Let's get the sad news out of the way first. Nokia's camera technology guru, Damian Dinning has decided to leave Nokia. Ordinarily even a high ranking management team member's loss should not be something that a company cannot live through, but we wonder if Nokia will be able to maintain its smartphone camera technology leadership without Dinning. He has been instrumental to Nokia's success here, and led the team to developing Nokia'a amazing Pureview camera technology.
Consumer Reports has once again provided its list of best ad worst wireless carriers, and there isn't much new to talk about. Verizon remains at the head of the list. Guess who remains at the other end? Verizon was also in the news this week due to its sale to Clear Talk of its lower 700 MHz spectrum licenses. Considering that the smartphone industry continues to show rapid growth as data traffic doubles, it's a good thing for Clear Talk.
Propelled by rising shipments of mobile handsets and tablets, particularly devices supporting the 4G long term evolution (LTE) wireless standard, the market for mobile communications equipment is expected to grow 13 percent in 2012. Mobile roaming revenue next year, according to Juniper Research will increase by 21 percent through 2017, a substantial leap.
All of that is good to hear of course, but what may not be so great is a new finding that Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services, which are scheduled to either launch next year (Verizon) or go into heavy testing (AT&T), cause a huge and potentially disturbing decrease in smartphone battery life. This in turn significantly lowers the number of voice calls a user can make.
Ups and Downs for Research in Motion
RIM had an interesting week. First we heard that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is absolutely dropping RIM in favor of iPhones. Not good news for RIM, though NTSB had already hinted about this. But on the browser front, the new BlackBerry 10 browser continues to show that it may be the best mobile browser out there.
Also of importance to RIM's future success, the company announced that its BlackBerry World app store will be fully integrated with 50+ carriers billing systems when BlackBerry 10 launches. This is good news. The company also delivered a fairly substantial upgrade for its Mobile Fusion platform. Finally this week RIM and Appcelerator announced a new partnership that the companies believe will drive a lot of new BlackBerry app development.
We'll wrap up with the following for the week: What tablet was instrumental - no, let's call it fundamental - to the success of mobile sales over the long holiday buying weekend last week? We'll give you a clue - it had 88 percent share of the market.
Those are the week's mobile highlights. For much more make sure to scope out Mobility TechZone directly.