Following Microsoft’s exit from the mobile OS market, Google and Apple are clearly dominating this space but for how long?
We have seen various attempts to break this duopole already: Tyzen, Salefish, Ubuntu – to name just a few. All of these attempts failed. However, it may be possible that Huawei or Tencent will change this. Tencent owns WeChat, a Chinese analogue of Telegram and Whatsapp and the company is now expanding to Russia.
WeChat in China has many features unknown to users outside of China. For example, while in Europe operators, Apple and Google are making first steps in the mobile payment systems, WeChat in China has had this feature for a number of years now. WeChat also features many other OS functions and, as announced last year, Tencent plans to expand these even more, which could be a concern for Facebook and Google. Essentially, WeChat could substitute Android by taking over all of its functions and apps. So this makes WeChat nearly an OS but Tencent is missing the hardware platform.
Now to Huawei. In recent years Huawei became a globally recognised Smartphone vendor. The key feature is Kirin – Huawei’s own processor. The only missing jigsaw piece is the OS. With nearly 2 billion users alone in China, Huawei can afford to have its own operating system. Add to this the fact that Google Store doesn’t work in China which makes for a unique experience of managing apps without Google.
Finally, Tencent and Huawei could join forces to enter the mobile OS battle. And if they do – we will be monitoring this space closely.
At CONTEXT we’ve seen consumer awareness of smart home products across Europe slowly start to take off over the past 18 months. That’s why the launch into the market of Wi-Fi Mesh systems last year seemed like a smart move, designed as they are to enhance Wi-Fi coverage for internet-connected gadgets around the home.
However, this hasn’t quite proven to be the case. It’s not the consumer but the corporate space which appears to be showing most interest. Continue reading
There’s a certain amount of buzz around 3D printers again at the moment, and with some justification. The global market reached $5.6bn in 2017, an increase of 16% from the previous year with the market now seeing household company names like HP and GE driving sales, competition and innovation. But what is the next major step for this technology and for its paradigm-changing potential? Is the much-touted move into mass production a reality yet, or is it a classic example of hype and speculation masking reality? Continue reading
Distribution is dead? The provocative catch phrase spoken by CEO of the GTDC – Tim Curran in his opening speech at the recent inaugural GTDC APAC meeting in Singapore.
It was clear by the end of Tim’s presentation that the state of distribution is quite the contrary and that distribution is thriving more than ever before. He spoke of the continued acceleration in the advancement of technology, the shift towards Cloud and the as-a-service model bringing with it annuity income and a host of different opportunities; that value-added services now define distribution and simple box moving is not enough anymore. It was like a group of paparazzi had descended on the room when Tim presented his slide on over 42 value added services that distributors can and should have in their repertoire.
The event was attended by senior executives from major regional distributors including: SiS, Innovix, Ingram Micro, Westcon-Comstor, TechData, Arrow ECS, Synnex & Compuage Infocom with many of the top Vendor brands present there too. There was no shortage of discussions, interest and a willingness to learn and share information and experiences.
I think that most attending would agree that the panel discussion hosted by Peter van den Berg (GM GTDC EMEA & APAC) was a highlight, senior executives from Compuage Infocom, Huawei, Ingram Micro, Red Hat and Westcon-Comstor commented on the most common misunderstandings between distributors and vendors and how to minimize pain points.
The group’s agreement covered the following important points:
- The Enterprise space is growing at a rapid rate and vendors are asking distribution to do more,
- End point device distribution is still important but more so the pre-sales, post-sales and training offerings provided,
- The 2-tier distribution model is under immense pressure and traditional IT resellers need to adapt to survive – therefore enablement & training is key whilst also looking to new partners and how to better serve them.
It was the first GTDC APAC summit – CONTEXT is proud to have been associated with the event, and we look forward to many more, and to the growth of the GTDC presence in this region.
Recent months have seen technology and consumer goods retail under pressure. In the last 12 months the stock market valuation of Dixons Carphone is down by 43%, Carrefour by 25%, Maplin is in administration, the combined valuation of Ceconomy and Metro AG is below its equivalent last year, whilst Amazon’s value has shot up by a staggering 84%, borne up by the bull market but once again benefiting from the high valuation accorded to successful ecommerce companies. The stock market is saying simply – this is where the future lies. Continue reading
As part of a series of Prediction blogs for 2018, we interviewed Tim Curran, CEO of the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) on his views of what this year might bring for the channel.
The pace of technology industry change continues to accelerate – and with it comes unprecedented opportunity as well as significant potential for disconnects and dislocation. Continue reading
By Chris Petersen and Adam Simon
One of the most impressive speakers at the recent Gitex Conference on Digital Marketing, was Christian Eid, the VP of Marketing at Careem, the start-up which has shaken up the Middle East with its model-busting alternative to Uber. Above all, he stated, you have to know what your purpose is. How important is this for strategic collaboration? Continue reading