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Google becomes phone maker- buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn

Google has bought Motorola Mobility, the devices arm of communications giant Motorola, for $12.5bn (£7.7bn), giving a significant technology boost to the Android platform in the increasingly competitive smartphone and tablets market. Google stands to gain a large number of patents with the purchase, which will aid it in the on-going litigation that Android faces. Despite Google's promises of keeping Android an open platform, the move could cause conflicts with Google's partners, such as HTC and Samsung.


15/08/2011  |  Full story...

Facebook takes on Blackberry with mobile messaging platform

Facebook is launching an instant-messaging application for smartphone users, as the social network looks to take on Blackberry maker Research In Motion. and Apple in the growing mobile communications market.

The social network's 750 million users already have the ability to send messages through the website, and on Facebook's original smartphone app. However, the new app adds the option to send directly to a mobile phone via SMS, and also to include location information.


11/08/2011  |  Full story...

UK riots: Blackberry hit by hackers after helping police

Blackberry phone maker Research in Motion is cooperating with UK police following the riots in UK, and is facing threats from a hacking group as a result. The move has seen the Canadian firm's Inside BlackBerry blog hacked by a group called Team Poison, which claimed responsibility for posting its logo and a statement condemning RIM's cooperation with police. Police believe Blackberry Messenger (BBM) was used by the rioters because the messages are private.

11/08/2011  |  Full story...

Blackberry maker to axe 2,000 jobs as profits decline

Research In Motion is to cut about 2,000 jobs, representing 11% of the Blackberry-phone maker’s workforce. The Canadian firm also said its chief operating officer Don Morrison is planning to retire and Thorsten Heins is taking on the expanded role of COO, product and sales. The news comes after RIM announced in June that it had missed its lowered profit forecasts and reduced its predictions for the full year. The company's share price has fallen by more than 50% since the start of the year.


26/07/2011  |  Full story...

iPhone ads ‘get double the click rate of Android’

Mobile ads deliver a significantly higher Click Through Rate, as compared to browser banners (approx ten times better CTR), with iPhone and iPads the top devices for ad engagement, according to new research. The study, from MediaMind Technologies, titled ‘Tiny Screen, Huge Results’, shows that the iPhone leads the mobile advertising revolution delivering higher Click Through Rates than devices with other operating systems.


06/07/2011  |  Full story...

Blackberry mobile use set to fall – Revenues and profits tumbling

It’s been a miserable year at Blackberry. Revenues are down, profits are down, and now RIM (the corporate operating company behind the brand) is planning job cuts to plug the gap. This isn’t a short term problem; failure to continue device innovation gives Blackberry a massive gap to fill vs Android, iPhone and newly energised Nokia. Markets reacting badly already – but worse is yet to come…


21/06/2011  |  Full story...

Mobile internet access – Smartphone use leaps 83%

Want to see a tipping point as it happens? Look at global smartphone penetration this year... Latest data on smartphones from Canalys uncovers a global leap in smartphone use as sales of smartphones rise 83% year-on-year. In the first quarter of 2011 over 100m mobiles with smartphone capabilities were sold. Android’s market share leapt from 10 to 35%, and Nokia’s Symbian operating system came in at 26%. More data on smartphone use…


10/05/2011  |  Full story...

Android and Windows 7 to overtake Blackberry and iPhone by 2012- Gartner

Nearly half of the world's smartphones will be using Google's Android operating system by the end of 2012, according to the research firm Gartner. Google will lead the race with Apple, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) and Microsoft by the end of this year and take 49.2% of the market in 2012, according to the research firm’s forecast.

The report also went on to predict that Nokia's tie-up with Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system would also be a success, with a 19.5% share of the smartphone market by 2015 – leapfrogging its rivals to the number two spot. Worldwide smartphone sales are expected to reach 468m units in 2011 – a 57.7% increase on 2010.


08/04/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence March 2011

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Getting search right just got tougher.

This month's shift in the Google algorithm saw massive swings in the rankings of many brand and retail sites, cleaning up much of the spam but creating a few surprises along the way. Good news for the white-hat techniques of best practice, but bad news for many agencies who had been using link farms to bolster the clients' rankings. Getting search right is such a fundamental of web marketing that without it nothing else in the digital mix works properly. It's a core part of the always-on in digital marketing. And other engines are going even further in the war on spam and simply banning sites that don't make the grade.

This month's digital strategy healthcheck? Think beyond the brand and look for your new position on the category terms you need to be famous for. Track the movement, see where your competitors are and make a plan to climb higher up the listings.

Read March 2011

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Blackberry and M&S first to sign to AOL’s ‘Project Devil’ display ad format

AOL UK has launched its new Project Devil display advertising format, with RIM promoting their new BlackBerry TorchM and M&S, advertising their summer fashion range on a three paneled creative canvas. The Project Devil unit is displayed as a large creative canvas, divided into three panels, which allow advertisers to customise the content and functionality within one interface. The functionality of each panel includes media streams and applications such as video, slideshows, mapping, 3-D rotation, quizzes, polls and text messaging.


