Dazeinfo https://dazeinfo.com Amazing Insights of I.T. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:42:47 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Can Youtube VR180 Format Revolutionise Virtual Reality Market, The Way It Did For Video Streaming https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/24/youtube-vr180-virtual-reality/ https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/24/youtube-vr180-virtual-reality/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:42:47 +0000 https://dazeinfo.com/?p=78331 Youtube has reinforced its commitment to VR by announcing their new virtual reality format – VR 180 at VidCon. The new VR format, along with its cameras will reportedly allow users to capture only what’s directly in front of them, instead of a complete 360-degree experience. Perhaps the biggest problem faced by VR today is […]]]>

Youtube has reinforced its commitment to VR by announcing their new virtual reality format – VR 180 at VidCon. The new VR format, along with its cameras will reportedly allow users to capture only what’s directly in front of them, instead of a complete 360-degree experience.

Perhaps the biggest problem faced by VR today is the high cost associated with it, both on the consumer and creator side. Most small and mid-size creators can’t justify the high cost associated with producing VR content, with cameras alone costing thousands of dollars. On the other end of the spectrum, consumers can’t justify the high cost of entry for VR, especially since there is a lack of quality VR content. It is a troubling Catch 22 situation.

Youtube is attempting to solve one part of this problem by making VR content cheaper and easier to produce for creators. Youtube is the largest user-produced video streaming platform in the world, with 1.5 billion logged in viewers in one month alone. As such, it is uniquely situated to promote and propagate both, VR content creation and consumption and push VR as an easily accessible mainstream offering.

Youtube is even working with companies such as LG, Yi and Lenovo to manufacture new VR180 cameras, which will reportedly cost in the region of ~$200. This would no doubt boost the popularity of VR on Youtube and lead to an explosion of new VR180 content on the platform. The cherry on top of the cake for content producers is that the new format is already supported by many popular content creation tools. This makes the content production easier, without the need for new technical skills and editing techniques.

Of course, as with so many new technologies today, the future of VR is intrinsically tied to mobile. In fact, the only VR headset that has managed to gain any real traction so far is the Samsung Gear mobile VR headset. Youtube has an immense presence on the mobile platform, with users spending 1+ hours watching Youtube on mobile devices alone. Together, mobile VR and Youtube could become a very potent combination.

Recently, we at Dazeinfo reported about Samsung’s new Odyssey mobile VR headset, which aims to avoid many of the traditional pitfalls of VR and features a crazy sharp display. This will apparently solve many health issues that are currently plaguing VR. The combined efforts of Samsung and Youtube to make VR safer to use and cheaper to produce may be enough to breathe life back into an underperforming industry.

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Oneplus 5 Is Here, But Is It Still The “Flagship Killer”? https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/23/oneplus-5-specs-price-review-flagship-killer/ https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/23/oneplus-5-specs-price-review-flagship-killer/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:30:37 +0000 https://dazeinfo.com/?p=78322 In one of the eagerly awaited launch events of the year, the OnePlus 5 was launched yesterday in India. This is a far cry from the relative obscurity during the launch of the Oneplus One back in the day. Clearly, a lot has changed since then, and the market and OnePlus both have matured. However, […]]]>

In one of the eagerly awaited launch events of the year, the OnePlus 5 was launched yesterday in India. This is a far cry from the relative obscurity during the launch of the Oneplus One back in the day. Clearly, a lot has changed since then, and the market and OnePlus both have matured. However, where does OnePlus’ newest flagship fit into the smartphone hierarchy today? Is it good enough to survive the increasingly hard-hitting competition? Is it truly the flagship killer it once was?

Let us have a closer look and answer all these questions and more.

A Quick Rundown Of The Specs

Back in 2014 during the launch of the original One Plus One, the phone was lauded for its flagship level specs and no compromise attitude. The OnePlus 5 continues this trend in style. The phone comes in two variants – one with 64 GB non-expandable internal memory with 6 GB RAM, and the other with 128 GB non-expandable internal memory and 8 GB RAM. Both variants will feature Snapdragon’s flagship Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with the Adreno 540 GPU. It also features a dual lens camera, a fingerprint sensor and a 1920×1080 AMOLED display with a pixel density of 401 ppi. However, glaring omissions include the lack of any biometric sensors, no bezel-less or curved display, stereo speakers or waterproof certification.

