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Apple Pay Used By Only 1 Out Of 5 iPhone Owners Survey

(Photo : Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Apple Pay is used by only 1 out of 5 compatible iPhone owners, according to a new survey. Owners of iPhones that support Apple Pay hardly use Apple’s new mobile payment service, according to a new survey. Trustev , which works with retailers and banks to stop them from falling prey to online fraud, recently carried out a survey to find out how many people were using Apple Pay a year after its release.

1 Trustev asked 1,000 users of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which support Apple’s mobile payments service, if they had ever used Apple Pay. Only 20 percent of the users admitted to have tried using Apple Pay, out of which 56 percent said they used the service once during a typical week, while another 15.3 percent reported never having used it during their week. This means that only about one in five people who own an iPhone that works with Apple Pay actually use the mobile payment service.

But Apple Pay’s user numbers were better than rival mobile payments service providers like Google and Samsung. The survey found that only about one in seven people who owned Android phones supporting Samsung Pay or Android Pay had actually tried the “mobile wallets.” Last year, Apple, Samsung and Google launched their mobile payment solutions, which store information from consumers and retailers similar to a digital wallet and provide a convenient method for making purchases. An increasing number of U.S.

consumers now prefer purchasing products using their smartphones and tablets, even as more retailers are beginning to support mobile payments at their physical stores.

But with 15 percent of owners of iPhones compatible with Apple Pay having never even tried the service and 38 percent of those owning Samsung handsets that support Samsung Pay still to use the service, it appears that mobile payment solutions still have a long way to go.

References ^ Trustev (www.trustev.com)

Samsung, Micromax, Intex emerge as top three phone players in India, says study

NEW DELHI: Korean device maker Samsung Electronics topped the mobile handset and smartphone market segments with 19.2% and 24.4% share respectively in quarter ended September 2015, a CyberMedia Research said. The finding puts domestic handset maker Micromax and Intex at second and third spot respectively. Micromax during Q3, 2015 had 12.2% and 17.4% market share in feature phone and smartphone verticals while Intex enjoyed 11.8% and 10.5% of the pie in respective domains.

Mobile chip maker Mediatek continues to lead in the overall smartphone segment while US-based Qualcomm emerges leading 4G chipset partner in India with more than 50% share, the firm said in a statement. “Feature phones segment recorded a 25% growth over the previous quarter, while smartphone segmented registered a growth of 11%,” CMR Lead Analyst at Telecom Practice Faisal Kawoosa said. Kawoosa attribute feature phone growth to the device makers such as Intex, Lava and Zen Mobiles as they continued their focus on achieving growth by penetrating deep into the heartland, serving the mass markets. In the 3Q CY 2015, Samsung and Lenovo were able to maintain their first and second positions in the 4G segment, while Micromax took third spot from Xiaomi.

Micromax managed to increase shipments 137% quarter-on-quarter (3Q CY 2015 versus 2Q CY 2015), Xiaomi witnessed a decline of 29% in the shipments of their 4G handsets during 3Q CY 2015, the finding added.

India Mobile Market Grows 25% In Q3, 2015; Samsung, Micromax And Intex Leads

The growth witnessed in the India mobile market was attributed to the feature phones segment and not smartphones after a spell of multiple quarters. Commenting on the results, Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst, Telecom, CMR said, While the general belief at the moment is that smartphone is the growth catalyst for the India mobile handsets market, the results announced today reveal a contrarian view. To the surprise of everyone, featurephone segment recorded a 25 percent growth over the previous quarter, bettering the smartphones growth of 11 percent.

Companies like Intex, Lava and Zen Mobiles continued their focus on achieving growth by penetrating deep into the heartland, serving the mass markets that still exist in much of rural India. This helped them serve both ends of the market extremely well, resulting in a comeback of the featurephones segment, at least during the current quarter, added Faisal. However, this should not be seen as some kind of a permanent reversal in technology adoption trends; the future of mobile handsets continues to lie with the Smartphones segment, concluded Faisal.

