Apple sold 74.8 million iPhones globally in Q4, topping Samsung in the smartphone market for the first time. And while Apple dominates where it matters most (see: profits), it still has a long way to go before surpassing the greater collection of Android smartphones in market share. Today’s graphic looks at smartphone market share by vendor in Q3 and Q4 of 2014.
This weekend, Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones. Today’s graphic compares a selection of flagship smartphones from major manufacturers.
Last week we announced the launch of a new iPhone app for our BoardLink service, a secure board workflow solution designed to further accommodate companies as they operate across borders and have increasingly mobile, global boards.
The BoardLink iPhone app provides boards of directors with access to company and business intelligence information through a secure mobile solution. Directors now are able to respond immediately to urgent action items such as board resolutions, draft documents with a digital signature enabling a digital audit trail, as well as respond to and send secure messages to fellow board members.
Available online and offline, the iPhone app is fully compatible with Apple’s iOS 7 and iOS 8 platforms, complementing the already existing iPad app. Documents are encrypted for review online and offline via the app and a calendar enables board members to manage their schedule efficiently through BoardLink.
Our recent board governance survey revealed increased cybersecurity risks to boardroom communications. Over 60% of organizations never or only occasionally encrypt Board communications, and only a quarter indicated they always do so. Cybersecurity information is the least-requested information by the board, with only 32% of boards frequently or very frequently requesting such information. As concerns around data security continue to rise, BoardLink reduces the risk of sending sensitive information over email or other non-secure channels.
Learn more about the evolving role of the global board.
Download the Boardlink iOS app.
Today’s graphic shows an analysis by Mobidia that compared the amount of time users spent on six messaging apps (Tencent’s WeChat, Naver’s Line, Daum Kakao’s Kakao Talk, Blackberry Messenger and Facebook’s WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger) in ten major countries. The mobile analytics firm compared the time spent in each app last month versus a year earlier.
About four years ago, I first met Iris Lapinski, the CEO of Apps for Good at The Trampery – a shared workspace in London for startups. She had just gotten AfG off the ground with a couple of schools and maybe one hundred kids in the program. This year, the program is serving nearly 24,000 kids in 571 schools across the United Kingdom. From those humble beginnings, this has been a fantastic ride, and we’re now working with the AfG team on its international expansion plans.
Thomson Reuters again hosted the launch party for the 2014 winners at our London Canary Wharf office on Thursday, 5 February, an event that I personally would never want to miss. Seven apps were launched, including the two category winners we sponsored – ShoreCast which provides surf conditions and user ratings on places near you and I’m Okay, an app designed to provide authoritative information and content for LGBTQ teens. For the first time, there was a mix of apps available on either Android or iOS that you can download here. The page also contains links to apps developed by the kids since 2010. You’ll see remarkable progress and change in the ideas and quality of execution, which just shows how far the program has come in four years. Be sure to check out Pocket Money Pig – an app developed by 10/11 year olds! These boys were outstanding, and it’s pretty neat to think that kids that young have a published app in the Google Play store! (more…)
Yesterday, Reuters launched the world’s first mobile TV news service designed for on-the-go, informed, globally-minded consumers who don’t watch traditional TV news. Delivered via a beautifully designed iPhone app, Reuters TV defines a new category of TV news by offering curated but personalized news coverage that is available anywhere. Reuters TV is a forward-thinking service that’s on-demand, up-to-date, relevant and mobile – putting users in control of what they watch and when they watch it. It is available for download now in the App Store in the U.S. and UK. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Sarah Charlton, Reuters TV Senior Producer in Asia, offers an inside look at how stories for Reuters TV are produced.
Q. Can you tell a bit more about your role as a senior producer for Reuters TV?
A. As a senior producer it’s my job to work closely with my editorial colleagues and determine which stories we cover and how we produce them, while ensuring our team hits deadlines to get content out quickly. That means liaising with my text and TV colleagues, commissioning reports and also keeping across the big and breaking news. In Asia, we have a huge region with different time zones and complications, which makes the job all the more challenging and exciting. Reuters TV is a great way for us to tap into expertise and insight from across such a wide area, and to get those stories/people on camera. I’m a point of contact – but only one part of a large and diverse team. I’m fortunate to work with some very talented writers/producers/editors who know how to script visual stories which pack a punch.
Q. What’s been your favorite story to cover so far with Reuters TV? Why?
A. Tough question! Every day we cover a huge variety of stories and have fantastic contributions from across Asia. In the past few months, we’ve had solid analysis on North Korea from James Pearson and Ju-min Park, hard-hitting reports from Reuters Correspondent Andrew R.C. Marshall in South East Asia (all filmed on a smartphone by the man himself), fun lifestyle stories from Video Journalist Chris Meyers in Japan and breaking news such as the Sydney siege where we saw Deputy Bureau Chief Jane Wardell at the scene. These different stories and topics illustrate great collaboration between editorial teams.
Furthermore, it’s not every day one of the biggest stories of the year breaks on your doorstep. Covering the Hong Kong protests was an incredible experience from start to finish. In terms of Reuters TV, it allowed us to experiment with various formats and get new reporters involved. As it erupted during Reuters TV’s ‘piloting’ phase, it was great for our development as a team and a product. It allowed us to see what worked well and what didn’t, while also building in a process to react quickly to breaking news.
Q. Can you tell us the ways in which you were able to cover the Hong Kong protests? (more…)
Today we’re excited to announce the release of Reuters TV, a revolutionary mobile TV news service. Delivered via a beautifully designed iPhone app, Reuters TV defines a new category of TV news by offering curated but personalized coverage that is available anywhere, on-demand. Reuters TV for iPhone is exclusively available on the App Store in the US and UK.
Reuters TV is aimed at a growing segment of informed, mobile, and globally engaged consumers who value authentic video storytelling and an alternative to traditional TV news.
“The way we consume TV and hear about news has changed,” said Isaac Showman, Managing Director of Reuters TV. “Reuters TV is news for the Netflix age: it’s individually relevant, on-demand, and up-to date. It’s ideal for viewing during your daily commute.”
Designed to meet the varied demands of mobile viewers, Reuters TV offers two unique services: (more…)
By Natalia Paraeva, Lead Mobile User Experience, Thomson Reuters
Last November, I had the great privilege of attending the material design workshop run by Google at their New York office. It ran over two days and involved great conversations, an opportunity to talk to a dozen of Google designers and get all questions answered. If you’ve never heard of material design, you might find this video interesting.
Google themselves put it this way: “Material design is a cross-platform design system grounded in tactile reality, inspired by our study of paper and ink, yet open to imagination and magic.” In that video, design leads across Google discuss the key principles of material design, and set the stage for the other sessions that focused on interaction, motion and visual design.
The other companies that attended the workshop were: (more…)
Yesterday, Samsung reported its first annual earnings decline in three years, as strong chip earnings failed to make up for weaknesses. Earnings from smartphones and other mobile gadgets dropped to 1.96 trillion won, but its semiconductor division reached its highest profit in more than four years. Today features a double dose of graphics summarizing Samsung earnings, showing operating profit/loss by segment, and share price performance.