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Windows Phone 7 Selling Out, Market Share Up

It’s perhaps still a bit early to call Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system an out and out success, but Windows Phone 7 has certainly come out of the gate strong. The earliest sign of the OS’s warm reception? The HTC HD7 has been selling out. Good news on that front, however–the handset will likely be in stock again the week.

Heck, the whole thing is good news for Microsoft–much-needed news, in fact. The company has suffered a huge loss of market share in the space, thanks to both stagnation on its part and the runaway success of more recent entrants like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

According to predictions by tech analyst firm Gartner, Microsoft is set to increase its market share in the space from 4.7- to 5.2-percent next year–though the firm does expect things to sink down quite a bit in the following years. According to the firm’s predictions, Microsoft will be at around 3.9-percent by 2014.
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Windows Phone 7 Selling Out, Market Share Up

It’s perhaps still a bit early to call Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system an out and out success, but Windows Phone 7 has certainly come out of the gate strong. The earliest sign of the OS’s warm reception? The HTC HD7 has been selling out. Good news on that front, however–the handset will likely be in stock again the week.

Heck, the whole thing is good news for Microsoft–much-needed news, in fact. The company has suffered a huge loss of market share in the space, thanks to both stagnation on its part and the runaway success of more recent entrants like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

According to predictions by tech analyst firm Gartner, Microsoft is set to increase its market share in the space from 4.7- to 5.2-percent next year–though the firm does expect things to sink down quite a bit in the following years. According to the firm’s predictions, Microsoft will be at around 3.9-percent by 2014.

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iPhone & Android Users Have Google’s Instant Search

Google Instant is going mobile. Google unveiled Instant, a search-as-you-type approach that works to serve up results on the fly with each keystroke, in September.

Google developed Instant based on the idea of searching for partial queries and providing some interactive feedback while searching. Google’s approach offers results for the most likely search, given what has already been entered into the search box. You might call it predictive search.

With Instant, Google believes it has developed a system that is able to scale while searching as fast as people can type and think without compromising the relevancy of its results. The overarching advantage is a time savings.

Instant Mobile Results

Google is now making Instant available on most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. Consumers can turn on Instant by going to google.com in their phone’s browser and tapping the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box.

Like the desktop version of Google Instant, when consumers type on their mobile device they will see predictions of what they might be searching for. If users type “anse,” for example, they should see “ansel adams” along with other predictions. Results for the first prediction appear automatically, and tapping on the other predictions displays those results. Pressing the enter key or the search button skips the predictions and will display results for exactly what you’ve typed.

“With Google Instant on mobile, we’re pushing the limits of mobile browsers and wireless networks,” said Steve Kanefsky, a software engineer at Google. “You will probably notice a big improvement in speed when you search, thanks to a new AJAX and HTML5 implementation for mobile that dynamically updates the page with new results and eliminates the need to load a new page for each query.”

Android Impacts

Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, said Google Instant may motivate some people to use search more often on their mobile devices, and it may generate more mobile-search volume.

“I suspect this will have a bigger impact on Android devices than on the behavior of iPhone users,” Sterling said. “I don’t know the precise numbers, but much of iPhone search-query volume comes through the Safari toolbar. Once instant comes to the toolbar — which I believe it’s supposed to — that will more directly impact browser-based search queries.”

Auto-complete and search suggest already exist for the Google iPhone app, so Sterling said there’s not going to be much change for those users. But the bottom line: “More queries equals more clicks and additional mobile-search revenue,” Sterling said.

Kanefsky said Google Instant for mobile works best on 3G and Wi-Fi networks, but since the quality of any wireless connection can fluctuate, Google allows users to enable or disable Google Instant without leaving a page by tapping the “Turn on” or “Turn off” link.
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iPhone & Android Users Have Google's Instant Search

Google Instant is going mobile. Google unveiled Instant, a search-as-you-type approach that works to serve up results on the fly with each keystroke, in September.

Google developed Instant based on the idea of searching for partial queries and providing some interactive feedback while searching. Google’s approach offers results for the most likely search, given what has already been entered into the search box. You might call it predictive search.

With Instant, Google believes it has developed a system that is able to scale while searching as fast as people can type and think without compromising the relevancy of its results. The overarching advantage is a time savings.

Instant Mobile Results

Google is now making Instant available on most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. Consumers can turn on Instant by going to google.com in their phone’s browser and tapping the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box.

Like the desktop version of Google Instant, when consumers type on their mobile device they will see predictions of what they might be searching for. If users type “anse,” for example, they should see “ansel adams” along with other predictions. Results for the first prediction appear automatically, and tapping on the other predictions displays those results. Pressing the enter key or the search button skips the predictions and will display results for exactly what you’ve typed.

“With Google Instant on mobile, we’re pushing the limits of mobile browsers and wireless networks,” said Steve Kanefsky, a software engineer at Google. “You will probably notice a big improvement in speed when you search, thanks to a new AJAX and HTML5 implementation for mobile that dynamically updates the page with new results and eliminates the need to load a new page for each query.”

