Microsoft sells 1.6M Windows Phone handsets in Q1

By on May 19, 2011 at 8:18 AM.

Microsoft sells 1.6M Windows Phone handsets in Q1

According to research firm Gartner, although Microsoft shipped 2 million Windows Phone units during Q4 of 2010, it sold 1.6 million units during Q1 of 2011.”Windows Phone saw only modest sales that reached 1.6 million units in the first quarter of 2011,” wrote Gartner. “Devices launched at the end of 2010 failed to grow in consumer preference and CSPs continued to focus on Android.” Gartner is, however, predicting big things for Microsoft’s smartphone operating system. By 2015, the analytics company predicts that Windows Phone will see shipments in excess of 215 million units — thanks in large part to its partnership with Nokia. This would put Microsoft in second place in global market share — behind the open-source smartphone-overlord Android and ahead of the not-so-open-source iOS. More →

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Gartner: Operating systems a $30.4B business in 2010

By on April 28, 2011 at 5:59 AM.

Gartner: Operating systems a $30.4B business in 2010

Operating systems are big business. But just how big you ask? According to research firm Gartner, sales of server and desktop operating systems totalled nearly $30.4 billion in 2010 alone. “As the global economy recovered, worldwide operating system (OS) revenue totaled $30.4 billion in 2010, a 7.8 percent increase from 2009,” explains Gartner. “Among client OSs, Mac OS was the fastest-growing subsegment in 2010 as the unit shipments of Mac desktop/laptop devices saw strong sales, although from a much-smaller basis. Windows client was still the largest client OS segment, with high-single-digit growth, particularly driven by adoption of Windows 7 and the imminent end of life (EOL) of Windows XP.” Oracle saw the largest percentage-growth year-over-year thanks to its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Analysts are expecting the operating system revenues to continue to rise in 2011. More →

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Android, iOS grab 34% of U.S. portable video game sales in 2010

By on April 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM.

Android, iOS grab 34% of U.S. portable video game sales in 2010

Analytics company Flurry has published an interesting study involving Android, iOS, and the U.S. video game market. Following up on a report from 2009, the company notes that the two mobile operating systems accounted for 8% of all U.S. video game sales in 2010 when calculated by revenue. What’s even more interesting is where both Android and iOS are taking their share from: portable gaming players. Console software revenues grew by 5% from 2009 to 2010 — 71% to 75% respectively — with portable gaming systems (e.g. Sony PSP, Nintendo DS) revenue falling nearly 8% in during the same period. Combined, Android and iOS accounted for 34% of all U.S. portable gaming software revenues — behind the Nintendo DS with 57% and ahead of Sony’s PSP with just 9%. Portable game software was a $2.4 billion business in 2010, with overall U.S. video game software revenues hovering around $10.7 billion. “Over 2011, we expect to see continued and significant smart-device game growth fueled by the recent launch of iPad 2, iPhone coming into distribution on Verizon, the expected release of iPhone 5, a relentless expansion of Android devices by leading OEMs across all major U.S. carriers, and Google’s enablement of in-app purchase billing, a proven key driver in iOS game revenue,” reads Flurry’s report. Smartphones and tablets may not be immersive enough for the most hardcore mobile gamers, but they seem to be more than adequate for most. More →

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IDC: Tablets, eReaders to fuel semiconductor growth; 120% increase expected in 2011

By on April 6, 2011 at 7:49 PM.

IDC: Tablets, eReaders to fuel semiconductor growth; 120% increase expected in 2011

Market analytics firm International Data Corporation (IDC) is predicting a big boom for semiconductor manufactures in 2011. Citing strong tablet and eReader-based semiconductor revenues — $3.3 billion in 2010 alone — IDC is predicting an additional 120% growth rate in 2011. “Media Tablets and eReaders are two devices that share components but whose bills of materials (BOM) are optimized for very different functions,” writes IDC. “The 2010 average Tablet semiconductor BOM was nearly one and one half times as much as the BOM for eReaders.” The firm also notes that 99% of advanced processing unit shipments in 2010 were based on ARM technology. IDC predicts that ARM will continue to have a stranglehold on the industry in 2011, only shedding one to two percentage points as x86 tablets begin to trickle into the market place. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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IMS: Tablet market to continue hurting PC makers through 2011

By on March 29, 2011 at 6:03 PM.

