Mobile Minutes: Samsung, mobile payment fraud, Google Play Music, smartphone leadership
By Staff reports
November 18, 2013
Samsung “planning three-sided smartphone screen”
Good things come in threes – Samsung is planning to launch a three-sided smartphone display next year with a screen that wraps around the handset’s edges, according to a report, per CNBC.
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The price of mobile payments fraud
It’s a revolution that’s been long in coming — the mobile payments market. Mobile commerce has been steadily growing and is expected to continue at an even quicker pace in the coming years. Technology research group Gartner projects that over the next four years the mobile payments industry will experience an average annual growth of 35 percent, creating a market of more than 450 million users worth $721 billion by 2017. The North American market alone is forecast to grow 53 percent in 2013, reaching $37 billion, up from $24 billion in 2012, according to the Huffington Post.
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Google Play Music app arrives on iPhone, but won’t let you buy songs
Six months after its subscription music service came to Android and the web, Google is bringing its take on unlimited streaming to the iPhone. Google Play Music arrives in the App Store this morning with most of the features that its Android counterpart does, done up in a style that feels native to iOS while remaining familiar to anyone who has used the service on another platform. And while much of what the app offers on iOS has been available on Spotify and Rdio for years, Google has invested enough in helping users discover new music to make their version worth a look, The Verge reports.
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Will 2014 bringa challenge to smartphone leadership?
Jolla, the Finnish smartphone maker with its own mobile OS Sailfish (based on Nokias old MeeGo OS) will launch its first phone on November 27th. The company has an interesting business model at one stage claiming a smartphone company could function with only 200 employees. Meanwhile TIZEN, the html 5 OS for smartphones, backed by Intel and Samsung, reached a new milestone this week, adding 36 new members including eBay and Nokias HERE mapping service (thats one part of the Nokia enterprise that wont go to Microsoft). Will either make a dent in the iOS, Android duopoly? Will 2014 Bring A Challenge To Smartphone Leadership?, Forbes asks.
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