Android Impacts

Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, said Google Instant may motivate some people to use search more often on their mobile devices, and it may generate more mobile-search volume.

“I suspect this will have a bigger impact on Android devices than on the behavior of iPhone users,” Sterling said. “I don’t know the precise numbers, but much of iPhone search-query volume comes through the Safari toolbar. Once instant comes to the toolbar — which I believe it’s supposed to — that will more directly impact browser-based search queries.”

Auto-complete and search suggest already exist for the Google iPhone app, so Sterling said there’s not going to be much change for those users. But the bottom line: “More queries equals more clicks and additional mobile-search revenue,” Sterling said.

Kanefsky said Google Instant for mobile works best on 3G and Wi-Fi networks, but since the quality of any wireless connection can fluctuate, Google allows users to enable or disable Google Instant without leaving a page by tapping the “Turn on” or “Turn off” link.

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Body To Body Networks – The Future Of The Phone

The future ultra-high-bandwidth mobile internet infrastructure could rely on signals being passed from person to person through novel sensors, according to a wireless communications expert from Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr Simon Cotton from the wireless communications research group at Queen’s University is leading a five-year £550,000 project, sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering and EPSRC, aimed at modelling how signals could propagate from one person to another through sensors either worn on the body or in a mobile phone.

Once the results of the research are published next year, he said, it will provide a ‘foundation stone’ for wireless systems designers wishing to develop enabling technology.

Cotton believes that body-to-body networks (BBNs) will create a new paradigm for mobile communications.

‘We’re going from person to person as opposed to going from mobile phone to base station back down to another person,’ he said.

If the idea takes off, BBNs could lead to a reduction in the number of base stations needed to service mobile phone users, particularly in areas of high population density.

Cotton added that BBNs would also reduce mobile power consumption because signals will not have to travel as far.

‘I think a mobile handset in the 900MHz peak power will be maybe 2W,’ he said. ‘So if you’re only transmitting to someone tens or hundreds of metres away you may only need 1 milliwatt. It’s pretty substantial.’

Cotton estimates that it could take five to 10 years for this kind of mobile communications infrastructure to take off. He admitted that it will require some convincing.

‘The mobile network providers might not be too keen on this; on the fact that if I am using some proprietary wireless technology to transmit from person to person, I might not always be using the base station and they might not be able to bill me for it,’ he said. ‘So I guess it’s going to be controversial.’

Cotton hopes that the industry will see some of the greater social benefits of the availability of BBNs. The quality of healthcare, for example, could be improved significantly through the use of bodyworn sensors for the widespread, routine monitoring and treatment of illness away from medical centres.

This could hopefully reduce the current strain on health budgets and help make healthcare at home for the elderly a reality.

Other potential uses include precision monitoring of athletes, real-time tactical training in team sports and mobile gaming.

Cotton and his team have already worked with clients such as the UK Ministry of Defence to develop futuristic communications systems incorporating arrays of highly specialised body-worn antennas for frontline troops. He believes that the ability to send data from soldier to soldier could help locate troops when GPS is not an option.

‘You don’t need a dedicated infrastructure network to do that, which you might not always have in combat situations,’ he said.

Cotton, who has been working in this research area since 2004, described BBNs as the ‘new frontier of wireless communications.’

‘It’s only in the last six to 10 years that people have actually started thinking “hang on, we can actually put these wireless devices directly on the human body”,’ he said. ‘There are so many exciting applications. It’s a very exciting emerging area and it’s a good place to be at.’

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Apple And Google Rumoured Clash For Boku

Apple and Google are rumoured to be going head-to-head in a battle to acquire San Francisco-based mobile payments firm, Boku. According to sources at US website TechCrunch, Boku’s senior management team have held talks with both camps in recent weeks, prompting speculation of a bidding war between the two tech giants similar to when they both went after AdMob last year (a race eventually won by Google). Sources say the successful company may need to pay up to US$450 million to acquire Boku, though this would be relatively small beer for the likes of Apple, which is sitting on an estimated US$50 billion war chest. None of the parties involved have confirmed the story; Sources say that discussions are still at an early stage and – in the case of Google – could relate to a partnership rather than an acquisition.

Both Apple and Google are understood to be looking to beef up their standing in the mobile payments space, which makes Boku a particularly attractive target. TechCrunch notes that the start-up has received US$38 million in funding from a slew of big-name investors such as Benchmark Capital, Khosla Ventures, Index Ventures, DAG Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. It also boasts relationships with several major global operators, which it claims gives it access to 1.6 billion consumers worldwide. Last week, Boku struck a deal with AT&T that lets subscribers buy music, movies and other digital goods by typing in their phone number instead of using a bank card or PayPal account. It struck a similar deal recently with Vodafone UK.

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