Welcome to my World!

I've been working with mobile phones for the last 15 years and... I'm still loving it! Since I began working in the telecom industry in Japan in 1998, I decided that my career would be working with these little gadgets! Well, I love gadgets, what can I say?! Confucius once said “choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

As  European research director for IDC in London, part of my job is to follow the latest trends on handsets, operating systems and mobile business opportunities in Europe. Advising and working closely with operators, manufacturers, investment banks and press make my days exciting!

This site is my professional door to all those persons with similar interests and a small window to my personal adventures around the world. Feel free to get in touch at any time to chat about the latest gadgets or simply about the latest trip. I'll be glad to share ideas!

And never forget... life is all about joy! Live it! Enjoy it! Love it!

Francisco Jeronimo


Yesterday

I have a master degree in business management from the Oporto University in Portugal, where I'm from, and I alsp have a postgraduate in sales management from Lisbon University.

During my academic studies I participated in different entrepreneurial projects. Among them was the AIESEC membership, which gave me my first opportunity to participate in international projects. Later I launched a consulting and market research junior company, FEP Junior Consulting (www.fjc.pt). As vice-president and founder I was involved in a very innovative project and remains one of the most successful junior enterprises in Portugal, today.

I then moved to Vaasa, Finland as an Erasmus student, where I finished my master's degree and started a master of science in international finance.

After completing my studies, I began my career in Telecommunications at Nokia in Tokyo, Japan in 1999. At Nokia I was given the responsability of implemening tools to improve communication between R&D centres around the world and to develop Nokia's intranet amongst the different business units in Japan.

Two and half years later I returned to Portugal and continued my career in sales and marketing selling web applications and software solutions for the pharmaceutical and banking industries.

Although the time to launch my own projects had arrived. My experience and IT background were key to launch a mobile software development company to develop solutions for small and medium enterprises in Portugal. At the same time I invested and developed a different project, an arts management company, being the commercial director and business partner.

From 2004 to 2007, I was the distribution channel manager for TLCI, one of the biggest mobile telecommunications wholesalers in Portugal, where I managed an independent retailer's network of 300+ nationwide mobile phone stores.

In 2007 I accepted a new challenge with LG, to develop their mobile phone business with Vodafone and to manage the biggest national telecom retailers such as Phone House, Ensitel, Worten and Fnac.

In June 2008, I moved to IDC, a worldwide leading market intelligence firm as Europen research manager for mobile devices. I'm primarily responsible for research that covers mobile handset trends across Europe and I'm also responsible for the IDC European Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker service.

During all these years I've travelled around the world to explore my passion for photography, scuba diving and new cultures.

Today

I moved to London in June 2008 where I have been living since, working for IDC.

As the European mobile devices research director I'm primarily responsible for the research that covers the mobile phones trends across Europe. I'm also the program manager for the IDC European Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker in Western Europe, monitoring market and mobile phone vendor performances in 16 countries. Additionally I analyse and forecast the European mobile phone market and publish reports on the major industry trends in the region. To find my latest research reports click here.

Due the nature of my role at a IDC, a premier global provider of IT and Telecom market intelligence, I'm frequently requested by the press to comment on the major industry announcements and the impact on the mobile phones industry. In this site you will be able to find some of my comments to some of the major media channels as Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Reuters, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC, CNET, along with European press. I'm also invited as a keynote speaker at some conferences and events.

During my free time I continue travelling. Always with my camera! Nowadays part of my trips are business related, but I always get the hands on the camera and take some days off to explore new places. Whether travelling for business or leisure, I'm always on the move.

Tomorrow

Given that part of my job is to forecast the mobile phone market, I should be able to "forecast" my career too! To build my forecasts I have a model. I take in account historical data, the present trends and I try to understand how the seeds of today will grow over the upcoming years.

Well, things are a bit different when I look at my "tomorrow". I never start from the present or the past, but from the target I want to achieve in the future. My experiences, my beliefs, my studies and my achievements are not only my "historical data", but what drives me towards the future.

When defining my professional targets I always make sure they fulfill what Confucius once said "choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life"!

I have been working in the telecom industry for 15 years in numerous countries such as Japan, Finland, and Portugal. Before joining IDC, I was responsible for the mobile device business for Vodafone and LG in Portugal. I also worked with a number of major mobile operators and managed the distribution channel of the second-biggest wholesaler in the country. I have also launched a mobile software development company and undertook project management and consultancy on mobility for several companies in different industries. Before that, in 1998, I worked for Nokia R&D Center in Japan and then in Finland. I have a master's degree in management from Oporto University in Portugal and am a postgraduate in sales management from Lisbon University majoring in telecoms. I am fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Professional Experience

 
January 2013 - Present
(London, U.K.)
 IDC

Research Director
European Consumer Wireless and Mobile Communications
IDC EMEA

June 2008 - December 2012
(London, U.K.)
 IDC

Research Manager
European Mobile Devices

Mar 2007 - May 2008
(Lisbon, Portugal)
 LG Electronics

Key Account Manager
Mobile Telecommunications

March 2004 – March 2007
(Braga, Portugal)
 TLCI

Distribution Channel Manager

Jan 2002 - March 2004
(Porto, Portugal)
 MENTEKULTA

Sales Manager and Business Partner

Jan 2002 - June 2003
(Lisbon, Portugal)
 ITEV

Business Consultant and Business Partner

July 2001 - January 2002
(Lisbon, Portugal)
 Hiperbit

Key Account Manager

April 2001 - July 2001
(Porto, Portugal)
 SEARA.com

Account Manager

Sep 2000 - Jan 2001
(Helsinki, Finland)
 NOKIA

Communications and & Information Sharing Coordinator

Sep 1999 - Sep 2000
(Tokyo, Japan)
 NOKIA Japan

Communications and & Information Sharing Coordinator

May 1997 - Sep 1998
(Porto, Portugal)
 FEP Junior Consulting (FJC)

Vice-President and Founder

 
Education and Qualifications

 
June 2007 Pos-Graduate in Sales Management

ISCTE, Lisbon University, Portugal

1998 - 2000 Vaasa University, Finland

1999/2000 - Master of Science, International Program in Finance (not concluded)

1998/1999 - Erasmus Student

1993 - 1998 Degree in Business Management

Faculty of Economics, Oporto University, Portugal

 
Additional Qualifications & Certifications

 
Sep 2004 – Nov 2004 JEEP Program

Program for Young Enterpeurners of High Potential

Feb 2003 – May 2003 AIP

Certified Professional Trainer

May 2012 Chartered Management Institute

Member

 
Academic Projects and Activities

 
April 1998 – May 1998 Central European Market Analysis

Project Manager

May 1997 – Sep 1998 FEP Junior Consulting

Vice-President and Founder


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Amazon launches new £50 and £80 Fire tablets with Alexa digital assistant
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, research director of European mobile devices for IDC said: “Price is key in the low-end market, but consumers prefer to buy from a known brand than from unknown Chinese manufacturers. Amazon’s brand coupled with the selling power of having the world’s largest online channel gives it a big advantage.

 

“At the same time, while some things costing £50 are considered disposable, gadgets such as tablets are not, and so Amazon providing pretty good customer service makes them ideal for what many people want to do with a tablet.”

17/05/2017

 
A nova estrela (chinesa) dos telemóveis
Expresso

"A Huawei é atualmente a estrela do mercado português. Está a beneficiar do facto de ter conseguido melhorar nos últimos anos a sua imagem junto dos consumidores e por ter apostado numa competitiva relação qualidade/preço", observa Francisco Jerónimo, admitindo que a marca chinese está bem lançada para se tornar líder de vendas no mercado português, tal como já acontece noutros países."

06/05/2017

 
Realidade aumentada é “a próxima tecnologia disruptiva”
Computerworld

Os testes, projectos-pilotos e até alguns projectos estão em curso, diz o analista da IDC, Francisco Jerónimo. As empresas estão a identificar oportunidades, possíveis ganhos de eficiência ou de aumento de segurança.

 

02/05/2017

 
Apple pledges to make products like the iPhone from only recycled material and end mining
CNBC

"A totally recycled smartphone will help Apple to increase loyalty among eco-friendly consumers and eventually reduce their production costs by using some of the components from older phones," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC by email.

20/04/2017

 
Apple Promises to Make iPhones From Only Green Materials and Stop Mining. Soon
Fortune

"A totally recycled smartphone will help Apple to increase loyalty among eco-friendly consumers and eventually reduce their production costs by using some of the components from older phones," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, first told CNBC.

20/04/2017

 
The Samsung Galaxy S8 voice assistant Bixby won't recognise British accents when the phones launch in the UK
Business Insider

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo was given a "controlled demo" of Bixby on Tuesday. According to Samsung, he said, British English would be "available later this year," but could only recognise American English and Korean for now. "All those details aren't clear, and whether you can activate Bixby by calling it isn't totally clear," he said.

30/03/2017

 
Samsung launches the Galaxy S8 with its own Apple Siri rival called Bixby
CNBC

"Voice is the easiest way to interact with the phone, you can just ask, and you don't need to go through apps. Those who are able to provide the best experience will win this game," Francisco Jeronimo, research director of mobile devices for Europe at IDC, told CNBC by phone.

"If you are engaged, and used to use something like Siri and it gives you a good experience, you will buy an iPhone. If Bixby is better than Siri there is more chance for Samsung to sell more phones."

Jeronimo also called Bixby the "most important announcement" in Samsung's history.

29/03/2017

 
Samsung goes after Google, Apple, Amazon and your home with new voice assistant Bixby
CNBC

They are in a much better position than Apple, as Apple does not manufacture appliances. When it comes to connecting to other products, Samsung can start developing the roadmap of this category in line with the phone and Bixby," Francisco Jeronimo, research director of mobile devices for Europe at IDC, told CNBC by phone.

"That is an ecosystem no other company in the world is as well-positioned as Samsung to lead."

29/03/2017

 
Samsung Galaxy S8 hides home button and gains Bixby AI
BBC

"If what Samsung demoed works well in practice, Bixby will be interesting because it offers features absent from Siri and Google Assistant," commented Francisco Jeronimo from IDC.

"The race is on to have the best digital assistant, since that will drive hardware sales.

"But in the past, some of Samsung's features have looked great in presentations, but when you use them on a daily basis they have not been as good."

29/03/2017

 
Swatch to launch Swiss smartwatch operating system by 2018
Reuters

"If Swatch was able to offer people something unique it might be able to break into the market, Francisco Jeronimo at IDC said, adding that this was "a gigantic task".

However, users had not yet locked in to a specific interface in what is a still new segment, therefore offering an opportunity for Swatch, Jeronimo said."

16/03/2017

 
Tomorrow’s Tech: MWC 2017 - Part One
Reuters TV

(Video)
MWC preview at minute 2 and minute 6

09/03/2017

 
Color fluorescente, aspecto retro y nuevos materiales: así son los teléfonos de 2017
El Pais

(Spanish)

Es un producto que, aunque haya cautivado en Barcelona a los asistentes al Mobile World Congress (MWC) y a la prensa especializada, está destinado a los mercados en desarrollo, donde detalles como el color de la carcasa pueden marcar la diferencia. "Son colores muy llamativos y populares en los países en vías de desarrollo", dice Francisco Jerónimo, director de investigación del mercado móvil europeo en la International Data Corporation (IDC).

"Además, históricamente, Nokia siempre ha gozado de un gran éxito con esta estrategia, ofreciendo infinidad de diseños y colores que no se podían encontrar en otras marcas”.

03/03/2017

 
The sad truth about the excitement over the Nokia 3310
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at research firm IDC, said: “We’ve got to a point where improving phones by creating megapixel increases in the camera or improvements in the screen is a lot harder than it was five years ago.”

Jeronimo explains: “We’ve got to such quality in the devices that we’ve started hitting the physical limits, which means most of the innovation going forwards is likely to be in software, voice, your interaction with the phone and its services, to make the smartphone much smarter than it is today.”

01/03/2017

 
Wearables take a backseat as tech giants focus on virtual reality, AI
CNBC

"The biggest problem is that everyone had high expectations for wearables, they thought smartphones are declining and wearables were the next big thing. But the lack of a very strong value proposition has been the biggest hindrance for wearables," Francisco Jeronimo, research director of European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC by phone on Monday.

01/03/2017

 
MWC 2017: Sony launches slow-mo Xperia XZ Premium phone
BBC

"Despite this being one of the best devices at MWC, I don't see it changing Sony's fortunes," commented Francisco Jeronimo, from the market research firm IDC.

"If you go through Sony's financial statements you can see it now makes more money from selling phone cameras to its competitors than selling its own smartphones, which is quite remarkable

"So, its phones are a way to show off its capabilities, and the new camera is outstanding - not just the slow-mo but also the picture quality."

Sony shipped about half as many smartphones in 2016 as the previous year and has about 1% share of the market, according to IDC, putting it in 17th place.

27/02/2017

 
Is the world big enough for Huawei?
Fortune

“It was remarkable,” says IDC researcher ­Francisco Jeronimo, who flew from London this winter to see for himself. “Their devices were everywhere.

”That’s where Huawei’s breadth gives it a major edge in the smartphone market today, says Jero­nimo, the IDC research director, who previously worked at Korean conglomerate LG selling its smartphones to Vodafone. Huawei offers carriers vouchers worth a percentage of their spending on network equipment, which they can use either for network services or smartphones from Huawei, Jeronimo has confirmed with at least one European wireless operator.

 “If you don’t buy the Huawei network, you pay a certain price,” Jeronimo says. “If you do buy a Huawei network, then you get a better price.” If a carrier uses the discount on Huawei phones, the savings can be several percentage points of the total cost, or millions of dollars. “In the end it’s a very strong incentive for carriers to buy Huawei devices,” Jeronimo says. Since they make a bigger profit when they sell or lease them to consumers, and since Huawei’s phone quality has improved, those phones get better marketing placement.

01/02/2017

 
Samsung brand is more resilient than most thought: IDC
CNBC

(Video)

Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, talks about the broad range of products Samsung offers, with comment on results and the Galaxy...

24/01/2017

 
LG G6 leak shows smartphone with a screen that takes up nearly 90 percent of the device
CNBC

"Even if this is one of the best devices at MWC, I don't see it changing the fortunes for LG," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC by phone.

"What's been difficult for LG is growing the brand awareness that drives the demand from consumers."

24/01/2017

 
HTC phones tell users to wrap up warm
BBC

"The growth of the Chinese vendors has been very challenging for HTC," said IDC's Francisco Jeronimo.

"But without having their own branded phones it would be more difficult for them to go to Google and other firms and say, 'This is what we can do.'

So, for the moment they will keep the business running.

But it's another question as to whether it will still be in operation by this time next year. That depends on it increasing sales and making a profit, because at the moment it isn't."

 

12/01/2017

 
Xiaomi chief says mobile phone firm grew too quickly
BBC

Francisco Jeronimo, a research director at IDC, told the BBC: "Chinese phone makers are all facing the same problems.

"The overall smartphone market globally is very tough and not growing, so what they need to do is attract clients away from other brands.

"But they are not that well known, especially outside China, which makes it hard to compete against the likes of Apple and Samsung."

12/01/2017

 
Diez años del iPhone, el móvil que nació con el objetivo de “hacer historia”
EFE

(in Spanish)

“Revolucionó la manera en la que interactuamos con la información, en la que internet funciona en un teléfono móvil. Eso fue lo que consiguió el iPhone: llevar un pequeño ordenador personal a todo el mundo, un terminal que permitía estar siempre conectado a distintos servicios y a todo tipo de información en línea”, cuenta a Efe el analista de la consultora IDC Francisco Jerónimo

09/01/2017

 
Apple's iPhone turns 10
CNBC

"The touch screen, despite not being the first phone to have one, completely changed the way we interact with devices," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC in a phone interview

09/01/2017

 
Sinking like a Pebble: is the Fitbit buyout a sign the wearables market is doomed?
Wired

“The reason why [Pebble] didn’t manage to succeed was because of smartwatches in general,” Francisco Jeronimo, research director at European Mobile Devices IDC EMEA, told WIRED. “In general, devices that run high-level operating systems to allow smart applications to be installed are not very successful.

“Look at what’s happening; even with Apple, which fell and declined and has been declining over the past two-quarters. It’s the same with other vendors like Samsung.”

08/12/2016

 
Improving Smartphone Durability by Reducing the Impact of Liquid Damages (Part II)
IDC

Blogspot

06/12/2016

 
A Problem with Mobile Phones That Is No Longer Acceptable (Part I)
IDC

Blogspot

05/12/2016

 
How “synths” and smartphones will affect our lives
Raconteur

Francisco Jeronimo, research director of European mobile devices at technology analysts IDC, says: “There is a shift in the way we interact with information. We used to interact with information via the keyboard and mouse, and then via touchscreen, but now we are starting to do so with voice.”

29/11/2016

 
Lisboa tecnológica veio para ficar Ler mais em: http://www.cmjornal.pt/mais-cm/domingo/detalhe/lisboa-tecnologica-veio-para-ficar
Correio Da Manha

(in Portuguese)

As estrelas tecnológicas da cimeira "presentes nos showrooms das empresas e nas conferências são a realidade virtual e a realidade aumentada. A inteligência artificial pode vir a aumentar o PIB mundial em cerca de 40%", conta Francisco Jerónimo, da IDC em Londres, uma empresa de análise de mercado, que está habituado a grandes encontros tecnológicos. O analista garante que vai haver "um Portugal depois de este evento, porque muitos investidores vão olhar para Lisboa como uma plataforma empresarial na Europa, em vez de cidades mais caras e com climas menos atraentes". A realização da Web Summit em Lisboa é "uma das maiores conquistas dos últimos anos por trazer para cá a nata mundial das startups fazendo com que a capital possa vir a ser o próximo ‘Silicon Valley’ da Europa", conclui o especialista aludindo ao centro de inovação americano, onde estão a Google, o Facebook e a Apple.

 

13/11/2016

 
China’s Huawei Technologies Aims Big in Smartphone Market
The Wall Street Journal

While Huawei is still perceived primarily as a value-for-money option rather than a premium brand, European consumers are increasingly being drawn to Huawei’s improved handsets, and the region’s telecom carriers are more eager to work with the Chinese company, said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

05/11/2016

 
Samsung desiste dos telemóveis que se incendeiam para não queimar mais a marca
Publico

(in Portuguese)

“Isto tem sempre danos. Era um dos principais produtos da marca na Europa e nos EUA e quem compra este tipo de produto é um cliente fiel à Samsung”, observa Francisco Jerónimo, analista da consultora IDC em Londres.

11/10/2016

 
Pixel is a direct challenge to Apple – and a referendum on Google
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, market research firm IDC’s research director for European mobile devices, says: “Many people care about updates. They recognise that getting the latest update is about getting something better, unless they’ve got an old phone. But it’s about how easy it is to do. Going online and finding and updating is something most will not do. If you present it as a notification, as Apple does, then most will jump on board.”

05/10/2016

 
The secret smartphone war over the struggle for control of the user
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, IDC’s research director for European mobile devices, says: “No one gets as excited about the latest phone any more as they used to get in the past three to four years. It’s more of the same. They all look the same, they have similar screen sizes, cameras, etc etc.”

29/09/2016

 
Smartwatch Prospects Sag as Consumers Favor Fitness Bands: Chart
Bloomberg

Smartwatch shipments are poised to increase at a slower pace than anticipated as consumers are more attracted to cheaper fitness trackers, according to Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC.

22/09/2016

 
IDC: el mayor desafio de Apple es convencer a usuarios para que renueven sus telefonos
Diario Financiero

(in Spanish)

"La innovación de los fabricantes no es tan fuerte como en el pasado, no es suficiente como para convencer a los usuarios de quem cambien de teléfon tan frequentemente. (...) Los ciclos extendidos de renovación son el mayor desafio para Apple", explica a Efe el responsable de análisis la consultora IDC, Francisco Jerónimo

16/09/2016

 
Note 7 continua a dar problemas à Samsung e desta vez quem sofre é o mercado
SapoTek

(Portuguese)

O problema que afetou as baterias do Note 7 não tem poupado a Samsung de alguns dissabores de “curto prazo” como os que estão neste momento a suceder, mas na opinião de Francisco Jerónimo, da IDC, não vai ter impacto a mais distância. A prontidão na resposta à situação é um dos argumentos a favor da fabricante sul-coreana. “A atitude de responsabilização assumida beneficia a marca”, referiu o analista há uns dias, quando foi contactado pelo TeK para comentar o lançamento do novo iPhone.

“De momento o problema pode influenciar a escolha de quem esteja indeciso entre o telefone da Samsung e o telefone da Apple, mas é uma questão pontual. A própria Apple teve no passado problemas com as antenas do iPhone”.

12/09/2016

 
Still ringing bells
The Economist

Now, so that handsets can become truly smart, combining data from the devices to make it easy to, say, book a restaurant with just a few words.

The need to invest will fuel consolidation, reckons Francisco Jeronimo of IDC. The likely candidates to rule the industry are Apple, China’s Huawei and South Korea’s Samsung. (The recall by Samsung of 2.5m phones after battery fires shouldn’t linger long in customers’ minds.) Most other brands will disappear or serve small niches

10/09/2016

 
Smartphone makers like ZTE, Huawei turn to Europe for growth
South China Morning Post

A year ago, Huawei was not even in the top five, and since then they have managed to become number three. It shows how fast Huawei has grown in such a short time,” said Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC.

Jeronimo pointed out that much of Huawei’s success in the Europe is the result of an increased local marketing spend and the establishment of operations in more European countries.

09/09/2016

 
Apple reveals waterproof iPhone 7 with new camera ... and no headphone jack
The Guardian

“Apple’s biggest challenge is how to manage its large install base – the biggest in the industry – and convince them to replace their smartphones and spend more on services and in the company’s ecosystem,” said Francisco Jeronimo IDC’s research director for European mobile devices. “As we approach 80-85% smartphone penetration, it’s no longer about people buying their first smartphone but attracting customers from rivals.”

08/09/2016

 
Apple's iPhone 7 ditches traditional headphone socket
BBC

"Apple changed the charger port a few years ago and people got upset," said Francisco Jeronimo from the research firm IDC.

"But it didn't stop people from buying the iPhone. Removing the headphone jack won't either.

"What's more important is whether a consumer likes Apple's ecosystem or Android's, because at this point Windows and Blackberry phones have an extremely low market share."

07/09/2016

 
The Chinese are coming. Samsung is steady. Apple's iPhone 7 has to impress
The Guardian

IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo says: “The biggest challenge facing Apple is the decline in the smartphone market we’re going to see as device penetration hits 80-85%.” At that point, he says, it’s not about attracting buyers who are purchasing their first smartphone – “it’s about convincing existing users to upgrade and attracting buyers from other brands”.

