March. Airtel shares the second spot with RCom as both the carriers added 3 mn new loyalists. BSNL and Tata Teleservices jointly share the third position by adding 2.7 mn new subscribers on their networks.

 

 

          Carrier

      March additions

Wireless subscriber base

 

       (in millions)

         (in millions)

         Aircel

              2.0

               36.8

         Airtel

              3.0

             127.6

         BSNL

              2.7

              69.4

         IDEA

              1.6

              63.8

         MTNL

              0.09

               5.0

         MTS

              0.3

               3.7

         RCom

              3.0

           102.4

         Stel

              0.2

               1.0

     Tata Teleservices

              2.7

             65.9

        Uninor

              0.7

              4.2

       Vodafone

              3.6

           100.8

 

Source: TRAI