Smart phones

Smartphone life shakes up website world

 

 Is your company website geared up for view on smartphone or computers and tablets. If you  follow the techy world you will see that more and more of us are using Smartphone as a means of accessing the internet. If your website is not user friendly to apps then you will rapidly be left behind in this increasingly digital world – think about it if you wish to remain  in business!

 

 

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2013 not year for mobile wallets in UK

 

Mobile wallet

Last year we heard quite a lot about mobile wallets, what will happen in 2013. As one might expect in the US it is becoming more available and consumers seem to be become more receptive,  more retailers are making the service available.

 

 

In the UK it is a little slower, it is available but only to limited extent. Consumers are still concerned about security, only limited number of phones have capability, and mobile contracts tie you in for up to 2 years. All this means that although mobile wallets will be available to some, for the majority of consumers  it is still a little time away. 

 

However, despite the above consumers are increasing using smartphones and tablets to access to information and buying  products and services on the internet. The impact of this is seen regularly on our TV screen with a number of well known brands going to the wall. So in the longer term I do believe that consumers will embrace the concept of mobile wallets – its a natural progression. If this is to be sooner rather than later the players in the arena such as mobile suppliers, banks, and retailers need to work together. Those slow to embrace the new technology will be left behind and if they are not careful end up on the evening news as another brand or supplier consigned to the history book.

 

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Smartphones using more data than tablets

 

It seems that we smartphone owners are using more data than tablets. I have noticed this on my own smartphone (Galaxy III). The bulk of my consumption is on home wifi – so it is free which is just as well as it is upto 3.7G last month! Smartphones are also now becoming more important in our daily shopping which might account for some of this increased data usage.

For those of you concerned about this increased usage should use one the many apps available to monitor usage I use – My Data Apps – Morbidia Technology Inc. Check out your App store to find the best one for you. 

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Will Google be launching mobile wallet in 2012

There are rumours that Google may be launching their mobile wallet in time for the Olympic in 2012. It is thought that they are in talks with UK retailers in order to extend its anticipated trials in the first quarter of 2012. The UK market seems

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receptive to  eCommerce following Barclaycard’s ongoing contactless credit card roll out, Orange’s UK wallet and increased levels of e-commerce smartphone demand. It will be interesting to see how consumers feel, as surveys have shown how many people still have concerns about the security around mobile wallets. Personally, I feel these concerns will be addressed as it is in all parties interest to resolve the matter. However, we as consumers need to play our part and be aware of the risks and take out appropriate insurance which is already available to cover any losses associated using our mobiles as wallets.

So be sensible and your mobile phone hopefully will your ‘new flexible friend’ but like all new ideas and gadgets you need understand its advantages and disadvantages so you can get the most benefit from this new technology.

 

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When will mobile wallets be reality in UK

Paypal UK seem to think that 2016 will mark the real start of money’s digital switchover in the UK. This based on a survey conducted with some UK retailers and 550 mobile shoppers. Of course this will not sound the end of cash but it will certainly change the way customers shop both online and in

the High Street. It will not be just mobile you can pay with either although they may be the most compact! There will be other devices available, it is envisioned you will ne able to pay with whatever device you are on wherever you are. It could be a mobile, tablet, PC, games console, or a whole lot more. An interesting thought, but it means the retailers will be able to devise novel ways of getting your attention and making it more attractive to shop with them versus another retailer.

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More about the Samsung – Apple legal case

 

 

 

There are more iterations on this ongoing battle royal between the Smartphone leaders. It would seem that Samsung are about launch another counter suit against Apple primarily to protect their home market in Korea.

 

 

But these two leaders might want to keep a close eye on HTC who might steel a march on them whilst they slog it out in the courts. The other beneficiaries will be the lawyers – what a surprise.

 

 

 

So as this battle goes on and probably will for sometime to come, the mind boggles at what the mounting legal costs will be – not small for sure.

