Archive for April, 2010

Smartphones – Online Gaming on Smartphones Increases 60%

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Latest reports from a US survey undertaken by ComScore indicate that online gaming on smartphone handsets has increased by up to 60 percent in the last 12 months, while gaming on feature phones declined by a third in the same period.

As feature phones account for an 80% majority of the market, the decline of online gaming on feature handsets is an overall drop in gamers by 13 percent. The study was conducted involving mobile phones subscribers aged 13 and above across the United States.

The ease of accessibility and connectivity to online gaming for smartphones users is underlined with 27.3 percent of smartphone subscribers saying they had downloaded at least one game compared to 5.6 percent of all feature phone users.

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Mobile Phones – India Houses More Mobile Phones than Toilets

Friday, April 16th, 2010

A recent United Nations study within India revealed that the entire Indian population has greater access to mobile phones than toilets – highlighting the growth of mobile technology whilst pinpointing sanitation issues.

At the last count the number of mobile phones subscribers in India totalled 563.73 million serving almost 50 percent of the country’s entire population. Somewhat worryingly in comparison, only a third of the population had direct access to proper sanitation in 2008.

UN University Director, Zafar Adeel said: “It is a tragic irony to think in India, a country now wealthy enough that roughly half of the people own phones,” so many people “cannot afford the basic necessity and dignity of a toilet.”

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Smartphones – Microsoft Launches New Range to Target Social Networking Generation

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Microsoft has moved to launch its new range of smartphones with the aim of snaring a greater share of the social networking generation. The new Kin One and Kin Two handsets will be hitting the shelves in the UK during the autumn.

From pictures of the handsets it is clear that the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two have been designed specifically with the younger generation in mind. The smartphones boast both touch screen and QWERTY keypad features to facilitate speedy access to social networks and direct connection to Microsoft’s very own music service.

The Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two allows users to simultaneously update all of their social network accounts as well as boasting a feature allowing users to share media across Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace.

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Mobile Phones – Regulator Confirms Consumers Can Soon Change Providers Within One Working Day

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Mobile regulators, Ofcom have revealed that mobile phone consumers will soon be able to change providers and network carriers within one working day as opposed to the current two-day changeover period.

Although the change is still subject to further consultation, it looks likely to be brought into place, with consumers currently frustrated at having to wait 48 hours to receive their Port Authorisation Code (PAC) in order to change providers and tariffs. As part of the change in conditions, consumers will be able to receive their PAC immediately or within two hours via SMS.

The estimated date for the implementation of this idea is currently set for Q1 of 2011.

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