The Mobile Asia Expo is scheduled to be held in Shanghai this year from 20-22 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China.

Mobile Asia Expo comprises of several components:

  • A world-class Expo, showcasing cutting-edge technology, products, devices and apps to mobile professionals and mobile-passionate consumers
  • A thought-leadership Conference for senior mobile professionals, featuring visionary keynotes, panel discussions and world-class networking
  • App Planet, where app developers can learn and expand their knowledge of the popular mobile app marketplace
  • A unique Deal Hub platform to connect qualified buyers and world class solution providers face-to-face to do business
  • And mPowered Brands, a programme dedicated to accelerating marketers’ knowledge and utilization of mobile as a marketing medium

The expo will have several App developer conferences which will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, and encourage audience interaction on a wide range of topics.

Normally, 1-Day Visitor Pass is ¥ 100, but you can receive the pass for free during a limited-time “Early Bird” offer. All you have to do us to visit https://registration.itnintl.com/mae12/regonline/RegLogin.aspx and use the code EVP7F747

Notable App developer conferences include

  • Blackberry Jam sessions: Being held on Wednesday and Thursday, 20-21 June, these sessions will help developers fast-track BlackBerry application development and bring apps to the community of over 77 million BlackBerry users worldwide.
  • CMDC ADC: The CMDC ADC will introduce a host of customisable new products as well as keynote speeches on the latest developments in mobile applications and the mobile industry. Taking place on Wednesday, 20 June from 13:30-17:00, this ADC will include a lucky draw at the end of the session.
  • Nokia Developer Day: Nokia’s Developer Day will feature their latest achievements on Windows Phones and the Nokia developer support and incentive program. A special giveaway will be awarded to an attendee at the end of this conference which will take place on Wednesday, 20 June from 15:00-17:00.

Hurry up…Grab while the offer lasts…!!

Happy developing…!!!

Apple surely has a brand loyalty that every CEO yearns for. According to a research published by GfK,

Some 84 percent of iPhone users said they would pick iPhone also when they replace their cellphone, while 60 percent of consumers who use smartphones running Google’s Android said they would stick with phones using the same software.

Only 48 percent of people using Research In Motion’s cellphones said they would stay loyal to their BlackBerrys, the study showed.

While Apple is the leader at present, the current development on Android, RIM’s BBX and Windows Phones from Nokia are all set to give Apple a tough challenge, according to the report.

The scope for brands to lure customers from rivals has diminished and the richest rewards will go to those providers that can create the most harmonious user experience and develop this brand loyalty

What is noteworthy here that 70 percent of consumers said they would stick with their phones due to their seamless integration of features and access to content. The present and future undoubtedly belongs to the Apps and Internet.

Though the firm interviewed around 4500 people in various countries, it never mentions anything about Symbian or Windows Phones. This is quite surprising as a certain percentage of these 4500 people must be carrying Symbian and Windows phones, which the report fails to mention.

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Apple surely has a brand loyalty that every CEO yearns for. According to a research published by GfK,

Some 84 percent of iPhone users said they would pick iPhone also when they replace their cellphone, while 60 percent of consumers who use smartphones running Google’s Android said they would stick with phones using the same software.

Only 48 percent of people using Research In Motion’s cellphones said they would stay loyal to their BlackBerrys, the study showed.

While Apple is the leader at present, the current development on Android, RIM’s BBX and Windows Phones from Nokia are all set to give Apple a tough challenge, according to the report.

The scope for brands to lure customers from rivals has diminished and the richest rewards will go to those providers that can create the most harmonious user experience and develop this brand loyalty

What is noteworthy here that 70 percent of consumers said they would stick with their phones due to their seamless integration of features and access to content. The present and future undoubtedly belongs to the Apps and Internet.

Though the firm interviewed around 4500 people in various countries, it never mentions anything about Symbian or Windows Phones. This is quite surprising as a certain percentage of these 4500 people must be carrying Symbian and Windows phones, which the report fails to mention.

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Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has conducted a research on smartphone platforms in the UK and have found out that around half of the UK smartphones have Android of one kind or the other on them.

MBB reports

Android’s share has increased from 29 percent a year ago to 49.9 percent. HTC is leading the way for phone manufacturers using the OS, with 45 percent of Android-based phone sales in the 12 weeks prior to 2 October. Samsung took 38 percent of Android sales with Sony Ericsson contributing 8.5 percent, down from 20.5 percent a year ago.

