News Scan: World Cup viewing--a moveable feast; Amazon to unveil smartphone today; more
>> World Cup viewing on the move
More than half of all viewing of World Cup games is taking place on smartphones, tablets and PCs, according to the latest stats from market research firm Ovum. Overall, broadcast and streaming services are available on up to 5.9 billion screen globally. "Devices capable of streaming live and on-demand video--of which there now 4.7 billion--are providing additional viewing opportunities outside the appointment viewing taking place in people's living rooms. With the likes of tablets providing the convenience and flexibility to consume content whenever and wherever, fans are able to watch more of the tournament than ever before," says Ted Hall, senior analyst at Ovum. Read more.
>> Amazon to launch its long-awaited smartphone today
Amazon is launching its long-awaited smartphone at an event being held at 10:30 am PDT today in Seattle, the Los Angeles Times reports. Analysts expect that Amazon will subsidize the cost of the phone, which will be sold exclusively by AT&T. "An Amazon smartphone would be less about profiting from device sales per se and more a way to pocket a larger share of multiple revenue streams, such as mobile retail sales, mobile content and advertising," says Cathy Boyle, a senior analyst of mobile at eMarketer. Read more.
>> BlackBerry inks deal for users to access Amazon's Appstore
Speaking of Amazon, the firm has inked a licensing deal with BlackBerry under which the Canadian firm will get access to Amazon's Appstore, which has more than 200,000 Android apps available for download. The deal will take effect in the fall and coincide with the release of BlackBerry's latest operating system. Using your BlackBerry phone, "you will be able to access popular apps such as Groupon, Netflix, Pinterest, Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft," the company says on its official blog. Read more.
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>> Ringly launches 'smart ring' that sends message alerts
Ringly has launched a smart ring that uses Bluetooth to connect with the wearer's smartphone to deliver message alerts, reports Mobile Marketer. There is a small light on the side of the ring that blinks when alerts come through. In addition, the wearer can set the ring to vibrate to indicate a message has been received. "Ringly is not trying to replace your phone, rather we want to integrate simple technology to make your life easier." Read more.
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>> IoT growth threatens to disrupt connected car market, warns ABI
The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) is threatening to disrupt the connected car market, warns market research firm ABI Research. "For the automotive industry the emergence of the IoT constitutes a disruptive and transformative environment characterized by value chain and business model upheaval and a 'collaborate or die' ecosystem friction reality prompting it to redefine and reinvent itself in order to capitalize on the huge opportunities in the new IoT economy," says Dominique Bonte, ABI vice president and practice director. Read more.