Disruptive digital technologies such as mobile communications and the internet will destroy established retail banking business models, according to financial sector commentator and author Brett King, by removing the physical product and replacing it with a digitised bank account.
Smartphone apps that offer a balance between HTML5-based web apps and native apps will be predominantly in use by 2016, according to predictions from research firm Gartner.
Open source software manufacturer Mozilla has announced that CEO Gary Kovacs will be stepping down from his role later this year. A search for a successor to Kovacs, who became CEO in 2010, will begin immediately, the firm said.
Senior executives from the financial sector are split over the extent to which mobile payment technology has failed to take off – and what they can do to fix it.
A pressure group with members including Microsoft, Oracle and Nokia has filed a complaint with the European Commission claiming that Google has used anti-competitive practices to dominate the mobile space. Fairsearch claimed that Google has unfairly cemented its control over consumers’ mobile internet experience and in online advertising for mobile.
Despite the operator support behind Rich Communications Services (RCS), it will only be the very biggest international players that deploy the technology in their own networks. The rest will look to cloud-based offerings to fulfil their needs, according to business systems firms SAP Mobile Services.
Swedish network infrastructure vendor Ericsson has acquired Microsoft’s TV solution Mediaroom for an undisclosed sum. Mediaroom is the technology used by operators such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Swisscom for their TV offerings. The technology is used on more than 22 million set top boxes worldwide.
Social networking site Facebook has unveiled an Android launcher application designed to encourage consumers to become more reliant on its services for their mobile communication needs.
Open source software player Mozilla has revealed it is collaborating with Samsung on a web browser engine called Servo. The engine is Mozilla’s attempt to rebuild the web browser from the ground up on modern hardware, the firm said.
Operator group Telekom Austria has announced that it will offer a range of Vodafone’s consumer services to its subscribers in Austria and Croatia.
Deutsche Telekom’s US mobile operation T-Mobile fleshed out its new pricing strategy on Tuesday, led by CEO John Legere’s talk of a new ‘un-carrier’ model, which largely focused on tariff simplification, the removal of subsidies, and LTE coverage.
The internet content delivery market will undergo huge changes over the next decade as major telcos and internet giants, including Google, Amazon, Netflix and Microsoft, wrangle over the continuing over-the-top (OTT) internet traffic content boom, according to a report from Informa Telecoms & Media on Internet Innovation.
Spanish operator group Telefonica has bolstered its mobile content portal in Spain, in a bid to stave off competition from over-the-top service providers.
The Informer got a software update for his Nexus this week and the resulting tweaks to the interface led him accidentally to the data usage display. He was somewhat surprised to find that the second most data-hungry app on his phone was Google+, a service he has never used. Over a ten-day period Google+ huffed back 5.54MB of data over the mobile network, all of it in the background. This might not sound like much but it’s all relative; roughly one per cent of the monthly allowance, Google+ usage outstrips Facebook by some margin and leaves Gmail in the dust. And it’s worth repeating: This app has never been used.
HD voice is a technology that doesn’t seem to get the same level of attention as other value adds for operators, such as LTE, video optimisation and rich communication services (RCS). Perhaps it’s quite understandable – voice is the one service that operators have, for the longest time now, been able to bank on their customers using; it’s their core service.