04/09/2016

 
Apple’s earnings beat has some analysts worried it was too impressive
CNBC

"(They were) very good numbers. However, they show that Apple needs to do something else," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at analysis firm IDC, told CNBC Wednesday.

"The price point shows that they need to do something else in terms of the entire (iPhone) portfolio because the market is not growing anymore. And if it's not growing, or even if it's only growing in emerging markets where most consumers cannot afford the top of the range, they need to move towards lower price ranges and that's basically what the iPhone SE did this quarter to Apple," he added.

"They sold more iPhones SE than iPhone 6 or 6s which is a very strong indicator that they need to do something in that space."

27/07/2016

 
Apple now needs to diversify with its smartphones: Pro
CNBC

(Video)

Francisco Jeronimo, research director of European mobile devices at IDC, discusses Apple’s impression in China and the challenges in light of its recent earnings.

27/07/2016

 
Smartphones. O segredo do sucesso da Huawei em Portugal - Veja mais em: https://www.dinheirovivo.pt/buzz/smartphones-o-segredo-do-sucesso-da-huawei-em-portugal/#sthash.CJ0wUP1b.dpuf
Dinheiro Vivo

(Portuguese)

“No Natal, quem oferece telefones não oferece de qualquer marca. É um trimestre forte em marcas tradicionais”, explica ao Dinheiro Vivo Francisco Jerónimo, diretor de pesquisa da consultora IDC para dispositivos móveis na Europa. “Ver aqui a Huawei em segundo lugar no quarto trimestre e a manter essa posição no primeiro trimestre revela mesmo que há uma forte aposta por parte dos canais, e também que os consumidores estão a reconhecer a marca como boa”, sublinha. “A campanha com o P9 tem tido uma forte recetividade e demonstra um crescimento do brand awareness.”

01/06/2016

 
Apple Music refresh to be unveiled at WWDC: Report
CNBC

The 13 million subscriber number for Apple Music is just a fraction of Apple's installed user base of one billion indicating huge growth potential, Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC in a phone interview last week.

04/05/2016

 
Apple service revenue outstrips Macs, iPads; seen as key growth driver
CNBC

"Focusing on services is the best strategy and the increase is quite remarkable. They are starting to fully explore the 1 billion users in its customer base and it is one of the best customer bases a company can have," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC in a phone interview.

"If they continue through normal sales of iPhone there is not much they can do in terms of hardware and bringing something new. The next iPhone will be an incremental upgrade, not a revolution. So services are the only way they can keep momentum or revenues."

27/04/2016

 
iPhone SE: “Apple vai ter de entrar numa gama de preços mais baixos”
SapoTek

(in Portuguese)

Acabado de chegar às lojas na Europa, o iPhone SE não está a ter grande adesão. Francisco Jerónimo, analista da IDC EMEA, acredita que a estratégia da Apple para este segmento está errada. E explica porquê.

08/04/2016

 
Huawei P9 uses Leica dual-lens camera tech to refocus
BBC

"Leica is one of the strongest brands in photography, so having an association with them should make users believe that the quality of the pictures should be good," said Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC.

"Of course, the quality of the image won't be the same as is possible from one of Leica's own cameras, but it does tell people that a company that really understands photography has been involved in engineering the device."

06/04/2016

 
Perdida la batalla del móvil, Sony Mobile hace su guerra por el salón de casa
EFE

(in Spanish)

"Tenía todo lo necesario para tener éxito en esta industria: una marca fuerte, contenido de música y cine, PlayStation,… pero tardó mucho a la hora de integrarlo todo en un único dispositivo. Y no hay que olvidar que su estrategia como fabricante de móviles es muy reciente porque hasta hace pocos años era parte de una sociedad de riesgo compartido con Ericsson”, explica el analista de la consultora IDC Francisco Jerónimo."

31/03/2016

 
Mercado de 'smartphones' ainda cresce mas 'tablets' afundam
Jornal Economico

(Portuguese)

No global, o mercado de telefones [‘smartphones’ e telemóveis tradicionais] decresceu 3%, em 2015, face ao ano anterior, tendo sido expedidos para Portugal 3,8 milhões de telemóveis, referem os dados da consultora IDC.

“Esta diminuição deve-se essencialmente à continuação da queda dos ‘feature phones’ (telemóveis intermediários entre ‘smartphones’ e telemóveis comuns) que caíram 32%, e à desaceleração dos ‘smartphones’”, explica ao Económico Francisco Jerónimo, director da área de terminais móveis da IDC EMEA.

17/03/2016

 
Teléfonos 'tontos' para los usuarios digitalmente agotados
Expansion

(Spanish)

Según Francisco Jeronimo, director de investigación de dispositivos móviles europeos del grupo de investigación IDC, los celulares clásicos - teléfonos móviles con algunas funciones básicas como la reproducción de música y acceso al Internet - están siendo gradualmente reemplazados por teléfonos inteligentes de bajo coste. Pero todavía existe una demanda significativa de teléfonos de estilos más 'anticuados'.

05/03/2016

 
Digitally weary users switch to ‘dumb’ phones
Financial Times

"Feature phones — handsets with some basic functions such as playing music and accessing the internet — are gradually being replaced by low cost smartphones, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, the research group.

Mr Jeronimo says that such products are becoming a niche opportunity for companies. Doro has grown to become the third-largest feature phonemaker in western Europe after Microsoft and Samsung, he adds.

“Using a smartphone in some countries in Africa, for instance, is not an option for many users, as it would require to charge it on a daily basis,” says Mr Jeronimo.

“On the other hand using a smartphone means little for users who cannot connect to a 3G network, either because they are not available or because the connectivity is extremely expensive.”

22/02/2016

 
MWC 2016: Samsung Galaxy S7 restores expandable storage
BBC

[dual pixel autofocus] "It's not easy to explain or even show off at the point of sale, and that's something Samsung will struggle with," commented IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

"But I believe those users who start using it will quickly realise it does make a difference and will help them get better pictures."

21/02/2016

 
Phone makers look to add-on gizmos to revitalize market
Reuters

"We will see a lot of stuff around 360-degree cameras and virtual reality headsets with a smartphone," said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst with research firm IDC.

19/02/2016

 
“O mercado dos wearables em Portugal é pequeno”
SapoTek

(Portuguese)

“O mercado dos wearables em Portugal é pequeno”

A afirmação pertence ao diretor de pesquisa para a área europeia de dispositivos móveis da IDC, Francisco Jerónimo. Um exemplo: no último ano venderam-se apenas 29 mil relógios inteligentes em Portugal, apesar de todo o 'entusiasmo' que existe à volta desta categoria de gadgets.

Francisco Jerónimo explicou que enquanto se venderam, em média, 321 wearables por dia, as vendas de smartphones em Portugal foram de 8.000 unidades diárias.

29/01/2016

 
Vão ser vendidos 11 mil Apple Watch em Portugal este ano
SapoTek

(in Portuguese)

“Há sempre mercado em qualquer país para qualquer produto”. O analista da IDC, Francisco Jerónimo, não podia ter sido mais esclarecedor na sua resposta. E pouco depois adiantou: até ao final do ano devem ser vendidos 11 mil Apple Watch em Portugal, de acordo com as estimativas da empresa.

Mas Francisco Jerónimo partilhou com o TeK dados e estimativas globais: em 2015, sabendo que falta fechar os dados do último trimestre, a IDC adianta que a Apple vendeu 13 milhões de unidades do Watch. Este ano o valor deverá subir para 21,6 milhões de unidades, com as estimativas a serem “muito próximos das reais” explicou o analista.

28/01/2016

 
Vendas de smartphones em quebra. E não melhoram até 2019
Exame Informatica

(Portuguese)

Francisco Jerónimo, responsável pelas Pesquisas na Área de Terminais Móveis da IDC Europa, admite que as vendas de telemóveis vão continuar a desacelerar «nos próximos dois ou três anos».

«A larga maioria das pessoas já trocou o telemóvel básico por um smartphone – e tão depresssa não vai sentir necessidade de trocar esse smartphone», comenta Francisco Jerónimo, quando questionado pela Exame Informática, apontando para outro fator que tem bloqueado as vendas de smartphones: «A única forma de levar as pessoas a comprarem mais frequentemente smartphones é lançar inovações atrativas. Mas nos últimos tempos não tem havido nada de revolucionário; apenas assistimos a pequenos upgrades de câmaras, memórias ou ecrãs».

28/01/2016

 
#tendências2016: Vamos ter “mais” smartphone por menos dinheiro e "verdadeiros" assistentes pessoais
SapoTek

(in Portuguese)

"O TeK falou com Francisco Jerónimo, Research Director de Research da IDC para a área de equipamentos móveis na Europa, Médio Oriente e África, para antecipar as tecnologias que vão ser dominantes no mundo dos telemóveis, mas também nos tablets e nos portáteis e híbridos."

21/01/2016

 
Researchers say that Apple controls over 50% of the smartwatch market
Business Insider

The reason for Apple's success is down to a failure by other smartwatch makers. "The others haven't done enough to promote what users can do with their smartwatches," Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst for IDC, told CNBC.

13/01/2016

 
Apple already owns half of smartwatch market: Research
CNBC

Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC by phone that Apple's promotional push meant that it was hardly surprising that it was dominating.

"The others haven't done enough to promote what users can do with their smartwatches," he said.

Jeronimo, like other analysts, is still unsure on a sector that he says is yet to define what its real value proposition is. However, over the longer term he believes services like Apple Pay could garner more interest for the devices and offer a genuine reason to buy a smartwatch.

12/01/2016

 
Why Apple is only firm making ‘real money’
CNBC

(video)

Why Apple is only firm making ‘real money’

29/12/2015

 
2015 was the year for China's mobile makers: Expert
CNBC

(Video)

2015 was the year for China's mobile makers

29/12/2015

 
BlackBerry : le Priv, smartphone de la dernière chance
La Tribune

(in French)

"Le Priv ne va pas changer grand chose pour BlackBerry. Si leurs ventes continuent à décliner à cette vitesse, leur production de mobiles est certainement proche de la fin", a commenté pour le Financial Times Francisco Jeronimo, directeur de recherche au cabinet IDC, estimant que l'appareil "arrive trop trad pour changer le sort" de cette branche.

17/12/2015

 
Apple se lleva el 94% de los beneficios de la industria de los ‘smartphones’
La Vanguardia

(in Spanish)

“Sus clientes [Apple] quieren disfrutar de una experiencia diferente y obtener la máxima satisfacción. Pretenden lo mejor y por ello no tienen inconveniente en desembolsar más”, explica Francisco Jeronimo, jefe de análisis de la consultora IDC.

19/11/2015

 
Smartwatches crescem em Portugal, mas mercado ainda é de nicho
Publico

(in Portuguese)

O analista da IDC Francisco Jerónimo defende que é preciso tempo para uma nova categoria de produto atingir grandes volumes de venda. E dá como exemplo a história do iPhone, cujo primeiro modelo surgiu em 2007: “Temos de dar tempo. Quando lançou o iPhone, a Apple também demorou anos a vender milhões de telemóveis por trimestre”.

Francisco Jerónimo nota ainda que estes produtos estão a chegar numa altura em que o mercado de smartphones já está maduro e o crescimento de vendas não é explosivo como há uns anos: “Quando o negócio dos smartphones chega a um ponto em que o crescimento vai ser à custa da diminuição das margens, os fabricantes começam à procura de alternativas para compensar essa queda. Estão a procura de aumentar as receitas, nem que seja de forma marginal”.

16/11/2015

 
BlackBerry wants to use acquisitions to become a software company with revenues of $500 million
Business Insider

The consensus among analysts is that BlackBerry's hardware ambitions are dead. The Priv is technically impressive but the $700 price point makes it inaccessible to the majority of users and, most importantly, businesses. Some organisations, such as banks, will still use BlackBerry handsets but "the majority will not," said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst for IDC

09/11/2015

 
BlackBerry launches Priv smartphone running Android
BBC

"Coming with a device that tries to address security on Android is a good idea, but may have been better three years ago," said Francisco Jeronimo, research director for industry analysts IDC.

"It will be difficult to regain clients who have already moved to other handsets, and it's quite an expensive device."

06/11/2015

 
BlackBerry looks for reboot with Android-powered Priv
Financial Times

“This device comes too late to change their fortunes in the handset business,” said Francisco Jeronimo, research director at IDC. “The Priv is not going to do much for BlackBerry. If their sales continue to decline at the current rates, their handset business is definitely over soon.”

06/11/2015

 
BlackBerry ships its Android phone…is it a comeback?
CNBC

Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC via telephone that it was "already too late" for the company, despite the device itself being "pretty good."

"If it was released two years ago it would have been a very interesting proposition," he said, explaining that the likes of Samsung and Apple had improved the security on their devices, which was once a unique selling point for BlackBerry.

06/11/2015

 
Analysts: BlackBerry's handset business is doomed
Business Insider

“My opinion is that it won’t make any difference [to the overall business],” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst for IDC. “It’s already too late.” The company’s handset market share, according to IDC data, sits at 0.3% with sales of under one million units during Q3 2015. “Had [the Priv] been launched 3-4 years ago it would have made a difference,” says Jeronimo.

06/11/2015

 
Huawei sees high-end phone boost in Apple challenge
CNBC

"They [Huawei] have been implementing a very steady and consistent strategy in terms of improving the portfolio where they can start looking at higher price points and moving away from the view that Chinese phones need to be cheap and low-end," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC by phone.

"Huawei are showing they can manufacture and offer a device that looks good in terms of design and is very competitive in comparison to the top-end from the likes of Apple and Samsung."

27/10/2015

 
Microsoft Is Making More Money From Sales Of Feature Phones Than Smartphones
International Business Times

So could feature phones be the future of Microsoft's mobile ambitions? Not according to IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo, who says the feature phone business is declining at up to 40 percent per year and will disappear almost completely in the next couple of years, in developed markets at least.

"The feature phone segment will continue to exist, even if it represents a very small percentage of the market, but it will only be an opportunity for very small companies focusing on niche segments."

23/10/2015

 
Android switch “too little, too late” for BlackBerry
Mobile News

“It’s too little, too late for BlackBerry to release a handset on Android,” IDC research director for European mobile devices Francisco Jeronimo told Mobile News. “Its future in handsets is now definitely over. With less than one million shipments per quarter, it’s not profitable and it won’t be in the long term.”

12/10/2015

 
Thanks to Apple, US will buy Chinese phones: ZTE
CNBC

"There's no way a consumer will prefer a ZTE premium device compared to a well-known brand," Francisco Jeronimo, head of European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC by email.

"They are still perceived as a Chinese cheap brand. They only got rid of the Chinese characters in the logo last year! If their strategy is to compete directly in the high end of the market, meaning the likes of Apple, Samsung, Sony, HTC, et cetera, then I'm afraid to say but that's a dead on arrival strategy," he later added.

29/09/2015

 
Xiaomi launches MVNO service; takes wraps off Mi 4c smartphone
CNBC

"This makes total sense in terms of strategy. Most people think that Xiaomi is a hardware company trying to sell cheap handsets. Xiaomi is not just a hardware company, but phones provide a way into the services they will be developing in the future," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC by phone.

22/09/2015

 
Apple building foundations for the future: Research Director
CNBC TV

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Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, says Apple’s product launch is about building the foundations for the company’s future in TV, tablets and smartphones

10/09/2015

 
iPad Pro, new Apple TV and iPhone 6S handsets unveiled
BBC

"In developed markets Apple has a huge potential to sell to existing iPhone users who were not able to upgrade when the iPhone 6 launched because they were tied to contracts and then decided to wait until now," commented Francisco Jeronimo from the research firm IDC.

"But in markets like China it's about attracting new users.

"Those who were not attracted by the iPhone before will probably continue not to be interested.

"For the others, the new features themselves will not make a significant difference - it's more important for Apple to grow awareness of its products."

09/09/2015

 
iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPad Pro and Apple TV: Six analyst reactions as share price slips
City A.M.

The iPhone Upgrade Program aims to increase the replacement of older iPhones. This is key for Apple as the market reaches plateau

09/09/2015

 
Why BlackBerry could ditch its own OS for Android
CNBC

"The most important is not whether the device runs Android or not, but it's about what kind of Google services will run on the device, and what kind of security Blackberry will bring on to it to make Android more secure," Francisco Jeronimo, a research director at IDC, told CNBC.

"How will they secure Android like no other vendor can do? If they manage to secure Android they will address the need from enterprises and end users."

20/08/2015

 
Europe wants the Note 5 and won’t take no for an answer
T3

"The Note would have been a good fit for Europe's enterprise market, and if Samsung expects the S6 Edge+ to attract the same business users I don't believe it will succeed," commented Francisco Jeronimo from market research firm IDC.

15/08/2015

 
Galaxy Note 5 won’t show up for a clash with iPhone 6s Plus in Europe this year
BGR

“The Note would have been a good fit for Europe’s enterprise market, and if Samsung expects the S6 Edge+ to attract the same business users I don’t believe it will succeed,” IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo said about Samsung’s 2015 phablet strategy for the year.

14/08/2015

 
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 unveiled
BBC

"The Note would have been a good fit for Europe's enterprise market, and if Samsung expects the S6 Edge+ to attract the same business users I don't believe it will succeed," commented Francisco Jeronimo from market research firm IDC.

13/08/2015

 
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 unveiled
BBC

"The Note would have been a good fit for Europe's enterprise market, and if Samsung expects the S6 Edge+ to attract the same business users I don't believe it will succeed," commented Francisco Jeronimo from market research firm IDC.

13/08/2015

 
Battle of the smartphones
CNBC

Video

Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, discusses smartphone rivals Apple and Samsung ahead of the South Korean company's launch of new products

13/08/2015

 
Will Apple be the smartwatch saviour?
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo from research firm IDC said: “In one year, after Apple puts several million devices out there on peoples’ wrists, we will have much more detailed information on what people like, what they do with smartwatches, and what people want; it will completely change the shape of the category.”

23/07/2015

 
Apple Watch: How many have been sold?
BBC

Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst for IDC, put the performance into context, tweeting: "Whatever estimates you have for the Apple Watch, one thing is for sure: Apple sold more watches in 2Q15 than all other smartwatch vendors combined."

21/07/2015

 
HTC smartphone future cast into doubt after revenue blow Posted on July 20, 2015 by Paul Wither
Mobile News

IDC research director for European mobile devices Francisco Jeronimo agreed, claiming that if HTC continues as it is, the manufacturer could soon disappear from the smartphone space.

20/07/2015

 
UK banks put squeeze on Apple Pay fees
Financial Times

Francisco Jeronimo, analyst at IDC testing out Apple Pay on Tuesday, said: “I had to explain to a Starbucks barista that I can now pay with Apple Pay. They had no clue. It worked perfectly.”

14/07/2015

 
EE's action camera offers built-in 4G to rival GoPro
BBC

"This is basically a niche product," said Francisco Jeronimo, from research company IDC.

"But EE's goal is not to dominate the action-cameras segment, it's to make users aware they can share moments straight away with friends if they have a connection.

09/06/2015

 
Ready to runcible
The Economist

The competition for cheap smartphones is cut-throat and some of the smaller regional brands will not survive, predicts Francisco Jeronimo of IDC, a market-research firm. Xiaomi, a fast-growing Chinese firm, is one of the big brands, but problems with intellectual-property rights might prevent it from moving as quickly as it would like into markets outside China.

30/05/2015

 
Samsung attacks Galaxy S6 Edge bend-and-break tests
BBC

"This is only a story because it made fun of Apple when it launched the iPhone," said Francisco Jeronimo, research director at the consultancy IDC.

"You'd need to put a lot of pressure in a very specific way to break it.

"But it demonstrates that every vendor needs to be very careful when they compare their devices because it can backfire on them.

"I think that's the biggest lesson for Samsung: next time if it sees a competitor having a problem, it needs to be a lot more careful unless it is 100% sure it would not face the same criticism."

07/05/2015

 
Samsung wants the limelight back from Apple Watch
CNBC

"The sales and results have been declining and it is important for them to show the latest device can really attract consumers back to their portfolio," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC by phone.

09/04/2015

 
Apple Watch app ecosystem will be key to success
V3

Francisco Jeronimo from IDC echoed this point, saying that Apple did not provide a convincing argument for why the Apple Watch is a ‘must have’ product.

“They haven’t shown why this category will disrupt our lives, and why it is important, apart from being an extension to our phones (or iPhones in this case),” he said.

Jeronimo explained that this will be fundamental to the success of the Apple Watch.

“What was very clear is that disruption [of the wearable market] will not come from specific features that Apple will bring to the watch, but by enabling developers to add value through their apps,” he said.

“In the end, similar to a smartphone or a tablet, what will make smartwatches relevant are the apps. And what will make them appealing is the design and the quality of the hardware that runs those apps.”

10/03/2015

 
No te preocupes, Nokia: las firmas ‘sin marca’ pueden salvar al mercado móvil europeo - See more at: http://www.diariofinanciero.com/2015/03/09/te-preocupes-nokia-las-firmas-sin-marca-pueden-salvar-al-mercado-movil-europeo/#sthash.Ez3HOjDi.dpuf
Diario Financiero (in Spanish)

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“Estamos viendo un crecimiento de los actores que básicamente no tienen marca”, dijo Francisco Jerónimo, analista de IDC en Londres. “Estas compañías son organizaciones muy magras”.

09/03/2015

 
Day 2 highlights panel (part 1)
GSMA Mobile World Live

Video at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona

09/03/2015

 
Tendências de Mercado Móvel
RTP (in Portuguese)

Video (in Portuguese)

 

http://www.rtp.pt/play/p1657/e187505/sabia-que

09/03/2015

 
Don’t Fret, Nokia; ‘No Brand’ Firms Can Save European Phones
Bloomberg

“We’re seeing a surge in players with basically no brand,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC in London. “These companies are very lean operations.”

04/03/2015

 
Has Sony got its groove back?
CNBC

"It looks a premium device at a much lower price point and that is the type of deice that Sony needs to show," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, told CNBC by phone.

02/03/2015

 
MWC Analyst Q&A
GSMA
02/03/2015

 
HTC virtual reality kit causes a surprise at MWC
BBC

(Video)

The BBC's Dave Lee was at HTC's announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and got early reaction from Francisco Jeronimo, research director at the tech consultancy IDC.

01/03/2015

 
Apple Watch ‘killer’ to 5G: What to watch out for at MWC
CNBC

Analysts have suggested Samsung needs to come out with a product that feels premium and be able to fight back against Samsung.