RIM’s BlackBerry OS is the next most popular smartphone OS, present on 22.5 percent of UK smartphones while Apple’s iOS has 18.5 percent market share, down from 33 percent a year ago. Kantar’s figures were taken before Apple announced the iPhone 4S, a period during which Apple CEO Tim Cook said there had been a significant slowdown of iPhone sales.

While Nokia plummeted from 20 percent last year to 6 percent this year, It’s hopes to gain momentum through the Windows Phone is bleak as Windows Phone managed to bad only a measly 1.4 percent share.

The “bad news for featurephones” is that under half of the UK population (44 percent) owns smartphones, with the growth in sales quickly accelerating. Smartphones made up 69 percent of mobile phone sales during the period.

IDC has reveled the numbers for the Q3 mobile phone shipments. And as unexpected by few, Nokia is still numero uno.

According to the report

Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors

Nokia reversed a global market share on a sequential basis last quarter thanks to stronger feature phone sales in key regions as well as the clearing of inventory backlogs in traditional strongholds, namely China and Europe, which led to a sharp year-over-year shipment and share decline last quarter. Nokia’s smartphone fortunes could improve in quarters to come now that it has introduced the Nokia Lumia devices, powered by Windows Phone 7, to markets where its brand is still relatively strong and in areas where the company has lost share over the past two years.

Samsung registered double-digit growth compared to the third quarter a year ago and also outpaced the market. The company’s growth was again driven by smartphone sales, such as the Galaxy S2. Smartphone sales were notably higher in emerging markets including China. Samsung outpaced the feature phone market as well in terms of growth. The vendor didn’t close the market share gap on Nokia for the top mobile phone position, but it remains within striking distance.

LG Electronics maintained its position as the number 3 mobile vendor worldwide for the twelfth quarter in a row, but continued soft demand for both its feature phones and smartphones led to volume levels not seen since 2Q 2007. With only a few new devices launched and an aging feature phone portfolio, LG’s warnings of lower year-over-year shipment volume appears to have come to fruition. By the end of the year, LG’s grasp on the number 3 position may be loosened as Apple’s aggressive smartphone campaign takes hold in 4Q 2011.

ZTE jumped into the number 4 position thanks to momentum carried into 3Q 2011 with key devices shipping into strategic regions. In China, ZTE has nearly doubled its smartphone volumes from the previous quarter, while within North America, ZTE’s entry-level voice-centric phones at AT&T have gained greater depth. At the same time, ZTE’s target of 12 million smartphone shipments worldwide in 2011 became more of a reality with the introduction of two new Android-powered smartphones for the North American market.

Apple gained share and posted the third-highest growth rate of any Top 5 vendor but dropped to the number 5 position globally. Global iPhone shipments declined sequentially during the same quarter that company founder Steve Jobs handed the CEO reins to Tim Cook. The decline, not coincidentally, happened as Apple readied itself for the 4S launch, which many waited for. Apple’s ability to upgrade 3GS users to the 4S, for example, and make continued inroads into developing economies, where it has been less successful, will help dictate the company’s smartphone fortunes in the future.

The numbers speak for themselves. What should be noted in the chart below is that while LG is the biggest loser, the Biggest winner is ZTE,  thanks to it’s featurephones sales. If featurephones are removed, then the champ would be Samsung, thanks to its baffling smartphone sales.

IDC q3 stats thumb Q3 worldwide mobile phone numbers, Nokia still rules

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Sammy, aka Samsung, has been able to pull out the rabbit out of the hat. After burying Nokia under a pile of dirt, it has toppled Apple from the numero uno spot of smartphone manufacturers.

According to the research firm Strategy Analytics,

Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones in Q3 for a 24 percent market share, ahead of both Apple (17.1 million, 15 percent) and Nokia (16.8 million, 14 percent). Total global smartphone shipments grew 44 percent annually to reach a record 117 million. However, that growth is almost half that of a year ago, when smartphone growth during Q3 2010 was recorded at 78 percent.

image thumb Samsung confirmed as number one smartphone manufacturer

shipment share thumb Samsung confirmed as number one smartphone manufacturer

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics said

Apple’s global smartphone growth rate slowed to just 21 percent annually in Q3 2011, its lowest level for two years.

We believe Apple’s growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung’s popular Galaxy S2 model.

It is, however, interesting to  know that despite of getting it’s butt whipped by other players, Nokia is still the undisputed king of phones.

The top three overall spots belong to Nokia (106.6 million, 27% market share), Samsung (88 million, 23%) and LG (21.1 million, 5.4%).