The OnePlus 5 Is Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary

It is clear that Oneplus 5 is a powerful phone with flagship level hardware. Nevertheless, it is not the revolutionary offering like its original predecessor was. In terms of raw power, the OnePlus 5 matches, and even beats other flagships of 2017. However, looking beyond pure specs, the OnePlus 5 has very few new features on offer. It features a very similar industrial design as its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T and other yesteryear flagships like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. The display is disappointingly low resolution compared to the competition, who are beginning to offer 500+ ppi displays. There is also distinct of the latest flagship features such as a retina scanner, stereo speakers or the incredibly popular bezel-less display.

All of this puts the OnePlus 5 in an awkward limbo situation. While in years past, the OnePlus flagships promised a “no compromise experience”, the same cannot be said for the OnePlus 5. It is clear that significant compromises were made to keep the price low. As such, the new OnePlus is no longer a “flagship killer” as much it is a flagship substitute.

Price Creep Is Hurting Oneplus

The original One Plus One was lauded for its immense value proposition; it was as good as other flagships of that day, but it cost almost 50% less! However, the prices of the OnePlus phones have been rising gradually after every iteration. The One Plus One retailed starting at $299 during its launch. The OnePlus 2 retailed at $329. The retail prices of OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T further increased to $399 and $450. This trend has continued with the OnePlus 5, which now costs $479. As a consequence, it is much closer to the price of its other competing flagship Samsung Galaxy S8, which is around $750.

Does it mean OnePlus is bowing to the realities of the smartphone market and business challenges? To stay profitable and continue to innovate, they have had to raise prices. As they have expanded over the past few years, they also have had to invest more in things like customer care and R&D. However, since they do not have the mammoth budgets of the companies like Samsung and Apple, they are unable to include the innovative new features that these companies are cramming into their flagships.

As it stands, the motto of the company – “Never Settle” – is no longer accurate. The OnePlus 5 is a compromise; there is no doubt about that. However, that may not necessarily be a bad thing.

OnePlus’ Market Standing

Despite their history of offering incredible value for money products, OnePlus could not crack the list of top 5 smartphone manufacturers in terms of smartphone shipments. This is, however, not a fair comparison since OnePlus is relatively a new company, with limited presence in the world. In spite of that OnePlus do have a stronger presence in countries like India. Disappointingly, even in India, OnePlus has remained out of the top 5 as of Q4 2016. The gradually rising prices mean that in a price sensitive country many Indian consumers are being priced out of the OnePlus flagships. In a market where the budget and mid-range segments dominate sales, OnePlus is operating in the premium segment. 

It is clear that OnePlus needs their newest flagship to succeed. However, to do that, OnePlus must embrace their new identity. The OnePlus 5 is no longer a flagship killer phone, yet it still provided a very good value proposition. It features top of the line specs, without many of the more premium bells and whistles sported by today’s other flagships. It fulfils the niche of budget-conscious consumers looking for a somewhat premium phone. Without a doubt, it remains one of the best smartphones in its class, but it no longer competes with the ones above it, likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 or Apple iPhone 7.

We’ll just have to wait and see whether the industry and consumers approve this new direction OnePlus seems to be heading in.

For those who have an appetite of Oneplus 5 review, here is a Unboxing and Camera review of Oneplus 5 by GeekyRanjit.

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After Unboxing Snapdeal Flipkart Finds It Worth $400 Million Only: A Correction or Under Valuation? https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/23/snapdeal-valuation-flikart-400-million/ https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/23/snapdeal-valuation-flikart-400-million/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:58:19 +0000 https://dazeinfo.com/?p=78329 Amid to all types of speculations about Snapdeal, last month the poster boy of Indian eCommerce industry Flipkart agreed to merge Snapdeal. It took rounds of discussions and negotiation for all Snapdeal stakeholders to come on terms before they agreed to ‘sell’ Snapdeal to Flipkart for about $1 billion. Interestingly, after a month of due […]]]>

Amid to all types of speculations about Snapdeal, last month the poster boy of Indian eCommerce industry Flipkart agreed to merge Snapdeal. It took rounds of discussions and negotiation for all Snapdeal stakeholders to come on terms before they agreed to ‘sell’ Snapdeal to Flipkart for about $1 billion. Interestingly, after a month of due diligence, Flipkart finds Snapdeal worth no more than $400 million.