"They haven't been able to lead the low-end against Xiaomi or high-end against Apple. I'm keen to see how the S6 can change that. It could bring Samsung back if it is really revolutionary," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European Mobile Devices at IDC, told CNBC by phone.

"We will see phones with much better specs at much lower prices. But the question is how much cheaper can a smartphone with the latest technology go?" Jeronimo said.

25/02/2015

 
Apple closes in on Samsung in Western Europe smartphone race
ZDNet

"Seven out of ten people in Western Europe now have a smartphone. The success of the new iPhones 6 and 6 Plus, the increasing popularity of phablets and the explosion of devices priced under $150, were the biggest contributors to this growth," said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research director at IDC.

18/02/2015

 
Samsung and Microsoft mobile sales in Europe hit by Apple devices
Financial Times

“Although the total market was impacted by higher penetration rates, the smartphone segment hit a record high in 2014 in terms of units shipped and market value,” said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research director at IDC.

17/02/2015

 
Video Feature: MWC 2015 Preview
GSMA World Live

Video

12/02/2015

 
Slow Android Wear sales underline challenges Google and its partners face
MacWorld

"It will take several years before battery life improves," Jeronimo said.

Some vendors are also tripping up themselves and users with their design choices. For example, users of Samsung's smartwatches need a cradle to fill an empty battery, instead of plugging a charger directly into the device. That just adds an extra level of complexity for users, according to Jeronimo.

However, the biggest obstacle isn't these technical constraints, but that Google, vendors and application developers haven't come up with a reason why consumers should invest in an Android Wear smartwatch, Jeronimo said

12/02/2015

 
Russian maker of dual-screen YotaPhones signs China deal
Reuters

“The problem with Yota is that it looks like an interesting concept," IDC mobile analyst Francisco Jeronimo said of the dual-screen. "But when we started playing around with the latest model, we asked ourselves whether we really needed two screens.”

10/02/2015

 
Samsung knocked off top spot in India
CNBC

"The problem with Samsung is first the price point - they are trying to beat competitors in the lower end," Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European Mobile Devices at IDC, told CNBC by phone.

"Their local competitors are much more competitive in the same price range with better specs. That is why they are challenging not just the low end but the high end where Samsung was doing well in the past."

04/02/2015

 
This is Samsung's biggest problem
CNBC

Video

Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, says the fact that Samsung is not in control of the Android operating system makes it harder for it to...

29/01/2015

 
Twitter and Tumblr Leaders Ditch Smartphones to Combat Addiction
Bloomberg

Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC, said six out of 10 people in Western Europe now have a smartphone.

19/01/2015

 
Google to launch modular smartphone with switchable parts
The Guardian

“It’s a great idea. In theory, to be able to select the components of the phone regardless of the brand is a great idea, but at the end of the day it won’t work,” said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research director for IDC. “it’s not economically viable for any vendor to manufacture a phone and to provide software that will allow users to select components.”

15/01/2015

 
Samsung finally releases Tizen-powered smartphone
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, research director at IDC, said it was “dead on arrival” given the absence of apps for the operating system.

He also questioned why Samsung had opted to release its first Tizen smartphone in a market such as India, where 96% of such devices ran on Android. “Even if it’s cheap it will be very difficult to compete with offerings from local competitors - it’s a huge challenge,” Jeronimo said.

14/01/2015

 
Smartphones will become our electronic assistants
Financial Times

Francisco Jeronimo, research director at IDC, an analysis company, agrees that the biggest revolution in the next 10 years “will be in the way we interact with the phone, or to be more precise, the way the phone interacts with us”.

He predicts “intelligent” sensors, aware of our surroundings and personal preferences, and devices that can bring data together to help us manage our lives.

“Flexible screens, more sensors, augmented reality, you name it, will only have one purpose – to contribute to our phone becoming our personal assistant,” he says.

10/12/2014

 
Sony Boosted by PlayStation 4 as 2Q Loss Narrows
Bloomberg

Video

Francisco Jeronimo, research director at IDC, examines second-quarter results from Sony as demand for PlayStation 4 consoles helped to offset a writedown of the Xperia smartphone business. He speaks on “The Pulse.”

31/10/2014

 
Samsung: Waiting in the wings
The Economist

So, the firm’s [Samsung] best chance is to stick with gadgets, and to try to create ones that consumers love so much that they fly off the shelves, argues Francisco Jeronimo of IDC. But it has to act fast. The fates of Nokia and BlackBerry (which made another attempt at a comeback on September 24th by launching a new smartphone, the Passport) show how quickly fortunes can reverse. And Apple sold 10m of its new iPhones, including an updated smaller model, in three days—a number that the Galaxy 5S only reached after 25 days.

27/09/2014

 
Will the Passport Help Turn BlackBerry Around?
Bloomberg

Video

IDC Research Director, European Mobile Devices Francisco Jeronimo discusses BlackBerry’s newest smartphone, the Passport, and the future of the company with Bloomberg’s Anna Edwards on “Countdown.”

26/09/2014

 
BlackBerry launches square phone in push for business users
Financial Times

Francisco Jeronimo, analyst at IDC, predicted that it could be the start of the BlackBerry turnround in the enterprise market, although he did not expect the device to grow the group’s market share.

24/09/2014

 
Microsoft drops Android from Nokia X phones
V3

Analysts questioned the wisdom of pressing ahead with the Android-based devices, given the pending acquisition by Microsoft, with IDC's Francisco Jeronimo saying that the move could potentially weaken Microsoft's position in the phone market.

"How long will Nadella support a strategy that uses their main competitor's operating system to leverage its own business?" he asked. It turns out the answer was five months.

18/07/2014

 
TecNet
TectNet RTP (in Portuguese)

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28/06/2014

 
El móvil de Amazon, una puerta a su 'megatienda'
El Mundo (in Spanish)

"FireFly no va cambiar radicalmente la manera en que compramos cuando nos encontramos fuera de casa. Actualmente, los usuarios que prefieren comprar con Amazon ya pueden escanear códigos de barras o hacer búsquedas en las apps de la compañía en Android, iOS o Windows Phone", explica Francisco Jeronimo, director de investigación de dispositivos móviles de la consultora IDC en Europa.

22/06/2014

 
Week in Review, June 21
Financial Times

“I don’t believe the Fire phone will be enough for users to buy the phone at the kind of premium price they are asking,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst with IDC.

21/06/2014

 
Amazon Could Disrupt Mobile Shopping: Jeronimo
Bloomberg TV (Video)

June 19 (Bloomberg) – IDC U.K.’s Francisco Jeronimo discusses the introduction of Amazon’s smartphone and possible impact on retailers. He speaks with Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move.” (Source: Bloomberg)

19/06/2014

 
Amazon Fire Phone offers 3D views and gesture controls
BBC

"We've seen similar gesture controls on Samsung's Galaxy range, and not many people use them," said Francisco Jeronimo, a mobile devices analyst at market research firm IDC.

 "Unless the experience is extraordinary it can come across as a gimmick. I'd be surprised if Amazon has succeeded when Samsung hasn't, but I'll need to try it.

18/06/2014

 
Amazon lança o seu primeiro telemóvel
Publico (in Portuguese)

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O analista da IDC Francisco Jerónimo, director de pesquisa para o mercado de telemóveis na Europa, diz estar “desapontado” com o aparelho. “A Amazon foi a empresa que revolucionou as compras online. Se eles realmente quisessem revolucionar [nos telemóveis], tinham feito uma série de funcionalidades ligadas ao site. Este telefone não traz benefício absolutamente nenhum”, critica.

Francisco Jerónimo aponta um preço “demasiado elevado”, as características técnicas semelhantes ao que já existe no mercado e o facto de a ligação aos serviços da empresa poder também ser feita através equipamentos que já estão no mercado. “Perderam uma oportunidade única”, considera.

18/06/2014

 
Amazon Wants To Put A Cash Register In Your Pocket With Fire Phone
Forbes

“The device brings nothing disruptive or particularly innovative to end-users to justify such pricing,” said IDC Research director Francisco Jeronimo. “The only way Amazon has to succeed in the premium segment is by providing a disruptive shopping mobile experience, a disruptive price, or additional value to users. None of these were announced today, which is disappointing.”

18/06/2014

 
Los fabricantes de smartphones buscan otros productos ante la saturación del mercado
Expansion (in Spanish)

“Conforme aumenta la penetración, las ventas de smartphones siguen mostrando un crecimiento más lento y pronto incluso caerán. Algunos países europeos ya han registrado caídas de las ventas”, asegura Francisco Jeronimo, responsable de investigación de IDC.

17/06/2014

 
Smartphone makers look to other products as saturation looms
Financial Times

Sales of smartphones have already peaked this year in Korea and Japan, according to IDC, the analyst group, while growth is slowing in western Europe as well as the US.

“As penetration grows, smartphone shipments continue to experience slower growth and will even decline soon. Some European countries have already experienced declines in shipments,” said Francisco Jeronimo, research director at IDC.

“This will become a challenge for most top vendors as revenues will drop rapidly, and a problem for those vendors making no money. Their market shares will not allow them to compensate lower revenues and lower operating margins with higher volumes.”

 

16/06/2014

 
Samsung lança telemóvel com sistema alternativo ao Android
Publico (in Portuguese)

(in Portuguese)
"A Samsung lança o seu primeiro dispositivo Tizen. O que é que isto significa para os consumidores? Nada. Nenhum valor adicional para fazer valer a pena mudar do Android", escreveu, no Twitter, o director de pesquisa da IDC para o mercado europeu de telemóveis, Francisco Jerónimo.

02/06/2014

 
Samsung Z smartphone ditches Android for Tizen software
The Guardian

“What does it mean to consumers? Nothing. No additional value to make the switch from Android worth it,” said Francisco Jeronimo, research director at firm IDC.

02/06/2014

 
G Watch: summer launch set for Google smartwatch
The Guardian

"This is the summer of wearables," said Francisco Jeronimo, IDC research director. "And this Christmas will be the first time consumers start looking at this category as interesting enough to give it a go."

27/05/2014

 
Motorola aims for Indian buyers with super-cheap Rs 6,999 Moto E
The Guardian

The Moto G was Motorola's first smartphone launched in India for two years, but was a “very strong competitor in the midrange at a very attractive price”, according to Francisco Jeronimo, a research director for IDC.

13/05/2014

 
Personal digital assistants, rise up!
Fortune

“It’s about sharing the data and the same performance across multiple platforms, whether it’s a laptop, Xbox, or tablet device,” says Francisco Jeronimo, research director for IDC. “What’s important for me as a user is bringing everything along the way in a very easy way, and having the content available in different places. Having the same experience at my desk or on a tablet or in the car when I’m driving … that’s really powerful and extremely valuable for users.”

06/05/2014

 
Tesco to launch smartphone
FT

Francisco Jeronimo, analyst at technology research group IDC, said Tesco was likely to price the phone between £100 and £150, although he speculated that it could eventually provide the phone for free if bundled with other arrangements such as a minimum grocery spend.

06/05/2014

 
How to keep on selling smartphones when we've nearly all got one already
The Guardian

For mobile operators, new top-line phones that launch from both Samsung and HTC this month should mean a welcome boost to sales, but price competition is eroding their advantages. This will increase as Chinese handset vendors such as Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo – which is buying Motorola from Google – start competing on price, according to Francisco Jeronimo of researcher IDC. "Prices are going down very quickly," he said. "The Chinese are coming in with no brand recognition, but a strong price proposition."

27/04/2014

 
Google rallies to sell developers on Project Ara
PC World

While modular smartphones are interesting in theory, in the real world, they stand little chance of success, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC.

 

“It is a very long shot, because most vendors want to differentiate by designing and deciding what components to have in their handsets,” Jeronimo said.

 

Also, letting users choose between different combinations of components would make the testing vendors do to ensure they all work well together much more difficult, he said.

14/04/2014

 
Is the Smartphone Market Too Saturated?
Bloomberg

(Video)

IDC Research Director of European Mobile Devices Francisco Jeronimo discusses the saturated smartphone market, Samsung earnings and how companies are trying to attract new customers with Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television’s “Countdown.”

08/04/2014

 
The rise of the cheap smartphone
The Economist

Last year, says Francisco Jeronimo of IDC, another research firm, shipments of smartphones priced below $80 more than quintupled. Devices at under $100 made up one-sixth of the total.

The South Korean company suffered a decline in profits late last year. Granted, it makes cheaper devices as well as dearer ones, and it can afford some slimming of its margins. People in poor countries also covet global brands: it has taken share from locals in India. But its problem, Mr Jeronimo says, is that it carries lots of costs, in research and development and in marketing, that cheaper rivals do not. “They are able to provide much better devices, in terms of specs, for a much lower price,” he says. “And this is particularly worrying in developed markets.”

05/04/2014

 
Cortana personal assistant spearheads new Windows Phone features
The Guardian

"Cortana is truly a differentiator. Voice recognition isn't only about activating commands but about becoming a truly personal assistant," commented Francisco Jeronimo of the researchers IDC.

03/04/2014

 
Microsoft unveils Cortana assistant for Windows Phone
BBC

IDC believes the US firm will only make significant headway if it gets better at attracting consumers' interest.

"If you ask most users what they think, they have no idea what applications are available," said mobile devices analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

"Microsoft's biggest challenge now is marketing.

"Windows Phone is very competitive in terms of features when compared to iOS and Android. The firm just has to show that to end-users."

02/04/2014

 
HTC One's Hard Sell: This Phone Isn't for Everyone
BusinessWeek

If there’s a phone that can pull this off, the new HTC One may be it, says Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC. The first version was the best Android phone on the market, he says, and this one has surpassed it. “I was quite concerned, because when companies develop impressive devices, it’s difficult to improve,” Jeronimo adds. “It was above my expectations.”

25/03/2014

 
Google and Ray-Ban deal to offer 'more stylish' Glass
BBC

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo added: "Nobody will pay $1,500 for this type of device."

He estimates Glass will fall to between £300 ($495) and £500 and come with additional features.

25/03/2014

 
HTC One smartphone phone uses depth sensor to refocus
BBC

"HTC is being squeezed at the high-end by Apple and Samsung and a market that isn't growing, and in the expanding mid-to-low end by Chinese vendors such as Huawei," said analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

"Without large financial resources it will find it hard to promote its portfolio. But the one thing it has in its favour is very good hardware and industrial design."

25/03/2014

 
Nokia com Android pode ser estratégia "demasiado arriscada" para a Microsoft
Publico (in Portuguese)

(in Portuguese)
Francisco Jerónimo, analista da IDC, diz que a reviravolta estratégica da Nokia, que lançou telemóveis com Android, pode ajudar esta empresa, mas deixa a Microsoft numa situação delicada.
Prestes a ser integrada na Microsoft, a Nokia apresentou no final do mês passado os telemóveis X, os primeiros da marca equipados com Android. É uma estratégia surpreendente, afirma ao PÙBLICO, Francisco Jerónimo, director de pesquisa da IDC, numa entrevista realizada à margem do Mobile World Congress, no final do mês passado, em Barcelona: “Não conheço nenhuma empresa que tenha usado o sistema do principal concorrente para alavancar os seus próprios produtos”.

17/03/2014

 
Cashing in on the selfie: Fortune maker or fad?
CNBC

Francisco Jeronimo, a research director for IDC, told CNBC the HTC's selfie phone was a risky move once more, highlighting the difficulty of monetizing a trend.

"They (HTC) are using something that is popular at the moment and trying to promote a phone," he said. "At the end of the day, a selfie application is not giving any original value to users. Users can take selfies with any phone."

He added: "The selfie became popular last year. It's popular now but I don't see it being popular next year. I don't see a strong value proposition. It can easily not trend in the future."

14/03/2014

 
Samsung Galaxy S5 launch will be hit by South Korean phone operator sales ban
The Guardian

“South Korea is the ninth biggest smartphone market in the world and it is the fifth biggest market for Samsung,” said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research director for IDC. “Last year it represented 4.5% of Samsung’s total smartphone shipments, so this will definitely have an impact.”

11/03/2014

 
Mobile World Congress
TecNet (in Portuguese)

Video (in Portuguese)

01/03/2014

 
3D phones? Here's the tech that never took off
CNBC

According Francisco Jeronimo, research director, European mobile devices, at intelligence firm IDC, "The valuable position is quite high, but the experience and visibility is not that great. How many people know that they need to download an application to use the QR code?" he told CNBC in a phone interview.

He argued that users would still rather type in the URL anyway. "If I want to find out about a brand, I pick up my phone and type in the URL and that's it. I don't need to point my phone at something and get the same information. That's the problem. What's the additional value that the technology gives me?"

28/02/2014

 
Smartphone wars shift from gadgetry to price
Reuters

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said smartphone sales in the sub-$100 category alone more than tripled to hit 159 million last year from 45.4 million in 2012. Sub-$50 smartphones grew even faster, up from just 900,000 in 2012 to 19.5 million last year.

26/02/2014

 
WORLD Nokia’s New Android Smartphone
Wall Street Journal (Video)
24/02/2014

 
Nokia launch first ever Android Phones
The Independent

“This is a very rational move, and Nokia, unlike other struggling vendors, is taking whatever it takes to survive, even when it means to take a 180-degree turn on its strategy,” says Francisco Jeronimo, Research Director of European Mobile Devices for market analysts IDC.

 

24/02/2014

 
Nokia Unveils Its First Android Phone
Wall Street Journal

"Three years ago this would have been the perfect move, but not anymore," said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst with International Data Corp. "What if these Androids are a hit, and Nokia starts to ship tens of millions of them? What message will that give developers, consumers and investors about the viability of the Windows Phone platform?"

24/02/2014

 
Nokia succumbs to Android appeal in low-cost phone battle
Reuters

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said Nokia had a made a "rational move" that allowed it to address a much bigger market, but it should have been made three years ago. "It would have given Nokia a complete different position from where it stands today, under Microsoft's control," he said.

24/02/2014

 
Android: como os telemóveis da Nokia condicionam o Windows Phone (opinião)
Exame Informatica (in Portuguese)

(in Portuguese)
Por quanto mais tempo os responsáveis da Microsoft vão permitir que a Nokia recorra a um sistema operativo da Google para potenciar os negócios no segmento dos smartphones? Francisco Jerónimo, Diretor de Pesquisas da IDC para o Mercado Móvel Europeu, faz a análise.

24/02/2014

 
Analyst Q&A
Mobile Live MWC 2014

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24/02/2014

 
Phone manufacturers only have one chance to get it right
The Guardian

But hitting a price point to gain customers can be undone in the longer term if they get a poor experience. That means striking a careful balance, explained Francisco Jeronimo, research director of European mobile devices for IDC.

“Vendors need to be very careful with the user experience, the quality of materials and the durability of the device because if they have devices that aren’t very good, consumers will move and look at other manufacturers,” he says.

15/02/2014

 
Video feature: MWC 2014 preview
Mobile World Live TV

Later this month the world’s biggest mobile event opens its doors again in Barcelona. In this special video feature Mobile World Live previews the event, as expert journalists and analysts predict the likely talking points of the show. Plus the GSMA’s Chief Marketing Officer Michael O’Hara offers his insight into the week’s activities.

03/02/2014

 
Motorola deal a win-win for Lenovo and Google that could reshape smartphone market
V3

IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo disagrees with this sentiment, however, insisting that the sale represents a change of heart from Google. "I don't think that was the case," he said when asked whether this sale was always the end goal. "The market was a lot more difficult than they thought it would be."

Jeronimo believes that the initial buyout was a defence mechanism in case phone makers decided to take their toys elsewhere and use another mobile operating system.

30/01/2014

 
Apple accumule les records mais laisse les marchés sceptiques
Le Monde (in French)

(In French)

Certes, le premier trimestre de l'exercice décalé d'Apple est traditionnellement son plus gros volume d'affaires de l'année, avec le Black Friday, qui lance les fêtes de fin d'année pour les familles américaines. Mais la performance reste de taille. « C'est la seconde entreprise à dépasser la barre des 50 millions de smartphones vendus en trois mois, après Samsung au printemps 2012 », remarque, sur Twitter, Francisco Jeronimo, analyste chez le cabinet IDC.

30/01/2014

 
Tablet market grows more slowly than expected as Apple regains share
The Guardian

IDC figures suggest that it shipped fewer than 3.4m tablets, the figure of fifth-placed Lenovo - and IDC smartphones and tablets analyst Francisco Jeronimo told The Guardian that fewer than a million were shipped to resellers - although it may have sold more than that due to stocks already in stores. Microsoft "had good performance in some channels," he noted.

30/01/2014

 
LG sees Q4 mobile loss; new flagship touted
Mobile Live World

According to IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo, LG is likely to have improved its smartphone market share to 4.5 percent in the fourth quarter, up from 3.8 per cent a year ago, something he believes is ”quite impressive considering the high ASPs.”

27/01/2014

 
Nokia veut repartir à l'offensive dans les réseaux
Les Echos (in French)

(in French)

Selon Francisco Jeronimo, analyste chez IDC, sur les trois derniers mois de 2013, Nokia aurait vendu 8,2 millions de Lumia - sa marque phare -, soit 600.000 de moins qu'au trimestre précédent. Sa part de marché mondiale dans les smartphones retomberait ainsi à 2,8 % d'après IDC. Pas sûr que ces chiffres enchantent Microsoft. Même si l'activité mobiles a réussi à diviser ses pertes par trois, à 780 millions d'euros.

24/01/2014

 
Nokia sales plummet ahead of Microsoft takeover
PCWorld

The fourth quarter is traditionally a strong one for phone vendors, because of the holiday shopping season, so the smartphone sales drop is disappointing and bad news for Nokia and Microsoft, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC. Before the fourth quarter, Lumia volumes had continually increased last year.

23/01/2014

 
Telemóveis da Nokia tropeçam antes de caírem nas mãos da Microsoft
Pulbico (in Portuguese)

(in Portuguese)
“No curto prazo, os resultados são decepcionantes. Vender no quarto trimestre abaixo do terceiro é bastante negativo”, considera Francisco Jerónimo, analista da IDC em Londres, notando que isto acontece apesar de a empresa “ter investido muito mais [em promoção], de os operadores estarem a apoiar muito mais o Windows Phone e de um portefólio que assenta bem no mercado”. A IDC estimava vendas de dez a 11 milhões de Lumia para aquele período.

23/01/2014

 
Nokia yritti salailla Lumia-lukuja - paljastui heti
Ilta Sanomat (in Finish)

(in Finish)

Esimerkiksi tutkimusyhtiö IDC:n analyytikko Francisco Jeronimo kertoi Twitterissä, että Nokia myi loka–joulukuussa yhteensä 8,245 miljoonaa älypuhelinta.

