News Scan: Mobile-first players challenge status quo; WLAN market on the rise; more


>> Mobile-first players challenge social networking status quo

Mobile-first messaging players, such as Line and WhatsApp, are altering the manner in which consumers interact with social media, according to research firm Ovum. Mobile first social networking service players are "challenging the status quo of mobile social networking and media and creating a paradigm shift in social media that will impact several OTT giants," explains Neha Dharia, consumer telecoms analyst with Ovum. "There is an increasing shift to mobile devices on either side of the development process and there is no doubt that mobile-first services make fuller use of the advantages of mobile than services that are ported from the PC to mobile," she adds. Read more on Dharia's analysis.

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>> Wireless LAN market sees 10 percent revenue growth

The wireless local area network (WLAN) market increased 10 percent year-over-year in the third quarter, according to the latest stats from Dell'Oro Group. Cisco, Ruckus Wireless and newcomer Ubiquiti Networks gained the most revenue share in the combined enterprise and outdoor segments compared to the prior quarter at the top of the WLAN market. "A significant driver to the third quarter results was the fact that it was the first full quarter of 802.11ac shipments for enterprise-class devices. At 6 percent of Enterprise Access Point market units, this new technology now represents an important part of the future growth of the WLAN market," says Chris DePuy, vice president of wireless LAN research at Dell'Oro Group. Read more on Dell'Oro's report.

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>> Software glitch causes T-Mobile data speed to drop

An infrastructure software glitch caused T-Mobile customers in certain regions to experience slow data speeds, Wireless Week is reporting. Some customers in California, New York, Boston, New Mexico, Texas and Hawaii had downlink speeds in the Kbps range. T-Mobile confirmed that there was an issue with customers downloading "large files" but said it would fix the problem quickly. "Very small # of customers saw slower data recently and only when downloading very large files. Minor software issue; Fix going in place today," T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted on Nov. 26. Read more on the T-Mobile software glitch.

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>> Mobile app helps Lowe's shoppers find in-store products

Home improvement store Lowe's has improved its mobile shopping apps so that customers can find products inside the store, according to Computerworld. The app upgrade pinpoints the in-store location of the product that the consumer wants. "The updated app also shows the locations of restrooms, call buttons and services such as carpet cutting," explains the report. Opus Research analyst says that larger retailers are showing increasing interest in in-store product location apps. Read more on the Lowe's app.

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>> Android malware on the rise, says McAfee

Security firm McAfee has uncovered close to 700,000 new variants of Android malware in the third quarter of 2013, according to a report by eWeek. The Asia-Pacific region has a particular problem with Android malware, Mike Fey, chief technology officer for McAfee, tells eWeek. Around 7 percent of APAC users have an Android device attacked by malware each month. "In the APAC region, they have many more app stores and you have fundamentally different user behavior--they are more likely to use a nonofficial app store--than you do in the United States," says Fey. Read more on the McAfee report.

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