Since the unveiling of Windows Phones, let us see what the “quarters” have up in their sleeves for Nokia.

Richard Kerris, the man responsible to glue HP and developers together (read as Vice president, Worldwide Developer Relations for webOS) has left HP to pursue other interests (read as a job opportunity at Nokia).

HP quotes

Richard Kerris, vice president, Worldwide Developer Relations for webOS, has decided to leave HP to pursue an opportunity outside of the company, effective immediately.  We are grateful for his service and contributions he has made to HP and the webOS community.

Nine months was the time that Kerris spent with HP. The jump from the burning platform was inevitable, but no wise man jumps from one burning platform to another.

Marco Argenti, Nokia SVP of Developer and Marketplace, tweets

Great people are what makes the difference, always. I’m excited to welcome Richard Kerris in my team as Global Head of Developer Relations.

Bang…!!! The job description remains the same at Nokia, although more challenging, as Nokia is hell bent on pissing off it’s developers (Nokia World Hackathon…hint…hint).

Welcome to the jungle Kerris, is all we have to say…!!

App store content leaders of today are not those of tomorrow, is what the research firm Distimo believes. According to DIstimo

…within this year, Android Market will overtake Apple’s App Store for iPhone to become the largest content market – while both will see growth, Android Market currently has the momentum. There is also a significant shift underway among the smaller stores, with Nokia’s Ovi Store set to slip from fourth place to sixth place, while Microsoft’s WP7 Marketplace will move from sixth to fourth.

Apple’s App Store for iPad is currently holding its third place, while RIM’s BlackBerry App World is holding station in fifth.

Noticeably, 4 percent of products on the App Store for iPhone feature in-app purchases, these account for 76 percent of revenue. Free apps with in-app purchases account for 52 percent of the total revenue, with paid apps with in-app purchasing accounting for 24 percent. The remaining 24 percent is generated by traditional paid apps.

Android is not far behind in this model. Android in-app purchases were only introduced in March 2011. 76 percent of the top-25 grossing US apps are free titles monetised through in-app purchases.

The growth of tablets meant that the content has to be suited to the tablet form factor. Though the featurephones will never be extinct, the smartphone use is inarguably on the rise, and so is the number of apps downloaded. The research pointed that North America, Europe and Asia are now “almost equal in size” in download terms.

The world is moving at the smartphone world at an amazing pace. Seems that featurephones would be the next extinct species, at least in the Europe.

For the first time in Q2 this year, as IDC reports,

…Feature phone shipments in the region were down 29 percent to 20.4 million units in 2Q11, while smartphone shipments increased 48 percent to 21.8 million units from a year ago.

…Smartphones now account for 52 percent of total mobile phone shipments in the region. The total Western European mobile phone market, however, declined 3 percent year-on-year to 42.2 million units in the quarter

…Feature phones are becoming a niche segment driven by the very-low-end devices targeted at users who only need a device for voice and texts…

Android is the biggest winner in the smartphone-featurephone war. With Android phones, recording a massive growth of 352% YoY, accounted for 48.5% of the total smartphone sales. Samsung has bolstered Android’s success by being the biggest manufacturer of Android Smartphones, thanks to the Galaxy devices.

sales figure thumb Smartphone sales surpass featurephone sales in West Europe says IDC

The biggest loser here is Nokia. with a drop of 60% in it’s sales. The cause is undoubtedly the move from EU’s OS, Symbian.

Even the troubled RIM has managed to record a 15% growth.

Not much to add here as the sales figures speak out loud enough.

Given the absurdly high prices for a limited set of features, the iPhone, according to me, is a sheer wastage of money. In India, it costs INR 32,000-37,000, depending upon the retailer. This money is surely big money, in many cases it is more than the monthly income of the buyer.

That is why, Apple, despite it’s efforts, has not been able to penetrate into the Indian market as other manufacturers.

I interviewed 45 people while travelling in the Delhi Metro who had some or the other sort of iPhone. The only questions I asked were the following:

1. From where did you buy the iPhone?

2. Why did you buy the iPhone?

3. Do you also own any other Apple product?

And the answers baffled me. 31 people said that they had got the iPhone from out of India through their friends and relatives. Out of these 31, only 8 paid the actual price. The rest were gifts. Also, out of these 31, only 16 people had the iPhone 4. All of the others had lower versions of the device.

The remaining 14 purchased their iPhones from the Indian Market. And out of these 14, 8 were purchased from the second hand market. The rest 6 were purchased brand new. Out of these 14, only 7 were the iPhone 4 and the rest were the lower variants.

