News Scan: High-speed wireless device shipments surge; Mobile industry to consolidate; more

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>> High-speed wireless device shipments surge

Shipments of high-speed wireless devices are forecast by IHS to reach 503 million units by 2018, a ten-fold increase from this year. A high-speed wireless device is smartphone, mobile PC or TV that includes at least one of the following technologies:  WirelessHD, WHDI, 802.11ad (WiGig) or multi-stream Wi-Fi (802.11n 3x3 higher or 802.11ac 2x2 and higher). "Much of the anticipated growth in the high-speed wireless industry will be attributed to the increase of both WiGig and multistream Wi-Fi in mobile and home entertainment applications by the end of the forecast period," says Stephanie Gibbons, senior analyst for connectivity at IHS. Read more on IHS' forecast.

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>> Mobile industry to consolidate next year, says Yankee Group

The mobile industry is forecast by the Yankee Group to consolidate next due to market maturity. The remaining vendors will face increased competition to improve mobile user experience. "The mobile ecosystem has been experiencing dramatic growth for a number of years now. But in 2014, several segments--namely mobile commerce, mobile app development and mobile broadband--will reach a tipping point as consolidation works to pare down the market," says Declan Lonergan, Yankee Group vice president of research and co-author of the report. Read more about the Yankee Group's mobile predictions.

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>> Canalys: WLAN investment to investment to exceed $5B next year

Wireless local area network (WLAN) investment is forecast by Canalys to exceed US$5 billion in 2014, with the move from 802.11n to 802.11ac starting a new refresh cycle. So far, more than 200 products have been certified for the faster standard, including smartphones, notebooks and access points. Aruba Networks, Cisco, Meru Networks and other Wi-Fi equipment vendors have accelerated the roll-out of their first-generation enterprise-grade 11ac access points "to capitalize on growing interest from early adopters," explains Canalys. Read more on the Canalys forecast.

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>> Japan passes US in app store revenue, says App Annie

Japan passed the United States as the top country in terms of combined Apple App Store/Google Play monthly app revenue, according to the latest stats from App Annie. Japan's smartphone penetration and mobile users increasing downloads of Google Play apps are factors in pushing Japan past the U.S. in terms of combined revenue. "If 2013 was the year where Japan's smartphone penetration caught up with the U.S., 2014 will be the year where it completely obliterates things," enthused App Annie. Read more on App Annie's Japan stats.

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>> Advertising SDK enables attacks to hijack Android phones

An advertising software development kit (SDK) called Widdit is able to hijack Android phones to make phone calls, locate the user and to steal data, warns Bitdefender researcher Bogdan Botezatu in a blog. When it begins downloading, the SDK asks for excessive permissions so that the attack can undertake malicious activity at a later date. "The Android ecosystem has become extremely rich in applications just because advertising frameworks support the bulk of the development costs and allow developers to further create or enrich existing applications. But with great power comes great responsibility and sometimes features end up abused because of faulty implementation," Botezatu writes. Read more on the Widdit SDK.

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