IDC: Amazon Kindle Fire may ‘radically redraw the media tablet market’

By on September 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM.

IDC: Amazon Kindle Fire may ‘radically redraw the media tablet market’

When Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet begins shipping to end users on November 15th, it will have the potential to “radically redraw the media tablet market” according to market research and intelligence firm IDC. Unveiled on Wednesday, the Kindle Fire is a portable and flexible 7-inch tablet that will provide users easy access to a wide array of Amazon services. It is also one of the most accessible tablets to date, retailing for just $199.99 with no contract. “We have long maintained that media tablets are additive devices, not replacements for PCs, and that’s why media tablet vendors—aside from Apple—have had trouble selling units at $500 and higher,” IDC analyst Tom Mainelli said in a statement. “By pricing the Fire below $200, Amazon gives cash-strapped mainstream consumers permission to own a third device (PC, phone, and now tablet) without having to justify its cost by attempting to use it to replace their PC. At that price a tablet can just be a table [sic]: A device that’s quite good at consuming media, writing short emails, and Web browsing.” IDC’s full statement follows below. More →

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IDC: Tablet market up 303.8% in Q2; Apple iPad dominates with 68.3% share, Android slides

By on September 14, 2011 at 1:45 PM.

IDC: Tablet market up 303.8% in Q2; Apple iPad dominates with 68.3% share, Android slides

Second-quarter tablet shipments jumped 303.8% year-over-year and 88.9% quarter-over-quarter according to new data released by IDC on Wednesday. A total of 13.6 million units were shipped during the quarter, which drove IDC to boost its 2011 shipment forecast from 53.5 million units to 62.5 million units. Apple shipped 9.3 million iPad units during the second quarter, securing the throne of the global tablet market with a 68.3% share. The introduction of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook paired with the popularity of Apple’s iPad pushed Android’s tablet market share down from 34% to 26.8%, and IDC said the trend will continue during the third quarter when it expects Android’s tablet market share to fall to 23% before it rebounds in the fourth quarter to 25.9%. Read on for more. More →

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U.S. to use mobile internet more than wireline by 2015, IDC says

By on September 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM.

U.S. to use mobile internet more than wireline by 2015, IDC says

U.S. citizens will use the mobile networks to access the Internet more than wireline networks by 2015 according to IDC’s Worldwide New Media Market Model, 1H11 report which was released on Monday. Smartphone and tablet sales are expected to be the driving catalyst for the growth of mobile Internet use, which IDC predicts will increase 16.6% between 2010 and 2015. Internet usage in Western Europe and Japan is expected to follow a similar trend. IDC suggested the total number of worldwide Internet users will grow from 2 billion in 2010 to 2.7 billion in 2015, when IDC predicts 40% of the global population will have access to the Internet. “Forget what we have taken for granted on how consumers use the Internet,” said Karsten Weide, research vice president, Media and Entertainment. “Soon, more users will access the Web using mobile devices than using PCs, and it’s going to make the Internet a very different place.” Read on for the full release from IDC. More →

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Windows Phone will be No. 2 smartphone OS by 2015 according to Gartner, IDC

By on September 2, 2011 at 10:30 PM.

Windows Phone will be No. 2 smartphone OS by 2015 according to Gartner, IDC

According to research reports from Gartner and IDC, Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system will grab about 20% of the smartphone market by 2015, enough to propel the OS past Apple’s iOS platform to take the No. 2 spot globally. Research firm Gartner believes Android will have a 49% market share in 2015, followed by Windows Phone at 19.5%, and Apple’s iOS growth will slow so much that it will only maintain a 17% share. IDC believes Windows Phone will have a 20.3 percent share in 2015. During the IFA trade show in Berlin on Friday, Windows Phone marketing head Achim Berg told Bloomberg those Windows Phone growth estimates are conservative. “This is a completely new platform, it takes time,” Berg said. “It took time with Android, it took time with Apple. We have to show that we’re very capable and that we have the fastest and easiest phone.” Gartner suggests Windows Phone’s growth is expected to surge thanks to help from big-name manufacturers such as HTC. Read on for more, including a statement from HTC’s president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. More →

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Apple’s iPad is only tablet to ‘live up to the hype’

By on September 1, 2011 at 10:21 AM.

Apple’s iPad is only tablet to ‘live up to the hype’

Apple’s iPad line of tablets are the only media slates to have met and exceeded consumer expectations according to one analyst. IDC’s senior Canadian digital media analyst Krista Napier believes competitive offerings from the likes of Samsung, Motorola and RIM simply haven’t been able to impress the masses, which is why the iPad continues to dominate the market. “Apple remains the only company to have lived up to the hype so far,” Napier told Financial Post. “Apple appears to be doing many of the right things both on the consumer side and increasingly on the commercial side.” Companies like Samsung have seen some initial success with tablets, though we haven’t heard much about tablet sales since Samsung announced that it had shipped more than 3 million units earlier this year. Read on for more. More →

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IDC: Video game console business will rebound in 2012

By on August 19, 2011 at 9:20 PM.

