The personal robots market is set to pull in some major cash over the next few years -- but robotic assistants probably won't be a part of the equation.
The global app economy will reach $25 billion this year, according to new data from ABI Research. Thirty-five percent of that, or $8.8 billion, will be tablet apps, and 65 percent -- 16.4 billion -- will be smartphone apps.
In 2013, we'll download ten apps for every single woman, man, and child on planet Earth.
By the end of this current year, 1.4 billion smartphones will be in use. 798 million of them will run Android, 294 million will run Apple's iOS, and 45 million will run Windows Phone.
Amazon needs to make only $3/month on apps or content from each Kindle Fire it sells in order to generate a 20 percent profit, according to new estimates from ABI Research.
Total cumulative global WiFi shipments reached five billion in 2012, according to ABI Research. And the pace of innovation isn't slowing, with new WiFi protocols rolling out in 2013 and close to 20 billion WiFi-enabled devices predicted to be in the market by 2017.
Most of those five billion chips won't be in phones, as tablets, sensors, cameras, light bulbs, refrigerators, and more increasingly get connected to the internet.
According to a just-released study from London-based ABI Research, iPhone had only 29 percent of app downloads in the second quarter of 2012, compared to 47 percent for Android.
It’s hard out there for a smartphone manufacturer — especially when you’re up against mobile titans like Apple and Samsung.
The two companies made up 90 percent of the entire smartphone industry’s profits in the first quarter of 2012, and …