Global mobile data traffic doubled in year: Stats

Posted on November 21, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

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The amount of data used by mobile devices doubled over the past year, boosted by growth in video streaming services, according to a study released on Wednesday by Swedish telecom group Ericsson.
Data traffic doubled in the third quarter of this year on an annual basis, and rose 16 percent from the previous quarter, it said.

The trend is set to continue, with the amount of information transferred over mobile networks doubling every year for the next six years, driven in large part by users accessing more video content.
Computers and tablets currently dominate mobile traffic, but the high growth in smartphone subscriptions means data consumption will be split equally between the two in 2018.
“Smartphone traffic is growingfaster due to the high growth in subscriptions,” the report said.
Around 40 percent of all phones sold in the third quarter of this year were smartphones.
Mobile devices have turned social media into an activity that consumers engage in througout the day, Ericsson noted.
“It has begun to influence and merge with other behaviors, such as watching TV and other video content,” it said.
“The two activities are instead done in parallel or even merged into a new kind of behavior.”
The study also highlighted that using free game apps that are financed by advertising often leads to significantly higher data consumption for the user thanthe paid-for, premium versions of the software.
Global mobile penetration reached 91 percent in the third quarter this year. The total number of mobile subscriptions is expected to reach 6.6 billion this year and 9.3 billion in 2018, the report said.
Editor’s Punch: I’m posting this from my mobile itself 😆

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Expected In October This Year

Posted on June 5, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , |

Samsung’s next generation Galaxy Note will feature a slightly bigger 5.6 inch display and a much faster processor along with S-voice.

Samsung may come out with a bigger and better version of its Galaxy Note smartphone. No we are not referring to theGalaxy note 10.1 but a slightlybigger more pocket able device much similar to the older Galaxy Note.
Although Samsung officially is yet to comment on the device’s existence but Ubuntulife.nethas some prettyconvincing information about the upcoming device. According to the report, the device called the Galaxy Note 2 will be inspired form the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone and will have features of the Galaxy S II likethe S-Voice, S-Beam and a nature inspired deign too.
The Galaxy Note was the firstdevice to sport a 5.3 inch HD Super Amoled display. But the Galaxy Note 2 reportedly would have a slightly larger 5.5-inch display with WSXGA+ (1680×1050) and 360 pixel density. The reason for not going in with a full HD resolution is that human eye can’t perceive separate pixelsif the pixel density is over 300 ppi, making it pointless. The Galaxy Note 2 will featureSuper Amoled display with a similar PenTile matrix as the Galaxy S III.
In the Galaxy Note 2, Samsungis expected to utilise the Exynos 5250 processor whichis built on latest ARM Cortex-A15 CPU processor architecture along with a muchfaster graphic engine for superior performance. Along with that the Galaxy Note 2 is also likely to get 1.5 GB of RAMfor clutter free operations. The Galaxy Note 2 will have 8-megapixel camera with improved lens and image sensor for better images and videos.
Although there is nothing concrete that can be said about the device’s existence but looking at the popularity and the global acceptance for the Galaxy Note, it is likely to have another device in the same series. Samsung is expected to announce the launch of this device in the month of October this year, when details of its features and price would be made public.

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SMS Based Check-In Service Hoppr Launched

Posted on June 4, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Now all the users have to do is use a simple message to check in to their favorite location and get best deals on products and services while they get rewarded as well.

A new location based check-inservice, called Hoppr, has been launched in India. Hoppr works across all mobile devices and platforms using short messaging or SMS as it medium for providing consumers with information to explore rewards, offers, brands and merchants available in their vicinity. The use of the simplest mode of communication makes the use of this service possible for everyone with a mobile phone breaking barriers such as applications, smartphones andeven GPRS .
Y2CF, the company behind theservice, has already tied up with leading mobile service providers like Airtel, Aircel, Idea, Reliance, Tata Docomo and Vodafone for the Hoppr service. The service will initially cover over 3000 retailoutlets/locations spread across top four cities in India – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. The Hoppr service offers customers with rewardsand special services on the go, while its usage remains purely offline.
To avail this service, user have to register their mobile number with the Hoppr serviceby sending a short code SMS from their mobile phone. All they need to do is type ‘hop’ and SMS it to 56660 to register as a user on Hoppr. Once registered, users can simply avail the service and can they can check-in to the service anytime, anywhere to earn rewards and get special offers on products and services nearby.
The company is also working on an Android based application as well for smartphone users, which will be revealed in the coming few days.

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Mobile Vs TV: Mobile is Winning?

Posted on May 24, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , |

Mobile and Tablets seems to be winning as the prime entertainer and information source as far as youth is concerned, says a recent TCS Survey.

Days after The Mobile Indian reported about the increase in IPL viewership via mobile phones, a recent survey has now said that the young generation prefers Facebook and mobiles for entertainment over the traditional television.
The TCS GenY survey 2011-12, which quizzed 12,300 high school students across 12 cities in India, said that television is the least favourite mode of entertainment for the young generation with less than one per cent of respondents voting for it. On the other hand, 28 per cent opted mobile phones as their preferred mode of entertainment.
The survey said that in Mumbai 98.77 per cent of high school students own mobiles, and 59 per cent of them access the Internet through their phones.
Tablet penetration, too, is higher in the metros with 15 per cent listing it as the device of choice for Internet access, while it stands at 7 per cent in mini-metros.
The TCS Survey also said that increasingly India’s urban Gen Next is turning to text and chat as alternatives to voice. Also, 50 per cent of those surveyed in metros said that they used SMS the most to communicate while 45 per cent used IM (Instant Messenger) and 38 per cent used Facebook or Twitter – all significantly higher than the number of students in metros who said they used email (34 per cent) for the same purpose.
Social networks like Facebook is the clear favorite among students to connect with their peers with 88 per cent of respondents from the six metros having a presence on this social platform. One-third of all respondents said that it was their preferred site. Other platforms like Orkut and India-based networks like Apnacircle, iBibo and Hi5 are more popular in mini-metros compared to metros.
Tweeting as a medium of communication is now being used by one in three students in the TCS survey, though only 1 per cent listed it as their preferred site.

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XAGE Launches Dual-SIM M738 For ₹3000

Posted on May 16, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , |

Features a 2.8″ touchscreen, 2 MP camera, and GPRS.

XAGE has launched a new handset, the M738 . This dual-SIM (GSM) phone catersto the low-end market segment and features a touch interface.

The M738 has a 2.8″ display that comes with pixel dimensions of 320×240 in all probability. It has a primary as well as front camera, both with a 2 MP sensor. Other features include microSD card slot, music player, FM radio, Bluetooth, GPRS, USB port, and a 1100 mAh battery.

Xage claims that the handset is capable of handling 720p MP4 videos. It also comes pre-installed with a few social networking apps. While there’s no information regarding the OS it runs on,I am guessing it is based on Java .

The cellphone is priced at ₹ 3000, and is available in colour combinations of white-blue, black-red, and black-orange.

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