 

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Apple vs Android phone & tablet makers – UK likely to rule on Apple patents before Germany

 

This battle royal has been working its way through the European courts in the Netherlands and Germany, and is ongoing in UK as well.  The Android phone & tablet makers are battling with Apple over patents. The chances are it will be long drawn out battle with very high stakes as android devices are becoming increasingly popular. If the UK rule first it will impact on any German decision.

What does this mean for you and me owners of android technology, well if like me you already have an android device your OK for now. Later if the court rule in favour of Apple we will need to see. If the android market is as big as people say it will be then presumably android device manufacturers will probably pay royalties. The worst case scenario is I suppose that they decide to go down another route and stop android device production going forward – only time will tell. I will keep a watchful eye out on proceed and report back.

Any legal eagles who know about patent law out there might like to input here and through some light on what likely to happen – as I am but a humble android user with no legal background.

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NFC smartphones get on the buses boost

 

Mobile wallet concept is getting closer with the announcement by UK’s largest transport operator, FirstGroup, that it will be installing contactless card readers to its fleet of approximately 5,000 buses across England in 2012. This is the first bus fleet outside London to announce such a move. Once installed customer s will be able to use contactless debit or credit cards and ITSO smartcards such as concessionary bus passes. The company said it was installing this to speed up how long it takes passengers to board – cutting journey times by around 10 per cent.

On the surface this seems a step forward, however I have to ask will this mean an increase in fares to help fund the installation costs – I will keep my eyes open for more information and post in a blog in the future.

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Are Mobile web users at the end of tether?

Some of you may be asking what this is all about. Well for a while the new generation of mobiles and smartphones have the ability to act as mini Wi-Fi routers – this is called tethering. This means that you can link laptops, phones and tablets to them and gain access to the internet for these devices.

Alongside this mobile operators are reducing the number of unlimited data bundles available. This is because with the increasing use of smartphones, data usage has sky rocketed. So increasingly the data packages are capped at 500MB or 1GB. What some operators have decided to do at the same time is charge extra for the privilege of tethering. So if you have a 500MB data bundle on your smartphone and you decide to enable tethering on the phone. Your operator may charge you extra outside you data bundle for the privilege of tethering.

The reality is that we are all using mobiles to access the internet more and more, and web browsing is more data-intensive on larger devices – tablets can use twice as much data as a mobile phone.

So why are they doing this? Well their business model is based on mobile broadband access being conducted via dongles or mini Wi-Fi hubs (Mifis). If we use tethering it will make these redundant and result in loss of income stream. So they charge us for tethering.

Some operators such as O2 and 3 have offered tethering without extra charge since earlier this year and Vodafone has just begun including it on new and updated contracts. Orange only lets iPhone customers do it and both Orange and T-Mobile charge more for packages that allows a personal hotspot to be switched on.

So if you are thinking of tethering – forewarned is forearmed if you wish to kerb your mobile costs make sure you know what operators policy is on tethering.

 

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Can your Smartphone help keep the doctor away!

 

There will be new gadgets coming into the market soon which measure parameters that monitor health indicators such as blood pressure, blood oxygenation, and sleep patterns. These could be linked to your Smartphone in the future.  All this technology is one thing but the question we should ask is this the correct way to go to manage our personal health. For a long time we have eaten too much fast food, and drunk too much cheap alcohol, health is a personal responsibility. Such gadgets are fine but they do not absolve us from our individual responsibility. We are now seeing the consequences not taking health personally, namely high rates of alcohol problems in young people, a rising rate of diabetes, and widespread obesity. We need to take back responsibility for our health and teach our children not expect others to pick up the pieces.

It is also a necessary that governments and retailers to take some responsibility as well, we need to look very carefully at our licensing laws and their implementation. What message are we sending to our teenagers making it cheap to buy alcohol with ease? 

This new technology will coming soon and will assist at a cost no doubt, but this does not mean can avoid personal responsibility. It is time we looked at the root causes of the problem and stop thinking there is an easy solution. We need to eat less and more healthily, drink less alcohol and take more exercise. By doing this we start taking personal responsibility for our own health and not expect gadgets and others to do it for us!

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