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According to ComScore Apple Maps has reached 25.6 percent smartphone app audience (38 million users) in the United States in September 2013 while Google Maps is down to 43 percent - 63.6 million users (across iOS and Android platforms) in the third quarter 2013. Comparatively, in the three months...
A University of Michigan study, commissioned by TomTom and published on Monday, has benchmarked real-time traffic systems from TomTom, Google, INRIX and Nokia HERE (on a Garmin device). The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) undertook a ‘jam hunt analysis’, using six...
Last week Nokia HERE - i.e. NAVTEQ - announced “the launch of a community mapping pilot programm in India, the first major country where HERE will combine its industrial data collection methods with a crowd mapping initiative.“ The company said they will work directly with “handpicked local experts...
HERE, the LBS business of Nokia has licensed its indoor maps to Qualcomm in order for the chipset maker to improve the accuracy of their IZat indoor location engine. Qualcomm said that it will help them “deliver more precise positioning - within 3-5 meters - to mobile devices inside buildings.“ Map...
Almost half of all smartphones sold in Europe are a Samsung according to sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ended May 2013. As a result Android market share in EU 5 (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) is up from 61.3% a year ago to 70.4%, against 17.8% for...
Google last week published a blog post indicating that its map crowdsourcing community has reached 40,000 monthly users and is now opened in the United Kingdom. As this community grows one could really wonder what is the incentive for people to dedicate free labor to Google? It might be that some...
Last week the U.S. patent and Trademark Office awarded Google a new patent that uses a phone’s GPS location and related server-based weather data to determine an ambient lighting value used for adjusting camera settings. The parameters could include cloudiness, temperature and moisture indicators,...
Neustar Localeze and 15miles, helped by Comscore have published today the Sixth Annual comScore Local Search Usage Study that gives a wealth of details about the state of the customer usage in terms of local search. It also shows the winners and losers in this market. It is very interesting to see...
According to the Wall Street Journal, later confirmed by Apple itself, indoor location technology start-up WIFISLAM has been acquired by the Cupertino company. The price of the transaction is rumored to be in the range of $20 million. WIFISLAM was created in December 2010 and its technology first...
Russian web giant Yandex has see a continuous growth of their map services in Turkey. According to comScore, Yandex.Maps (or Yandex.Haritalar in Turkish) web service has been visited by more than 1.6 million unique users in January 2013 - as an element of compaison, Turkey had 19 million unique web...
Google last week announced an expansion of Street View, its comprehensive street-level panoramic imagery programme available on Google Maps, with the addition of Bulgaria and many cities in Russia. While Google announces month after month more international coverage for StreetView, one could wonder...
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen yesterday announced a $7 million multistate settlement with Google over its unauthorized collection of data from unsecured wireless networks in the United States through Google’s Street View vehicles. “While the $7 million is significant, the importance of...
The Mobile World Congress came to an end on Thursday night last week, with a record breaking attendance of 72,000 mobile market professionals, 1,700 exhibiting companies and 94,000 net square meter of exhibition space. Attendees have also measured the pros and cons of the new trade show location,...
A persisting rumor in the LBS industry is the “possible“ acquisition of TomTom by Apple as if the ownership of map data would represent a competitive advantage per se. In the following article we comprehensively investigate the map data business and how map data ownership did not bring a competitive advantage to TomTom and Nokia in the last five years.
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