Mulling on the leadership positions, Karn Chauhan, Analyst, CMR s Telecom Practice said, This is for the second consecutive quarter that Samsung, Micromax and Intex have maintained their rankings in the overall India mobile handsets market as well as the smartphones segment. Vendor market shares have also remained stable and have not witnessed major shifts. There are two factors common to the marketing and sales strategy adopted by the top three players that can be attributed to their rankings a wide portfolio of models and SKUs for the consumer to choose from, and a strong distribution network reaching out deep into the nook and corner of the country, added Karn.

As far as leadership positions for 4G handsets, Samsung and Lenovo were able to maintain their 1st and 2nd positions intact, the 3rd spot was taken over by Micromax from Xiaomi.

While Micromax managed to increase shipments 137 percent quarter-on-quarter Xiaomi witnessed a decline of 29% in the shipments of their 4G handsets.

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Even Samsung’s tiny Tizen OS is now bigger than BlackBerry

In a mobile market dominated by Apple’s iPhone and Google’s stable of Android devices, there’s very little room for any more competitors. Microsoft can only muster a couple of percentage points 1 as the distant third-place contender, and everyone else’s share is measured in mere fractions. As bad as that was, at least BlackBerry could count itself fourth and see its name on Gartner and IDC’s smartphone market share reports.

According to Strategy Analytics today, however, BlackBerry has lost even the fourth spot on the market 2 , having been superseded by Samsung’s Tizen smartphones. Tizen OS is Samsung’s initiative to construct an operating system of its own, and it’s being used on this year’s range of Samsung smart TVs, the Gear S2 smarwatch, and a couple of entry-level smartphone models. Those Tizen phones, in all their Android-imitating glory, have apparently proven sufficiently alluring to generate greater sales than BlackBerry is achieving with its devices.

From here on, it’s Android or bust The report from Strategy Analytics indicates what we all might have guessed: Microsoft, BlackBerry and Firefox have all “drifted down” in their market share, while demand for new iPhones has driven Apple up. There’s little question, in light of BlackBerry’s continuing decline, that the Canadian company had to switch to Android if it was to stand any chance of remaining a player in the mobile market. The Priv smartphone marks that switch, and much rides on its success.

Though even if BlackBerry survives as a mobile manufacturer over the long term, its operating system is probably already done.

There’ll be extended support for all those enterprise clients BlackBerry already has, but the future for this company looks like it’s going to be Android or bust.

References ^ a couple of percentage points (www.theverge.com) ^ BlackBerry has lost even the fourth spot on the market (www.strategyanalytics.com)

BlackBerry promises monthly Android security patches for the Priv

Rob Attrell 1 November 4, 2015 7:25pm While BlackBerry might not be the most popular smartphone platform in the game anymore, it still has a lot of fans who remain very concerned with privacy in the mobile world. The new BlackBerry Priv is the essence of that ideal, with a focus on security and privacy unmatched by any other Android device. With the release of the Priv, BlackBerry have joined Google and Samsung in the pledge to release monthly security-related software updates to their operating systems.

Today, BlackBerry has issued a press release 2 giving some more detail as to what that and its new security policies will mean for users. To start, the Priv is already more secure than open source Android (AOSP), and its secure Linux kernel patches a number of vulnerabilities not in the AOSP kernel. When critical Android bugs are discovered, BlackBerry can opt to perform a hotfix , where a small piece of buggy code is swapped out with the patched version.

Since the code changing with any fix is small, the testing and approval process in patching the bug will be shortened significantly. BlackBerry will be able to patch all Priv variants directly as well, so users won t have to wait for the update to be approved. In addition to monthly software updates and support for hotfixes, BlackBerry says that it also supports Secure Linux, has a more robust Linux kernel, has an eFuse to prevent kernel modifications and rooting, and has DTEK software to report on the status of one s security.

All of these features combined will help to keep BlackBerry near the top of the pile in mobile security and privacy protection.

If you want to find out more about BlackBerry s security policies and the new BlackBerry Priv, you can read the full press release here 3 .

References ^ Visit Rob Attrell s website (blog.robattrell.com) ^ press release (blogs.blackberry.com) ^ here (blogs.blackberry.com)