30/03/2011  |  Full story...

Top 50 brands in terms of social media success

eBay, Apple, Google, Blackberry and Amazon are the top perfoming brands in terms of social media buzz, according to a new study. The world’s most social brands have been revealed in a new ‘Social Brands Index’ that charts the performance of the top 50 brands on social media.


18/02/2011  |  Full story...

Top smartphone platforms: US

Apple and Google smartphone platforms are increasing thier market share at the expense of RIM, Microsoft and Palm.

Top smartphone platforms: US. Apple and Google smartphone platforms are increasing thier market share at the expense of RIM, Microsoft and Palm.


Top 30 mobile devices (US)

Smartphones show an increasing presence in the US mobile device market, occupying 7 of the top spots (Oct 2010).

Top 30 mobile devices (US). Smartphones show an increasing presence in the US mobile device market, occupying 7 of the top spots (Oct 2010).


Blackberry unveils iPad rival ‘Playbook’

Blackberry maker Research In Motion unveiled its much anticipated tablet computer that it hopes will challenge Apple's iPad . The tablet, named BlackBerry PlayBook, has a seven-inch screen and dual facing cameras.

The device also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but needs to link with a BlackBerry smart phone to access the mobile network. "It's ultra-mobile and it's ultra-thin," co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis told the developers, who responded with intermittent applause. "PlayBook delivers a no-compromises web experience," he said.


01/10/2010  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence August 2010

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence August 2010

The pace of Google's acquisitions is astonishing: Jambool, Social Gold and social apps maker Slide all became GOOG, and there's clear interest in visual search firm - the new frontier in search. Add to that their PayPal integration with Android and its clear Google's focus today is as much about social, apps, and the web on the move as it is about Search.

Facebook matched the pace with the launch of their Q&A service and the bedding in of CEOP, both of which are strategically core. Facebook clocked up record access levels at work here in the UK, moved into top place in India, and no doubt its stickiness will rise even higher as TV networks like the UK's Channel 5 start to embed their top shows into FB's TV on-demand platform. As Google gears up for Social, Facebook is gearing up for Search and Video.

In the mobile space, the acceleration echoes the late 90s' Tipping Point when the web mainstreamed. All brands we spoke with this month now put mobile into the digital plan - even if only at small levels - and media owners are finally seeing mobile as a core platform. Innovation from device manufacturers continued - especially Nokia and Apple - while Blackberry's network came under the long-expected scrutiny by governments across the Middle East and India, no doubt triggering a massive loss of customers along the way.

Read August 2010

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Blackberry opens its traffic to government monitoring

Research In Motion has agreed to allow Indian security agencies to monitor its BlackBerry services after the government raised concerns over the smartphones' messaging technology. The news follows the United Arab Emirates' threats to cut off BlackBerry services as authorities could not access encrypted data. RIM later pledged to satisfy both the needs of customers and governments.

The Economic Times newspaper reports that RIM has offered to share with Indian security agencies its technical codes for corporate email services, open up access to all consumer emails within 15 days and also develop tools in six to eight months to allow monitoring of chats, the paper said, citing internal government documents.


04/08/2010  |  Full story...

Gulf nations ban BlackBerry web functions over ‘security issues’

Saudia Arabia and The United Arab Emirates are both banning some of BlackBerry internet-based functions over 'security issues'. BlackBerry owners in two Gulf states will soon have their handsets' functions restricted under a ban imposed by the countries' governments.

People in the the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will not be able to send emails, access the internet or send instant messages to each other, whereas Saudi Arabians will be banned from using the BlackBerry-to-BlackBerry instant-messaging service. There are around 500,000 BlackBerry owners in the UAE, and 400,000 in Saudi Arabia.


03/08/2010  |  Full story...

HP enters smartphone market, buys Palm for £787m

Computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard has become a new player in the smartphone market, buying phone maker Palm for $1.2 billion (£787 million). Palm has been struggling to compete with rivals Apple and RIM, with its most recent model, the Pre, failing to make sales targets.HP will use Palm's webOS operating system to help it to gain a foothold in the competitive smartphone and mobile devices markets; expanding the OS across other devices, possibly including a tablet or slate type device.

Commenting on the acquisition, Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's Personal Systems Group said "Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smartphone market is large, profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide an integrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances in mobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be a leader in this market.”



Ebook readers: Kindle for Blackberry as fight with iPad heats up

Following from the launch of the PC e-book reader application, and iPhone e-book reader application, Amazon has now made their free Kindle application available on the BlackBerry platform. The free ‘Kindle for BlackBerry’ app will be accessible in the US for customers of networks including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, offering most titles for less than $9.99.

Amazon Kindle vice president Ian Freed said: “Since the launch of our popular Kindle for [Apple’s] iPhone app last year, customers have been asking us to bring a similar experience to the BlackBerry." The new BlackBerry Kindle application is designed to let readers view more than four hundred thousand books on their BlackBerry.


19/02/2010  |  Full story...

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