23/01/2014

 
Motorola hopes Moto X smartphone will steer it towards profit for Google
The Guardian

"You can get the Nexus 5 for £299 and the specs don't justify then £80 difference," said Francisco Jeronimo, director of European consumer wireless and mobile communications for research firm IDC.

14/01/2014

 
iPad share reportedly sinks to 38 per cent as cheap Android tablets dominate
TechRadar

"The very low end tablet market saw very strong sales this year, which is something we're expecting to continue into next year and beyond – especially for Christmas," said IDC research director, the awesomely-named Francisco Jeronimo.

25/12/2013

 
Apple bruised as shoppers choose cheaper tablet computers as gifts
The Guardian

"2013 was definitely the year of the tablet," said Francisco Jeronimo, research director for the analysts IDC. In the first three quarters of the year, 7.6m tablets were shipped to the UK, a year-on-year growth of 192% for the same period in 2012, according to IDC's data.

25/12/2013

 
World’s cheapest tablet’ lands in the UK for just £30
The Guardian

"Tablets under £100 have excellent gifting potential this Christmas," says Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones and tablets analyst with the research firm IDC. "Parents looking to give gifts to children and teenagers are unlikely to spend £400-500 on a tablet, so tablets sub-£100 are less of an investment and more of an attractive disposable gift."

16/12/2013

 
Aldi £80 tablet sells out within 24 hours
FT

Both businesses are using the products to drive shoppers to their stores, said Francisco Jeronimo, analyst at technology research group IDC.

“This is not the sort of product that a consumer will think too much about before buying it,” said Mr Jeronimo. “It’s a kind of disposable technology.”

 

10/12/2013

 
Aldi 'low-cost' tablet sells out
BBC

Customers opting to buy the cheaper tablets available from the supermarkets would be looking for something different than those who bought the more expensive versions on offer from the likes of Google and Apple, said IDC's research director for mobile devices, Francisco Jeronimo.

"The biggest selling point here is definitely the price," he said. "Tablets are becoming very popular."

"The larger screen size gives entertainment on the move to users, which is becoming very popular among commuters and children.

"However, most parents don't want to spend £300-£500 on a device that will mainly be used to play games, to watch movies and a few other educational applications," he added.

09/12/2013

 
Aldi launches £80 tablet to rival Tesco’s Hudl
The Guardian

"Tablets under £100 have excellent gifting potential this Christmas," says Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones and tablets analyst with the research firm IDC. "Parents looking to give gifts to children and teenagers are unlikely to spend £400-500 on a tablet, so tablets sub-£100 are less of an investment and more of an attractive disposable gift."

08/12/2013

 
Motorola targets budget buyers with Moto G smartphone
BBC

"The second wave of smartphone adopters is now starting," said Francisco Jeronimo, a mobile device analyst at the consultancy IDC.

"This wave is characterised by consumers looking to get their first smartphone at the cheapest price they find.

"They don't have the need nor the money to afford the most advanced smartphones, as the first wave of adopters had

13/11/2013

 
Nokia's Lumia 1520 is the latest massive 'phablet'
The Guardian

"There are two markets for the phablet – the multimedia market, where the cheapest, largest screen wins, and the professional market, where the phablet with the most value-added features triumphs," said Francisco Jeronimo, research director of European mobile devices for research firm IDC, talking to the Guardian.

Samsung's Galaxy Note line of devices differentiate themselves from the phablet competition, including Nokia's new Lumia 1520, by employing a feature-packed stylus that allows both drawing on the screen and provides multiple multi-tasking modes such as Samsung's multi-window.

According to Jeronimo, it is these value-added features that attract the highly lucrative professional market

"The stylus tips the buyer in the Note's favour at the point of sale because, despite whether or not they will ever use the features, the more features available the more attractive the proposition when the price is equal," he said.

22/10/2013

 
HTC is launching the One Max phablet with fingerprint security
The Guardian

"Unlike Apple's use of the technology, HTC's use of the fingerprint of sensor is clunky, not ergonomic and runs the risk of not being used to its full extent - if it's not a smooth experience that genuinely adds value why would the general user actually use it?" said Francisco Jeronimo research director of European mobile devices for research firm IDC.

14/10/2013

 
Samsung and HTC report contrasting smartphone fortunes
The Guardian

HTC meanwhile is reckoned to have seen its smartphone shipments dwindle to just 6m handsets during the quarter, according to a preliminary estimate by Francisco Jeronimo of the research company IDC. That would give it a market share of around 2.3% in a world market of 260m smartphones for the quarter. Its shipments are sliding: in the second quarter HTC shipped an estimated 6.6m units, and a year ago 8.6m units.

04/10/2013

 
LG Gate tech separates work and play on BYOD smartphones
PC World

Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, agreed.

"The consumer segment is getting saturated, so opportunities to grow will decline in the coming years," he said.

03/10/2013

 
iPhone 5 UK pre-orders well down on previous years, networks say
The Guardian

"If the price of the 5C was lower, pre-orders would be much higher," said Francisco Jerónimo, an analyst at IDC. But he still expects the cheaper phone to be Apple's best seller this year. "I believe the 5C will be larger than for the 5S. They can address new users who like colourful handsets, and also the current iPhone users. If people upgrade they don't want a device that looks exactly the same as their previous one."

18/09/2013

 
World's first ethically sourced smartphone unveiled
CNBC

"What's important here is they didn't compromise on experience," said Francisco Jeronimo, IDC Research Director of European Mobile Devices. Some companies have tried to go greener with their handsets, but Fairphone is the first initiative that tries to look at both the fair trade and green prospects throughout the entire supply chain, Jeronimo said.

18/09/2013

 
Apple new iPhones
RTP TeckNet

(Video in Portuguese)

Francisco Jeronimo talks about the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

14/09/2013

 
Michael Dell buys back PC company he founded in $24.8bn deal
The Guardian

Speaking after the Dell vote, Francisco Jeronimo, IDC's smartphones analyst, said the wider market shift will "kill many old companies and create new leaders".

12/09/2013

 
Microsoft compra Nokia
Semana Informatica (in Portuguese)

«Apesar de o mercado de telemóveis português continuar em queda, o forte crescimento dos smartphones é um facto importante a destacar. Esta tendência continuará a acentuar-se nos próximos trimestres, uma vez que a aposta dos fabricantes continuará a ser em telefones a preços baixos, com o sistema operativo Android, mas com uma superior experiência de utilização», afirma Francisco Jerónimo, director europeu de research da área de telefones móveis da IDC.

11/09/2013

 
LTE accounts for 1/3 of Western European mobile phone shipments
Mobile World

“Although most consumers do not subscribe yet to an LTE data plan when renewing their smartphones, it is important for mobile operators to enable their users with LTE handsets while the expansion of their LTE networks continues,” commented Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research director at IDC. “When the networks are widely available geographically it will be faster to migrate users to an LTE data plan as they become cheaper.”

10/09/2013

 
Apple pays a price for cost of new iPhone
FT

Francisco Jeronimo, research director at IDC, said the iPhone 5C would attract both a second wave of first-time smartphone buyers in developed markets and a fresh group of consumers in emerging markets, where price has been the main barrier to smartphone adoption.

10/09/2013

 
Apple lifts wraps on iPhone 5S, 5C
Market Watch

Francisco Jeronimo, a mobile-device analyst with IDC, said in a research note that in addition to retaining its current base of customers, Apple needs the new products to succeed in order to “attract the second wave of smartphone adopters in developed markets, who are reluctant to adopt a smartphone,” as well as address the opportunity that emerging markets represent.

“They will become the biggest smartphone markets in the world, but [are markets] where price is a major barrier to smartphone adoption,” Jeronimo said.

10/09/2013

 
Western European Mobile Phone Market Grows in 2Q13, but Declines Sequentially Due to Announcement of New Devices; LTE Represents 32% of Total Market, Says IDC
IDC
10/09/2013

 
Smartphones em Portugal ultrapassam telemóveis tradicionais pela primeira vez
Publico (in Portuguese)

(in Portuguese)
“Apesar de o mercado de telemóveis português continuar em queda, o forte crescimento dos smartphones é um facto importante a destacar. Pela primeira vez, as vendas de smartphones ultrapassaram as vendas de telefones tradicionais. Esta tendência continuará a acentuar-se nos próximos trimestres, uma vez que a aposta dos fabricantes continuará a ser em telefones a preços baixos, com o sistema operativo Android, mas com uma superior experiência de utilização”, disse, em comunicado, o director europeu de investigação da área de telefones móveis da IDC, Francisco Jerónimo.

09/09/2013

 
Portugueses compram mais telemóveis inteligentes do que tradicionais
Negocios (in Portuguese)

“Esta tendência continuará a acentuar-se nos próximos trimestres, uma vez que a aposta dos fabricantes continuará a ser em telefones a preços baixos, com o sistema operativo Android, mas com uma superior experiência de utilização”, adinatou Francisco Jerónimo, Director Europeu de Research da Área de Telefones Móveis da IDC, citado em comunicado.

09/09/2013

 
Nokia chief becomes a front runner for top job at Microsoft
South China Morning Post

But outside the company it was broadly welcomed as the jump-start Nokia needed to change. "He [Elop] changed the way Nokia operated. And he did a very good job. He was fast at executing and changing the mind-set of the company," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

08/09/2013

 
Com a compra da Nokia, a Microsoft pode ter encontrado um novo líder
Publico (in Portuguese)

(in Portuguese)
Com a venda da unidade de telemóveis da Nokia à Microsoft, já há quem considere que ficou resolvida a questão da sucessão de Steve Ballmer. A corrida ainda está, obviamente, em aberto, mas hoje, muitos analistas citados pela Bloomberg apontavam o canadiano Stephen Elop, presidente executivo cessante da Nokia e ex-quadro da Microsoft, como bem posicionado para ser o sucessor que Ballmer procura desde 2010, tendo em conta a sua experiência adquirida dentro e fora da empresa. A mesma opinião é partilhada pelo analista da IDC, Francisco Jerónimo.

05/09/2013

 
Nokia Deal Signals End of an Era: Jeronimo
Bloomberg

(Video)

Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC U.K. Ltd., discusses competition in the mobile handset market with Anna Edwards on Bloomberg Television's "Countdown.

04/09/2013

 
Elop Rejoining Microsoft Lifts Odds of Succeeding Ballmer
Bloomberg

“If Elop hadn’t made some of the drastic moves he did, such as switching operating systems, it would have ended up like Palm,” the pioneering handheld-device company that eventually got sold to Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at researcher IDC in London. “Moving to Windows was the right decision, but Elop probably wasn’t expecting the ecosystem to take so long to grow.”

04/09/2013

 
Project gold medal: why Microsoft raced to Nokia deal
The Sydney Morning Herald

“Microsoft realised that it wouldn’t be possible to succeed without controlling the entire value chain,” said Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at research firm IDC in London. “Nokia has realised that it needed a stronger ally with the financial muscle to continue driving its Lumia smartphones.”

04/09/2013

 
Microsoft Raced to $7.2 Billion Deal With Soul-Searching
Bloomberg

“Microsoft realized that it wouldn’t be possible to succeed without controlling the entire value chain,” said Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at research firm IDC in London. “Nokia has realized that it needed a stronger ally with the financial muscle to continue driving its Lumia smartphones.”

04/09/2013

 
Sony launches lens accessories and Z1 handset at Ifa
BBC

"The concept is interesting, but when you think about using it, will users want to carry them around?" asked Francisco Jeronimo, mobile devices research manager at tech consultancy IDC.

"The problem is that for those wanting top-quality photographs, the experience of having a DSLR [digital single lens reflex] offers a better experience than a phone with an add-on camera.

"Meanwhile having the lens attached to a phone makes it feel quite bulky compared to a compact camera or stand-alone handset.

"If the lenses were priced under £100, then I could see photography geeks buying it, or operators bundling it with the phone, but these lenses will be quite expensive."

04/09/2013

 
Saviour or slayer? Either way, Nokia's Elop a contender for Microsoft chief
Reuters

"He (Elop) changed the way Nokia operated. And he did a very good job, he was fast at executing and changing the mind-set of the company," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

04/09/2013

 
Nokia share price soars but Microsoft's drops as markets react to deal
V3

While the markets may have been unimpressed with Microsoft's decision to buy Nokia's phone unit, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said the firm was far better placed than Nokia to compete against Android and Apple.

"We will probably see more agreements like this one in the future. The time for pure-play vendors has ended and the remaining ones haven't understood that yet," he said.

03/09/2013

 
Quel avenir pour le nouveau Nokia ? Quelle stratégie pour Microsoft ?
ZDNet (in French)

Microsoft, "qui n'a jamais réussi dans le hardware", excepté la Xbox, se dote désormais d'un modèle intégré à la Apple. "Microsoft a compris qu'il ne pourrait pas réussir sans contrôler toute la chaîne de valeur", ajoute dans un communiqué Francisco Jeronimo, directeur de recherche pour IDC.

03/09/2013

 
Microsoft Needs Its Own Mobile Strategy, Nokia Alone Will Not Deliver
Business Computing World

Opinion

03/09/2013

 
Este negócio é o fim de uma era para a Nokia e a Microsoft
Sapo (in Portuguese)

(in Portuguese)
A Microsoft pode não se ficar pela compra da divisão de telemóveis da Nokia e investir a breve prazo num fabricante de tablets, defende Francisco Jerónimo, analista da IDC.

03/09/2013

 
Thoughts From Europe On Microsoft's Nokia Acquisition
Forbes

Francisco Jeronimo, Research Director for European Mobile Devices at IDC, notes that Blackberry and Nokia were facing similar challenges – the dwindling number of first-time smartphone buyers, leading to competition for “switchers” – a far more expensive proposition, and one in which price is a major feature, forcing mobile players to “dominate the entire value chain”, in order to be able to extract margin from lower costs. Nokia was not only the largest shipper of Windows Phones, it was also the only one that was realistically for sale, and which had Windows Phone at the center of its mobile strategy.

03/09/2013

 
Nokia's Future Is Smaller—and Probably Brighter
Business Week

Nokia, meanwhile, will piece together a more modest, perhaps more sustainable future as a networking, mapping, and patent-licensing company. “They have the chance not to go bust and to continue investing in the businesses where they make money,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC

03/09/2013

 
Microsoft's Nokia acquisition is 'a necessary gamble,' analysts say
PCWorld

The deal between Microsoft and Nokia also highlights how competitive the smartphone market has become, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC.

“I think it’s very clear that Nokia was struggling. This is the kind of decision that isn’t taken lightly, and I am sure there was a lot of discussion within the company. But Nokia must have understood that it didn’t have enough financial resources to compete, particularly with Apple and Samsung,” Jeronimo said.

03/09/2013

 
Nokia: A história da empresa centenária que largou os telemóveis num negócio que representa o fim de uma era
Publico (in Portuguese)

“A Microsoft estava a contar com a Nokia para tornar o Windows Phone um sucesso e a Nokia estava a contar com a Microsoft para aumentar as vendas. Agora é o tempo de a Microsoft tomar conta do seu próprio destino”, diz Francisco Jerónimo, estimando que mais negócios deste género venham a ocorrer no futuro, criando empresas com o controlo de toda a cadeia de valor neste negócio, como sempre fez a Apple.

03/09/2013

 
Move over Apple? Russian firm crosses iPhone with Kindle
CNBC

Francisco Jeronimo, research director for analysis firm IDC, believes a niche product like this could sell in some markets for around $200 but pricing the device at the high end will give it little chance of success.

"It may sell a few thousand units in Eastern Europe but it would never get support from operators in the Western world," he told CNBC. The additional screen will still use up battery and will be too small for reading, he said, adding that applications for screen could be few and far between.

28/08/2013

 
Apple IPhone Rumor Boosts Biometrics Companies
BusinessWeek

For consumers, biometric identification has yet to make mobile payment and other uses convenient enough to be compelling, says Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at market researcher IDC. “The only way this technology is going to become mainstream is if it truly brings additional value to users,” Jeronimo says. “It’s a risky bet.”

22/08/2013

 
Carl Icahn plays nice with Tim Cook – but for how long?
The Guardian

"This period is crucial for Tim Cook and the company in general," says IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo. "If Apple launches a cheap iPhone, the second wave of adopters will probably buy one instead of any other brand. If they sell a cheaper phone to this second wave, they will be potential new buyers of the very expensive new iPhones in the future."

15/08/2013

 
En grande difficulté, BlackBerry est désormais prêt à se vendre
Le Monde (in French)

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"S'ils font une annonce publique, c'est qu'ils n'ont pas trouvé de partenaire jusqu'ici, estime Francisco Jeronimo, analyste chez IDC. C'est étonnant car BlackBerry possède de sérieux atouts : l'un des plus gros portefeuilles de brevets au monde et un réseau sécurisé très prisé dans les grands groupes mondiaux. Le prix demandé est peut-être trop élevé..."

13/08/2013

 
Vender-se ou encolher ainda mais são as opções para o futuro da BlackBerry
Publico (in Portuguese)

Três meses depois, o anúncio de que a Blackberry quer um comprador, feito na segunda-feira com a notícia de que formou um comité para estudar opções estratégicas, só tem uma interpretação para Francisco Jerónimo, analista da IDC em Londres: “Claro que não há interessados. O que estão a dizer é ‘não conseguimos encontrar comprador, estamos disponíveis para ofertas’”.

A Microsoft poderia ser uma compradora, considera Francisco Jerónimo, sobretudo pela tecnologia da BlackBerry destinada ao mercado empresarial. “Os consumidores são um segmento morto para a BlackBerry, sem qualquer possibilidade de o conquistarem”, diz taxativamente.

13/08/2013

 
BlackBerry estuda opções, incluindo a venda da empresa
Publico (in Portuguese)

O analista da IDC Francisco Jerónimo considera que a notícia desta segunda-feira torna "claro" que a BlackBerry esteve à procura de um comprador e não conseguiu encontrar interessados. "Nunca disseram publicamente que estavam à procura, agora estão a dizê-lo". Jerónimo classifica este anúncio como um "erro estratégico de relações públicas", porque retira confiança tanto a clientes do segmento de consumo, como aos do segmento empresarial, um mercado que é particularmente importante para a fabricante canadiana, agora que a generalidade dos consumidores está voltada para o iPhone e para os muitos Android.

12/08/2013

 
BlackBerry's Short List of 'Strategic Alternatives'
Business Week

BlackBerry says that it can’t guarantee it’ll find an acceptable buyer and that it won’t discuss the matter again until it does so or gives up on selling. So why come out and say anything?

“It’s probably another PR mistake,” says Francisco Jeronimo, who tracks the mobile market for IDC. “They’ve have some in the past.”

12/08/2013

 
BlackBerry starts looking for buyer or partner as new OS struggles
Computer World

IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo paints a darker picture of BlackBerry's current situation.

"It is very clear that BlackBerry 10 isn't a success after all, and won't save the company. At least BlackBerry has recognized that before the company is completely out of cash, which gives it some time to explore its options. And I believe the only option it has is to sell the company, because I don't think there is anyone willing to license BlackBerry 10," Jeronimo said.

12/08/2013

 
What will become of Blackberry?
Fox News

The future for the company looks bleak, said IDC Research Director Francisco Jeronimo, whether it's selling part of the business or moving to a software licensing model.

"The only option it has is to sell the company," Jeronimo said bluntly.

"I don't think there is anyone willing to license BlackBerry 10."

12/08/2013

 
Blackberry forms committee to explore possible sale
BBC

"It's quite surprising to see a statement like this made publically," said Francisco Jeronimo from the technology research firm IDC.

"Everyone knows that they've been struggling and looking at their options. It's clear that they haven't been able to find anyone who wants to buy or form a partnership.

"Blackberry has very strong assets and is one of the most recognised portfolios in the industry.

"The question now is how much they're asking and what's on offer."

12/08/2013

 
Samsung smartwatch revealed by patent filings
BBC

"The small screen size means many of the suggestions didn't seem relevant," said Francisco Jeronimo, a mobile device expert at the company.

"We also found there was much more interest in smartglasses, with features such as recording a video or taking pictures of what you are looking at proving most popular. The reason for that is that this offers a new feature that consumers can't get from any other existing device."

06/08/2013

 
Francisco Jeronimo, talks on the kind of impact the Samsung-Apple patent dispute is going to have on the two tech giants.
Channel News Asia

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Francisco Jeronimo, Research Director, IDC talks on the kind of impact the Samsung-Apple patent dispute is going to have on the two tech giants.

05/08/2013

 
Moto X: Google unveils 'self-driving', always listening smartphone
The Guardian

"Users have large screens, they have voice control – so at the end of the day what may attract users to replace their current smartphone is a completely new experience," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo. "In my opinion, it's one of the biggest trends of the next year."

02/08/2013

 
Moto X 'always listening' phone launched by Google's Motorola
BBC

Francisco Jeronimo, a mobile phones analyst at market intelligence firm IDC, said the company had targeted the basics - changing how a phone is controlled.

"The interaction with the phone, the way we speak, the way we activate the functions - it can be done in a different way," he said.

01/08/2013

 
HTC warns of third-quarter losses
The Guardian

"They are definitely in trouble," said Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones analyst for the research company IDC. "For a company that was awarded 'best smartphone in the world' for its HTC One, which is meant to be its flagship, if they can't make a profit from it, that's quite concerning."

30/07/2013

 
Cutting Room: Nokia deserves credit for Lumia 1020
Mobile News

However, analysts threw lukewarm – rather than freezing cold – water on Nokia’s strategy. IDC research director for European mobile devices Francisco Jeronimo said the Lumia 1020 could become a niche product

30/07/2013

 
Apple reportedly testing 13-inch iPad and larger iPhone
The Independent

Speaking to The Independent, the IDC's mobile Research Director for European Mobile Devices Francisco Jeronimo said "the larger screen gives the better experience - when you start using a larger screen it's very hard to go back."

22/07/2013

 
Nokia ne parvient pas à se redresser sur le marché des smartphones
Le Monde (In French)

(In French)

"Pourquoi continuer à acheter un téléphone basique quand une marque comme MediaTek ou Xiaomi fabrique des smartphones au même prix ?", s'interroge Francisco Jeronimo du cabinet IDC.

19/07/2013

 
Nokia revenues slide 24% but Lumia sales rise offers hope
The Guardian

"Nokia continues to show no signs of recovery in the US market," observed Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones analyst for the research company IDC. "High investments, high expectations, low results."

18/07/2013

 
Nokia's Stephen Elop: 'Strategically, we have an opening'
The Observer

"Despite the quality of the device, I have some serious doubts about whether it will change Nokia's fortunes, and it risks becoming a niche product," says IDC's Francisco Jeronimo.

