Video calling is expected to be used by 29 million people around the globe by 2015, Juniper Research announced in a new study released today.
According to the market research firm, Apple's FaceTime video-calling feature will help jump-start the mobile videoconferencing business, but it likely won't spur a full "mass market" adoption within the next five years.
"We forecast there will be 29 million smartphone video users in 2015, but the market may be held back by a lack of interoperability between different devices," Juniper senior analyst Anthony Cox said in a statement.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon silicon made a sweep of all of the Windows Phone 7 smartphones announced today, rendering the hardware from various manufacturers relatively homogeneous inside.
Against a backdrop of phone announcements from companies such as Samsung, HTC, and Dell, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer posted a video today discussing the relationship between the two companies.
"Qualcomm and Microsoft have a long history of working together to optimize the mobile operating system for Qualcomm chips and platforms...We're excited to bring a new generation of Windows phones exclusively featuring Snapdragon mobile processors," Ballmer said.
"This really shows...what can happen when people bring together great software and great hardware," said Jacobs in the video.
But this collaboration also brings Windows PC-like hardware uniformity. Just as the PC world has the Windows operating system and Intel processors, this first crop of Windows Phone 7 smartphones feature a Microsoft OS and Qualcomm silicon.
"If all of them feature the same hardware (internal) and same operating system, what happens to the differentiation?" asked Ashok Kumar, managing director and analyst at Rodman & Renshaw. Other smartphone processor suppliers include Texas Instruments, Marvell Technology, and Samsung, who provide chips for Android and BlackBerry phones, among others.
And it remains to be seen if Windows Phone 7 devices can find a place in a very crowded market. "I think one of the biggest questions is what are the prospects of Windows Phone 7," said Kumar. "Most of the resources are targeted toward Apple and Android and then you have RIM and the QNX (operating system). There are many questions here, not least of which is what will the receptivity of the consumer be?" Kumar said.
Windows Phone 7 smartphones include the Dell Venue, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC HD7, HTC Surround, HTC 7 Pro, LG Quantum, LG Optimus 7, Samsung Focus, and Samsung Omnia 7. Inside these products is Qualcomm's 1GHz application processor, a 3D graphics function, support for high-megapixel cameras, and the requisite 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, among other functions..… Read more
In addition to the new Windows Phone 7 devices released for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, HTC also dropped two international handsets at Microsoft's big debut event in New York today. With similar designs and comparable feature sets, the HTC 7 Mozart and 7 Trophy will be headed to various nations in Europe and Asia. Here's what you can expect from each device.
HTC 7 Mozart
1GHz processor 512MB ROM 576 RAM 8GB storage 3.7-inch screen with 480x800 resolution Bands: GSM (850/900/1800/1900); HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100) Bluetooth 2.1 with stereo profile Wi-Fi … Read more
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's characterization of the new Windows Phone 7 OS as "always delightful and wonderfully mine" may go down in tech marketing-speak history. But what exactly did the company launch this morning, and exactly how is it taking aim at competitors like Apple's iPhone and iOS, Google's Android, and RIM's BlackBerry?
When I wrote a research note entitled "Latency Matters!" in 2002, I was primarily reacting to the tendency of computer system vendors to highlight how much data they could move around rather than how quickly that data could get from point A to point B. This made comparing server designs--one of my main areas of focus at the time--difficult given that the speed, rather than the amount, of data movement within and between various subsystems was often the more important metric. As I wrote:
Latency is the time that elapses between a request for data and its delivery. … Read more
T-Mobile and AT&T aren't the only U.S. carriers jumping on the Windows Phone 7 express. During Microsoft's launch event in New York City today, we also learned that the HTC 7 Pro would come to Sprint early next year.
Unlike most of the new handsets, the Pro 7 will feature a full QWERTY keyboard for messaging and e-mail. Up top is a 3.6-inch touch screen with a 800x480 resolution, while around the sides are a 3.5mm headset hack and a Micro-USB port.
Inside you'll find a satisfying range of features like a … Read more
Eight long months after Windows Phone 7 made its debut at the 2010 Mobile World Congress, Microsoft finally unveiled its first series of handsets to the world. Out of the first batch, six are headed to the United States (T-Mobile gets two, AT&T picks up three, and one will land at Sprint early next year), with the rest landing around the world. And on the manufacturer side, LG, HTC, Samsung, and Dell are the first handset makers to delve into the revamped operating system.
To help you keep track of the new announcements, here's a roundup of … Read more
Nokia today began shipping its new C7 smartphone around the world.
The follow-up to the recently launched N8 smartphone, the C7 is Nokia's second phone powered by its new Symbian 3 mobile operating system.
The 3.5-inch glass touch-screen is an active-matrix OLED that offers 640x360 pixel resolution. The C7 offers an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot stills and high-definition video. Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and 8GB of memory are part of the package as well.
But the real focus of the new phone is social networking.
The C7 can display multiple home screens to receive live updates from … Read more
NEW YORK--If Apple CEO Steve Jobs has spent the past few years pitching the iPhone as the ultimate, universal mobile device, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's answer with his company's Windows Phone 7 OS, is the opposite.