According to people familiar with the matter, Flipkart is not willing to pay anything more than $400 million for Snapdeal – almost 60% less than what board of Snapdeal is expecting. The source also confirms that Snapdeal may agree with the new offer for its marketplace alone, without including the other two businesses – Logistic and Marketplace Management solution.

Together combined, both the businesses – Vulcan Express and Unicommerce eSolution – are valued worth $200 million, and doing fairly well.

Snapdeal acquired Unicommerce eSolution, an eCommerce management and fulfilment solution in 2015. It allows online eCommerce players to manage vendors, warehouse, shipments and returns in much efficient manner.

Vulcan Express, a fully owned subsidiary of Snapdeal, is a logistics management business. Snapdeal floated it in the market to satisfy the growing in-house needs and also to serve other vendors, both in B2B and B2C. Snapdeal has been quite optimistic about the success of Vulcan as the company estimates that its business will increase four folds in 2017. Considering the growing penetration of eCommerce in India, Logistics has emerged as the biggest challenge, and most of the eCommerce players, including Amazon and Flipkart, are trying to grab the lion’s share of the Logistics market.

The tug of war between Flipkart and Snapdeal has delayed the possible sell out of Freecharge to other prospective bidders. Sanpdeal acquired FreeCharge for $400 million in 2015.

Snapdeal, which was valued worth $6.5 billion once, has been struggling to stay afloat for the last one year. Despite burning hundreds of thousands of dollars in one of the most expensive branding campaigns, Snapdeal has failed to keep customers hooked with the platform. The aggressive marketing strategy of Amazon India has rattled the homegrown eCommerce players who were riding high on the valuation until last year.

Flipkart has outrightly rejected the speculation stating company don’t comment on the speculative news. However, one more person familiar with the matter has informed that Flipkart is quite reluctant to pay $1 billion for Snapdeal.

In the fast changing scenario in Indian eCommerce industry most of the startups, who were once riding high on valuation, are going through restructuring after the ongoing market correction. The valuation of Flipkart has tumbled to $11.6 billion from $15 billion.

However, the big question is, what is the adequate value of Snapdeal? Is it really worth just $400 million or Flipkart is just trying to take advantage of the situation? But, one thing is certain; if Snapdeal is sold for $400 million, or $600 million including logistics and eCommerce management solution, it will trigger a debate on the valuation of Flipkart as well!

Source: The Hindu BusinessLine

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Samsung’s New Odyssey Headset Is About To Revolutionize VR With Crazy Sharp Display https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/22/samsung-odyssey-headset-ver-display/ https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/22/samsung-odyssey-headset-ver-display/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:47:27 +0000 https://dazeinfo.com/?p=78287 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (KRX:005930) is reportedly gearing up for the next generation of VR with their new mobile virtual reality headset. Coming under the “Odyssey” brand, the new VR headset by Samsung will have an ultra-high-resolution display, and will not rely on a snap-in smartphone to function. A few weeks ago, we, at Dazeinfo, reported […]]]>

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (KRX:005930) is reportedly gearing up for the next generation of VR with their new mobile virtual reality headset. Coming under the “Odyssey” brand, the new VR headset by Samsung will have an ultra-high-resolution display, and will not rely on a snap-in smartphone to function.

A few weeks ago, we, at Dazeinfo, reported about the current state of VR and VR headsets. Despite somewhat lacklustre consumer response thus far, the future of VR remains bright, with estimated 38.8 million units of VR headset sales in 2018. The VR market is going to be worth nearly $25 billion by 2021, according to some estimates. Clearly, the industry still has faith in the technology too, as a record $2.3 billion was invested in AR/VR startups in 2016.

However, in the meantime, Samsung’s Gear VR has become one of the more successful consumer VR headsets, selling more than 5 million units by the end of 2016. It seems like Samsung now want to further their dominance with the new “Odyssey” headset. The headset will reportedly feature a razor sharp 2,000-pixels-per-inch (ppi) OLED display. For context, current top end VR headsets like the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift only offer a pixel density of around 460 ppi.

So why is Samsung making such a ridiculously high-resolution VR headset? The reason has to do with addressing one of the biggest issues currently plaguing VR. Due to VR’s extremely immersive nature, many users suffer side effects like headaches, blurred vision, motion sickness and nausea. Apparently, higher pixel densities (>1000 ppi) can help alleviate these issue or banish them entirely. Such a high pixel density and ultra responsive OLED panel should also contribute in providing a much higher quality, and more pleasant VR experience. Naturally, this new product is liable to be quite expensive considering the high-end nature of its display.

