He says that in December, Xiaomi overtook both Apple and Samsung and is now the top selling smartphone in China, “a truly remarkable achievement for a brand which was only started in 2010 and sells its device almost exclusively online. The combination of high spec devices, low prices and an ability to create unprecedented buzz through online and social platforms has proved an irresistible proposition for the Chinese.”Kantar: Android Accounted 70% Of Smartphone Sales In Q4, But Samsung Is Now “Under Real Pressure” | TechCrunch
Android continues to be the most popular mobile platform, with its share of smartphone sales climbing in every major market in Q4 2013, now accounting for 69.5% of all sales across 12 key markets versus 23.7% for number-two Apple, according to figures out today from Kantar Worldpanel, a market research subsidiary of WPP. But the story is shifting when it comes to looking at what the engine is behind that growth.
Samsung, the handset maker that has led the charge for Google’s OS, is “now coming under real pressure in most regions” as it faces stronger competition from local players in markets like China. There, Xiaomi led in sales for the last 12 weeks of 2013, and other Chinese handset makers like Huawei also continued to gain ground. It’s still Android, but delivered in different, more locally focused packaging.Kantar: Android Accounted 70% Of Smartphone Sales In Q4, But Samsung Is Now “Under Real Pressure” | TechCrunch
Two sides of the same coin : PRISM vs. TOR.
Snapchat says that we are not the sum of everything we have said or done or experienced or published – we are the result. We are who we are today, right now
We no longer have to capture the “real world” and recreate it online – wesimply live and communicate at the same time.Evan Spiegel explains Snapchat | Union Square Ventures
Brands are convinced of Twitter’s value, and the ad spending reflects their enthusiasm. “Twitter spend will increase this year for a number of reasons, one being their embrace of television,” said David Rittenhouse, Neo@Ogilvy’s managing director. TV’s use of Twitter will evolve beyond the simple adoption of hashtags in prime time, he said.Twitter’s 2014 Strategy: The Intersection of Video and Data | Adweek
Another agency executive said that some advertisers—particularly tech brands—plan to spend five times as much on Twitter this year compared to last.
“If I’m sponsoring [ESPN’s] College GameDay, I can actually take my offline [ad copy], upload it into Twitter and serve it to people after they watched the show,” the source said. “Advertisers are obsessed with it because they’re able to increase awareness. It’s an extension of their TV buying, and they’re [quintupling] Twitter budgets for it.”
These are ad dollars that could be going to Facebook, this source said. Indeed, there is a debate in the ad industry about which platform is better for such TV-esque advertising. As Twitter pushes TV this year, Facebook is rolling out its broad autoplay video ad product. The question is, which platform can target more effectively and which one truly is the second screen—the one viewers scroll through mid-commercial break or after the show. “Twitter is still a nascent play, and the scale and reach isn’t quite near that of Facebook’s,” said a source.
Online video ads are a high-growth area for social networks; eMarketer predicts such spending will surge by 40 percent this year. Overall, digital video ads will generate $5.75 billion, eMarketer says, versus $68.5 billion in TV.
Marketing Tech Landscape. This is not comprehensive.
Google now has a division with a remarkable consumer hardware track record. Nest and Fadell now have the financial resources to work faster. Money doesn’t solve scaling problems, but the actual solutions to scaling problems always cost money. Google’s Nest acquisition has very little to do with selling thermostats and smoke detectors in particular. Instead, it’s about Google having the ability to do consumer hardware right, in general.Daring Fireball: On Google’s Acquisition of Nest
The Pros and Cons of Using a Smartphone to Cover CES
- It allows you to post at a pace that mimics the show-floor madness. If you’ve never actually been to CES, this live blog is essentially what it’s like: A short-attention-span festival where the next shiny thing to jump in front of your face is just 5 seconds away.
- Laptops are great for writing. They also let you have multiple windows open for checking specs while you write. But those things might be the only advantages they hold over a smartphone at this point. You can’t shoot a photo or a video of something in front of you with a laptop. You generally need Wi-Fi to connect to anything. And they’re heavy to lug around all day. Smartphones are smaller, lighter, always-connected, and more versatile.
- You have a good reason to ditch all the detritus, too. USB press kit? Sorry, my phone can’t handle that, so I won’t have several thousand thumbdrives in my bag by the end of the show. Phone cables and chargers are a lot easier to manage, too. I am still carrying a laptop bag around, but it’s filled with little chargers, brick-free power cables, a notebook, a few pieces of paper, and some mints. Nice and light.