Surprisingly, when asked why they chose an iPhone, 42 said because it’s the iPhone and it’s a status symbol. It’s touch is amazing. and only 3 had chosen it after thorough research.

One guy even said that he had purchased an iPhone because Steve Jobs is GOD… Open-mouthed smile

Surprisingly, only 1 of the entire 45 had a Mac with her and 5 had iPod shuffle.

Though we understand that these number are not credible enough as the number of people interviewed is too less. But it took me 11 whopping days to cover the nose to tail of Delhi Metro (except the 1st compartment, it’s reserved for ladies) to find these 45 iPhone “carriers”.

For a sensible man, these numbers quite point to the right direction as why Apple has decided to launch cheaper variants of the iPhones for the APAC region.

Enter the Dragon…!!!!

When Nokia was regarded as the undisputed champ of phones (smart as well as featurephones) in India, there was a small company who identifies the loopholes in the market which Nokia couldn’t plug in time. Those were the days  when a small time company called Micromax was formed. It not only identified the needs of the Indian market, but it also offered cutting edge “cheap” mobiles that were revolutionary at that time. What Nokia offered for INR 12,000+, Micromax was offering the similar specc’d phones for INR 5,000. It ate the market of Nokia like anything.

Last year, it was the third largest Mobile handset compnay in India. I still have to ask them for the data of the last fiscal year. They were the pioneers of bringing the cheapest Android in the world. The first Dual SIm phones. And they have grown. Every third or fourth person I see is either carrying a Nokia or a Micromax,

And yesterday, while I was de-boarding the Delhi Metro after the trip to the doc, I found this:

30082011035 thumb Micromax challenges iPhone in a visual add, price is what matters in the end

While the biggest carriers in India have not been able to sell the iPhone, given the additional discounts that they offer, Micromax has slowly but steadily eaten up everything.

A flagship doesn’t have to have a high price tag, as we have seen the disastrous Nokia N97, a true flagship something that carries your flag into the customers’ hearts. Something that everyone should buy. Something like the Sony PS3. Sony made a huge loss initially when it offered the behemoth at the extremely low price. But the PS3 paid Sony well off in the end. Sony earned from services and accessories. Something which The Mobile phone giants are not doing today. Something which Samsung has started with the Wave 2.

What is the point of selling something that the masses  can not afford? I call it absurdity….!!!

Do share your views on this article.

Given the absurdly high prices for a limited set of features, the iPhone, according to me, is a sheer wastage of money. In India, it costs INR 32,000-37,000, depending upon the retailer. This money is surely big money, in many cases it is more than the monthly income of the buyer.

That is why, Apple, despite it’s efforts, has not been able to penetrate into the Indian market as other manufacturers.

I interviewed 45 people while travelling in the Delhi Metro who had some or the other sort of iPhone. The only questions I asked were the following:

1. From where did you buy the iPhone?

2. Why did you buy the iPhone?

3. Do you also own any other Apple product?

And the answers baffled me. 31 people said that they had got the iPhone from out of India through their friends and relatives. Out of these 31, only 8 paid the actual price. The rest were gifts. Also, out of these 31, only 16 people had the iPhone 4. All of the others had lower versions of the device.

The remaining 14 purchased their iPhones from the Indian Market. And out of these 14, 8 were purchased from the second hand market. The rest 6 were purchased brand new. Out of these 14, only 7 were the iPhone 4 and the rest were the lower variants.

Surprisingly, when asked why they chose an iPhone, 42 said because it’s the iPhone and it’s a status symbol. It’s touch is amazing. and only 3 had chosen it after thorough research.

One guy even said that he had purchased an iPhone because Steve Jobs is GOD… Open-mouthed smile

Surprisingly, only 1 of the entire 45 had a Mac with her and 5 had iPod shuffle.

Though we understand that these number are not credible enough as the number of people interviewed is too less. But it took me 11 whopping days to cover the nose to tail of Delhi Metro (except the 1st compartment, it’s reserved for ladies) to find these 45 iPhone “carriers”.

For a sensible man, these numbers quite point to the right direction as why Apple has decided to launch cheaper variants of the iPhones for the APAC region.

Enter the Dragon…!!!!

When Nokia was regarded as the undisputed champ of phones (smart as well as featurephones) in India, there was a small company who identifies the loopholes in the market which Nokia couldn’t plug in time. Those were the days  when a small time company called Micromax was formed. It not only identified the needs of the Indian market, but it also offered cutting edge “cheap” mobiles that were revolutionary at that time. What Nokia offered for INR 12,000+, Micromax was offering the similar specc’d phones for INR 5,000. It ate the market of Nokia like anything.