14/07/2013

 
Is this Nokia's last ditch attempt to take on Apple and Samsung? New handset has 41megapixel camera - the biggest of all phones
Daily Mail

'Despite the quality of the device, I have some serious doubts about whether it will change Nokia's fortunes, and it risks becoming a niche product,' added IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

12/07/2013

 
Nokia's Lumia 1020 features 41 megapixel camera
BBC

"Most people just look at their photos on their smartphone or a social network on a computer - and for this the other vendors already provide very good quality," Francisco Jeronimo, a mobile phone analyst at the firm IDC, told the BBC.

"Nokia needs to convince consumers that this new handset outperforms others in low-light conditions, otherwise they would only really notice the difference if they zoomed in on the images on a large screen or printed out a poster.

The new handset allows owners to adjust focus, shutter speed and white balance via a new user interface

"It may be the best smartphone out there but I doubt it will be enough to convince many users to jump platform from Android or iOS which accounted for 92% of global shipments in the last quarter."

11/07/2013

 
Nokia Goes For Camera Phone Crown With 41-Megapixel Lumia - But Will Consumers Care?
Forbes

Though I haven’t tested the 1020 myself, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo tried out the Lumia 1020 at an analyst event in Helsinki and said the photo quality was impressive. “For an amateur or professional photographer who needs a quality camera on the move, this is the best option available on the smartphone,” he said.

But therein lies a risk that a phone with monster-sized megapixels will have more niche, than mass, appeal. Jeronimo points to a survey IDC carried out last December which showed that out of the 23 most important features that consumers thought about when buying a smartphone, camera resolution ranked at 15. More important was audio quality, battery life, ease of use and operating system

11/07/2013

 
Nokia unveils smartphone with 41-megapixel camera
CBC News

"Despite the quality of the device, I have some serious doubts about whether it will change Nokia's fortunes, and it risks becoming a niche product," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

11/07/2013

 
Nokia to bet on Lumia's camera upgrade to overcome budget handicap
Reuters

"What I'm expecting to see is a powerful device that will differentiate it from competitors' high-end handsets. But whether this will be enough to compete with Samsung and Apple? I doubt it," said Francisco Jeronimo, of research firm IDC.

10/07/2013

 
Smartphone 'Saturation' Fears for Apple, Samsung (Video)
CNBC

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05/07/2013

 
Smartphone 'Saturation' Fears for Apple, Samsung
CNBC

"Apple and Samsung have been dominating the high-end of the market and that's the part of the market that is getting saturated," Francisco Jeronimo, a research director for IDC, told CNBC.

"The new vendors like Huawei and ZTE, and other vendors, particularly from China, are challenging the main vendors because they are improving their experience on their devices at a lower price."

05/07/2013

 
Apple hires Yves Saint Laurent CEO to head special projects
PC Advisor

[...] the hire has resulted in analysts speculating, and wearable computing is on top of the list, according to [...] IDC's Francisco Jeronimo.

Jeronimo agreed: hiring someone with Deneve's background makes sense if Apple wants to enter the burgeoning sector, he said.

"This is an area that will explode in the next couple of years," Jeronimo said.

The smartphone market in many developed parts of the world is saturated, so device makers such as Apple have to come up with new products to ensure growth. Apple is good at putting out products that consumers don't know what to do with when they first see them, but still want to buy, according to Jeronimo

03/07/2013

 
BlackBerry Gives Up on Its Tablet, While Consumers Give Up on Its Phones
Business Week

The BlackBerry results were sufficiently bleak that Francisco Jeronimo, director of European mobile device research for market researcher IDC, said on Twitter that the company should just abandon consumer sales altogether.

“BlackBerry needs to refocus on the enterprise segment. They are not a major phone player nor a consumer brand anymore and will never be,” Jeronimo wrote.

28/06/2013

 
BlackBerry sold 6.8 million smartphones but lost $84 million last quarter
PC World

Shipments of 7.7 million phones would have been an “OK” result, according to IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo. The soft sales lead analysts to question the future of BlackBerry 10 and the company during a conference call on the results.

“It needs strong campaigns to drive awareness of the new platform and user experience; new devices at lower price points, and to refocus on the enterprise segment where they still have a chance. The consumer segment is lost and the only chance is on the enterprise segment, particularly the large enterprises,” Jeronimo said.

28/06/2013

 
ZTE Targets European Smartphone Retailers to Chip at Samsung (2)
Business Week

“ZTE has to change the brand awareness in the market if they’re going to expect any real smartphone growth outside of China,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC in London.

27/06/2013

 
ZTE Targets European Smartphone Retailers to Chip at Samsung
Bloomberg

“ZTE has to change the brand awareness in the market if they’re going to expect any real smartphone growth outside of China,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC in London.

 

27/06/2013

 
Europe mobile market cooling
City AM

Smartphones accounted for a record 72 per cent of total sales but IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo said that smartphones grew at 12 per cent year-on-year – the slowest rate since the firm started tracking the market.

26/06/2013

 
Smartphones : l'iPhone perd du terrain en Europe face à Samsung
Le Figaro (in French)

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«Le marché européen entre dans la seconde vague d'adoption des smartphones», explique Francisco Jeronimo, analyste à l'institut IDC

26/06/2013

 
Apple Abroad: What if the World Doesn't Want IPhones?
Business Week

People who want high-end smartphones have probably already bought them, says Francisco Jeronimo, IDC’s director of European mobile device research. New buyers have less disposable income and are buying smartphones only because they have become cheap. “We are now entering the second wave of smartphone adoption, which will be driven by those users with no need for a smartphone,” he says.

26/06/2013

 
IDC: Smartphone slowdown in European markets
ZDNet

"We are now entering the second wave of smartphone adoption in the region. The first wave was driven by those users looking for devices that would meet their mobility needs. They did look for the best devices in terms of performance and user experience, and more importantly, they were able to afford and pay a premium to get a premium experience. We are now entering the second wave of smartphone adoption, which will be driven by those users with no need for a smartphone," said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research director at IDC.

26/06/2013

 
Vendas de smartphones crescem 30% em Portugal
Diário Económico (in Portuguese)

"Apesar de o mercado português ter ainda uma penetração deste tipo de terminais inferior à media Europeia - já nos 72% -, estamos a assistir ao início da segunda fase de adopção deste tipo de telefones. A primeira fase de adopção foi liderada pelos utilizadores com necessidade de acesso às funcionalidades dos ‘smartphones', esta segunda fase será liderada pelos utilizadores que não precisam de um ‘smartphone'", explica Francisco Jerónimo, Director Europeu de Research da Área de Telefones Móveis da IDC.

24/06/2013

 
Samsung ganha quota de mercado em Portugal com venda de smartphones
Sabado (in Portuguese)

“Apesar do mercado português ter ainda uma penetração deste tipo de terminais (smartphones) inferior à media europeia - já nos 72% -, estamos a assistir ao início da segunda fase de adopção deste tipo de telefones”, afirmou Francisco Jerónimo, director europeu de Research da Área de Telefones Móveis da IDC, citado em comunicado.

24/06/2013

 
Samsung: o plano de domínio mundial com Android e Windows 8
Dinheiro Vivo (in Portuguese)

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Mas o que ficou a faltar foi um modelo Windows Phone 8, o que surpreendeu o analista Francisco Jerónimo. Mostra que eles não o reconhecem como sistema operativo capaz de chegar perto do Android ou de qualquer outro, indicou, referindo que o investimento está a ser direcionado para o su próprio sistema Tizen, que deverá sair no Verão.

22/06/2013

 
Apple donne un bon coup de jeune à son iPhone avec le nouvel iOS 7
La Tribune (in French)

«Première impressions sur l'iOS7 : impressionnant et prometteur» confie Francisco Jeronimo du cabinet IDC.

10/06/2013

 
Apple reveals iOS 7 design revamp and iTunes Radio
BBC News

"People were getting a bit bored with the old design so Apple needed to make significant changes," said IDC's mobile device research director Francisco Jeronimo.

10/06/2013

 
Moto X Rises: Motorola to Launch a Smarter Smartphone Against Apple & Samsung?
The Verge

A research director at IDC told the WSJ that while Nokia's sales are split about evenly between smartphones and "more basic" phones, around 80 percent of units moved by Samsung are smartphones.

29/05/2013

 
Nokia Loses Lead in Home Market
Wall Street Journal

The IDC numbers were first reported by Finnish news website Digitoday.fi on Tuesday, and Francisco Jeronimo, IDC’s research director on European mobile devices, later disclosed the data in an interview.

28/05/2013

 
Jolla unveils first Sailfish-based smartphone, takes orders
TechHive

The market for smartphone operating systems will get a lot more crowded this year, as the respective backers of Firefox OS, Ubuntu and Tizen are also expected to launch their first phones. The only thing Jolla has got going for it is its small size, which means it doesn't have to sell many devices to survive, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research director at IDC.

20/05/2013

 
Nokia unveils new metal-body Lumia smartphone
Reuters

"The mid and low end of the smartphone segment is where the most growth will be in the coming years," said Francisco Jeronimo, analyst at technology research firm IDC, adding that Apple and Samsung have already cornered the high-end market.

"The high end is a very tough segment to enter and to compete in. You have to have huge marketing budgets."

14/05/2013

 
Nokia Lumia 925 slims down its flagship Windows Phone
BBC News

"Nokia is starting to see the first positive results," said Francisco Jeronimo, the IDC's research director for European mobile devices.

"They recently forecast about 30% growth for their Lumia [Windows Phone] handsets for the second quarter - if they keep growing at the same rate they will be progressing well.

"At this point it's too early to invest in Android and start again from scratch, but in six months' time if shipments aren't growing they may need to rethink the strategy."

14/05/2013

 
Nokia Betting on $20 Handset as It Loses Ground on IPhone
Bloomberg

“The low-end, high-volume part of the mobile-phone market is a huge opportunity for Nokia (NOK1V) in developing countries,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC in London. “These users will be likely to upgrade to more expensive phones over time, so it’s a good strategy to keep a high market share in this segment.”

29/04/2013

 
Samsung warns of 'unprecedented demand' for Galaxy S4 phone - as customers who pre-ordered are told they have to wait up to a week
Daily Mail

'I believe the Samsung Galaxy S4 could be an important milestone for the Korean company, as it could be the first smartphone to outsell an iPhone,' said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst with IDC.

'The Samsung Galaxy S4 can be a game changer for Samsung, and I believe for the first time that this device has the potential to outsell the next generation of iPhone - assuming that Apple will incrementally improve the next version of the iPhone.'

26/04/2013

 
Nokia Q1 results
CNBC

FRANCISCO JERONIMO, RESEARCH MANAGER AT IDC

"6 million Lumias is quite promising."

"They are on a right track and we can see a much better year for Nokia smartphones. They are far from volumes of Samsung and Apple, but that is not where Nokia is trying to compete now. Nokia is trying to go for the mass market."

"They are trying to compete on the segment where consumers are moving from feature phones to smartphones, but they want cheap smartphones."

"I think when Nokia gets to over 10 million of Windows phone 8 ... (that is the) volume that will keep Nokia in the game."

18/04/2013

 
Nokia shares fall despite higher Lumia sales
BBC

"Six million Lumias is quite promising," said Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC, a tech research firm.

They are on a right track and we can see a much better year for Nokia smartphones. They are far from volumes of Samsung and Apple, but that is not where Nokia is trying to compete now. Nokia is trying to go for the mass market.

They are trying to compete on the segment where consumers are moving from feature phones to smartphones, but they want cheap smartphones."

18/04/2013

 
Nokia Lacking Five-Inch Screen on Lumia Threatens Revival
Bloomberg

“This is a trend that can’t be missed,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at researcher IDC in London. “People are using smartphones in different ways now, consuming media by streaming over faster mobile networks. A 5-inch screen for a smartphone just feels right in the hand.”

Sales of handsets 5 inches or bigger soared to 29.7 million units last year from 1.2 million a year earlier, Jeronimo said.

02/04/2013

 
Nokia told to make a ‘phablet’ or again risk being left behind
BGR

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo says that big-screen devices are “a trend that can’t be missed” because “people are using smartphones in different ways now, consuming media by streaming over faster mobile networks.”

02/04/2013

 
Samsung dévoile sa nouvelle arme anti-iPhone
Les Echos (in French)

(in Fench)
Pour Francisco Jeronimo, du cabinet d'études IDC, « le Galaxy S IV pourrait changer le jeu et être le premier smartphone de Samsung a se vendre mieux qu'un iPhone ».

18/03/2013

 
S4, o Galaxy que quer ser a estrela
Publico (in Portuguese)

(in Portuguese)
“Nunca antes um smartphone da Samsung conseguiu tanto interesse”, observou o analista da IDC Francisco Jerónimo, numa nota enviada aos jornalistas. “Isto mostra como a marca se tem tornado forte nos últimos anos, mas também mostra que a Samsung é um dos fabricantes de telemóveis com mais inovação”.
“Ao lançar o Galaxy S4 no final de Abril, em vez de Junho ou Julho, a Samsung vai tirar partido de um período de vendas quase exclusivo de vários meses, em que a competição de topo é mínima”, observou Francisco Jerónimo. “Isto vai pôr pressão na Apple para inovar no lançamento do próximo iPhone”.

15/03/2013

 
'The Galaxy S4 can be a game changer for Samsung': Experts give their verdict on the latest iPhone killer - and say it could even OUTSELL Apple's handset
Daily Mail

'I believe the Samsung Galaxy S4 could be an important milestone for the Korean company, as it could be the first smartphone to outsell an iPhone,' said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst with IDC.

'The Samsung Galaxy S4 can be a game changer for Samsung, and I believe for the first time that this device has the potential to outsell the next generation of iPhone - assuming that Apple will incrementally improve the next version of the iPhone.'

15/03/2013

 
Galaxy S4: Samsung “Unpacks” A New Mobile Experience
Business Computing World

After unprecedented weeks of speculation and rumours, Samsung finally announced the Galaxy S4 mobile phone last night in New York. Never before has a Samsung smartphone caught so much interest. This shows how strong the brand has become in recent years, but it also shows that Samsung is one of the most innovative phone makers.

15/03/2013

 
Les smartphones à moins de 300 euros se multiplient
Le Monde (in French)

"La qualité de ce que l'on peut avoir aujourd'hui pour ces prix-là n'a rien à voir avec ce qui était disponible ne serait-ce qu'il y a un an et demi ! remarque Francisco Jeronimo du cabinet IDC, nous assistons à l'émergence d'une vraie tendance de fond."

11/03/2013

 
Will the Samsung Galaxy S4 eclipse the iPhone?
The Observer

"Apple is not the one leading the market," said Francisco Jeronimo from analysis firm IDC. "I wouldn't be surprised if the new Samsung device sells more than the new Apple device over the next two years."

10/03/2013

 
Apple vs. Samsung
CNBC

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Francisco Jeronimo, research director of European mobile devices at IDC, analyzes the smartphone market and the outlook for Apple and Samsung.

08/03/2013

 
Nokia com telemóveis baratos para continuar competitiva
Publico (in Portuguese)

O analista da IDC Francisco Jerónimo acredita que “o Nokia 105 vai provavelmente ser o telemóvel mais barato de uma marca grande disponível no mundo”, a par do Nokia 301, que irá custar cerca de 65 euros. “O desafio está em como atingir o mercado da gama mais baixa, a preços bastante acessíveis e que dêem margem para lucro. O Nokia 105 é provavelmente a melhor resposta a esta questão”, refere uma nota do analista.

27/02/2013

 
Orange Throws Its Weight Behind Tizen OS, With Phones Launching In France In Q3 — Other Markets In 2014
TechCrunch

According to IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo, who also attended the Tizen launch, the first Tizen device will debut in France in August/September — with Orange and Samsung, followed by other markets in 2014.

26/02/2013

 
Nokia Unveils Low-Priced Phones Amid Intensifying Global Competition
New York Times

“Nokia is targeting the right end of the market with new, inexpensive phones,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst with IDC in London. “This is where the growth is.”

25/02/2013

 
Nokia to Sell Cheaper Lumias to Challenge Android
Bloomberg

The new Lumias position Nokia “very well to compete against mid-range Android devices,” Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at research firm IDC, said in an e-mail. The phones are set to appeal to carriers seeking cheaper devices and alternatives to the dominant operating systems of Google Inc.’s Android and Apple’s iOS, he said.

25/02/2013

 
Nokia strengthens basic range with 15 euro phone
Reuters

IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo said it would probably be the cheapest phone available in the world from a major brand when it goes on sale later this quarter.

"The pressure is now on the Chinese vendors. Why will any consumer in the world buy a cheap Chinese phone when they can have the same price with better quality from a well known brand?" he said.

25/02/2013

 
New Orange smartphones add to growing own device range which now has the fastest growing market share across Orange’s European footprint
Orange

"Orange's strategy of selling its own branded devices at affordable prices sets a very good benchmark for all industry players,” said Francisco Jeronimo, Research Director, European Mobile Devices, IDC. “When consumers' needs are thoroughly understood, there is still room in the market to create value in all segments. These three new smartphones show Orange's strong commitment to innovation and will provide customers with a differentiated experience."

22/02/2013

 
Orange's Europe-bound trio of branded phones includes its first 4G handset
Engadget

"Orange's strategy of selling its own branded devices at affordable prices sets a very good benchmark for all industry players," said Francisco Jeronimo, Research Director, European Mobile Devices, IDC. "When consumers' needs are thoroughly understood, there is still room in the market to create value in all segments. These three new smartphones show Orange's strong commitment to innovation and will provide customers with a differentiated experience."

21/02/2013

 
Special preview: 2013 Global Mobile Awards
GSMA

Video. Comment @ 3:50

11/02/2013

 
New camera war brewing in the smartphone market
PCWorld

The rest of the year will be just as critical for Nokia as it is for HTC, and the Finnish company has only two options for 2013: either significantly increase sales or change its strategy radically, according to IDC's Francisco Jeronimo

06/02/2013

 
Novos BlackBerry tentam mostrar que ainda há vida para além do iPhone e dos Android
Publico (in Portuguese)

A estratégia da fabricante dos BlackBerry parece ser mais a de estancar a sangria do que a de crescer. "Estimamos que venha a ter 4% a 6% do mercado nos próximos anos", disse ao PÚBLICO o analista da IDC para o mercado europeu, Francisco Jerónimo. Este é um intervalo onde se encaixa a quota de mercado actual.

Francisco Jerónimo tem uma opinião favorável do sistema, mas argumenta que os modelos apresentados destinam-se mais a reter o segmento empresarial do que a apelar aos consumidores finais, onde será difícil convencer os utilizadores a abandonar os iPhones e os Androids. Além disso, o mercado de consumo "assenta em telemóveis mais baratos" e o analista antecipa que a fabricante canadiana venha a apostar neste segmento ao longo do próximo ano.

03/02/2013

 
BlackBerry quiere volver a ser 'cool'
El Mundo (in Spanish)

El futuro dependería de una nueva estrategia corporativa, desde alianzas estratégicas o vender sus licencias. No hay plan B para BlackBerry porque el tiempo y la inversión en el nuevo sistema es demasiado grande", explica por correo electrónico Francisco Jeronimo, responsable europeo de investigación de mercado de dispositivos móviles de la consultora IDC.

"El segmento empresarial va a seguir siendo el principal nicho de la compañía. Aquellas empresas que utilizan los servidores BlackBerry y con miles de usuarios no van a abandonar toda la infraestructura de repente", cree Francisco Jeronimo, de IDC, que resalta que no va a ser tan fácil atraer a los usuarios domésticos.

02/02/2013

 
Why is the BlackBerry Z10 on sale in the U.K. first?
CNET

The overriding reason, according to Francisco Jeronimo, Research Manager for European Mobile Devices at IDC, is that the UK is the biggest BlackBerry market in the world. Contrast his figures: in the third quarter of 2012, BlackBerry had a 12% market share in the UK, with Apple at 25%. In the US, BlackBerry accounted for just 2% to Apple's 25%.

Jeronimo argues that it's not just teenagers with BlackBerry phones: "Most companies have their corporate emails running on BlackBerry servers. To change the entire mobile infrastructure is not cheap or something that can be done overnight... when we ask if companies want to move to another platform, it is very clear that the majority don't".

01/02/2013

 
BlackBerry has short window to prove itself
Market Watch (WSJ)

One analyst, Francisco Jeronimo of IDC, aptly described the major product assault as “D-Day for Research in Motion.”

“The company has no other major options; if it doesn’t succeed with the new platform, there are no alternatives on the hardware or software sides,” Jeronimo wrote in a note.

Jeronimo of IDC is predicting that BlackBerry will mostly remain as a favorite by corporate computer users. Part of the new BlackBerry 10 software will divide the personal and corporate element of the phone, so that IT managers can control what they need to control and consumers can have freedom with personal email, apps and games.

“IDC estimates that BlackBerry will continue to be a major player in the enterprise segment, but a smaller player in the overall smartphone market with a market share of around 5%,” he wrote.

31/01/2013

 
New BlackBerry Devices Are The Only Possible Plan For Success
Business Computing World

Opinion

30/01/2013

 
BlackBerry reinventado num lançamento crucial
Publico (in Portuguese)

“Este é o Dia D para a Research in Motion”, escreveu o analista da IDC para o mercado europeu, Francisco Jerónimo, numa nota depois do evento. “A empresa não tem mais grandes opções; se não for bem-sucedida com a nova plataforma, não há alternativas no lado do hardware ou do software. O futuro estará então dependente de uma nova estratégia corporativa, desde alianças estratégicas a licenciamentos”, observou, notando que a multinacional canadiana não tem, devido aos custos e ao tempo necessário, hipótese de adoptar um outro sistema operativo. “Não há plano B possível”.

Francisco Jerónimo elogia os novos modelos lançados – destacando o novo browser e a “jóia da coroa”, o novo teclado virtual do Z10 – e afirma que a nova interface de utilização está ao nível dos Android e do iPhone. Mas prevê mais sucesso junto do segmento empresarial, um mercado historicamente crucial para os BlackBerry, do que junto dos consumidores generalistas.

30/01/2013

 
Blackberry 10 handset to launch first in the UK
BBC

"The new keyboard is the jewel in the crown and Blackberry has mastered the experience," said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research manager at IDC.

"The browser, one of the weakest features on the old Blackberry devices, is now an enjoyable experience.

"This is not a new Blackberry device, this is a completely new Blackberry experience. For the first time the traditional keyboard Blackberry users will it find easier to type on a touchscreen."

