What to expect from mobile phones markets in September?

There has been trend in the past few years that mobile phones are getting bigger and bigger. The most sold smartphone model in the market is Samsung Note 3, with 5,7inch display. Note 3 was huge success because 10 million units were sold just within 2 months of the launch. This phablet is special because just this model alone approached 50% of all Apple’s iPhone sales.

And now Apple is getting into the phablet game. IPhone 6 is rumoured to come with 2 different models, one with 4,7inch screen and the other with 5,5inch (iPhone 5c/5/5s has 4inch display). This model is one of the most interesting launches of the year, and not only because it’s an iPhone, more because what is their answer to the growing trend of phablets. Atleast i’m really looking forward to it.

As mentioned earlier Samsung Note 3 was huge succes and now in Q4 Samsung is rumoured to launch Note 4 and new smartwatch, Samsung Gear 3. There has been many rumors what would the Note 4 be like, rumors including 3-sided display, 4K resolution display and more, nobody really knows what information is sure. But one thing is, it’s gonna be better in anyway (of course, like will be it’s competitor iPhone 6 compared to older iPhone 5s). But one rumor really hit me, smartwatch Gear 3 might have a sim slot so you could use it for calling people without linking it to your phone.

Now, when you have a new high-end smartphone and a smartwatch and you want to answer incoming call with smartwatch, how do you listen to it without everyone around you hearing what in this case the caller has to say? Answer would be wireless headphones with connection like bluetooth.

Apple bought Dr. Dre Beats, company that makes headphones in early 2014. Samsung has it’s own serie of headphones called Level. Looks like two big mobilephone manufacturers are taking over the headphones market for mobile users and smartwatches becoming more and more popular, those wireless earpods would be very handy!

Both phones ( Apple iPhone 6 & Samsung Note 4 ) are expected to be launch in August / September 2014 because that’s the time of year when these two mobile manufacturers usually unveil their new models in their own conferences.


Ville Koski


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Apple focusing on innovation

logotestiIt seems to be that Apple is taking new steps with innovation. The recent announcements related to their interim report yesterday, co-operation with IBM with business customers and the M&A (Beats Audio) are all elements related to their earlier announcement with healthcare and new operating system.  It is really so that the autumn will be busy for all the market makers.

Apple has done a great three month period in China. For example Mac-computers and iPads showed a clear double-digit growth in China. Apple announced earlier this co-operation with China Mobile and as CEO Jim Cook said in the company presentation, China will play an important role in Apple´s growth. China Mobile has made big investments in the country´s 4 G network during the couple of years.

The stock price of Apple has increased by 20 percent during the last three months and the company has said it has been purchasing own shares by 8 billion dollars during that period. They expect the revenue to be between 37 – 40 billion dollars during the next quarter and margins 37 -38%. The markets are already looking at September when the new iPhone6 will be released.  The company also reported an increase in R&D, which was 313 million dollars.


How about a smart watch?


If we are used to use smart phones, would it be easy to use smart watches? Not necessarily. Although it is nice to have some functions in your wrist all the time, I found that it is important to think first what do you really want from these gadgets. Do you want to see all the emails and social media happenings or is it purely for the design, clock and phone elements? The functionalities in these smart watches are really different. So, there is no one size fits for all. But there is one important thing to remember, these watches are working with your mobile phone.

Maybe it is nice to see all the alerts, the incoming calls and maybe take a picture? Soon we all wear smart devices: in our ears, in our eyes and in our wrists.  This is already now the situation if you think about Google glasses, smartphones and smart watches. According to Strategy Analytics last year 1, 9 million smart watches were sold and the major market dominant was Samsung, with 61 per cent market share.

What kind of design there would be if the real watch makers like Rolex, Longines, Patek Philippe or Swatch would join the high tech industry with these products? One thing is sure: the watch should be traditional one, I mean with the functionalities, but the design and mobile phone elements would be extra elements with new thinking.  Oh, there are so many opportunities and looking forward to see one!

Päivi Härkönen



What about M2M and LEED?

Have you ever thought how much technology you have in your house? Well, you have heating and cooling, lightning and security and then you have all the devices connected to internet. These devices can be laptops, TVs, smartphones or tablets etc. So much energy and so much technology.

This machine to machine world is getting closer to us in our facilities. The smart energy savings sensors will monitor, control and optimize our living and take into account for example the outside weather conditions. And of course, they will help our lives to become more sustainable and also enhance our well-being.

This kind of green living is getting more and more  attention from investors as well. The LEED and BREEAM certifications include energy performance, smarter use of water, sustainable materials, better indoor air quality and for example location/public transport. But they do not include what kind of smart technology systems the buildings have or if the systems are so smart that they can optimize the energy consumption 24 hours a day by themselves.

LEED certifications are one the of the leading rating methods for buildings in the world. The aim of the rating is to lower operating costs and increase asset value for owners and investors. Energy efficiency is one of the main drivers. Here are some LEED elements:

  • Lower operating costs and increase asset value
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills
  • Conserve energy and water
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions

Different kind of rating methods are being developed all around the world at the moment. I wonder, when we see this kind of high-tech embedded certifications for buildings?

Päivi Härkönen

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