Google, a mobile platform maker (of Android), starts to de-emphasize carrier-based NFC. As per IDC’s report (Aug 2013), Android accounts for 79% of the Smartphone shipments as on 2Q2013. iOS (through iPhones) accounts for another 13% of the Smartphone shipments.
If Google manages to establish the Host-Card-Emulation standard as an alternative to the secure-element(SE) based NFC transactions, SE-makers have a steep climb ahead to compensate for lost revenue from SE sales. Read more about Google’s move.
How will SE-makers react to this dynamic?
Acquisitions keep rolling into Yahoo. It is image recognition tech for Flickr this time.
Earlier today I came across this article on NFCWorld.com – “HP puts NFC in Enterprise Printers“
Not so long ago, I did an assessment for enterprise printer makers on this blog and had proposed a product strategy to map innovation cycles between printers and contact-less technologies. Happy to see it was in line with what dominant printer makers are thinking.
It has been a while since I have started this blog. It has been enriching being more disciplined in creating original content (while curating some). Looking back over these 49 blog post entries, I thought it might be a good time to take a pause – and collate in the 50th entry some of the original content I created in the process. So here it follows …
The central theme inter-twined among these has been technology – that is what I am passionate about. Hope you find them interesting.
“Timothy Prestero thought he’d designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world — but his team learned a hard lesson when it failed to go into production. A manifesto on the importance of designing for real-world use, rather than accolades. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)…”
Product Design for actual use > outcomes > manufacturing & distribution > appearances? Interestingly said, there are no dumb users, rather dumb products. Its a great 10 minute piece. Have fun listening to it.
There is a lot of discussion and hype around Smart Cities. Analysts use different criteria to define Smart Cities as an aggregation of different types of services. While the obvious Smart Players exist, several companies also aspire to grab a big chunk of this pie. With this mind, they are all busy charting out plans to be Smart City players – trying to tie together individual services & technologies under their umbrella and assessing what more can be done to close the gap.
Typically ‘Smart’ Transportation vendors are looking to fill the gaps and hoping to be a dominant player. I decided to take an alternate view to this approach. Trying to map out the value curve of what I believe are the main factors of competition in the industry and then reversing this value curve to explore other opportunities. The merits of the approach may be questioned; nevertheless it was an interesting exercise to delve in.
Resorting once again to the value curve, I have attempted to devise an alternate entry strategy into the Smart Cities. Being aware that Blue Ocean Strategy creates uncontested market space, this one is an attempt to create a sneak-in-entry strategy.
Your thoughts are more than welcome.
“PayPal has unveiled the launch of PayPal Beacon, a plug-in device for merchants that is set to enable consumers to make hands-free payments in a number of stores.
PayPal Beacon is set to leverage Bluetooth Low Energy, a technology that enables connected devices to communicate with each other, while keeping the energy consumption at a low level. By using BLE, transactions can take place with no app being opened, without GPS being turned on and without a phone signal..”
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