New iPad already accounts for 10% of all iPad traffic

By on April 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM.

New iPad already accounts for 10% of all iPad traffic

Apple released its third-generation iPad just over three weeks ago, and the company managed to sell more than 3 million units in less than four days of availability. The sleek slate has since launched in a number of additional markets and according to ad network Chitika’s real-time iPad tracker, it took Apple’s new iPad just three weeks to account for 10% of all iPad traffic across its network. The new iPad’s share of iPad traffic peaked at 16.2% on the morning of April 8th, and the full-day average for the new iPad’s traffic share reached 10% for the first time that day. “The 10% threshold is much more than an indicator of adoption; symbolic meaning cannot be dismissed,” Chitika’s Gabe Donnini wrote in a post on the company’s blog. “Simply put, The new iPad stands as a prime example of what any company could hope for. IDC reports that Apple holds the place of the most dominant tablet manufacturer in the world, and with consumers on the verge of viewing the idea of a tablet as synonymous with an iPad, the odds are looking pretty good. This optimism is also mirrored in Apple’s stock price, which has risen over 100% in the last twelve months.” More →

No Comments

Android fragmentation rears its ugly head once again

By on April 3, 2012 at 10:35 AM.

Android fragmentation rears its ugly head once again

Google updated its Android version tracker on Monday, revealing that the latest version of its mobile operating system — Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — has more than doubled its installed base over the past month. Unfortunately, that only carries Google’s current Android build to a 2.9% share of all devices. Combined with Honeycomb, this means that as of March 2nd, just 6.2% of Android devices are now running a modern version of Android. Meanwhile, the bulk of Android devices run the 15-month-old Gingerbread operating system (63.7%) and the second most popular version of the platform is the 23-month-old Froyo OS (23.1%). First unveiled in October 2009 and currently at 6%, Android 2.1 Eclair is still found on nearly as many devices as Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich combined. Read on for more. More →

No Comments

Apple and Google’s OS share slides in March as BlackBerry shows narrow gain

By on April 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM.

Apple and Google’s OS share slides in March as BlackBerry shows narrow gain

The smartphone and tablet landscapes remained largely unchanged in March as far as operating system usage share is concerned. New data from analytics firm Net Applications shows that the collective operating system share owned by Apple’s iPhone and iPad inched down to 59.87% in March from 60.59% in February. iOS’s share had skyrocketed in February as it continued to gain after losing share ahead of the holidays. Google’s Android smartphones and tablets dipped as well in March according to Net Applications’s data, dropping to 18.66% from 19.02% in February. Symbian stayed flat at 2.77% in March, and the only mobile operating system to show gains during the month was RIM’s BlackBerry OS, which climbed a fraction of a point to 2.21% from 2.15% in February. A chart showcasing Net Applications’s data follows below. More →

No Comments

Nearly 1 billion smart connected devices shipped in 2011

By on March 29, 2012 at 11:15 PM.

Nearly 1 billion smart connected devices shipped in 2011

The International Data Corporation on Wednesday announced that shipments of smart connected devices —including PCs, tablets and smartphones — reached 916 million units and surpassed $489 billion in revenue in 2011. “Whether it’s consumers looking for a phone that can tap into several robust ‘app’ ecosystems, businesses looking at deploying tablet devices into their environments, or educational institutions working to update their school’s computer labs, smart, connected, compute-capable devices are playing an increasingly important role in nearly every individual’s life,” said Bob O’Donnell, vice president of Clients and Displays at IDC. The firm estimates that worldwide shipments of smart connected devices will top 1.1 billion in 2012 and double to 1.84 billion by 2016. IDC’s numbers represent a compound annual growth rate of 15.4% over the next five years. The firm also predicts that the number of Android-powered devices running on ARM CPUs will grow from 29.4% in 2011 to a market-leading 31.1% share in 2016. Apple’s iOS-based devices, on the other hand, are estimated to grow from 14.6% share in 2011 to 17.3% in 2016. IDC’s press release can be found after the break. More →

No Comments

Intel’s market share surges to 10-year high

By on March 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM.

Intel’s market share surges to 10-year high

Intel in 2011 achieved its highest annual market share in more than 10 years, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. The chipmaker’s market share increased 2.5 points to 15.6% from 13.1% in 2010. In the same year, the company’s revenue jumped 20.6%, outpacing nearly every other semiconductor supplier in the top-20 with the exception of Qualcomm. The jump represents the highest share Intel has attained since 2001, when the company reached a 14.9% market share. “Intel in 2011 captured the headlines with its major surge in growth,” said Dale Ford, head of electronics and semiconductor research for IHS. “The company’s rise was spurred by soaring demand for its PC-oriented microprocessors, and for its NAND flash memory used in consumer and wireless products. Intel’s revenue also was boosted by its acquisition of Infineon’s wireless business unit. The company’s strong rise helped it to stave off the rising challenge mounted by No. 2 semiconductor supplier Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., which had been whittling away at Intel’s lead in recent years.” More →

No Comments

Chrome briefly passes Internet Explorer to become most popular weekend web browser

By on March 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM.

Chrome briefly passes Internet Explorer to become most popular weekend web browser

Web analytics firm StatCounter on Wednesday announced that Google’s Chrome web browser overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer last Sunday to become the most popular weekend browser, Reuters reported. “While it is only one day, this is a milestone,” said Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter’s chief executive. “At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE.” On March 18th, a total of 32.7% of all browsing was done using Chrome, while Internet Explorer had a 32.5% share. When people returned to their offices on Monday, however, Microsoft’s browser increased its share to 35% and Google’s share slipped to 30%. “Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable,” Cullen said. Google’s web browsing market share continues to surge, nearly doubling from 17% in March 2011 to 30.8% in March 2012. Internet Explorer, on the other hand, has continued its downward spiral from 45.1% a year ago to 34.8% so far this month. More →

No Comments

Android tablets can’t compete with the iPad 2, let alone the new iPad, analyst says

By on March 14, 2012 at 2:55 PM.