IDC: Video game console business will rebound in 2012

Much has been made of the video game console business’ steady decline, and rightfully so; console sales have dropped considerably in recent months. Some attribute the sliding sales to a weakened economy while a minority believe trends are turning toward casual mobile gaming, but market research firm IDC says we shouldn’t be sounding any alarms just yet. In a new report, IDC suggests that console gaming will begin to reverse current downward trends in 2012, with a big-time resurgence to follow in the coming years. “Total console hardware and disc-based software revenues are on track to slide a few percent in 2011 compared to 2010,” Lewis Ward, an IDC research manager, said in a statement. “But prognostications that consoles have peaked as a product category are premature. I expect that the launch of the Wii U, a revamped interactive entertainment console from Microsoft in the 2014 timeframe, and the arrival of Sony’s ‘PS4′ circa 2015 – along with more than a few exclusive, innovative games – will help drive a new wave of console-centric spending in the next several years.” Of course the market could rebound even sooner than that. BGR reported exclusively that Microsoft may be preparing to unveil a new Xbox model as soon as E3 2012, and Sony could be fast-tracking plans for a new PlayStation 4 console as well. The Xbox is now six years old, Sony’s PlayStation 3 is five years old and Nintendo’s Wii is almost five years old as well. As quickly as technology now evolves, it shouldn’t be any mystery that console sales are currently waning. IDC’s press release follows below. More →

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IDC latest to proclaim Apple world's top smartphone vendor

By on August 4, 2011 at 3:30 PM.

IDC latest to proclaim Apple world's top smartphone vendor

Apple was once again reaffirmed as the world’s No. 1 smartphone vendor on Thursday as market research firm IDC released its data for the June quarter. Smartphone shipments in the second quarter of this year totaled 106.6 million according to IDC, up from 64.4 million in the same quarter last year. Of that total, Apple owned 19.1% with 20.34 million smartphones shipped, making it the top vendor by volume and by profit in the quarter. “Apple’s success can be directly attributed to its distribution (more than 200 carriers in more than 200 countries), increased manufacturing capacity, and solid demand within emerging and developed markets from both consumers and business users,” IDC said. “Apple’s emergence as the number one smartphone vendor worldwide comes at a time when former worldwide leader Nokia is in the midst of a major transition. However, Apple has yet to top Nokia’s single-quarter volume record of 28.1 million units. But given Apple’s momentum in the smartphone market, it may not be a question of whether Apple will beat that milestone, but when.” IDC noted that Samsung was the No. 2 smartphone vendor last quarter with 16.2% and Nokia slid to No. 3 globally with 15.7% of the market. Several other market researchers have released estimates placing Apple at the top of the smartphone totem, including Strategy Analytics, which recently said Apple beat out Samsung (19.2 million smartphones shipped) and Nokia (16.7 million) to take the top spot. It noted, however, that Samsung’s 520% growth year-over-year far exceeded Apple’s 140% growth during the same period.

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Apple iPhone shipments surge 142%, IDC says

By on July 29, 2011 at 11:10 PM.

Apple iPhone shipments surge 142%, IDC says

Research firm IDC released its latest Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker report on Thursday and revealed that shipments of Apple’s iPhone jumped 142% over the same period last year. Samsung’s shipments rose 10% year-over year, ZTE saw a 36% increase in shipments and LG’s shipments dropped 18.9%. The entire mobile phone market grew 11.3% year-over-year, but that was lower than IDC’s 13.3% growth projection. The feature phone market declined 4% as the U.S., Japan and Western Europe jumped on the smartphone bandwagon. “While this is not a new trend – smartphones have been the primary engine of growth for the last several quarters – it does mark something of a transition point, as demonstrated by the growing number and variety of smartphones featured in the vendors’ portfolios,” said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC’s mobile phone technology and trends team. Read on for IDC’s full press release. More →

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Global PC market shows growth in Q2; Lenovo wins globally, Apple wins in U.S.

By on July 14, 2011 at 7:55 PM.

Global PC market shows growth in Q2; Lenovo wins globally, Apple wins in U.S.

Market research firms Gartner and IDC have both released preliminary data for global PC sales in the second quarter of 2011, and the reports paint a much improved picture compared to the first quarter of the year. Lenovo was the biggest winner globally in terms of growth according to Gartner, having shipped 10.23 million PCs for a 12% share of the market. The China-based vendor’s PC market share grew a whopping 22.5% compared to the same quarter a year prior, and Lenovo now finds itself in the No. 3 spot globally. HP was still the top vendor with shipments totaling 14.89 million units, and Dell remained in the No. 2 spot with 10.62 million units shipped. Acer and ASUS rounded out the top-5 with 9.30 million units and 4.47 million units, respectively. Though Apple’s operating system share continued to climb last month, the firm still doesn’t sell enough units to bump it from the “Others” category on Gartner’s global table. In the U.S., however, Apple showed the biggest market share gains last quarter with 8.5% growth over the same quarter last year. While IDC’s numbers vary compared to Gartner’s, the end results are the same. IDC has Lenovo’s global growth pegged at 22.9% over the second quarter last year, and it shows that Apple grew even faster than Gartner estimates with 14.7% growth in the U.S. compared to the same quarter a year prior. The two firms agree that Acer was the biggest loser globally. Acer’s share of the worldwide PC market was down 20.4% from the second quarter of 2010 according to Gartner, and down a less alarming 10.1% according to IDC. Taiwan-based Acer was the biggest loser in the U.S. as well, as its share was down 22.6% year-over-year according to Gartner and 25.4% according to IDC. Full press releases from both firms follow below. More →

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Tablet shipments fell by 28% in Q1, full-year forecast still up on iPad demand, IDC says

By on July 12, 2011 at 6:30 AM.

