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.

Will 2017 be the year of AI, or the year of the donkey?

Will 2017 be the year of AI, or the year of the donkey?

Written by on January 4, 2017 in Guest Blog, Opinion with 0 Comments

Artificial Intelligence.  AI is likely to be the most important theme in the technology sector this year. This is because AI could become a major differentiator in determining which Digital Life services are the best and therefore preferred and paid for by consumers. AI will also underpin the autonomy of any machine be it an […]

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Android Things needs to avoid the road to hell

Android Things needs to avoid the road to hell

Written by on December 19, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Google has updated its OS for Internet of Things (IoT) with the release of a developer preview, but I fear that if the OS is released to open source, the same chaos and insecurity that hampers Android will prevent this from becoming successful. Releasing software to open […]

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Was it actually a good year for VR, or a bit patchy?

Was it actually a good year for VR, or a bit patchy?

Written by on December 14, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

VR hits a bump but AR in the enterprise fares better. It looks very much as if 2016 for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) has panned out much as I feared it would (see here) in contrast to the optimism and hype at CES 2016. The supply chain has invested heavily in production of […]

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Echo in here? Amazon and Google fight for the home

Echo in here? Amazon and Google fight for the home

Written by on December 6, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Amazon Echo opens a market for Google Home to dominate. The Amazon Echo has sold reasonably well but I think that the device is not clever enough nor integrated enough to make it a ‘must-have’ product. This leaves the goal wide open for Google Home to dominate as 60% of Amazon’s customers are already aware of […]

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Has Microsoft misjudged the work/life balance with Surface Phone?

Has Microsoft misjudged the work/life balance with Surface Phone?

Written by on December 1, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Back to front strategy of Surface Phone looks sure to fail. Mobile phones are a bit of a blank spot for Microsoft but 2017 is likely to see it give it another go despite the fact that Office 365’s success in iOS and Android have made this feat almost impossible. It has been a very long […]

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Why is Samsung buying auto components supplier Harman?

Why is Samsung buying auto components supplier Harman?

Written by on November 18, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

There are no Greeks hiding in the wooden horse of Harman. Samsung’s acquisition of Harman is about increasing its penetration of the automobile rather than offering a sneaky challenge to the car industry. Samsung has announced that it will acquire 100% of Harman International Industries for KRW9.3bn / US$8.02bn in cash with the deal expected to […]

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Will wearables end up being a ‘soon to be forgotten’ gimmick?

Will wearables end up being a ‘soon to be forgotten’ gimmick?

Written by on November 3, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Still no one knows why they should buy one.  The Apple Watch 2 has failed to revive the flagging smartwatch market in yet another sign that wearables remain a solution looking for a problem. The latest data from IDC shows that the smartwatch market (a subset of wearables) declined by 51.6% YoY in Q3 16 with […]

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Facebook has the artificial covered, the intelligence not so much

Facebook has the artificial covered, the intelligence not so much

Written by on October 26, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

AI is emerging as a major weakness for Facebook. There are signs that Facebook is really struggling with automation as it is clear that its algorithms are inferior to those used by Google, Baidu, Yandex, Microsoft, Apple and almost everybody else. This will become a major problem as I am convinced that differentiation in digital ecosystems […]

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Google aims to take complete control of Android

Google aims to take complete control of Android

Written by on October 18, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Google advances further towards full control of Android. It appears that mobile operators ranging the Pixel and Pixel XL will not be customising the devices in any meaningful way as well as relinquishing control of software updates. This will allow Google to move one step closer to full proprietary control of the software that runs its ecosystem. […]

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Facebook has another try at classifieds with Marketplace, anything changed?

Facebook has another try at classifieds with Marketplace, anything changed?

Written by on October 10, 2016 in Guest Blog with 1 Comment

Something new is needed to make this work. Facebook has decided to have another go at classifieds but the fact that it is doing nothing new means that it is very unlikely to disrupt the current status quo in classifieds. The company has re-launched a feature called Marketplace that operates almost exactly like Craigslist and so on. […]

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