Of course, Samsung is not the only one chasing the VR dream. Google has plans for its own mobile VR headset for its Daydream VR platform, which will be manufactured by HTC and Lenovo.

If Samsung manages to address one of the biggest problems currently holding VR back, we could see exploded adoption and widespread integration of VR experiences in the near future. This could be the push needed to make VR a mainstream experience.

However, the expensive price-tag remains a troubling issue. The high price of adoption is currently one of the biggest factors hindering consumer adoption and VR development. It remains to be seen whether Samsung’s new “Odyssey” headset will be revolutionary enough to justify its price-tag to consumers.

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48% of Merchants Recorded 11% or More Growth in Their Mobile Sales Volume in 2016 [REPORT] https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/22/mobile-sales-volume-growth-2016/ https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/22/mobile-sales-volume-growth-2016/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:06:08 +0000 https://dazeinfo.com/?p=78279 The exploded adoption of the mobile Internet, smartphones and mobile payment is resulting in an unprecedented rise in the sales volume from mobile devices. It is clearly evident with the latest trend report that highlights how mobile devices have become crucial for the success of any business nowadays. Nearly 48% of merchants have recorded at least 11% […]]]>

The exploded adoption of the mobile Internet, smartphones and mobile payment is resulting in an unprecedented rise in the sales volume from mobile devices. It is clearly evident with the latest trend report that highlights how mobile devices have become crucial for the success of any business nowadays.

Nearly 48% of merchants have recorded at least 11% or more growth in the number of sales coming from mobile channels in 2016, according to the latest report, titled Mobile Payments & Fraud Survey 2017, from Kount. It’s encouraging to know that only 11% of merchants acknowledged no growth in mobile sales volume in 2016.

One of the key reasons behind such impressive growth figures is the ability to detect transactions coming from mobile. In 2013, only 44.8% of merchants were found to have the ability to detect mobile transaction. Within just four years the figure has swelled to 86%.

But it’s not only the growth in their mobile sales volume that has boosted the confidence of merchants in mobile; it’s also the extraordinary growth in revenue coming from mobile. In 2013, 50% of merchants recorded only 5% of their revenue coming from mobile. Fast forward 2016, the figure is squeezed to just 21%.

In contrast, 57% of merchants claimed that at least 10% or more of their revenue came from the mobile channels in 2016. Interestingly, this percentage of merchants is estimated to swell to 64% in 2017.

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The influence of mobile on people’s buying habits could be understood by the growing share of sales coming from mobile in the future. The report estimates that in the next two years one-fourth of merchants will see 50% of more revenue coming from mobile channels alone.

Merchants those are dealing in Apparel, Accessories, Digital Goods, Computers & Electronics, Ticketing and Games are bound to see exploded growth in their revenue coming from mobile sales channels in the next two years. Nearly 50% of merchants in each of mentioned categories will record 30% of more revenue from mobile channels.

These findings clearly indicate that people are no more using mobile devices only for discovery. Unlike a few years back, when people used to shy away from mobile for transacting, mobile users are finding a great degree of convenience and security in buying products from mobile. Mobile-only discounts, mobile wallets and rich mobile experience have hooked users to mobile shopping. By realising the fast changing consumer buying behaviours, merchants have also started employing a mobile-first strategy to make their mobile shopping experience more adorable.

Actionable Insights:

  • Merchants need to focus on providing a rich shopping experience to their mobile users.
  • As more shoppers are turning to mobile merchants needs to focus on acquiring users through their mobile apps. This will help merchants to tweak their offerings by leveraging on the data collected through mobile apps.
  • It’s time for merchants to adopt the mobile-first strategy. As the lion’s share of their revenue is bound to come from mobile, merchants need to sew users requirements with available products for more sales volume.
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Can Hike Finally Knock Whatsapp Off From The Top With Their New Integrated Mobile Wallet? https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/22/can-hike-finally-knock-whatsapp-top-new-integrated-mobile-wallet/ https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/22/can-hike-finally-knock-whatsapp-top-new-integrated-mobile-wallet/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:16:52 +0000 https://dazeinfo.com/?p=78270 In what can be considered a big win for the underdog, homegrown Indian messaging app Hike has released their mobile wallet system before any of their competitors. In a market where numerous players are looking to make a splash, Hike has managed to gain a significant advantage by being the first one there. Hike’s new […]]]>

