Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for July 31, including a solid jump in smartphone shipments, a loss of subsidies for major mobile operators, the expected growth of the GPS tracking device market, the company that offered to swoop in to buy ailing NQ Mobile and Palantir acquires a few companies after a long time in hibernation.
The wearable technology market is expected to grow "exponentially" in revenue and number of devices this year, forecasts market research firm Visiongain.
4G LTE competition among mobile operators is moving from expanding coverage to providing higher data speeds and increased capacity, judges Strategy Analytics.
The pervasiveness of energy sensors and ad hoc networks to enable the Internet of Things, along with virtualized networks and cloud computing, will transform the communications networks, content and technology markets by the end of the decade, predicts Strategy Analytics.
Security will be "critical" for the development of machine-to-machine and the Internet of Things this year, particularly for end points and in the data center, says Strategy Analytics.
Quick takes on the latest mobile IT news for Friday, 1/17 including: Why UK CIOs are calling the BYOD phenomenon a "flash-in-the-pan," the third place ranking of Windows Phone in the smartphone ecosystem, why the Asian market is being blamed for the drop in SIM card shipments, American Eagle Outfitters' deal with mobile app company Shopkick and the risks attached to mobile printing as far as IT is concerned.
High-speed 4G LTE will account for 50 percent of U.S. wireless connections by end of this year and 79 percent by the end of 2018, predicts Strategy Analytics.
Juniper Research became the latest research firm to forecast an exploding wearable devices market, predicting that 130 million devices will ship by 2018, ten times higher than estimated this year.
Wearable devices need clearer use cases for widespread adoption, judges Paul Brown, director of Strategy Analytics' user experience innovation practice.
Applications for smartwatches, smartglasses and fitness bands will drive sales of wearable devices, which are forecast by Strategy Analytics to reach 125 million units by 2017.