Last year, it was the third largest Mobile handset compnay in India. I still have to ask them for the data of the last fiscal year. They were the pioneers of bringing the cheapest Android in the world. The first Dual SIm phones. And they have grown. Every third or fourth person I see is either carrying a Nokia or a Micromax,

And yesterday, while I was de-boarding the Delhi Metro after the trip to the doc, I found this:

30082011035 thumb Micromax challenges iPhone in a visual add, price is what matters in the end

While the biggest carriers in India have not been able to sell the iPhone, given the additional discounts that they offer, Micromax has slowly but steadily eaten up everything.

A flagship doesn’t have to have a high price tag, as we have seen the disastrous Nokia N97, a true flagship something that carries your flag into the customers’ hearts. Something that everyone should buy. Something like the Sony PS3. Sony made a huge loss initially when it offered the behemoth at the extremely low price. But the PS3 paid Sony well off in the end. Sony earned from services and accessories. Something which The Mobile phone giants are not doing today. Something which Samsung has started with the Wave 2.

What is the point of selling something that the masses  can not afford? I call it absurdity….!!!

Do share your views on this article.

Two weeks have passed this month. And that means its time for Krusell’s monthly sales report. For those of you new to the topic: Krusell is a highly “prominent” case manufacturer which is popular among non-techies and has a very strong retail presence.

The sales figures for July 2011 have been released. And the winner is:

Samsung Galaxy S2

1. (2) Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
2. (1) Apple iPhone 4
3. (3) HTC Sensation
4. (4) Nokia 3720 Classic
5. (10) HTC Desire S
6. (-) Nokia 6303 Classic
7. (9) Nokia C5
8. (-) HTC Wildfire S
9. (8) HTC Desire HD
10. (-) Samsung B2100
() = Last month’s position.

Samsung Galaxy S II is the sales champ for Krusell this July.

Two months ago I predicted that we would see this Samsung model as the number one selling case, says Ulf Sandberg CEO at Krusell. I was a bit too hot on the trigger, since I was wrong two times before it became reality. I expect us to see the same results, with minor changes, for the list of August but I can be wrong again of course he ends.

For the new readers – The list is based on the number of pieces of custom made mobile-, smartphone cases ordered from Krusell during July 2011. Krusell’s list is unique due to the fact that it reflects the sales of phones on six continents and in more than 70 countries around the globe.

GetJar, the very first app store of the mobile world, asked developers about their current and future development interests.

GetJar logo with shadow thumb GetJar tells us where the developers’ interests head to

The results were quite surprising. The polls figure said:

80 percent of respondents stated that they are developing for iOS for iPhone/iPod Touch today, which declines to 55.6 percent who are planning to develop for this platform in six months time. The same trend is seen in iOS for tablets, which sees developer backing decreasing from 59 percent to 52 percent.

In short, the popularity of app developers towards Apple is taking a hit.

Android for smartphone currently has 51.2 percent support, which will increase to 58 percent six months from now. And Android for tablets currently has 20.5 percent, which will more than double to 47 percent.

That means that the Android folks will not quit their remarkable exponential growth. The same will be reflected in six months’ time.

Interestingly,

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform is set to be more popular with developers than web apps, BlackBerry for smartphones and tablets, and HP’s webOS.  Some 24 percent of developers intend developing for the MS platform in the future, compared to less than 9 percent today. While that is still less than half of the interest in Android, GetJar said that “given Windows’ small base it looks like there is some optimism for the Nokia/Windows alliance.”

Unsurprisingly, the survey noted a continued fall in support for Symbian OS, with less than 7 percent of developers stating they will be supporting the platform in six months time. Fewer than 20 percent of developers think the OS will be around in “the next couple of years.”

RIM’s BlackBerry OS also faces challenges, with less than 15 percent of developers interested in developing for the platform in the next six months. Less than half of the developers believe the platform will survive the next five years.

While presently, around 80% of current developer junta is targeting iOS, around 44.4% of devs are targeting towards Android. The scales  will indeed be tipped in Android’s favor in six  months from now, if the poll is to be believed, with over 70% devs developing for android.

The news is surely bad for already troubled RIM and HP, Symbian fans will be equally annoyed by this poll outcome.

But for Nokia-MSFT alliance, this sure is the silver lining of the clouds. Bad news for Apple though.

Stay tuned for more…!!!!

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