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INI: 14-839: The Mobile Ecosystem: Start

This guide

gives research suggestions for Prof. Wendy Fong's class on mobile ecosystems. (Note: our academic licenses to these databases don't allow their transmission outside of CMU.)

Industry news coverage: trade publications

Below:  Industry and news articles on mobile operating systems from one of our databases. You can further limit the search in the side bar, or modify keywords. 

Company research

Research the players in the industry using the tools in our company research guide.

Market analysis: Gartner

Gartner analyst reports advise corporations on IT trends, products and services.  Simply use the search box and related keywords or company names. (Some of the reports are not in our subscription.)

Some examples (search for these by title.)

  • Hype Cycle for Mobile Device Technologies, 2014
  • Predicts 2015: Mobile and Wireless

Market analysis: Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan provides detailed analysis on all technology markets. In the search box at the top right of the screen, experiment with combinations of keywords, such as:  mobile, smartphone, tablet, devices, networks, etc. - and/or company names: Google, Apple, Samsung, etc.

Some examples (search for these by title):

  • Smartphone and Mobile OS Markets
  • Reimagining Microsoft - Making Microsoft Relevant in Mobile

Some of the reports are read-only - if you need the .pdf, I can get it for you - just email.

Market analysis: Passport GMID

Passport looks at international markets from a consumer perspective.  Has global data on company and brand shares, market size and distribution - also trend analysis. Either use guided search (Industries-Consumer Electronics-Search Tree - Portable Consumer Electronics) or search box.  

Some examples:

  • Portable Consumer Electronics - Company shares, 2008-2013
  • As Cars Increasingly Become Smartphones on Wheels, Their Makers Need to Support Both Android and iOS

Statistics: Mobile industry data

Statista aggregates market statistics from government, organization and industry sources.  Search using keywords or company names - also leads to related data. Finds individual statistics, reports, studies, and forecasts; can download in several formats.

Some examples:

Government regulation and policy