In what can be considered a big win for the underdog, homegrown Indian messaging app Hike has released their mobile wallet system before any of their competitors. In a market where numerous players are looking to make a splash, Hike has managed to gain a significant advantage by being the first one there. Hike’s new service will allow both, peer-to-peer (P2P) and bank-to-bank payments (via the UPI standard). However, this raises the question – Why is a social messaging app releasing a mobile wallet? What is the idea behind integrating banking services with social media and messaging app?

Let’s have a look.

India Is Going Cashless

Just until last year, India was a cash driven economy, for the most part. A large portion of India does not have access to traditional banking services. This, coupled with factors such as widespread illiteracy, mistrust of credit cards, etc. meant that the majority of transactions in India were carried out in cash.

All this changed when the government announced its decision to demonetize large currency notes last year. Suddenly there was cash crunch, and people had to turn to alternate methods to conduct a financial transaction. This is where mobile wallets come in. While they had been around for years, they only gained significant traction after demonetization. Mobile wallets saw exploded adoption all over the country. In fact, in December 2016, the government noted a 400-1000% increase in digital transactions after demonetization, with nearly 6.3 million transactions being conducted daily. It is clear that this market segment represents a very lucrative opportunity. If Hike’s wallet service takes off, it could elevate the company to unprecedented heights.

Hike + Mobile Wallet: Match Made In Heaven?

Any mobile wallet lives or dies by the size of its user-base and financial transaction. More users and more participating banks & retailers mean more revenue. Based on this, it makes a lot of sense to integrate a mobile wallet in messaging app. These apps tend to have already a largely established user-base, which can easily be migrated to the wallet as well.

This is exactly the case with Hike as well. Hike has a registered (not active) base of nearly 100 million, along with a reach 16.1% among Android users in India. While Hike’s reach may seem a bit small, it is important to note that they are relatively new to the scene, but are growing rapidly. Launched in December 2012, Hike became the fastest Indian company to cross a valuation of $1 billion and attain “Unicorn” status. They did this in just over 3.5 years. With an estimated 267.1 million smartphones this year and rising smartphone penetration, the field is set for exponential growth. This latest move by Hike can give them an edge in the market, and help them expand more rapidly.

Is Hike A Copycat?

Hike decision to enter the mobile wallet space is highly reminiscent of WeChat in China. WeChat’s incredible success story has been sought to be emulated by many companies across Asia-Pacific. Starting out as a messaging app, WeChat has evolved into a kind of OS in itself, offering features ranging from financial transactions to ordering food online. WeChat now has over 889 million active users as of Q4 2016.

The similarities between the two are clear, but how deep does the connection go? Like WeChat, Hike is continually adding more and more features like video calling, camera filters to be more all encompassing. Their “Blue Packets” gift feature is also a blatant copy of WeChat’s “Hongbao” feature. Both these features allow digital cash gifts which expire after some amount of time.

Tough Road Ahead For Hike

Despite being first on the scene, there is no doubt that Hike faces a tough road ahead. Market leader Whatsapp have also announced their intent to bring a digital payment to their platform in the near future. Whatsapp has more than 200 million active users in India as of February 2017, far more than Hike. They also have an unparalleled reach of 91.7% among Android users, putting them at the top position in India. In contrast, Hike languishes in 8th place. Whatsapp is also the most preferred Instant messaging app by 83% of Indian students, whereas Hike is preferred by only 44% of students. This makes Whatsapp much better suited than Hike to take over the mobile wallet space.

Hike also faces considerable competition from established players like PayTM. PayTM has over 200 million registered used, double than of Hike. It is also the largest mobile wallet in India. In comparison, Hike’s offering is not quite as mature; the service only allows for transactions, bank transfers and phone recharges/bills. Although, Hike is in negotiations with major retailers like Flipkart, Amazon, Ola, Uber and Zomato for integrating its wallet solution as a payment option.