IMS: Tablet market to continue hurting PC makers through 2011

Market research firm IMS Research on Tuesday said the growing market for tablets and eReaders will continue to have a significant impact on portable PC sales this year. The report shows that the 2010 holiday season capped off a massive fourth quarter for tablets and eReaders. eReader shipments in the quarter were up 90% over the third quarter and 116% year-over-year to 5.1 million units, with Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s NOOK the biggest winners. Led by Apple’s iPad, tablet shipments were even more impressive in the fourth quarter. The tablet market grew 124% in the quarter, with 9.4 million units shipped. Apple led the market with a 78% share, followed by Samsung. This impressive performance only represented 8% of the portable PC market in 2010, however, but IMS foresees a tablet explosion this year. The firm predicts tablet shipments will grow 242% to 58 million units in 2011, which will account for 23% of the portable PC market. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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Berg: Smartphone shipments grew 74% in 2010

By on March 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM.

Berg: Smartphone shipments grew 74% in 2010

According to new data issued by wireless market intelligence firm Berg Insight on Thursday, the global smartphone market grew by nearly three-quarters in 2010. Global smartphone shipments hit 295 million units for the year, a 74% increase over 2009 totals. The firm anticipates that shipments will hit a staggering 1.2 billion units in 2015, at which time there will be an estimated 2.8 billion smartphone users scattered across the globe. Berg sees the bulk of the growth coming from mid and low-end smartphone sales, which will continue to become more capable moving forward. “Chipset developers and handset vendors are working on technologies that will ensure a good user experience also for low cost smartphones,” said Senior Analyst André Malm in a statement. “The challenge is to develop a handset with enough memory, graphics performance and processing power to run the operating system with multiple applications while ensuring a responsive system with fluid user interface and still keep costs down.” Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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Apple shipped 1.1 million MacBook Air laptops last quarter, analyst claims

By on March 7, 2011 at 8:01 PM.

Apple shipped 1.1 million MacBook Air laptops last quarter, analyst claims

Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed on Saturday that Apple shipped a total of 1.1 million MacBook Air units over the course of the refreshed laptop’s first quarter of availability. Though the firm’s figure is most certainly not confirmed by Apple, Ming-Chi cites channel checks in Asia in revealing shipment numbers, which would make the new MacBook Air one of the fastest-selling Mac computers in Apple’s history. Ming-Chi notes that sales have likely begun to slow in the first quarter of 2011, and Concord estimates that Apple will ship approximately 700,000 units this quarter. Shipments of Apple’s newly refreshed MacBook Pro computers are expected to make up for the slowing Air sales, however, and Concord notes that demand for the new Pro line will help offset slowed MacBook Air shipments. More →

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T-Mobile takes a beating in Q4 2010; sheds 318,000 contract customers, post-paid churn at 3.6%

By on February 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM.

T-Mobile takes a beating in Q4 2010; sheds 318,000 contract customers, post-paid churn at 3.6%

The fourth quarter of 2010 — the busy holiday quarter — was not all that fruitful for the U.S.’s forth largest wireless provider. In an earnings call today, T-Mobile posted a nearly flat revenue number — $4.69 billion in Q4 2010 versus $4.71 billion in Q3 of 2010, and $4.65 billion in Q4 of 2009 — and less than stellar customer retention numbers. T-Mo saw net losses of 318,000 customers in Q4, along with a churn rate rising from 3.4% in Q3 to 3.6%. One bright spot on the company’s balance sheet is the 25% jump in “data services revenue” year-over-year.

“I am pleased with the increase in smartphone adoption and our ongoing improvement in data ARPU.  Data growth in the U.S. mobile market continues to accelerate and with the largest 4G network T-Mobile USA is well-positioned to differentiate itself and grow consumer usage,” said René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. “We are not satisfied with contract churn, but we expect that the measures presented at the T-Mobile USA Investor Day in January will lead to improvements in 2011.”

