Review: Social Media Week Held In Lagos

social mediaThe Social Media Week is an event that brings together top leaders, key stakeholders and the public to explore different pertinent issues with social, cultural and economic impact on social media.

The event is held every February and September in more than 20 cities in the world.

More than 25,000 people over the course of five days were hosted at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island Lagos.

The African continent is now seen synonymous to a mobile continent as a result of the rapid increase in the use of mobile devices and mobile phones have been key to economic development in the last five years.

However, according to research African mobile phone internet is set to increase to 20 folds in the next five years.

Tech Trends looks at some of the sessions that were held at the Social Media Week in Lagos.

Channels TV Mobile App Ranks First In Nigeria

Channels Television’s online platform has once again blazed the trail as its mobile phone application on the Apple and Google Play stores tops the chart of the most downloaded free applications in Nigeria.
Channels Tv’s application is ranked above social media giants Whatsapp, Instagram, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Plus and Skype.
Cable News Network (CNN) ranks 23rd on the ranking while the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) comes in at 173rd position.  Sports news agency Super Sport ranks 117th.
While in the world rankings, Channels TV mobile application is ranked 1st in Africa and 16th in the world.
The App is the most downloaded App in Nigeria ahead of CNN, BBC and Super Sport.

Samsung ships a whooping 157million smartphones ahead of Apple in Q3

Samsung increased its lead in terms of smartphone shipments as estimate shows that the total number of smartphone shipments exceeded 157 million in Q3 2012. The Korean company shipped a record 56.3 million which was almost double the number of iPhones shipped by Apple (26.9 million). The Galaxy S III played a key role for Samsung with estimated sales of 18 million in the third quarter. Things are getting so dire for RIM and Nokia that ZTE has got ahead of them. LG did well amongst the Tier 2 players compared to rivals like Huawei, Motorola and HTC.

Nokia’s insistence on failing to ship an Android based handset and stick to its Windows Phone (W7 Mango) devices meant sales fell a whacking 63 per cent compared to Q3 2011.

The Finnish company shipped just 6.3 million smart devices in the third quarter. Though there’s hope for Nokia as the Xmas season always see strong sales growth for everyone.

In its report, ‘Smartphone Evolution Strategies: Premium, Standard & Economy Markets 2011-2016′, Juniper says, “Samsung has been highly effective in leveraging its global brand strength and the popularity of the Android OS to drive sales of smartphones in all price tiers.”

With Windows Phone 8 devices due to become commercially available shortly plus the fact that in the UK, for example, its offers handsets to run on EE’s 4G LTE network.

No such luck for RIM which unbelievably won’t actually ship a BlackBerry 10 smartphone until Q1 2013 – just when everybody has bought a new phone.

At least the Canadian firm managed 7.7 million quarterly smartphone shipments, so it piped Nokia.

Given RIM’s emphasis on the business sector missing Xmas may not harm its Q4 sales as much as expected.

Even LG sold more smartphones than Nokia as it posted a 24 per cent quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) growth to a record 7 million smartphone shipments.

ZTE shipped almost 20 million smartphones over the first three quarters with third quarter sales exceeding both Nokia and RIM.

The phenomenal success for Samsung has been the Galaxy S III which is, of course, an Android based device.

Apple vs Samsung patent trial:Judge bans Samsung designer from testifying

Hyong Shin Park a Samsung Electronics company designer and one of the inventors of Samsung’s F700 phone has been barred by a federal judge from testifying in the on-going multibillion- dollar patent trial between Apple and Samsung over mobile devices.

The U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in federal court in San Jose, California stated that the designer cannot testify in Apple/Samsung patent trial as she didn’t design any of the devices at issue in the case and her testimony is of limited value in evaluating Apple’s design patents in suit and Samsung sought to use Park’s testimony to establish functionality of the F700 design and to rebut allegations of copying or wilfulness, Koh said in her ruling..

Judge Lucy also added that “The risk of undue prejudice to Apple outweighs the probative value of Ms. Park’s testimony,”

The first of this kind of trial placed before a U.S. jury between U.S. Company Apple Inc. suing South Korea based electronic company Samsung in battle of dominance in the smartphone market in over four continents which has been valued at $219.1 billion according business website Bloomberg.