However, Hike does have a unique advantage that no one else has. One of their biggest investors is Tencent, who also owns its arch rival WeChat. With the backing of the most successful social integrated wallet in APAC, they no doubt have the path to success laid out in front of them. For their part, Hike is spending a lot of money on R&D to improve their platform. They recently filed 60 patents for the camera, machine learning, etc., and has recently opened a new office in Bengaluru.

The groundwork is laid for an intense battle. However, only time will tell whether Hike can manage to weather the upcoming onslaught by PayTM, Whatsapp and other competitors.

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The New CEO of Uber: It’s Sheryl Sandberg vs Marissa Mayer! https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/21/uber-ceo-sheryl-sandberg-marissa-mayer/ https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/21/uber-ceo-sheryl-sandberg-marissa-mayer/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:43:56 +0000 https://dazeinfo.com/?p=78266 A female CEO would help Uber to win back its market reputation and get the company out from the slew of sexual scandals. This is what Uber’s Board seems to be convinced of. The board has started to screening the portfolios of the best candidates to fill the position which has gone vacant after the exit […]]]>

A female CEO would help Uber to win back its market reputation and get the company out from the slew of sexual scandals.

This is what Uber’s Board seems to be convinced of. The board has started to screening the portfolios of the best candidates to fill the position which has gone vacant after the exit of Travis Kalanick, Founder of Uber. Among all the contenders, Facebook COO (Cheif Operating Officer) Sheryl Sandberg is the most favourite!

The suggestion of having a female CEO is coined by the Arianna Huffington, one of the board members of Uber, who strongly believes that it’s the high time when a female executive must lead Uber.

Though Sheryl Sandberg is the first choice of Uber’s board members, that doesn’t mean she has agreed to join Uber. It is not yet clear if Sandberg has already been approached by any of the board members, but possibilities are high that the task would be assigned to Arianna Huffington, who also happens to be a close friend of Sandberg.

But, the board members are also evaluating other names as well to avoid any further delay in setting up a new leadership team. The former operating chief of Disney, Tom Staggs, has already been interviewed. The former CEO of Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer, is also on the list of the possible candidates who, the board members of Uber think, could effectively lead the world’s most valued startup.

The chances for Sheryl Sandberg taking over Uber is quite high, considering the merits she has compared to other contenders. Her successful career and commendable performance at Google and Facebook needs no validation. Besides, her closeness with the Uber’s board member Arina Huffington is well known.

On Tuesday, Travis Kalanick, Founder of Uber, faced the warmth of investors and board members, which forced him to step down from the position of CEO. He has been seen as a controversial figure by those who want to see Uber going public as soon as possible. To do that Uber needs to employ more corporate culture and get rid of ongoing allegations, irregularities and sexual harassment charges.

At this stage, it won’t be easy for the new CEO to lead Uber and get the company out of all criticism. If Sandberg decides to take up the challenge, she would have to chew the bullets, and, more importantly, would have bid adieu to Facebook.

We expect a lot more action in the next few days at Uber, and it would be interesting to see who decides to lead Uber from the front.

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Apple Slams Qualcomm For Illegal Practices After The Latter One Seeks Ban on iPhone https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/21/apple-qualcomm-patent-dispute/ https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/21/apple-qualcomm-patent-dispute/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:20:50 +0000 https://dazeinfo.com/?p=78247 The legal battle between Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has escalated to alarming levels, with Apple now accusing Qualcomm of blatantly illegal practices. This marks a seminal moment in a long and tedious dispute between the two tech giants and could have serious ramifications in the very near future. A while back, Dazeinfo outlined […]]]>

The legal battle between Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has escalated to alarming levels, with Apple now accusing Qualcomm of blatantly illegal practices. This marks a seminal moment in a long and tedious dispute between the two tech giants and could have serious ramifications in the very near future.

A while back, Dazeinfo outlined the ongoing dispute between Apple and Qualcomm, where the latter seeks a ban on iPhone in the US. The crux of the issue surrounded the royalty paid to Qualcomm by Apple.

According to Apple, these royalties were excessive and unfair. As a result, Apple stopped payments to Qualcomm and sued them. Qualcomm responded by counter-suing Apple and accusing them of misrepresenting information and facts.

Now Apple has filed a new court document, accusing Qualcomm of abusing the licensing system by bundling patents which are non-critical for cellular communication. This allows Qualcomm to charge exorbitant and unwarranted royalties on its wireless and connectivity chip patents. Apple has termed this practice as “illegal”, and has accused them of overcharging them billions of dollars. The amended complaint to the US District Court in Southern California also aims to get 18 of Qualcomm’s patents invalidated.