30/01/2013

 
BlackBerry maker bets striking a balance will be key to recovery
The Times

Francisco Jeronimo, an IDC analyst, said: "There is no longer any conflict between personal and professional environments. This is extremely important for large businesses."

Mr Jeronimo said that the new system would shore up RIM's position in the corporate market, where it has ceded customers to Apple and Google.

29/01/2013

 
BlackBerry to unveil new smartphones in bid to lure lost customers
The Guardian

The key to a BlackBerry revival, suggests Francisco Jeronimo, smartphone analyst at IDC, will be whether it can persuade those corporate customers – the segment where it first grew to fame as Wall Street financiers discovered they could get secure email while out of the office – to stay with it. "They could survive. You won't compare them to Apple and Samsung but they could be in the top five handset makers. If they can manage to regain trust from the companies who have been clients, they can survive, profitably, just by staying small and focused," he said.

27/01/2013

 
Apple’s 4Q12 Results Show A Much Bigger Challenge For The iPhone
Business Computing World

Despite the excellent results last quarter, it’s clear Apple won’t be able to continue posting remarkable iPhone results in the long term without a portfolio strategy change. It is now time for Apple to increase the number of devices and to address different market segments. It is time for Apple to understand that with the same form factor, the same user interface, and the same price, only Samsung will benefit.

25/01/2013

 
IPhone Beating Nokia 10-to-1 Leaves U.S. Effort in Doubt
Bloomberg

Nokia shares fell for a second day after the Espoo, Finland-based company said yesterday it sold about 700,000 handsets in North America in the holiday quarter, a fraction of the tens of millions of iPhones and Android handsets sold in the period. Francisco Jeronimo of research firm IDC in London was among analysts projecting a figure of at least 1 million Lumias.

25/01/2013

 
Nokia's U.S. Effort in Doubt as IPhone Crushes Lumia
Business Week

Francisco Jeronimo of research firm IDC in London was among analysts projecting a figure of at least 1 million Lumias.

Nokia with Windows is trailing competitors in the number of applications available, making it more difficult to convince users to switch, Jeronimo said.

“Customers just don’t know what they can get,” Jeronimo said. “They’re not familiar with the apps, services or what the phone can do. This is something Nokia must change.”

25/01/2013

 
TV Comment on Apple and Samsung results 4Q12
BBC News

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25/01/2013

 
Is mini iPad eating into Apple profits?
Daily Mail

Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst with IDC, said the firm had to release a lower cost iPhone.

'Despite the excellent results last quarter, it is now clear that Apple will not be able to continue posting consistent remarkable iPhone results in the long term without a portfolio strategy change,' he said.

'It is now time for Apple to increase the number of devices and to address different market segments.'

24/01/2013

 
Resultados da Apple desapontam investidores
Publico (in Portuguese)

O analista da IDC Francisco Jerónimo observou, no Twitter, que o aumento de vendas do iPhone está abaixo do crescimento do mercado de smartphones estimado pela IDC e que a líder Samsung é das poucas a ter um desempenho melhor do que o da média do sector. Mas, referindo-se aos números de vendas e às receitas, acrescentou: “Acho que a maioria dos vendedores de telemóveis sonhariam em ter um desempenho abaixo do mercado da forma que a Apple o faz”.

24/01/2013

 
Nokia Shows a Profit, but Shares Drop
New York Times

“This is really the time now for Nokia to put up results,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an I.D.C. analyst in London. “They are almost exclusively out there with Windows 8, and Microsoft is strongly promoting the operating system. There can be no more excuses now.”

In North America, Nokia increased its sale of phone handset sales by 40 percent in the fourth quarter to 700,000 units, up from 500,000 in the third quarter. Mr. Jeronimo said those results were weak considering the sizable marketing investment in the United States and Canada by Nokia and Microsoft on Windows 8.

24/01/2013

 
Nokia bounces back to profit on smartphone demand
The Guardian

"The fourth quarter 2012 was the bottom line for Nokia," said Francisco Jeronimo at market research firm IDC. "Significant results need to be delivered this year starting right from the first quarter. From 2013 Nokia has only two options: either significantly grow sales or change its strategy, radically."

24/01/2013

 
Nokia Set for Profitability, Analyst Says
Bloomberg

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Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) - Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC, talks about the outlook for Nokia Oyj's profitability. He talks with Francine Lacqua and Guy Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "The Pulse." (Source: Bloomberg)

11/01/2013

 
Nokia Has Some Good News After Two Years of Gloom
New York Times

“The Lumia smartphones are night-and-day different from Nokia’s old Symbian handsets,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst with the International Data Corporation in London. “I think what we are starting to see now is what will be a steady turnaround in Nokia’s fortunes.”

10/01/2013

 
Samsung’s ever soaring phone profits are just phab
The Times

"Apple needs to come up with something to compete with the Note," Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC, said. "The biggest value [this year] will come from smartphones, but these kinds of devices are getting more important in terms of revenue."

09/01/2013

 
TV, smartphone, tablette : demandez le programme!
Le Monde (in French)

(In French)
"Samsung et Sony ont compris que pour garder la main, ils doivent prendre les devants en terme de communication", estime Francisco Jeronimo, analyste chez IDC.

07/01/2013

 
Mobile handset market awaits a challenger
Financial Times

“Besides Apple and Samsung almost everyone else struggled to grow or increase market share,” says Francisco Jeronimo, analyst at IDC.

01/01/2013

 
Pôr Internet no bolso dos clientes está a transformar o negócio dos operadores
Publico (in Portuguese)

A popularidade dos smartphones e de aplicações como o Facebook e o Skype afecta o negócio dos operadores móveis de várias formas, explica por sua vez Francisco Jerónimo, analista da IDC em Londres para o mercado europeu.

31/12/2012

 
Mini tablets: size matters in Christmas battle between internet giants
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, IDC's smartphone analyst, said: "Google and Amazon will bring the tablets to the mass market – not specifically because of the screen size, but the combination of brand, specifications, experience, content and price."

25/12/2012

 
Smartphone with second e-ink screen unveiled by Yota
BBC

"I don't see many users wanting this device in the US or Western Europe," said Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at consultants IDC.

"China may be different - they like more gimmicky phones that can handle several Sim cards and feature unusual types of display - but none of those devices have done well elsewhere.

"Brand is quite a strong purchasing decision factor in western markets as well, so unless this were being promoted by a company like Samsung or being sold at a very low price I can't see much demand."

12/12/2012

 
Nokia Moves to Regain Lost Ground in China
Wall Street Journal

Francisco Jeronimo, an industry analyst at U.S.-based International Data Corp., said Wednesday's news from Nokia is encouraging. According to IDC's data, midtier smartphones are the fastest-growing phone segment in many markets such as Western Europe, and the new Lumia 620 will enable Nokia to compete head-on with affordable Android devices, Mr. Jeronimo said.

"Nokia used to be an exceptionally strong brand in China a couple of years ago, and Chinese consumers are familiar with the brand," Mr. Jeronimo said. "The deal with China Mobile is likely to boost Nokia's performance in China, but more importantly, it will help the Windows Phone platform by making a great number of Chinese aware of it."

05/12/2012

 
RIM: Signs of life for struggling BlackBerry maker?
USA Today

Francisco Jeronimo, research manager for European mobile devices at IDC, and others contend the market is reacting positively because of the forthcoming new BlackBerry models, but it isn't nearly enough to compete with Apple, Samsung and others.

02/12/2012

 
Nokia Wins Tribunal Ruling Against RIM In WLAN Patent Licensing Dispute, Reportedly Seeking U.S. Sales Ban
TechCrunch

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo commenting on the tribunal’s ruling: “This could have a significant financial impact, as all BlackBerry devices support WLAN, although the volumes are currently very low in these countries.”

28/11/2012

 
Nokia wins tribunal ruling on wireless patents
Reuters

"This could have a significant financial impact, as all BlackBerry devices support WLAN, although the volumes are currently very low in these countries," IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said.

28/11/2012

 
BlackBerry Maker RIM Loses Patent Dispute With Nokia
CNBC

"This could have a significant financial impact to RIM, as all BlackBerry devices support WLAN," IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said

28/11/2012

 
Facebook button makes a comeback on Nokia's Asha 205 phone
PC Advisor

Facebook introduced the Java-based Facebook for Every Phone app in July last year as way to allow more users to access the site and its messaging service using their mobile phones. It works just like the smartphone apps but has been implemented in a way that uses less data, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC.

Nokia isn't the first company to add a dedicated Facebook button. For example, last year HTC launched the Salsa and the ChaCha, two smartphones with dedicated Facebook buttons, but neither phone sold well.

Jeronimo doesn't expect Nokia's Facebook button to help attract more buyers either.

"It is not the Facebook button that will make a difference; it is the device itself and its overall feature set. The button is more of a marketing tool," said Jeronimo.

26/11/2012

 
Nokia's sub-$100 Asha phone features a Facebook button
PCWorld

Facebook introduced the Java-based app in July last year so users could more quickly access the site and its messaging service from mobile devices. It works just like the smartphone apps but has been implemented in a way that uses less data, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC.

The dedicated Facebook button is a feature, but not unique, Jeronimo notes. "It is not the Facebook button that will make a difference; it is the device itself and its overall feature set. The button is more of a marketing tool," he said.

26/11/2012

 
Porque é que a Apple já está a testar o iPhone 5S?
Dinheiro Vivo (in Portuguese)

Já Francisco Jerónimo, diretor europeu de pesquisa de dispositivos móveis da consultora IDC, afirma que estes rumores são irrelevantes para as vendas e estratégia da Apple.

"O impacto é nulo", comenta. "A Apple tem consciência que o lançamento num prazo recente iria prejudicar as vendas, e portanto não se espera que venha a ser lançado qualquer telefone nos próximos meses." O analista lembra que todas as empresas começam a trabalhar nos produtos com muita antecedência, "mas na prática os consumidores sabem que se estiverem sempre à espera do último modelo nunca iriam comprar um telefone." Francisco Jerónimo afirma que o impacto dos rumores "só é real quando o lançamento do novo modelo estiver a semanas de distância."

22/11/2012

 
Apple deve vender 118 mil iPad em Portugal ao longo deste ano
Diario Economico (in Portuguese)

"A força da marca Apple é sem dúvida um ponto forte, mas claro que tal só existe porque a qualidade do sistema operativo é superior à concorrência. A IDC estima que a Apple continue a dominar este mercado no próximo ano", diz ao Diário Económico Francisco Jerónimo, ‘research manager european mobile devices' da IDC.

02/11/2012

 
Windows Phone 8 operating system launched by Microsoft
BBC

"Windows Phone as a platform still has very low awareness among consumers, and that's the biggest challenge," Francisco Jeronimo, mobile devices research manager at the consultants IDC, told the BBC

29/10/2012

 
Surface tablets start shipping ahead of Windows 8 launch
BBC

"It is really hard for consumers as the portfolio of products will be huge this Christmas season," Francisco Jeronimo, mobile device researcher at consultants IDC, told the BBC.

24/10/2012

 
iPad Mini unveiled by Apple as it enters small tablet market
BBC

"The popularity of the Kindle e-reader and the Android smartphones made consumers aware of Amazon content and Google services," said Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at consultants IDC.

"The low price points of the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire have been attracting consumers looking for more affordable devices that also come with the content and services they already use or want."

But he added: "This new product from Apple will disrupt the market again. The iPad Mini is now the new category killer."

24/10/2012

 
iPad mini features: what tablet users like – and what the analysts say
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones and tablets analyst, IDC, thinks it will "disrupt the market again".

"Apple created the tablet category and pushed other vendors to find niche segments, as they were not able to compete with the category killer, the 10-inch iPad. Although the likes of Google, Samsung or Amazon have found a market opportunity for their smaller and cheaper tablets, as consumers started to realise what a tablet could be used for, but wanted a more portable and cheaper device."

24/10/2012

 
Nokia volta a ter prejuízos e vendas de smartphones caem
Publico (Portuguese)

Francisco Jerónimo, um analista da IDC, disse em entrevista à Bloomberg que o lançamento este mês do Windows 8, o novo sistema da Microsoft para computadores e tablets e que é semelhante ao sistema Windows Phone, trará benefícios para a Nokia. Por outro lado, argumentou, o facto de outros fabricantes (como a líder Samsung e a HTC) estarem a usar a plataforma da Microsoft nos seus telemóveis vai ajudar os consumidores a familiarizarem-se com o sistema e a impulsionar as vendas da Nokia.

Jerónimo notou ainda que este é provavelmente o ponto mais baixo da Nokia. Se não for, afirmou, a estratégia de Stephen Elop será questionada.

18/10/2012

 
Samsung's Use of Microsoft Windows to Benefit Nokia
Bloomberg

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18/10/2012

 
Luxury phone maker Vertu picks Nokia veteran Vanjoki as Chairman
Reuters

"Vanjoki is a veteran of this industry so clearly he is a good fit," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo. "He will need to focus a lot more on differentiation and uniqueness of products."

16/10/2012

 
Reuters Poll: Samsung extends lead over Apple in smartphone race
Reuters

"The quarter will probably become a milestone for those phone makers striving to survive," IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said.

"It will expose the weakness of their performances compared to the mammoths of this industry, Apple and Samsung, which are expected to publish stellar results following the launch of the iPhone 5 and the success of the Galaxy SIII."

11/10/2012

 
HTC suffers 79% crash in quarterly profits
The Guardian

"Samsung is the reason HTC is struggling," said Francisco Jeronimo at the research firm IDC. "HTC devices are good, the brand is strong and they keep on innovating, but Samsung invests significantly more at the point of sale compared with HTC."

10/10/2012

 
BlackBerry maker RIM's problems are far from over
The Guardian

By that time, it will face renewed pressure in the low-end markets from Finland's Nokia, as well as Chinese handset makers offering cheap Android phones, says Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones analyst at researchers IDC.

"They're still relying on a very strong brand – that's what has been supporting them," says Jeronimo. "People in those markets can't afford high-end phones like the iPhone. But if BB10 isn't as good as they have been promising, then there will be problems. Let's see what happens in the next quarter."

He thinks that will put extra pressure on as RIM comes under fire from rivals. "Nokia's Asha portfolio in emerging markets is probably the cheapest device that can provide a similar smartphone experience," he says.

28/09/2012

 
Onde fica a TV na tecnologia? (in Portuguese)
Jornal de Notícias - Noticias TV

(in Portuguese)

Artigo de Opinião

28/09/2012

 
RIM restores service after BlackBerry outage in Europe
Reuters

"This outage could not happen at the worst quarter ... when all devices are coming out and the Christmas season is approaching. They are close to their last chance, if they miss it, they will not recover," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

21/09/2012

 
HTC unveils two Windows Phone 8 handsets
BBC

"The reception from operators is quite good," said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research manager, told the BBC.

"The market wants another alternative to Android as vendors don't want to face the kind of problems that have arisen out of the lawsuits between Apple and Android device manufacturers - products being withdrawn or delayed.

"But HTC has to compete against Nokia and Samsung which also have Windows Phone 8 products.

19/09/2012

 
Apple necesita innovar
El Pais (in Spanish)

(in Spanish)
“El iPhone 5 ha sido una mejora interesante sobre el 4S, pero realmente no han añadido absolutamente nada que le haga resaltar de la competencia. El 4S al menos vino con Siri. Los clientes, especialmente los de Apple, quieren algo único en hardware y servicios y es ahí donde Apple estará obligado a ofrecer novedades en el siguiente lanzamiento”, explica Francisco Jerónimo, director de análisis de IDC.

14/09/2012

 
iOS Vs Android: Does The iPhone 5 Deliver Enough?
Business Computing World

Opinion

13/09/2012

 
iPhone 5: Apple unveils its faster, thinner 4G handset
The Guardian

"The company has changed," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo. "It is a lot more focused on profits and management rather than product. Hopefully that won't bring Apple back to where it was in the past."

13/09/2012

 
iPhone 5: industry experts give their verdicts
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo of research firm IDC

"What Apple has been doing over the last few years is to improve each hardware and software feature of the iPhone to offer the best experience possible, rather than packing the handset with features that consumers don't use or don't understand. The devices continue to offer a unique premium feeling due to the design and materials, so we foresee a strong Christmas season for Apple. But Apple still faces some challenges. The iPhone 5 does not come with any unique service or hardware features that are not available on the high-end Android devices."

13/09/2012

 
Apple iPhone 5: analysts' reaction
The Telegraph

Francisco Jeronimo Research manager, European mobile devices at IDC

The device comes with noticeable improvements to the previous iPhone 4S, the most important being the screen size.

What Apple has been doing over the last few years is to improve each hardware and software feature of the iPhone to offer the best experience possible, rather than packing the handset with features that consumers don't use or don't understand. [However] the iPhone 4S and previous versions were losing their "coolness" compared with their main competitors from Samsung, HTC, and the new Windows Phones from Nokia.

The improvements to the iPhone 5 give current iPhone users strong reasons to upgrade. For a new smartphone user it also closes the gap to the popular Android devices with bigger screens and high resolution displays. The devices continue to offer a unique premium feeling due to the design and materials, so we foresee a strong Christmas season for Apple.

13/09/2012

 
Applause Then A Shrug: World Reacts To Apple's iPhone 5
Forbes

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said by email that Apple “does not need to launch disruptive devices every single year,” and knows it doesn’t have to pack “the handset with features that consumers don’t use or don’t understand.” Still, this iPhone “does not come with any unique service or hardware features that are not available on the high-end Android devices” and it “will not be able to surpass Android volumes.”

13/09/2012

 
Apple iPhone 5 unveiled with taller screen and 4G
BBC

"Samsung has been very efficient pushing and promoting their devices offering the biggest commissions to sales people," Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC, told the BBC.

"The momentum they are gaining with consumers is very high and people see it as a very innovative brand - and customers are clearly looking for innovation rather than just refinements. Samsung will also be likely to make further gains by making price cuts before Christmas.

12/09/2012

 
Samsung, Nokia smartphones with LTE coming to Europe in Q4
PC Advisor

The availability of smartphones with LTE in Europe has been very limited compared to the U.S. But as the number of countries with commercial services grows, so will the number of smartphones with LTE consumers on the continent can choose between, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC.

11/09/2012

 
Samsung leads mobile phone sales in Europe
MSN Money

"The second quarter was impacted by a weaker economic environment in Western Europe, which contributed to lower demand," said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research manager at IDC

10/09/2012

 
DC analisa guerra entre Apple e Samsung
Dinheiro Vivo (in Portuguese)

Francisco Jerónimo, responsável europeu de research da Área de Telefones Móveis da IDC, revisita o princípio e as razões da disputa

10/09/2012

 
Apple's 'iPhone 5': will music streaming be the surprise extra?
The Guardian

"I wouldn't be surprised if they come up with some kind of service that differentiates them from the rest and which consumers value," says Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones analyst for researchers IDC.

Jeronimo says: "Look at what Samsung is doing. It's trying to compete in every market segment, and they will lead in every market. But even Samsung is changing its strategy. It's sold 20m units of its [flagship] Galaxy S3 phone in 100 days, which is very impressive." You could think that Samsung only offers the one phone from its advertising, he suggests, rather than the scores it really does: "Having a strong message and advert around one device pays. Samsung is starting to do that."

07/09/2012

 
New Windows Phone 8 Devices Come At Crucial Time For Nokia
Business Computing World

Opinion

06/09/2012

 
Amazon launches new Kindle Fire tablets in UK
BBC

Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC added: "Amazon's tablet provides a richer user experience than the Google Nexus 7 or any other 10in Android tablet on the market - the content is embedded in the hardware in such a way that it seems a feature of it and not an application that comes with it for users to open when they need to access media."

06/09/2012

 
A Key Test for Nokia's CEO
Wall Street Journal

"They were quite late on investing in smartphones and quite late in launching Android, but when they did it they grew very fast," IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said of Samsung. "If they are very serious about Windows Phone they will do the same as they did on Android, and that will be a problem and a challenge for Nokia."

05/09/2012

 
Nokia unveils new Lumia smartphones with Windows Phone 8
PC World

"The Lumia 920 comes in even brighter colors than its predecessors, including red and yellow, which will help the phone stand out in stores, when placed next to the many black ones available today," said Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC.

05/09/2012

 
Nokia placing a bet on Windows 8
MarketWatch

“The launch is extremely significant because it comes at a really important time. Nokia has gone through a significant reorganization period and its market share has been declining over the past two years. It has laid off thousands of people and cut factories to adjust to the new reality of the market and its new strategy. Now, it is time to start delivering. This is the time for Nokia to grow themselves over the next couple of quarters, and to prove to shareholders and consumers that they are a good competitor to Samsung. The U.S. ruling against Samsung in favor of Apple will help Nokia because it stands as a strong alternative to Android platforms and avoids risking further lawsuits from Apple. Also, people are familiar with the Microsoft interface. If they can have a similar experience on their PC and smartphone, consumers will value this as something they already know. And there is good feedback from consumers on the existing Lumia phone. Nokia has the best maps platform in the world. Everything is in place. Now its time to sell, there are no more excuses.”

05/09/2012

 
Samsung dominates western Europe but can't stop market falling
Mobile Magazine

Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research manager at IDC, said: 'The second quarter was impacted by a weaker economic environment in wwesestern Europe, which contributed to lower demand. Moreover, there are rumors that a number of devices will be unveiled in the third quarter and mobile operators are focused on clearing stocks ahead of the new launches. The Samsung Galaxy S III was the only major product release in the second quarter, and therefore the biggest seller in the quarter, which contributed to Samsung's dominance in the market.

05/09/2012

 
Nokia unveils two Windows Phone 8 handsets
BBC

But Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC, warned that Nokia would not have the Windows Phone 8 market to itself.

"If Samsung is serious about Windows Phone 8, it will significantly increase its marketing budgets to sell higher volumes than Nokia in the coming quarters," he said.

"It is therefore important for Nokia to continue leading the Windows Phone volumes.

"For that it needs a global launch and not one in 'selected markets' only. When Nokia WP8 devices come out, Nokia will have to execute its best operational and sales skills ever."

05/09/2012

 
Venda de telemóveis cai 21% em Portugal no 2.º trimestre
Dinheiro Vivo (in Portuguese)

(in Portuguese)
“O segundo trimestre continuou a ser afetado pela forte contração da procura em virtude da deterioração da economia portuguesa. Apesar da queda verificada, que afetou a maioria dos fabricantes, a quota de mercado da Samsung continua a crescer no segmento dos smartphones. A gama de produtos Galaxy continua a ser um caso de sucesso em toda a europa, ao qual os consumidores portugueses não têm sido indiferentes”, justifica Francisco Jerónimo, responsável europeu de research da Área de Telefones Móveis da IDC.

