State Farm announces new telematics service

On Thursday insurance company State Farm (Bloomington, Ill., U.S.A.) and telematics company Hughes Telematics Inc. (Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A.) announced a joint venture to bring safety and diagnostic features to all State Farm policyholders.

In-Drive, a service customized by Hughes Telematics, includes such features as one-touch emergency response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle location assistance and vehicle diagnostic alerts and maintenance reminders. The service also includes a website and smartphone app for remote and mobile access, according to State Farm.

Connected Car Systems to reach 189 million by 2016

According to ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.), a marketing research firm, the installed base of embedded OEMs and Aftermarket connected car systems is expected to grow from 41 million at the end of 2011 to 189 million by 2016.

UPS cut fuel consumption 3.3% using M2M technology

Package delivery company UPS (Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A.), on Thursday released the latest edition of its annual Sustainability Report, which said the company had reduced the amount of fuel consumed per package in the United States by 3.3%. The company attributed the improvement to telematics, routing technology and loading optimization.

According to UPS, Telematics supplied the company with data on how each vehicle performed mechanically, as well as on a driver’s route and behavior behind the wheel. According to the report, telematics saved 15.4 million minutes of engine idling time in 2010.

Android has almost 50% of smartphone market

Reuters

Google's (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) Android platform has taken almost 50% of the global smartphone market, dominating in the Asia-Pacific region, research firm Canalys (Reading, Singapore) said on Monday.

Android, which Google acquired in 2005 and launched on phones in 2008, is used by almost all the major phone makers including HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung. It was the number one platform in 35 of the 56 countries, resulting in a market share of 48%, the research firm said.

Most consumers know little about smart grid technology

According to a recent study by research and consulting firm, Market Strategies International (Livonia, Mich., U.S.A.), as the quantity and availability of smart grid and smart meter news and information continues to increase, customer support is rising, while awareness still remains low.

InterDigital files Nokia, Huawei, ZTE complaint

Reuters

Last Tuesday InterDigital Inc (King of Prussia, Penn., U.S.A.), a wireless technology manufacturer, filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against Nokia Corp, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp accusing the cellphone makers of infringing seven InterDigital technology patents.

The wireless technology patent holder, which is considering selling itself, said it has asked the ITC to bar these companies from U.S. sales of any infringing products, including phones or tablet computers.

Nokia slips from 1 to 3 in smartphone sales

Reuters

Apple (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) and Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea) ended Nokia's (Espoo, Finland) 15-year reign as the top seller of smartphones in the second quarter, researchers said on Friday.

Nokia has dominated the smartphone market ever since its 1996 launch of the Communicator model, but competition from Apple and Samsung, as well as a slump in its own sales sent it from first to third place in second quarter.

Sprint Nextel, LightSquared enter 15-year agreement for spectrum hosting

LightSquared (Reston, Va., U.S.A.), a wholesale-only integrated 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite network, and mobile operator Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) announced on Thursday they have entered into a 15-year agreement that includes spectrum hosting and network services, 4G wholesale, and 3G roaming.

France Telecom seeks to sell Swiss business

Reuters

Mobile operator France Telecom (Paris, France) is putting its Swiss, Austrian and Portuguese units up for sale, which analysts say could raise as much as $2.9 billion. The announcement came as France Telecom announced second-quarter results just short of analysts' forecasts but stuck to its full-year targets.

AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone report Q2 financial results

Telecom operators have begun to announce results for the second quarter of 2011. Earnings varied in the second quarter of 2011, but many European telecom companies are predicted to struggle due to weaker markets. In the U.S., both Verizon and AT&T performed better than expected, but Verizon fell short on iPhone sales, lagging behind AT&T.

Vodafone

Vodafone Group PLC (London, England), who was predicted to outperform other European telecom providers, reported a Q2 data revenue growth of 24.5% year-on-year, to $2.1 billion in 2Q11.

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