And this is not the end either. Apple is also claiming to possess increasing evidence of other wrong doings by Qualcomm. They are accusing Qualcomm of “burdening innovation” and monopolising the market, and calling many of Qualcomm’s patents as invalid as they are conflicting with other patents. Apple’s updated claim is that Qualcomm first sells its mobile chipsets, and then charges hardware makers like Apple a licensing fee for patents associated with the chips. This way, they essentially get paid twice for the same invention.

In response to Apple’s claims, Qualcomm’s executive vice president, Don Rosenberg says, “Apple is trying to distract from the fact that it has made misleading statements about the comparative performance of its products, and threatened Qualcomm not to disclose the truth”.

So where does this leave both of these tech giants? If they come to some sort of mutual agreement, this issue can be laid to rest and both companies can move on. However, if that is not the case, both companies stand a lot to lose. Qualcomm’s royalty business is highly lucrative and makes up the lion’s share of their profits. Apple is also one of their biggest clients. Losing both would be a catastrophic disaster for the current largest chip maker in the world.

On the other end of the spectrum, Apple cannot afford to be embroiled in this dispute for too long either. That could lead to legal injunctions severely delaying the launch of the iPhone 8 in the US, or maybe even block it completely. This would be catastrophic for Apple, as nearly 63% of their revenue came from the iPhone in fiscal Q2 2017.

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The Number of Unique Mobile Subscribers Worldwide Hits 5 Billion In Q2 2017 With 67% Penetration [REPORT] https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/21/unique-mobile-subscribers-worldwide-apac-us/ https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/21/unique-mobile-subscribers-worldwide-apac-us/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:08:22 +0000 https://dazeinfo.com/?p=78172 This month achieved yet another milestone for the global mobile industry as the total number of unique mobile subscribers worldwide has crossed the 5 billion mark. This means that nearly 67% of the world’s population is now connected via mobile. This is yet another tremendous achievement for the mobile, which has taken over the entire world. Despite […]]]>

This month achieved yet another milestone for the global mobile industry as the total number of unique mobile subscribers worldwide has crossed the 5 billion mark. This means that nearly 67% of the world’s population is now connected via mobile. This is yet another tremendous achievement for the mobile, which has taken over the entire world. Despite being only a few decades old, the mobile industry is now raking in revenues of nearly $1,100 billion yearly. It has become a cornerstone of economic growth and development in the modern era.

Let us have a deeper look at the data at hand, and reveal the status of various countries and analyse the avenues and trends of future growth.

Asia-Pacific Dominates the Subscriber Count

If we look at the global subscriber count for Q2 2017, the Asia-Pacific region leads by a landslide. With over 2,765 million unique subscribers, this region accounts for around 55% of unique global mobile subscriber base! This incredible user base is mostly made up by China and India, which are the world’s largest and second-largest mobile markets, respectively. China has claimed to over 1,081 million unique subscribers, while India follows behind at 730 million unique subscribers.

Europe is trailing behind APAC, with around 465 million unique mobile subscribers. They are followed by Latin America (459 million unique subscribers), Sub-Saharan Africa (436 million subscribers), Middle East & North Africa (391 million subscribers), North America (292 million unique subscribers) and CIS (227 million unique subscribers).

The industry as a whole has been growing at an extremely rapid pace over more than a decade. From 2 billion mobile subscribers worldwide in Q1 2007, the number has risen to 5 billion in Q2 2017, representing a YoY growth of 4.76%. This represents an increase of around 150% over a period of just 10 years.This growth is set to continue, with an estimated 5.7 billion unique subscribers by 2020.

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In the last years, the penetration levels have also more than doubled from 30% in Q1 2007 to 67% Q2 2017. Subscriber penetration is increased almost 7 times from the mere 10% during the turn of the century.

This data, however, does not give us any information about growth potential. For that, we must look at the subscriber penetration levels in these respective regions.

APAC To Drive Future Growth As NA and Europe Stagnate

Mature markets like North America, Europe and CIS already feature high subscriber penetration levels of 80%, 86% and 79% respectively, despite having lower subscriber counts. This is due to the significantly lower population levels in these countries compared to other regions. What this means is that the potential for acquiring unique subscribers from these regions is low, and growth is stagnant. In contrast, penetration levels in the emerging economies remain quite low, despite their massive already existing user base. APAC has penetration levels of 68%, whereas the Middle East & North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa are even further behind with 63% and 44% penetration, respectively.

