Microsoft’s Acquisition of Nokia Has Enormous Potential In Emerging Markets (BI Intelligence)
While Microsoft’s $US7 billion acquisition of Nokia has some people scoffing, there could be some hidden value in emerging markets. In a BI Intelligence analysis released yesterday, we covered how Nokia experienced 85% year-over-year global growth in its Lumia line of smartphones in the second quarter of 2013. This, despite low sales volume in the United States.
The Nokia-Microsoft Deal Has A Very Low Chance Of Success (Business Insider)
Our Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget believes that Microsoft’s attempt to recharge its mobile efforts with the Nokia is acquisition makes sense, but doesn’t have a very high chance of putting Microsoft back in the game. Read >
Following in its tradition of naming versions of its operating system after tasty desserts, Google has released the name of upcoming Android 4.4 as Kit Kat. While there was no official mention of when Kit Kat will go live, Google had other big news. Android devices have reached over 1 billion activations according to a Google+ post by Senior Vice President and Android overseer, Sundar Pichai. Read >
Set to ship September 30, the Kindle Paperwhite will sell for $US119 dollars with special offer advertisements and $US139 without ads. One point of interest is the integration of Goodreads, adding a social component to the device which will allow users to share what they are reading with friends. Amazon will look to bolster its e-book revenue. Read >
Nymi is a biometric recognition wristband set to be released in early 2014. The wristband uses ECG data to authenticate the user’s identity when the wristband is first put on and can then be used to effortlessly unlock smartphones, PCs, and even cars. The device allows users to forgo authentication as long as the wristband remains on a user’s wrist. Nymi may be the first step towards a password-free world offered by wearable devices. Read>
Nine Ways A New Billion Dollar Mobile Company Might Be Created (Bubba Murarka via @andrewchen)
There are plenty of ways that the next billion-dollar mobile startup might be created. Here are some of venture capital executive Bubba Murarka’s ideas:
- Tablet-first start-ups
- A hassle-free platform for mobile payment transactions
- More apps to help consumers create content on mobile (in the manner of what Vine did for video)
- Easy and intuitive systems on smartphones and tablets for mobile multi-tasking, analogous to the way PCs allow us to open and use multiple windows and apps at the same time
- True mobile-native ad units
- Subscription businesses on mobile beyond Pandora and Evernote
Click here to read more of Murarka’s thoughts. Read >
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