Richard Windsor

Richard Windsor

Dr Richard Windsor is the founder of Radio Free Mobile which is an independent research provider. The research helps clients to understand and evaluate the players in the digital ecosystem and presents a unique perspective on how all the pieces fit together in an easy to read and digest way. The product is available on a subscription basis and counts members of the handset, telecom carrier, Internet, semiconductor and financial industries as its subscribers. RFM is the land of the one man band meaning that Dr. W. also makes the tea.

VR and AR still a long, long way from being properly ready

VR and AR still a long, long way from being properly ready

Written by on October 16, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Facebook has launched a wireless VR headset that appears to be very similar to Oculus Gear which addresses a gap in its portfolio but does nothing to alleviate the issues that keep VR a niche segment. At the same time Apple has admitted that real AR is years away, explaining its (and almost everyone else’s) […]

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Amazon and Microsoft dating or just flirting – what’s the attraction?

Amazon and Microsoft dating or just flirting – what’s the attraction?

Written by on October 9, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Amazon looks to be the main beneficiary of the co-operation between Amazon and Microsoft which will see Alexa offer access to Cortana and vice-a-versa. Amazon and Microsoft are working on a co-operation where Windows 10 users will be able to get Cortana to open Alexa and perform its range of functions. Users of Amazon Echo products […]

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Is the iPhone X and Face ID enough to put Apple back on top?

Is the iPhone X and Face ID enough to put Apple back on top?

Written by on October 2, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Face ID will make or break this device. I have long believed that this year’s iPhone offerings will not trigger a super cycle of replacement but with a lukewarm reception for the iPhone 8 is likely to mean that it is up to the iPhone X to drive Apple’s bottom line beyond expectations. When I look […]

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It seems that even Oculus does not believe the VR hype

It seems that even Oculus does not believe the VR hype

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Even Oculus doesn’t believe the hype. Oculus has sent the surest signal yet that all is not well with virtual reality (VR) in a move that can only be interpreted as an admission that VR is far from being able to live up to the expectations that have been set for it. Oculus has updated its […]

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Amazon ups the ante in the land grab for the home

Amazon ups the ante in the land grab for the home

Written by on September 22, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Amazon increases its aggressive land grab. Not content to sit on 70% market share, Amazon is aggressively compensating for the lack of Alexa on smartphones by effectively giving the devices away and pushing e-commerce as hard as it can. A land grab strategy makes complete sense because the more Amazon can drive Alexa usage, the more […]

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EVs could trigger huge disruption in the car industry

EVs could trigger huge disruption in the car industry

Written by on September 18, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

EVs could trigger a huge decline in vehicle demand. Vehicle makers are queuing up to announce their commitment to electric vehicles (EVs) but at the same they may be cheering for their own demise. Volvo began it by committing to an EV line-up in 2019 followed by Chinese plans to ban all sales of fossil fuel […]

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Huawei needs its own algorithms to succeed in AI

Huawei needs its own algorithms to succeed in AI

Written by on September 11, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Huawei abandoned its habit of launching a new phone at IFA 2017 and instead focused on a new chipset called the Kirin 970 that promises all usual the bells and whistles as well as artificial intelligence. Huawei made some bold claims regarding its hardware performance as well as power efficiency thanks to its 10nm geometry […]

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Siri moves into the heart of the machine – for better or worse?

Siri moves into the heart of the machine – for better or worse?

Written by on September 6, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

There are very good reasons to launch SiriKit. Apple has made some changes to executive responsibility for Siri that I see as a sign that things are not going very well and that changes are required. Given Siri’s weakness, I don’t see much downside for Apple in allowing third parties to implement the digital assistant in […]

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Indian e-commerce: Amazon is now the hot favourite

Indian e-commerce: Amazon is now the hot favourite

Written by on August 8, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The only likely winner in India is now Amazon. Snapdeal has ended merger discussions with Flipkart in a move that, I think, snuffs out the one chance the local players had to keep Amazon at bay. At the same time Softbank is now looking at committing $1.5bn – $2bn into Flipkart in a move that I […]

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Facebook’s new smart speaker is actually pretty dumb

Facebook’s new smart speaker is actually pretty dumb

Written by on July 31, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Another smart speaker that badly needs a brain. It looks like Facebook is joining the ever more crowded smart speaker bandwagon, but without a decent brain inside the box, it may as well be a paperweight. One possibility is for the device to use Cortana as it comes from one of the few companies that doe […]

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