05/09/2012

 
Will The Mini-Tablets From Apple, Google, Samsung, Revive The Newspaper Industry? Probably Not
Forbes

“With an ‘iPad mini’, the tablet becomes much more portable,” says Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones and tablets analyst with the research firm IDC. “You can slip it in your pocket, take it on the train, wherever.”

04/09/2012

 
Samsung mantém liderança em Portugal mas perde terreno
Jornal de Negocios (in portuguese)

(in Portuguese)
A gama de produtos Galaxy continua a ser um caso de sucesso em toda a Europa, ao qual os consumidores portugueses não têm sido indiferentes”, afirma Francisco Jerónimo, Responsável Europeu de Research da Área de Telefones Móveis da IDC.

04/09/2012

 
Vendas de telemóveis caíram 21% no segundo trimestre em Portugal
Publico (in Portuguese)

(in Portuguese)
Mesmo com uma contracção desta ordem, a fabricante sul-coreana “tem conseguido dominar a alta gama, na qual só encontra concorrência por parte do iPhone da Apple”, refere a IDC. Francisco Jerónimo, analista da consultora em Londres, observa no mesmo documento que “a gama de produtos Galaxy continua a ser um caso de sucesso em toda a Europa, ao qual os consumidores portugueses não têm sido indiferentes”.

04/09/2012

 
Windows Phone 8 launch is make-or-break moment for Nokia, says analyst
PC World

But for Nokia to grow its Windows Phone sales, which it needs to do by many millions, it needs more than just new high-end devices, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC.

"It is very important to see a wider choice of smartphones based on Windows Phone at a lower price point. Nokia has started growing the portfolio and lowering the price with the Lumia 610 and 710, but much more is needed. Android only started to grow when a wider choice became available," said Jeronimo.

04/09/2012

 
Hoping for Turnaround, Nokia Bets on Windows 8
New York Times

Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at International Data Corp. in London, said there were signs that Lumia devices were beginning to gain market share on Apple and the makers of Android phones, especially Samsung of South Korea, the industry leader.

In Finland, Windows’ share of the domestic operating system market rose to 32 percent in June, nearly overtaking Android, with 36 percent.

One year earlier, Windows had zero market share, according to I.D.C.

While some might attribute the gain to Nokia’s hometown advantage in Finland, Mr. Jeronimo said Finnish buyers had largely rejected the Symbian smartphones from Nokia.

“I think Windows 8 will make a big difference for Nokia,” Mr. Jeronimo said. “It is very clear that Microsoft and Nokia are in a marathon. They are not looking at short-term results. This is not about selling devices alone but about selling an ecosystem.”

Through June, Nokia had sold 7.2 million Lumia devices worldwide, which has helped increase Windows’ share of the global market for handset operating systems to 3 percent from 2 percent a year earlier, according to I.D.C. By the end of this year, Windows’ global market share will rise to 5 percent, and it will double to 10 percent by the end of 2013, I.D.C. forecasts.

03/09/2012

 
Can Apple, Amazon and Google's new mini-tablets revive the news industry?
The Guardian

"With an 'iPad mini', the tablet becomes much more portable," says Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones and tablets analyst with the research firm IDC. "You can slip it in your pocket, take it on the train, wherever."

03/09/2012

 
Nokia and Microsoft pin hopes on new handset as smartphone wars intensify
The Observer

"It's another reason for operators and vendors to look at alternatives," says IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo. "They don't want to invest in devices for the Christmas season that they will have to withdraw from the market. This will also speed up the product development for Windows phones for most manufacturers. It's cheaper paying a royalty to Microsoft than fighting against Apple, paying a huge fine and having their devices withdrawn from the market."

02/09/2012

 
iPhone 5 release date rumours mount
The Guardian

It also appears a virtual certainty that Apple will introduce a smaller tablet to build on the success its 10in iPad, which dominates the sector. "I was sceptical about it, but there are so many rumours from different sources – companies in China, colleagues in China – that it seems it's a reality," said Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones and tablets analyst for the research company IDC.

He said Apple had to compete with Amazon's 7in Kindle Fire, which launched in the US last October and is expected to get a revision and European release next week, and Google's Nexus 7, released in July.

Jeronimo said it would need to be priced close to its rivals, but the Apple brand would draw customers who either could not afford the larger iPad or considered it too unwieldy. "It makes sense to open the market to the biggest percentage of users, those who don't have or can't afford the bigger iPad," he told the Guardian.

31/08/2012

 
LG's Vu Ships in Europe With Quad-core Processor
PCWorld

A lot has happened since February, and to compete in the high-end space having a quad-core processor has become more important, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC. Also, the prices have come down and getting the extra performance makes sense on devices with bigger screens, he said.

20/08/2012

 
Nokia scraps phone software to conserve cash: sources
Reuters

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said Nokia has done well by adding new features like full-touch screens and keyboards to its latest Asha range of Series 40 phones.

26/07/2012

 
Apple's New iPhone Port Could Cause A Storm
Sky News

"Apple needs to find a solution not to disappoint their current clients who want to upgrade to the new iPhone but are tied to an expensive accessory they have bought," said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at technology research firm IDC.

"I believe Apple will come up with some sort of adapter so the new iPhone can be used with previous connectors."

24/07/2012

 
What's up dock? Apple to shrink connector for iPhone 5
Reuters

"Apple needs to find a solution not to disappoint their current clients who want to upgrade to the new iPhone but are tied to an expensive accessory that have bought," said Franciso Jeronimo, London-based analyst at technology research firm IDC.

"I believe Apple will come up with some sort of adaptor so the new iPhone can be used with previous connectors."

23/07/2012

 
Apple iPhone 5 connector to make accessories obsolete
The Telegraph

"Apple needs to find a solution not to disappoint their current clients who want to upgrade to the new iPhone but are tied to an expensive accessory that have bought," said Franciso Jeronimo, an analyst at technology research firm IDC.

"I believe Apple will come up with some sort of adaptor so the new iPhone can be used with previous connectors."

23/07/2012

 
Nokia Posts Another Quarterly Loss As It Hangs On To Cash
Forbes

Its feature phones, which are a hit in emerging markets and represent 60% of total global shipments, also did better than expected according to IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

 

“Overall, despite the gloomy outlook and these results, we believe Nokia continues [to be] on the right track. The company took a long-term strategy, compromising short-term results. The clock is ticking, however, and if sales don’t wake up from the fourth quarter this year, Nokia and Stephen Elop will have to come up with a magical plan.”

19/07/2012

 
Nokia shares jump despite quadrupling losses
The Telegraph

“Despite the gloomy outlook and these results, we believe Nokia continues on the right track,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC. “The company took a long-term strategy, compromising short-term results. The clock is ticking, however, and if sales don't wake up, Nokia and Stephen Elop will have to come up with a magical plan.”

19/07/2012

 
Nokia woes mount with €220m write-off on unsold smartphones
Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, the mobile analyst at the research company IDC, said Nokia faced a tough third quarter in the US: "Operators are not stocking up Lumia devices as the new handsets running on Windows Phone 8 are expected soon for the Christmas season. As the current Nokia handsets will only get light updates of the new platform and will not be fully compatible, operators don't see any reason to push the current Lumia devices this summer. Nokia will continue to suffer until their Windows Phones 8 are launched."

Jeronimo added: "Overall, despite the gloomy outlook and the results, we believe Nokia continues on the right track. They took a long-term strategy, compromising short-term results – although the clock is ticking, and if their sales don't wake up from the fourth quarter this year, Nokia and Stephen Elop will have to come up with a magical plan."

19/07/2012

 
Galaxy S III Helps Samsung Widen Smartphone Lead Over Apple
PC Magazine

Analysts expect Apple to have sold 30.5 million iPhones in the second quarter; the company reports its earnings on June 24. In comparison, Samsung’s 50 million smartphone sales forecast makes it “the smartphone hero in the second quarter,” IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo told Reuters.

17/07/2012

 
Samsung smartphone sales smashed Apple in Q2 according to estimates
BGR (Boy Genius Report)

“Samsung is expected to be the smartphone hero in the second quarter,” said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo. “We are also expecting to see the biggest smartphone volumes ever shipped from one single vendor in one quarter, driven by strong demand of the Galaxy portfolio, particularly the Galaxy S II and S III.”

16/07/2012

 
Samsung seen increasing lead in cellphone market
Reuters

"Samsung is expected to be the smartphone hero in the second quarter," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

"We are also expecting to see the biggest smartphone volumes ever shipped from one single vendor in one quarter, driven by strong demand of the Galaxy portfolio, particularly the Galaxy S II and S III," he said.

16/07/2012

 
Pode a Finlândia resistir à queda do gigante Nokia?
Publico (in portuguese)

(in Portuguese)

Aproxima-se o momento de perceber se a revolução interna feita por Stephen Elop vai afi nal surtir efeito, avalia ao PÚBLICO o analista da IDC Francisco Jerónimo, que trabalha em Londres na divisão dedicada ao mercado europeu de telemóveis.

“O Stephen Elop ou foi a melhor coisa que aconteceu à Nokia ou a pior, não há meio termo. E está na altura em que algo acontece ou já não vai acontecer.”

“O Stephen Elop está a fazer um bom trabalho, a empresa estava demasiado gorda”, afi rma Jerónimo, que considera a aliança com a Microsoft uma estratégia com mais possibilidades de sucesso a longo prazo do que a aposta no Android.

“Está a ser um gestor puro e simples e está a fazer tudo de uma forma muito rápida. Em menos de um ano deu uma volta a uma empresa como a Nokia. Não sendo fi nlandês, não tem aquele sentimento pela empresa [dos anteriores gestores].”

02/07/2012

 
RIM's board now have to consider the 'unpalatable'
The Guardian

"RIM and Nokia both missed the trends, they were late to understand what was happening," says Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones analyst for the research company IDC. "Because they both had strong market positions, they made the same mistake of believing that they were doing the right thing."

29/06/2012

 
Think smartphones are ubiquitous now? Just wait a few years
The Guardian

The economic crunch in many eurozone countries is already showing that the 50% of consumers yet to buy a smartphone will be very different from those who queued up five years ago. "In some countries such as Portugal, most iPhones are sold without a data plan," says Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones analyst for the research company IDC. "They're used at home or offices, where people connect to the internet via wifi, because in most European countries and the US – though not the UK – people have to pay extra to get internet data on their phone plan. But if you pay €50 per month for an iPhone, you don't want to be paying another €20 for the data."

Even so, Jeronimo sees the market becoming 90% smartphone-based by 2016 (Mawston puts it at 2015): There's no price point where carriers can make any money with them," he explains.

Now, Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and ZTE have begun making smartphones for carriers using Google's Android for just £100 – an indication of how commoditised the business has become. "They'll just be used for voice and text," says Jeronimo.

27/06/2012

 
Microsoft Surface: The tablet that's a tonic for the software giant
The Independent

Persuading consumers entails showing how the device and the new Windows 8 operating system work together to make a magical experience, says Francisco Jeronimo, mobile devices research manager at IDC, the market research firm. "The main focus has been on the hardware and specs only. I was expecting to hear from Microsoft about how the Surface delivers an integrated experience with the PC, what additional services or features are available and how the Microsoft ecosystem is growing to be a real alternative to the iPad and Android tablets."

20/06/2012

 
Microsoft Takes Aim At Apple With Business-Friendly 'Surface' Tablet
Forbes

“The physical keyboard and the focus on the MS Office environment shows that Microsoft is targeting the business segment,” writes Francisco Jeronimo of IDC Research, ”where it can differentiate and take some share from Apple.”

20/06/2012

 
Los analistas destacan la fusión de ‘hardware’ y ‘software’
El Pais (in Spanish)

"Steve Ballmer repitió siempre el mismo mensaje en la presentación: la integración entre hardware y software es clave para facilitar una mejor experiencia a los usuarios. El hardware que ha diseñado trata de captar el interés por un aparato que combina la experiencia del PC y de la tableta, aunque está claramente enfocada a los profesionales", opina Francisco Jerónimo de IDC Research en The Guardian.

19/06/2012

 
IDC Analyst: Microsoft's Surface Sizzle Needs Win8 Steak
Forbes

Francisco Jeronimo, IDC’s European Research Manager for Mobile Devices, has commented on the announcement of Microsoft‘s Surface tablet.

Jeronimo noted that the device’s killer app would be Office integration – or would need to be.

Jeronimo, however, is still waiting for the other shoe to drop on the software: Despite some interesting hardware features, very little was said about the software, the user interface, the user experience and the ecosystem. Some of these were discussed by Microsoft during earlier Windows 8 presentations, but it needs to start bringing together the different pieces of the Windows 8 story. What makes the iPad the most successful tablet on the market is the software, the applications and the added value that end users perceive from that.

19/06/2012

 
Tablettes : Microsoft tente à nouveau l'aventure, sur un marché difficile
Le Monde (in French)

Si le groupe se lance à nouveau, c'est, estime Francisco Jeronimo, analyste chez IDC, parce que "l'intégration entre le logiciel et le matériel est essentielle pour que l'expérience des utilisateurs soit bonne".

19/06/2012

 
Microsoft apresenta tablet de marca própria
Publico (in Portuguese)

"A integração entre hardware e software passa a ser reconhecida pela Microsoft como essencial para poder dar aos consumidores um produto cuja experiência seja melhor e que possa competir com o popular iPad", explica ao PÚBLICO Francisco Jerónimo, analista da IDC.

"Há pontos fortes muito importantes e diferenciadores" no Surface, analisa Francisco Jerónimo, notando que um deles é o teclado físico da capa. "Por outro lado, é muito importante a integração do Office. Esta será a killer application para que este produto da Microsoft seja atractivo face aos Android e ao iPad".

O analista, porém, antevê um potencial problema: "Pelas indicações dadas, o preço não se perspectiva que seja baixo o suficiente para poder competir em mercados sensíveis a este factor, como é o português".

19/06/2012

 
Microsoft Surface tablet: what the analysts say
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, IDC Research

"At the centre of CEO Steve Ballmer's presentation was a single message: the integration between the hardware and the software is key to deliver better experiences to end-users. The hardware designed by Microsoft tries to capture the interest from users for a device that combines a PC-like and a tablet experiences. Therefore, this tablet is clearly targeted to professional users in the first place."

"The physical keyboard, the lack of a camera and the focus on the MS Office environment shows that Microsoft is targeting the business segment, where it can differentiate and take some share from Apple. Microsoft's tablet will probably come with the best MS Office experience, the killer application of the device. The keyboard is also a very important accessory for a professional usage.

19/06/2012

 
Surface tablet: Microsoft almost got it right
ZDNet

True, details of some features in Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT have already come out. But given that Windows president Steven Sinofsky said it was "important that we have the hardware fade to the background for this product", there could and should have been more bespoke features on display to get people on board — as IDC mobile device analyst Francisco Jeronimo noted.

"Despite some interesting hardware features, very little was said about the software, the user interface, the user experience and the ecosystem," Jeronimo told me.

"The main focus has been on the hardware and specs only. I was expecting to hear from Microsoft today about how the Surface delivers an integrated experience with the PC, what additional services or features are available and how the Microsoft ecosystem is growing to be a real alternative to the iPad and Android tablets," he added

19/06/2012

 
3 reasons Microsoft's Surface is no joke
Fortune

The physical keyboard, the lack of a camera and the focus on the MS Office environment shows that Microsoft is targeting the business segment, where it can differentiate and take some share from Apple," wrote Francisco Jeronimo, of IDC Research in a June 19 note. "Microsoft's tablet will probably come with the best MS Office experience, the killer application of the device. The keyboard is also a very important accessory for professional usage."

19/06/2012

 
Número de telemóveis vendidos em Portugal cai 15% no primeiro trimestre
Jornal de Negócios (in Portuguese)

“Apesar dos resultados negativos nas vendas de telefones móveis no primeiro trimestre deste ano, a descida foi menor do que o inicialmente previsto. Muitos consumidores não conseguiram concretizar a compra do telemóvel desejado na época do Natal devido a ruptura de stock, o que deslocou a intenção de compra para as primeiras semanas de Janeiro. E, por isso, o mercado apresentou uma queda inferior à esperada” explicou Francisco Jerónimo, responsável europeu de research da área de telefones móveis da IDC.

A consultora de tecnologias refere que “os pequenos fabricantes vão continuar a sentir dificuldades em sobreviver num mercado dominado pela baixa gama e cujas margens de lucro são reduzidas”

18/06/2012

 
O novo Samsung Galaxy chegou a Portugal
Publico (in Portuguese)

Francisco Jerónimo, um analista da IDC em Londres, notou que este modelo “marca o início de uma nova era para a Samsung: a era da liderança” e que o fabricante sul-coreano é “agora a única empresa a poder competir e desafiar a Apple no segmento dos smartphones”. Embora tenha classificado o Galaxy S III como “provavelmente o melhor Android no mercado”, o analista considerou que a Samsung “podia ter ido muito mais longe”, em termos de design e usabilidade, “onde todos falham na concorrência com a Apple”.

14/06/2012

 
Nokia's survival in question after 10,000 more job are cut
The Guardian

"Stephen Elop is running out of time," said Francisco Jeronimo at telecoms research firm IDC. "If Nokia doesn't grow by the end of this year they will be in a very dangerous position. Many people are saying Microsoft will acquire Nokia."

14/06/2012

 
Apple WWDC: Maps, Facebook, Siri at heart of iOS 6 update
ZD Net

Mobile analyst Francisco Jeronimo said that Apple's additions to the platform were canny, if not revolutionary.

"It will try to close the gap to Android in terms of market share, but it will continue to lead the user experience and usability race. Today's announcements are not about features, they are about value," Jeronimo said in a statement. "Apple already understood that applications or features per se are not enough to drive stickiness and loyalty."

12/06/2012

 
Apple likes Facebook on new iOS 6, but dumps Google from maps
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones and tablets analyst at the research company IDC, commented: "Apple will try to close the gap with Android in terms of market share, but it will continue to lead the user experience and usability race. Among the most relevant features presented today are the Facebook integration, the improvements on Siri and availability on the new iPad, and the new Maps. The reason is simple: they create value!"

11/06/2012

 
Apple shows off iOS 6, new MacBooks
MarketWatch

That a new iPhone wasn’t shown off wasn’t a concern for Francisco Jeronimo, a mobile-device analyst with IDC. Jernonimo said that compared with Apple, its competitors “haven’t understood the importance of focusing on users capabilities rather than phone capabilities.”

“Apple already understood that applications or features per se are not enough to drive stickiness and loyalty,” Jeronimo said. “Apple is focused on providing the right experience to users that makes their lives easier.”

11/06/2012

 
Nokia Said To Near Sale Of Vertu Luxury-Phone Unit To EQT
Bloomberg

“Vertu is a bet on a very specific, niche market, though it’s a niche that’s growing,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at researcher IDC in London. Its new owner will face the challenge of modernizing Vertu devices’ technology, which has until now been largely based on Nokia’s obsolete Symbian operating system, to compete with devices like Apple’s iPhone, he said.

11/06/2012

 
¿Qué hay de nuevo, Apple?
El Pais (in Spanish)

“Apple ha lanzado muy pocas cosas estrictamente originales durante estos años, incluso en pantallas táctiles se les adelantó LG. ¿Mapas? Pueden decir que son mejores que Google o Nokia, pero no es cierto, imposible equipararse a Streetview. Y la navegación de momento no será tan buena como la de Nokia Drive. Apple en realidad suele ser el último en llegar, pero tiene éxito porque lanza servicios completos, increíblemente fáciles de usar. Son experiencias. Así convence a sus seguidores”, explica Francisco Jerónimo, director de móviles en Europa de la consultora IDC.

11/06/2012

 
Samsung : la nouvelle direction pourrait apaiser les tensions avec Apple
Le Monde (France)

"Le nouveau patron a fait un excellent boulot jusqu'à présent, note pour sa part Francisco Jeronimo, analyste chez IDC, la transition devrait donc se faire en douceur". D'autant que le "chaebol" n'a annoncé aucun changement dans sa stratégie, jusqu'ici gagnante.

Selon M. Jeronimo, un défi attend tout de même le nouveau patron. Il s'agira d'abord pour lui de consolider la position de leader de Samsung dans l'électronique grand public. Il devra ensuite garantir l'inventivité et la capacité d'innovation propres aux challengers, et qui a fait le succès du groupe jusqu'à présent.

08/06/2012

 
Nokia Adds to Its Low-End Lineup of Phones
New York Times

The new Lumia handsets will likely include Windows 8, the coming new version of the Microsoft operating system that for the first time integrates Microsoft e-mail and other services between smartphones and pad computers, said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at International Data Corporation in London, which could increase sales to business users.

‘That could really give a boost to Microsoft and Nokia’ Mr. Jeronimo said.

06/06/2012

 
Samsung Galaxy S3: Korean tech giant takes another bite out of Apple with music service to take on iTunes
Daily Mail

The Galaxy S3 is a real challenger to the upcoming iPhone, said Francisco Jeronimo, an IDC analyst based in London. This is likely be one of the most sold smartphones this year, though the real test will come when the next iPhone is launched.

30/05/2012

 
Samsung Galaxy S3 gets head start on rival iPhone
Reuters

"The Galaxy S3 is a real challenger to the upcoming iPhone," said Francisco Jeronimo, an IDC analyst based in London. "This is likely be one of the most sold smartphones this year, though the real test will come when the next iPhone is launched."

29/05/2012

 
Samsung Galaxy S3 goes on sale
Guardian

"The Galaxy S3 is a real challenger to the upcoming iPhone," said Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones analyst for the research company IDC.

"This is likely be one of the most sold smartphones this year, though the real test will come when the next iPhone is launched."

29/05/2012

 
Experts Question the Need for a Facebook Smartphone
PCWorld

"I don't see a huge demand for a specific Facebook phone, for the single reason that Facebook is already available on every smartphone," said Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC.

28/05/2012

 
Windows Phone, Android take bite out of BlackBerry
ZDNet

Francisco Jeronimo, research manager for European mobile devices at IDC, said that Windows Phone shipments for the first quarter of 2012 were up 156 percent, year-on-year. In total, Windows Phone market share grew to 4.1 percent, up from 2.2 percent, according to figures from IDC's first-quarter 2012 mobile phone shipment and market share report, released on Friday.

However, while Windows Phone is enjoying more support, it is not helping to turn Nokia's fortunes around, according to Jeronimo.

"The Nokia Lumia range has performed interestingly but it still below expectations," Jeronimo said. "Nokia's new Windows phones to be launched this year will continue to contribute to steady growth for the OS."