- You don’t need to go to a press room or sit on the floor to file anything. You don’t need to carve out any time, either. Wherever you are, you post. And because of that, anything goes. It makes the show more fun.
- You can also stop posting at a reasonable hour. If you’ve got a laptop, a hotel room, and a bunch of thumbdrives, it’s hard to know when to stop. When your phone runs out of juice before bedtime, that’s your cue to just quit for the day and get some rest.
- You need the right phone. It should have a bunch of (free) apps available for editing your shots, fine-tuning your videos, and a good built-in camera and keyboard. I’m learning to live with the significant shortcomings of the BlackBerry Z30 camera — it’s slow to focus, it’s rough in low light, and it doesn’t have the arsenal of editing/photo-stitching apps that iOS and Android do. No built-in panorama mode, either. Plus, whenever I try to upload video from it, it breaks Tumblr.
- Interviewing people while looking down at your phone and typing makes you feel like a jerk. And walking around one of the busiest, most chaotic show floors on earth while looking down at your phone is just a terrible idea.
- It takes you out of the real world for a bit. Events like this are normally a good opportunity to take a break from continually checking and posting with your phone. These past few days, I’ve been using my phone more than ever. My eyes are feeling the effects, and my hands are sweatier than humid cheese.
- You’re so busy posting, it’s hard to consume anything (I mean both content and food). I haven’t read much news and analysis from other media outlets this year so far, which is usually part of the fun. Still, Twitter keeps me somewhat in the loop.
Somewhere In Between:
- It’s hard to go in-depth from a phone. At the same time, maybe CES coverage shouldn’t be so in-depth; there are certainly new and exciting technologies everywhere, but you don’t have a chance to actually use them for months. Rather than concentrate on deep analysis, you’re sort of forced to keep it light and high-speed. Maybe that’s for the better?CES Day 4: Mid-Week Madness Live From the Expo Floor | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
Let me get philosophical for a minute. In a human world, life is made interesting by serendipity," Yellin told me. "The more complexity you add to a machine world, you’re adding serendipity that you couldn’t imagine. Perry Mason is going to happen. These ghosts in the machine are always going to be a by-product of the complexity. And sometimes we call it a bug and sometimes we call it a feature.How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
So where will this take us 5, 10, 20 years from now? Open content is inevitable. Some cultural institutions will jump aboard, and some will stay behind. For the coming generations, even more so than today, art that is not available online might just as well not exist. It is the responsibility of the art world and the tech world to make sure our cultural heritage gets onboard the “Noah’s Ark” of open content. Otherwise, we will live in a world with lots of closed, siloed creative potential — but without access to our shared, collective, creative past. And that will be a world with a less creative future.The Getty and Google Unleash Free Art — And Your Creative Potential | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
In-seat food and beverage services and e-commerce sales are additional areas he hopes to streamline. When the 49ers take the field next fall, Malik said the team will have “runners” delivering food and beverages to fans who order on mobile devices.San Francisco 49ers CTO Kunal Malik details the cutting-edge tech fans can expect at Levi’s Stadium - Silicon Valley Business Journal
However, the 49ers tech team is also keeping a close eye on stadium consumption patterns to see if there are ways to accurately predict what customers will want to buy in advance. Malik floated the idea of ticket scanners triggering stadium workers to automatically prepare a fan’s preferred food, drinks or other merchandise.
That focus on personalization extends to the team’s plans for e-commerce. Just as companies like eBay are looking to consumer analytics to boost sales, Malik said the 49ers want to better understand what fans are likely to buy.
“When you come to 49ers.com, we shouldn’t be treating you like we have no idea who you are,” he said.
And fans who plan to attend a game might be happy to hear that Malik is toying with a customer reward program to keep prices for merchandise at the stadium in line with market prices.
Eventually, in-game action could generate discounts on 49ers products to help drive sales. As an example, Malik said the team would consider discounting a player’s jersey after a touchdown.
Dell’s Wednesday debut of a Chromebook, an inexpensive laptop that runs Google’s browser-based Chrome OS, is a sign that the platform has gone mainstream, an analyst argued today.
Another called it one more clue that long-standing technology oligarchies are crumbling. Both saw it as yet another threat, even if currently a small one, to Microsoft.
"This means that Chromebooks have gone mainstream. If Dell jumps on board, it means they think they’re losing business to rivals," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.
He also cited Dell’s traditional conservative approach to product introductions as a signal of Chromebooks’ growing importance. “Dell sells only those things that people are going to buy, they’re not into taking risks,” said Moorhead.Dell’s Chromebook is a sign of shakier times for Windows - Computerworld