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Ovum reflects on the key themes of MWC 2014

Overall, there was nothing bombastic about MWC 2014, according to Ovum’s analysts. The industry praised itself for connecting the world, noting that it contributed $336bn to public funds and supported 10.5 million jobs in 2013. The main call to action was for the industry to invest $1.7tn by 2020 to extend broadband connectivity globally. In… Read more

Emeka Obiodu

Analyst view: Samsung inches forward with Galaxy S5 update

Samsung has updated its flagship smartphone, announcing its latest incarnation the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress. Nick Dillon, senior analyst at Ovum provides his view on the announcement: “Samsung is betting big on wellness, fingerprint reading and camera autofocus, while keeping a very similar look and feel for its hardware and software. “The updates… Read more

Nick Dillon

Analyst view: Microsoft shows its commitment to Windows Phone with new partners and relaxed requirements

Nick Dillon, senior analyst, Ovum “With Nokia’s Android-based “X“ smartphones stealing the limelight at MWC, Microsoft has been keen to remind us that it remains committed to its Windows Phone platform. While certainly pragmatic, the Nokia X strategy must have been a hard one for the traditionally proud Microsoft to swallow. “The addition of nine… Read more

Nick Dillon

Analyst view: Samsung tries again with smartwatches

Nick Dillon, senior analyst, Ovum “Having updated its smartwatch range less than six months after launching it, Samsung has learnt the hard way that it needs to offer more than just a second screen to appeal to customers. The company is clearly looking to piggyback on the trend for fitness tracking, which is the hottest… Read more

Nick Dillon

Analyst view: Nokia X Series Points Way to a More Enlightened Microsoft

Nokia announced three new low-cost smartphones this morning at Mobile World Congress. Tony Cripps, principal analyst, at Ovum comments: “It’s too early to call the launch of Nokia X a game changer. However, it definitely shakes up an industry that has become fixated on incremental advances and smart accessories as growth drivers of hardware sales,… Read more

Tony Cripps

Analyst view: Mozilla to drive Firefox OS even lower with Spreadtrum partnership

Mozilla has announced its partnership with the low-cost chipset vendor Spreadtrum, paving the way for smartphones running the web-based Firefox OS to be sold for $25. Nick Dillon, senior analyst at Ovum believes: “With this deal the company is aiming to harness the momentum it has had since the launch of its first commercial devices… Read more

Nick Dillon

Ovum reveals the PC is still king for Cyber Monday shopping

Despite the widespread proliferation of mobile devices, the majority of Cyber Monday shopping will still take place using a desktop PC, finds Ovum. According to the global analyst’s Consumer Insights survey, security and data privacy concerns continue to be the main stumbling blocks to consumers embracing m-commerce, including m-payments, m-banking and m-shopping. In a survey*of… Read more

Angel Dobardziev

Analyst view: BlackBerry abandons buyout deal

BlackBerry has announced that it would receive a $1 billion investment from Fairfax Financial and other investors, representing the conclusion of its process of seeking strategic alternatives for taking the company forward. Fairfax had wanted to acquire BlackBerry outright, but with the deadline looming today it looks like it fell short of raising the necessary funds, so… Read more

Jan Dawson

Analyst view: BlackBerry agrees to be acquired by Fairfax

Following the news that BlackBerry has signed an agreement to be acquired by Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion, subject to a successful due diligence process,  Jan Dawson, chief telecoms analyst at Ovum has the following comments:   “Taking BlackBerry private doesn’t solve the fundamental problems at the company. First, the company’s device sales are cratering,… Read more

Jan Dawson

Analyst view: Apple won’t crumble just yet

Following Apple’s announcement today, Tony Cripps, principal device analyst at Ovum provides his view on the new releases: “Even post-Jobs Apple still does great theatre, even if most of what was announced was unusually well-heralded in the blogosphere.   “Clearly there’s little need for gimmicks in the flagship 5S, in a launch replete with significant spec upgrades… Read more

Tony Cripps