Android tablets can’t compete with the iPad 2, let alone the new iPad, analyst says

Since Apple’s iPad event last week, the tablet has seen a record number of pre-orders with shipping times for new orders now reaching two to three-week delays. Canaccord Securities analyst Mike Walkley anticipates Apple will continue to dominate both market and value share in the growing tablet market through 2013. The analyst wrote in a research note on Wednesday that due to the company’s leading hardware specs, competitive pricing and iOS developer and application ecosystems, Apple’s lead will not be challenge in the near future. In fact, according to Walkley, Android vendors have indicated to him that they can’t compete. Read on for more. More →

No Comments

HTC sees negative smartphone sales trend reversing thanks to HTC One phones

By on March 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM.

HTC sees negative smartphone sales trend reversing thanks to HTC One phones

HTC is confident the company’s new One series smartphones will rescue the company from slowing sales, propelling it to the No.5 smartphone vendor spot and beyond. “We are confident this year will be … a much better year,” HTC’s chief of European operations Florian Seiche said to Reuters. “Even with the Q1 not being the ideal fast start right out of the gate in January, which of course we would have preferred, even with that we are very confident.” During the company’s Mobile World Congress 2012 press event, the Taiwanese smartphone maker announced the HTC One series. The first three HTC One phones focus on three main pillars, amazing design and user experience, an amazing camera, and an amazing multimedia experience. HTC feels these key components will combine to reignite consumer interest in its smartphones, and early response has been very positive. More →

4 Comments

Apple’s OS share skyrockets in February as Android inches up, BlackBerry slides

By on March 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM.

Apple’s OS share skyrockets in February as Android inches up, BlackBerry slides

Apple’s share of global smartphone and tablet usage skyrocketed in February after remaining somewhat flat over the previous three months. Analytics firm Net Applications on Thursday released mobile phone and tablet operating system share data for February, and Apple showed the most gains last month by a wide margin. The Cupertino, California-based company saw its share increase to 60.59% from 53.65% in January as Android inched up less than a point to 19.02% and RIM’s BlackBerry platform slid nearly a point to 2.59%, it’s second lowest monthly share over the past 12 months. Java ME share of mobile and tablet operating system usage plummeted to 14.16% from 19.19% in January, and Symbian dropped to 2.77% from 5.20% over the same period. A chart outlining Net Applications’s data follows below. More →

5 Comments

RIM’s Q4 likely to disappoint, iPhone 5 will overshadow BlackBerry 10

By on March 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM.

RIM’s Q4 likely to disappoint, iPhone 5 will overshadow BlackBerry 10

Research In Motion is likely to report a disappointing February quarter according to Jeffries & Company analyst Peter Misek, and the company may soon pre-announce results as a warning. “We are cutting our RIM estimates and target based on our belief that there is a greater than 50% chance that RIM will negatively pre-announce the February quarter,” Misek wrote in a note to investors on Thursday. “We believe sales of both RIM’s low-end and higher-end phones continue to be challenged.” Read on for more. More →

19 Comments

Google TV is still a flop, report claims

By on February 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM.

Google TV is still a flop, report claims

As Google’s vendor partners prepare renewed efforts to push HDTVs and accessories that showcase Google TV, a new report suggests that they have their work cut out for them. First introduced at a press conference in late 2010, Google TV has not seen the success Google had hoped for. The CEO of Logitech, one of the first vendors to launch a Google TV product, went as far as to call its Google TV-powered Revue a gigantic mistake that cost the company dearly. Now, in more than a year on the market, all of Google’s partners have combined to sell fewer that 1 million Google TV devices according to a recent report. Read on for more. More →

3 Comments

Upcoming 14-inch MacBook Air may help Apple’s position in China

By on February 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM.

Upcoming 14-inch MacBook Air may help Apple’s position in China

Apple is said to currently be considering the launch of a new MacBook Air notebook PC with a 14-inch display. Citing unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain, DigiTimes on Wednesday reported that Apple is considering a 14-inch ultra-slim laptop computer to better address consumers in China, where 14-inch models have between 35% and 40% of the portable computer market. The site had previously reported that Apple is working on a 15-inch MacBook Air model, a claim that a number of other reports have mirrored. DigiTimes first reported that Apple will launch the 15-inch Air in the second quarter this year, but then issued a new report two weeks later stating that the 15-inch model was slated to launch in the first quarter of 2012 alongside new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models. It is unclear if DigiTimes is now suggesting that Apple will launch a 14-inch model in China and a 15-inch model for the rest of the world, or if the company is considering replacing the previously-rumored 15-inch model with a slightly smaller laptop. More →

No Comments

Samsung admits defeat with early tablet efforts, but its new announcements won’t help

By on February 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM.

Samsung admits defeat with early tablet efforts, but its new announcements won’t help

Samsung on Monday admitted that it has failed to gain ground in the tablet market while Apple’s iPad continues to proliferate at an increasing pace. Speaking with reporters at Mobile World Congress, a Samsung product strategy executive stated plainly that Samsung has a lot of work to do if it hopes to gain ground with its tablet portfolio. “Honestly, we’re not doing very well in the tablet market,” Samsung’s Hankil Yoon said, according to CNET. Read on for more. More →

8 Comments