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?
Wow.. just finished reading “The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography” by Nicholas Carlson at Business Insider; I couldn’t stop myself from sharing this here.
Its quite long, but quite the thriller in itself.. ! The part I liked best ….
The past two years at Google — since she was, according to the rest of the world “demoted” — had been quieter than the first 11, but in many ways more challenging and exciting.
In local and geo, she’d taken over a much more massive operation than the one she’d been running at Google.
Whenever people asked her about the “demotion,” as Wolf and the other directors might over dinner, Mayer always pointed out how she had gone from managing 250 product managers in search to supervising a much larger, more diverse group of managers — 1,100 people managing engineering, design, marketing, and sales. Mayer would tell people that she was supervising some 6,000 contractors.
She’d figured out that by the fraction of the company, the geo and local piece that she was running was something like 20-25 percent of the company’s overall headcount.
The business challenges she’d dealt with in those years had been as diverse as the types of people she managed.
Perspectives! When you know what to learn from an experience than worry about what ‘people’ think, you prepare yourself for the right opportunities! While Yahoo’s recent products have seen a huge turnaround and there’s news about increasing traffic, one must agree that there is have positive change for now.
The International Data Corporation (IDC) released its latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker!
Here are a few key takeaways from the report:
- Total Smartphone market grew 51% YoY
- Smartphones based on Windows Phone registered highest YoY growth in shipments (77.6%), followed by those based on Android (73.5%) & iOS (20%)
- Nokia registered a 73.2% YoY growth in Windows Phone shipments; while Samsung registered a 233% growth in the same category (perhaps due to the very low base figure)
The Internet of Things – specifically the case of Connected Cars. While a lot of it is already a reality, an interesting perspective brought out is that a technology can assist car driving experience than take over complete control.
via Venture Beat: How Ford plans to bring cars into the ‘Internet of things’
European politicians at Brussels vote for a roaming-free telecom universe in Europe from 2014. Users will benefit from ‘home rates’ for voice calls, texts & internet access across boundaries in Europe.
While this might boost industry consolidation in the years to come – I see one clear beneficiary in this race – internet based application providers.
Surely, the likes of Google Maps will see a spike in usage – “Roaming Charges” has been the biggest deterrent to me using the service on the mobile while driving across Europe.
Three major reasons why Google buys Waze (The entire story is HERE – via Bloomberg)
- Improve its current mapping product in mobile-navigation products
- Keep competition at bay – rid them of a chance from a quick gain through acquisition
- Leverage an established ‘Crowdsourcing platform’ for its mapping product