T-Mobile’s full press release is after the break. More →

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Google video visualizes global Android activations

By on February 24, 2011 at 10:01 PM.

Google video visualizes global Android activations

No platform in recent history has grown as fast as Google’s Android OS, and now Google has created a quick video to help us visualize the Android phenomenon. The sequence was first shown ahead of former CEO Eric Schmidt’s keynote at Mobile World Congress, and this week Google finally posted it to its Android Developers YouTube account. The video gives us a visual representation of all Android device activations from October 2008, when the platform launched, through the end of December 2010. It also displays helpful indicators just ahead of major device launches, such as the Motorola DROID launch in November 2009. Hit the jump for the video and prepare to be wowed. More →

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Apple remained king of app stores in 2010; Nokia’s Ovi Store revenue ironically up 719%

By on February 18, 2011 at 12:50 PM.

Apple remained king of app stores in 2010; Nokia’s Ovi Store revenue ironically up 719%

IHS, new owner of research firm iSuppli, has issued its full-year data on app stores in 2010. According to the company’s report, Apple’s market share decreased significantly last year while its revenue more than doubled. The app store pioneer pulled in $1.78 billion in global app sales during 2010, up 132% from the $769 million its App Store earned in 2009. Not surprisingly, its market share dropped from 93% in 2009 to 83% during the period. RIM’s BlackBerryApp World grew 360% year-over-year, pulling in $165 million and accounting for nearly 8% of the market. Nokia’s Ovi Store jumped 719% to $105 million in 2010, and Google’s Android Market was up 862% to $102 million. All in all, the top four mobile app stores combined to reel in $2.16 billion in revenue last year, up 160% from the $828 million of revenue they earned in 2009. More →

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Sprint’s Q4: subscribers up, churn down; still losing money

By on February 10, 2011 at 12:56 PM.

Sprint’s Q4: subscribers up, churn down; still losing money

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I inform you that U.S. wireless provider Sprint, for the first time in thirteen quarters, has reported gains in post-paid subscribers. Ending its long drought, the Now Network added a total of 1.1 million new subs; 58,000 of which were post-paid. Sprint also reported a drop in churn during its earnings call, down to 1.86 in Q4 from 2.11 in Q3. It isn’t all good news, however. The company still posted a $929 million loss on revenues of $8.3 billion in Q4, or $0.31 per share. Sprint’s stock was trading slightly higher on the news. More →

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For first time ever, smartphones outsell PCs in Q4 of 2010

By on February 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM.

For first time ever, smartphones outsell PCs in Q4 of 2010

If you’re a hardware manufacturer trying to figure out where to delegate R&D funds, you might want to pay attention to this. According to an article on ReadWriteWeb, smartphones outsold personal computers in the fourth quarter of 2010, marking the first time such an event has occurred. Analytics firm IDC provides the data, and indicates that smartphone OEMs sold 100.9 million units worldwide — an 87.2% jump year-over-year — while PC OEMs sold 92.1 million units worldwide — a 5.5% increase year-over-year. The report lists the top five smartphone vendors of 2010 (by units shipped and market share) as: Nokia, Research In Motion, Apple, Samsung, and HTC. More →

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Android tablets finally dent iPad market share

By on January 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM.

Android tablets finally dent iPad market share

Lead by the impressive sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, the Android platform is finally starting to gain momentum in the emerging consumer tablet market. Analytics firm Strategy Analytics reports that Android owned 22% of the global tablet market in the fourth quarter of 2010. The iPad’s share of the market dropped from 96% to 75% in the fourth quarter last year, according to the report. Apple shipped 7.3 million iPads last quarter, up 74% from the third quarter, while 2.1 million Android tablets were shipped — 2 million of which were built by Samsung. But Samsung won’t be carrying the market on its own for long. Android is already well on its way to overrunning the consumer tablet market as it did with smartphones. Over 100 tablets were announced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, and about half of them will run Android. With multiple new Android tablets launching each month compared to one new iPad from Apple each year, Google’s OS is bound to continue growing. RIM is also preparing to launch the BlackBerry PlayBook as its first tablet offering this year, which could sell as many as 6 million units during its first year of availability. More →

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