At first glance, it would seem like the Sub-Saharan African region is best suited for explosive growth in the coming years. However, growth estimates for 2020 by GSMA Intelligence is quite poor. This is due to issues such as poor infrastructure, poverty, lack of education and political instability, which have crippled progress in these regions. The situation is also similar in the MENA region. While there is significant potential in these regions, it is not likely to be realised in the near future.

This leaves the APAC region, and it is indeed primed for explosive growth. With its tremendous population levels and only 68% subscriber penetration, APAC is going to drive mobile industry growth in the near future. The single biggest growth driver will be India. The country is going through a mobile revolution at the moment, with rising mobile penetration and subscriber growth due to the proliferation of 4G networks. India is expected to account for over 30% of all new unique mobile subscribers by 2020. The case of China is a bit more peculiar. It has a relatively high subscriber penetration level of 78%. Despite this, there is a considerable margin for growth in this market simply due to the sheer population size.

TRAI Subscription Data: Conflicting Information?

There is a bit of ambiguity regarding India’s subscriber base if we look at TRAI’s official data. According to TRAI’s report for 30th April 2017, India’s total wireless subscribers has reached to 1174.6 million. This is a long way off from GSMA Intelligence’s estimate of 730 million. So does this mean that India lost over 400 million subscribers in a matter of mere months? Not quite.

TRAI’s data accounts for total mobile subscriptions across India, whereas GSMA’s data accounts for unique subscribers only. This means that around 444 million mobile subscriptions are non-unique. This would suggest that there is a prevailing culture among Indian users to have multiple mobile subscriptions. This fact is also reflected in the popularity of dual sim phones in this market.

Actionable Insights

  • The APAC region is a goldmine for the mobile industry. Due to stagnation in elite markets hardware and software/network service providers must both turn their attention towards APAC region to enjoy sustained growth.
  • While the MENA and Sub-Saharan regions may seem lucrative opportunities, they simply lack the infrastructure and circumstances to provide a decent ROI in the next few years.
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Uber Founder & CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns After Hours of Drama ! https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/21/uber-ceo-travis-kalanick-resigns/ https://dazeinfo.com/2017/06/21/uber-ceo-travis-kalanick-resigns/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:22:19 +0000 https://dazeinfo.com/?p=78218 Problems for the world’s most valuable start, Uber, is far from over. After a long debate, discussion, speculation, stories, investigation, developments, Uber’s Founder & CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is the second top executive in the company who is axed within a week. It was just […]]]>

Problems for the world’s most valuable start, Uber, is far from over. After a long debate, discussion, speculation, stories, investigation, developments, Uber’s Founder & CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is the second top executive in the company who is axed within a week.

It was just last week when Kalanick decided to go on leave in a bid to reinvent himself, calling it as Kalanick 2.0. Addressing to all the employees of Uber, in his email, Kalanick stated that it’s high time to him to revisit company’s strategy, management and himself. He cited Uber 2.0 as a reason behind his leave.

Within a week, however, the table has turned drastically for Kalanick, apparently. Looks like investors were not satisfied with Kalanick’s decision to go on indefinite leave. According to some unknown sources, who claimed to witness the high-voltage drama at Uber which has resulted in Kalanick’s resignation two investors were quite adamant about Kalanick’s resignation from the post of CEO.

On Tuesday, five investors, including one of the biggest shareholders, of Uber demanded an immediate resignation from Kalanick and own the responsibility of bringing damages to Uber’s brand reputation worldwide.

The most surprising element is the way investors asked Kalanick to step down. A letter from investors was delivered to the chief executive while he is in a Chicago, people familiar with the matter informed. This clearly highlights the urgency and mindset of Uber’s investors against Mr. Kalanick.

Initially, even after receiving the letter, Mr. Kalanick was hesitant to step down the person familiar with the matter said. However, he spoke to one couple of the board members and investors before agreeing on his exit.

In the letter investors clearly stated that it’s the time when Uber needs a major reshuffle in management, and it’s time for Mr. Kalanick to bid adieu. His decision has led to the questioning who would eventually lead Uber.

 

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