25/05/2012

 
For Cellphone Makers, Signs of Pain in Spain
Wall Street Journal

The first data points coming out of Spain suggest that, in fact, the smartphone market is growing less quickly than expected now that subsidies are going away. After getting feedback from phone manufacturers on the impact of the subsidy cuts, market-research firm International Data Corp. is reducing its estimates for sales in Spain, analyst Francisco Jeronimo said

23/05/2012

 
Samsung, une nouvelle icône des portables
Liberation (France)

(in French)

«Ils captent très vite les nouvelles tendances comme les écrans tactiles ou l’attente du public pour des appareils très fins, et s’ajustent à toute vitesse, explique à Libération Francisco Jeronimo, analyste au cabinet IDC. Il est bien loin le temps où Samsung se contentait d’"adapter" en version low-cost des innovations occidentales, ils innovent réellement, poursuit-il. Leur force de frappe est telle qu’ils ont été capables de passer en deux ans d’une position très marginale à celle de leader mondial.»

06/05/2012

 
Samsung Galaxy S3: the latest bid to dominate the Android market
Guardian

Jeronimo warned that Samsung needs to consolidate its position: "Samsung needs to come up with unique features and not to catch-up once again with other vendors. What is there that's completely unique on the S3 that we haven't seen on other devices? Maybe slight differences on the features, but nothing disruptive.

"They entered a new era. The only way to succeed is to set the pace of innovation. I believe that's exactly what they want to do, but they still suffering from the 'follower-syndrome': to improve what others created. That's why consumers will compare the S Voice to Siri and not the other way around."

04/05/2012

 
IDC says Samsung grabbed biggest smartphone share in Q1
MacWorld

“The smartphone market is a two-horse race at moment and we don’t see that changing this year,” said Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC.

03/05/2012

 
Samsung unwraps latest Galaxy rival to iPhone
Reuters

"It is not an eye-catching device that will overwhelm consumers," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

"Samsung is now the only company that can compete with Apple and challenge it in the smartphone segment," said IDC's Jeronimo.

03/05/2012

 
Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone unveiled
BBC

"It is not an eye-catching device that will overwhelm consumers," said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research manager for IDC.

"It is a bit of a facelift of the Galaxy Nexus. It feels less 'plasticky' though."

03/05/2012

 
Samsung Launches Galaxy S III Smartphone
PC World

Still, the overall design is a bit disappointing, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC.

"I think Samsung needs to be a bit bolder with the design of its phones to challenge the iPhone in that area, as well," said Jeronimo.

03/05/2012

 
Samsung Galaxy S III arrives with sights on Siri
ZDNet

Despite the addition of new features, IDC mobile analyst Francisco Jeronimo said that the company could have gone further with the design changes in order to stay competitive against Apple.

"Despite probably being the best Android device on the market, I believe Samsung could have gone a lot further than just ticking the boxes with must-have features and top-end specifications," Jeronimo said in a statement. "Samsung could have taken a bolder approach and seized the opportunity to lead in innovation of design and usability, where everyone fails to compete with Apple."

"After the excellent performance of the previous version of the Galaxy S, Samsung needs to keep the momentum high, especially when its main competitor, Apple, is expected to launch a new device in 2012 that could be disruptive again," he added.

03/05/2012

 
Nokia and Carl Zeiss extend cameraphone deal
Reuters

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said the deal was good for the Finnish mobile phone maker as cameras are playing an increasingly crucial role in smartphones.

"Manufacturers will continue to improve the cameras with higher resolutions, better focus, and several other features to differentiate their devices on a crowded market where touch screen smartphones look alike," Jeronimo said.

02/05/2012

 
Nokia and Carl Zeiss extend camera phone deal
CNBC

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said the deal was good for the Finnish mobile phone maker as cameras are playing an increasingly crucial role in smartphones.

"Manufacturers will continue to improve the cameras with higher resolutions, better focus, and several other features to differentiate their devices on a crowded market where touch screen smartphones look alike," Jeronimo said.

02/05/2012

 
Samsung shows the confidence of the world's leading phone maker
Guardian

Samsung's top-of-the-range Galaxy handsets have driven its success by offering better technology than the iPhone at lower prices, says Francisco Jeronimo at analyst IDC. When the iPhone 4 was offering a five megapixel camera, the Galaxy S2 boasted eight megapixels and a brighter screen.

"So everyone asks, why buy an iPhone if I can have a better camera and better display at a better price?" says Jeronimo. He says Samsung does not just copy, it innovates: the hybrid Galaxy Note was expected to sell 2m units in its lifetime. It sold 5m in just five months.

29/04/2012

 
Nokia regista perdas de 929 milhões de euros
Publico

Francisco Jerónimo, um analista da IDC em Londres, explica ao PÚBLICO que a concorrência da Nokia no mercado britânico “é demasiado grande”.

O iPhone “é extraordinariamente popular”, em parte porque é vendido com contratos de fidelização ao operador que tornam a aquisição do aparelho muito barata. Por outro lado, os BlackBerry ainda são “muito populares, incluindo entre adolescentes”, embora já tenham sido destronados pelos Android.

Já nos EUA, nota Francisco Jerónimo, os operadores estão a impulsionar o Windows Phone porque precisam de uma alternativa ao sistema Android e ao iPhone.

19/04/2012

 
Nokia Posts $1.2 Billion Loss as Phone Sales Tumble
New York Times

Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at International Data Corp. in London, said Nokia’s weak financial results had largely been expected by investors, who have been heartened to see gains in sales of the Lumia lineup, which the company introduced last year. Nokia sold more than a million Lumia phones during the fourth quarter of last year.

In the first quarter of this year, the number rose to two million, at an average selling price of €220. It took more than a year for Apple to sell more than two million iPhones consistently in a quarter, Mr. Jeronimo said. And it took Google more than a year and a half to do the same with Android, he added.

“So judged by that measure, Nokia is doing well,” Mr. Jeronimo said.

19/04/2012

 
IDC Says Nokia Strategy to Pay Off in Long Run
Bloomberg

(Video) Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC, talks about Nokia Oyj's 1.34 billion euros ($1.8 billion) first-quarter operating loss and prospects for handset sales. He talks with Maryam Nemazee on Bloomberg Television's "The Pulse." Bloomberg's Poppy Trowbridge also speaks. (Source: Bloomberg)

19/04/2012

 
Nokia executive quits as phone sales plummet
CNBC

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo noted that Google's Android took time to take off as well.

"Nokia is doing quite well by shipping 2 million Lumia devices in the quarter. It took five quarters for Android to reach the 2 million mark shipments a quarter," he said

19/04/2012

 
Samsung to Show 'the Next Galaxy' Smartphone on May 3
PC World

"Samsung decided not to launch of the Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress in February, so that is probably what we are going to see now," said Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC.

16/04/2012

 
Queda abranda ligeiramente nos telemóveis
Semana Informática

Questionado relativamente às perspectivas para 2012, no mercado das telecomunicações móveis em Portugal, Francisco Jerónimo fala num cenário «ainda mais negativo do que o verificado em 2011». Tudo porque «só agora os consumidores vão começar a sentir, efectivamente, os efeitos das medidas impostas pelo Governo, como o agravamento dos impostos ou a perda de subsídios». E, se até agora a retracção da compra se devia «a cautela», o cenário vai mudar em 2012.

29/03/2012

 
Tecnologia móvel na próxima década
Falar Global

(Video) - in Portuguese

10/03/2012

 
Portugueses compraram mais telemóveis do que o previsto no último trimestre de 2011
Jornal de Negocios

“Apesar da forte queda no quarto trimestre do ano passado, as vendas no período natalício ficaram acima das expetativas. Os resultados negativos verificados nos últimos trimestres levaram a que os operadores móveis optassem por uma gestão cautelosa de stocks no período de Natal, o que contribuiu para a rutura de stock dos modelos em campanha de alguns operadores, em especial smartphones de baixa gama”, disse Francisco Jerónimo, responsável europeu de research da área de telefones móveis da IDC, no comunicado da IDC.

07/03/2012

 
Big Apple, le monstre du business
Le Monde

Les raisons de ce succès ? L'invention d'un écosystème sans pareil. Selon Francisco Jeronimo, analyste pour le cabinet IDC, personne avant Apple n'avait permis une telle expérience utilisateur. Les produits sont design et très faciles à utiliser. "Un enfant de 3 ans y arriverait ", note l'analyste, qui pointe l'invention d'iTunes et de l'Appstore, le magasin d'applications de l'iPhone et de l'iPad : "Non seulement ils ont créé des produits innovants, mais en plus ils ont inventé des magasins de musique et d'applications d'où on peut télécharger les programmes le plus simplement du monde. Avant l'Appstore, il y avait des sites qui proposaient des applications pour d'autres téléphones, mais personne n'avait songé à les réunir au même endroit. L'Appstore et l'iTunes sont comme des centres commerciaux numériques !"

02/03/2012

 
Price Versus Brand Takes Focus in the Battle for Smartphone Supremacy
PC World

The Chinese vendors have a clear strategy, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC.

 

"They are trying to make their products as similar as possible to ones from established vendors and hope the consumers will go for their cheaper smartphone," said Jeronimo

02/03/2012

 
Smartphones : les concurrents d'Apple et de Samsung cherchent à exister
Le Monde

"Le 610 est un très bon téléphone. Ce n'est pas un smartphone au rabais", relève Francisco Jeronimo, du cabinet IDC. Selon l'analyste, parmi ces marques qui misent sur le prix, une se distingue : le chinois Huawei. A l'origine fabricant d'équipements de réseaux de télécommunication, le groupe s'est lancé il y a quelques années dans la fabrication de téléphones pour d'autres et veut aujourd'hui lancer sa propre marque.

 

En Europe, Huawei devrait proposer dans les mois qui viennent une gamme de smartphones de 15 % à 20 % moins chers que les autres, à performances égales. "C'est un acteur qui va compter les années à venir", estime M. Jeronimo.

28/02/2012

 
Sony repart, seul, à l'attaque des smartphones
Le Monde

"Toute l'industrie a le même discours : ils veulent être présents sur tous les écrans, avec le plus de contenus possibles, mais personne n'y est encore arrivé", tempère Francisco Jeronimo, analyste du cabinet IDC.

27/02/2012

 
Huawei Releases Quad-core Smartphone With Its Own Processor
PC World

If the lower pricing becomes a reality, vendors like HTC and Sony should be nervous, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC. But a good product and price isn't enough; Huawei will also have to improve its brand recognition, he said.

26/02/2012

 
Samsung, Sony Ericsson Begin Barcelona Beauty Contest
Bloomberg

It is very clear at this point that Android is dominating the market and everyone is trying to offer a slightly different experience and to differentiate themselves,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC in London. “At the high end, a lot of devices offer similar features at this point.

14/02/2012

 
2012 GSMA Mobile World Congress: Analyst Preview
GSMA

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01/02/2012

 
Could a BBM app save the BlackBerry?
The Guardian

"The last three years have taught most of these companies that they cannot rely on their market share, because the market moves very fast, and from one day to the other they can lose everything," says analyst Francisco Jeronimo at IDC. "If they ignore the trends they can go from number one to zero."

29/01/2012

 
Samsung profits driven by mobile growth
ZDNet

However, Francisco Jeronimo, mobile analyst at IDC, said that while smartphone performance was impressive, the feature phone and mid-market segment is equally important to the company.

"The results are extremely impressive. It shows how strong they are in the premium segment but also how much the mid-market is important," Jeronimo said. "The feature phone market is still very important, particularly with Nokia's decline in the last quarter in emerging markets, particularly China."

27/01/2012

 
Nokia Reports Loss as Windows Phone Sales Are off to Okay Start
PC World

"Despite the latest improvements on Symbian's user interface and a few new devices launched, it is now clear that Nokia will not be able to continue relying on Symbian and needs to move even faster to Windows Phones," said Jeronimo

26/01/2012

 
1 Billion Euro Loss and a Silver Lining for Nokia
New York Times

“The results suggest a good start for the Nokia Windows Phones,” said Franciso Jeronimo, an analyst in London at International Data Corp. He said that other makers of Windows phones, like Samsung and HTC, were also benefiting from Nokia’s promotion of the operating system. “The massive marketing investment to promote the Nokia Lumia 800 contributed to ship better-than-expected volumes.”

 “What people are underestimating is how much operators in Europe and elsewhere are beginning to support and push Windows phones,” Mr. Jeronimo said in an interview. “Operators are very afraid of becoming dependent on the Android-Apple duopoly and as a result, they are pushing Nokia devices aggressively on the public.”

26/01/2012

 
Chipmakers' forecasts prompt fears of Nokia slump
Reuters

Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC, said he expects Nokia's Windows Phone sales at end-2011 to beat forecasts, but that would not be enough to outweigh falls in Symbian.

 "The biggest question is whether or not Symbian results did take Nokia to the red," Jeronimo said.

24/01/2012

 
Nokia Investors To Keep Their Eyes On Windows Phone Results
The Wall Street Journal

Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at International Data Corp. (IDC), said people have overestimated sales of Nokia's Windows Phones, but it has been a promising start for the Microsoft-Nokia collaboration, according to IDC's most recent sales data.

 "Nokia did quite interesting things; I estimated sales of 500,000 for Windows Phones [from all manufacturers] and the number will be significantly higher than that, with Nokia taking most of those numbers," Jeronimo said.

 "If Nokia confirms those numbers [this] week, it will be a very good start considering it launched Lumia in few countries, they are the first Windows Phones for Nokia, they were launched in the last year, with a new CEO and a huge change in company strategy," he added.

23/01/2012

 
Sony Ericsson swings to loss ahead of JV shift
MarketWatch (The Wall Street Journal)

During this time the company has struggled to make profits and increase market share, said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC.

19/01/2012

 
IDC Says Sony Well Positioned to Integrate Products
Bloomberg

Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC, talks about Sony Corp.'s efforts to integrate devices and software. He speaks with Owen Thomas on Bloomberg Television's "Countdown." (Video)

19/01/2012

 
Sony Ericsson loss heralds tough start for sole owner
Reuters

"The phone market is slowing down and most vendors will be impacted by a decline in demand, already seen since the second quarter of 2011," IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said.

 "IDC expects a significant decline in the feature phone segment and a strong slowdown in smartphone growth in the fourth quarter of 2011, which will continue into the first half of 2012."

19/01/2012

 
Samsung seeks to merge smartphone operating platforms
Reuters

"With a strong leadership from a major vendor such as Samsung, I think the OS may have a chance, as most vendors based on Android now are looking for an alternative to Google's dependency," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

17/01/2012

 
Samsung confident of outselling Nokia in 2012
Reuters

"Samsung is getting closer to Nokia very quickly. Their smartphones strategy has proven right and on feature phones they are growing fast in emerging markets too," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

 "Samsung became a recognized brand and their successful smartphones are helping their feature phones business in regions where smartphones are still too expensive," he said.

10/01/2012

 
Samsung expects record Q4 financials as Galaxy range proves popular
V3

Francisco Jeronimo, research manager for European mobile devices at IDC, told V3 he was not surprised by the record-breaking predictions as 2011 was such a strong year for the firm.

 "Samsung is doing very well in the mobile market as it has an attractive portfolio, a good range of price points and is seen as a popular brand," he said.

"Even its Bada platform is doing well in some regions and the firm is likely to invest in Windows Phone this year. We expect Samsung to continue as the number one smartphone manufacturer during 2012 as it continues to add to its popular Galaxy portfolio."

Jeronimo acknowledged that while the sale of its hard drive business to Seagate helped Samsung's Q4 financials, the firm did not do it for cash, but sold the business as it did not want to continue investing in this area.

06/01/2012

 
Nokia: Phone Charging Using Solar Power Comes With Many Challenges
PCWorld

The vendors thought they would be able to capitalize on public interest for environmentally friendly products, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC. But consumers were not willing to pay more for the addition of a solar panel, and the technology was and still isn't mature enough to go mainstream, he said.

Still, in parts of the world where electricity is a scarce resource it makes sense to use solar power, even though the technology is far from perfect, according to Jeronimo.

03/01/2012

 
Android and Apple win 6.8m phone activations on Christmas Day
The Guardian

"I am expecting to see Apple as number one for this quarter but not next," said mobile analyst Francisco Jeronimo at IDC. "In the longer term, Android will continue to be the number one, with a market share over 50% worldwide."

28/12/2011

 
RIM to Keep Losing Market Share in 2012 (Video)
Bloomberg

Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC, talks about the outlook for Research In Motion Ltd. He speaks with Owen Thomas on Bloomberg Television's "On the Move."

16/12/2011

 
Windows Phones May Sell 500,000 in Europe This Quarter, IDC Says
Bloomberg

“Carriers are pleased by the numbers and Nokia is trying to manage it so they won’t be left with stock and can start the year with strong demand,” IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said in a telephone interview. “When people talk about estimates of a million units for Nokia, I wouldn’t expect them to sell that kind of volume.”

Microsoft shipped its mobile-phone software on 138,000 handsets in western Europe in the third quarter, before Nokia’s Lumia devices and new handsets from HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. hit the market, Jeronimo said. The U.K. will probably lead sales with 210,000 units, followed by France with 84,000 and Germany with 80,000, he said. Nokia may sell as many as 380,000 units, he said.

“It’s a new system and Nokia and Microsoft are investing a lot to advertise it on every street in London,” Jeronimo said. “They want to get the message right so that people will try the phone and that matters more to them than sales numbers right now.”

08/12/2011

 
Voice recognition: has it come of age?
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, smartphones analyst for the research company IDC, is less sure: "We've had voice recognition on phones for a few years, but it never really took off. There are two reasons for that: there was no brand or company that really pushed it the way that Apple is doing. And there's no other company with a brand like Apple. It was only when Apple launched the new iPhone with Siri that I tried voice search on my Android phone – I'd never tried it before." Sounding a little surprised, he adds: "It worked really well."

20/11/2011

 
Success for the iPad's tablet rivals is not set in stone
The Guardian

Francisco Jeronimo, an IDC analyst, believes competitors will not make that mistake again. "When the iPod launched, no one paid much attention. Whatever Apple does now, everyone follows straightaway. Nokia learned in the hardest way that missing a trend is missing market share. It may take one or two more years, but there will be someone able to compete with Apple."

18/11/2011

 
Samsung overtakes Apple in battle of the smartphones
The Independent

Francisco Jeronimo, the research manager for European Mobile Devices for IDC, said: "To rise to the top from where it was a year ago is impressive. It shows the company has focused on the smartphone business and really addressed consumer needs."

The company really made an impact on the market with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy SII, according to Mr Jeronimo. "The SII was a game changer. This was the first phone that could really challenge the iPhone. Customers appreciated they could get a similar phone at a lower price," he said.

29/10/2011

 
Nokia: Not drowning, but waving
The Economist

Having plumped for Windows over Symbian and MeeGo, a system Nokia had worked on with Intel, a huge semiconductor-maker, Mr Elop has had to move quickly. Even fewer people want Symbian, though Nokia updates and supports it: Nokia’s smartphone sales fell by 39% in the year to the third quarter, when the firm made its second quarterly operating loss in a row. Pricing is another sign of urgency. The Lumia 710 will be the cheapest Windows smartphone available. It may be the first to be offered free to low-tariff customers after operators’ subsidies, says Francisco Jeronimo of IDC, a research firm.

29/10/2011

 
Nokia aims at its rivals with new Windows smartphones
The Independent

Francisco Jeronimo, the European mobile device research manager at IDC, said the question that loomed over yesterday's event was: "Will these devices save Nokia?" He said: "It will take a lot more than just a couple of phones to bring Nokia back, but what we are seeing today is an excellent first step."

However, he said Nokia would struggle to sell huge numbers of the phones because of the low take-up and awareness of Windows phones. "Although this will change over time".

There is support for the phone among the operators, who are keen to promote a competitor to the iPhone and the stable of Android phones. IDC forecast that the share of phones running Microsoft's operating system would rise from 2 per cent earlier in the year to 20 per cent by 2015, ahead of Apple.

Mr Jeronimo backed Nokia's chief executive: "In 13 months, Elop stepped in as CEO of the biggest phone maker in the world, defined a new strategy and a new paradigm for Nokia, executed it and over exceeded expectations by delivering not only one, but two new Windows devices."

27/10/2011

 
Nokia Starts Marketing Blitz After Delivering Windows Phone for Holidays
Bloomberg

While Nokia’s Windows phones are technically “excellent” and have a “best in class camera,” even a marketing push and subsidies by operators probably won’t help the Finnish company to win back clients immediately, said Francisco Jeronimo, a analyst at market researcher IDC.

27/10/2011

 
Sony and Ericsson part on good terms
Financial Times

“They had some success in smartphones, but it was not enough. They were a niche player and they need to be a lot bigger,” said Francisco Jeronimo, analyst at IDC, the research company.

“What everyone has understood since Apple came into the mobile phone market is that it is not about the hardware any more, but creating an ecosystem and making customers loyal to it. What we see is Apple and Google trying to dominate the living room with connections between different devices,” Mr Jeronimo said.

27/10/2011

 
Analyst opinion - Will Nokia’s new Windows phones revive its fortunes?
Mobile Magazine

Francisco Jeronimo, research manager, European Mobile Devices, at analyst IDC, asks whether Nokia’s new Windows phones will be enough to revive the manufacturer’s fortunes in the smartphone segment.

26/10/2011

 
Can Nokia's New Lumia Compete With The iPhone 4S?
Forbes

Such is the importance of software on mobile devices these days, that for the Lumia 800 and future Windows devices from Nokia to regain some semblance of dominance, other competing device makers like HTC and Samsung need to start shifting more phones that run on Windows. If they can help popularize Microsoft’s mobile operating system, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo says, Nokia is well placed to help lead that Windows Phone growth.

It sounds counterintuitive, but Nokia needs rival vendors like Samsung, LG, HTC and Huawei to help the Windows Phone “ecosystem” to grow. According to IDC’s own analysis, Windows Phone was forecast to represent just 2% of the total smartphone shipments at the end of the second quarter of 2012. “Consumers don’t know the Windows Phone user interface or its advantages,” says Jeronimo. “They have never tried a Windows Phone before and quite likely don’t know anyone who has a Windows Phone.”

26/10/2011

 
It's Crunch Time for Nokia
The Wall Street Journal
25/10/2011

 
Results Beat Expectations at Ericsson and Nokia
New York Times

“Nokia results announced today show how painful has been the transition from Symbian to Windows Phones,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at International Data Corporation in London. “For most mobile operators in Europe, it is completely pointless to support a ‘ghost’ operating system.”

20/10/2011

 
IDC's Jeronimo Predicts Further Technology Consolidation
Bloomberg

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