Tablet shipments fell by 28% in Q1, full-year forecast still up on iPad demand, IDC says

Tablet shipments following the 2010 holiday season dropped by more than a quarter according to market watcher IDC, but the firm still raised its full-year forecast in its latest Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker report. First-quarter 2011 tablet shipments were down by 28% sequentially according to IDC, due to iPad shipments that were “well below expectations.” Yet the firm has high hopes for Apple’s iPad 2 tablet in 2011, and it raised its full-year shipment estimates to 53.5 million units from 50.4 million units as a result. Apple isn’t the only company finding success with tablets, however, as Android tablets were up 8.2 points sequentially to 34% of total shipments in the first quarter according to IDC. “Like the PC market, Media Tablets had a bit of a challenging quarter in Q1, as concerns about general macroeconomic issues and the post-holiday letdown took a toll on demand,” said IDC’s VP of Clients and Displays Bob O’Donnell in a statement. “We expect the rest of the year to be much stronger, but we believe vendors who continue to focus on the telco channel for distribution will face serious challenges.” O’Donnell’s colleague Jennifer Song, IDC Research Analyst, added, “Although media tablet sales were not as high as expected in 1Q11 due to slower consumer demand, overall economic conditions, and supply-chain constraints, we believe with the entrance of competitive new devices in second half of 2011, the market will sell close to 53 million units for the year and continue to grow long-term.” IDC’s full press release follows below. More →

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Color leads eReader market for first time ever, IDC states

By on July 11, 2011 at 10:05 PM.

Barnes & Noble NOOK Color leads eReader market for first time ever, IDC states

IDC recently published a report that provided a snapshot view of the tablet and eReader markets. The company noted that in the first quarter, for the first time ever, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color lead the eReader pack ahead of Amazon’s Kindle. Even though Barnes & Noble just introduced the “all new NOOK,” a black and white device, IDC says that the lack of a color screen on Amazon’s Kindle “clearly impacted the company’s previous dominance in the eReader market.” The research firm also found that the eReader market declined to just 2.2 million units shipped in the first quarter, and said that the “post-holiday season proved to be challenging” for the eReader market. IDC still expects the global eReader market to ship 16.2 million devices this year, up 24% from last year. Read on for the full press release, which offers a few details on the tablet market, too. More →

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Annual mobile app downloads to jump to 182.7 billion by 2015, IDC says

By on June 30, 2011 at 6:31 AM.

Annual mobile app downloads to jump to 182.7 billion by 2015, IDC says

According to a new report from research firm IDC, annual mobile app downloads are expected to jump from just 10.7 billion in 2010 to 182.7 billion in 2015. The company noted that that developers should keep a close eye on in-app purchases as the primary focus for monetizing applications – a far different approach than the standard method of relying on the initial app purchase. “This shift is most evident in the free app category, where in-app purchases allow users to buy a more functional version of the app or to turn on additional features,” the report said. “In this instance, the mobile apps space is largely emulating the success of mobile games that have long incorporated in-game purchases of additional levels, features, and functionalities as a key revenue source.” IDC argued that ad-supported applications and those that offer in-app purchase options must continue to keep users attracted over time. “The user sustainability trifecta of social networking, location, and the cloud are now increasingly being supported by the business model financial trifecta of application store purchases, in-app purchasing, and in-app advertising,” said Scott Ellison, vice president of mobile and connected consumer platforms at IDC.  Read on for the full release. More →

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IDC: mobile phone market grew 20% in Q1 fueled by smartphones

By on April 29, 2011 at 9:29 AM.

IDC: mobile phone market grew 20% in Q1 fueled by smartphones

The mobile phone market grew almost 20% year-over-year during the first quarter of 2011, IDC has stated. The reason? Smartphones, smartphones, and more smartphones. The firm reports that worldwide smartphone growth was particularly fast in the Asia/Pacific region, as well as in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. As far as hard numbers, it’s stated that 371.8 million units were shipped in the first quarter of this year, contrasting with 310.5 million units in the first quarter of last year. Nokia remains the world’s largest mobile handset maker, however, the company’s market share dropped over 5% YoY. Apple maintained the number four spot while also posting the highest rate of growth amongst the top 5 worldwide leaders, with over 5% of the market share and 114.9% growth year-over-year. White iPhones not included. More →

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