Nokia becomes top Windows Phone vendor after just one quarter

By on February 24, 2012 at 8:45 AM.

Nokia becomes top Windows Phone vendor after just one quarter

Nokia was late to the game with regard to Windows Phone (among other things). The Finnish phone giant announced early last year that it would be dumping Symbian in favor of Microsoft’s mobile platform, and its first two Windows Phones were unveiled in October, about a year after Samsung, HTC and other companies first launched similar devices. Despite the head start enjoyed by its rivals, however, it took Nokia less than one quarter to become the top Windows Phone vendor in the world. Read on for more. More →

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Explosive debut quarter brings Kindle Fire 14% share of tablet market

By on February 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM.

Explosive debut quarter brings Kindle Fire 14% share of tablet market

Amazon’s Kindle Fire exploded onto the scene last November, quickly becoming one of the hottest gadget gifts for the holidays and maintaining its position atop Amazon’s best-sellers list for several months. According to a new report issued by market research firm IHS iSuppli, the Kindle Fire managed to secure 14% of the tablet market last quarter despite only being available for just over six weeks. ISuppli estimates that the retail giant shipped approximately 3.9 million Kindle Fire tablets in the fourth quarter of 2011, making it the No.2 tablet vendor in the world behind Apple, which saw its market share slide to 57% from 64% in the third quarter. Samsung shipped 2.1 million Galaxy tablets for 8% of the global market, Barnes & Noble shipped 1.9 million Nook tablets and Asus rounded out the top-5 with 612,000 tablets shipped. IHS iSuppli’s full press release follows below. More →

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Apple’s iPad loses market share in Q4 to… the BlackBerry PlayBook?

By on February 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM.

Apple’s iPad loses market share in Q4 to… the BlackBerry PlayBook?

It looks like one of our favorite tablets finally managed to put a dent in Apple’s market share. Apple posted the second most profitable quarter in U.S. history late last year, and it managed to move a record-setting 15.4 million iPads between October and December. While the rest of the world was buying up iPads at an incredible rate, however, a number of consumers in Canada were turning their attention to the home-grown BlackBerry PlayBook tablet instead, Globe and Mail reports. Market research firm Solutions Research Group conducted a survey of 1,000 Canadian consumers and determined that the PlayBook’s market share grew to 15% in the fourth quarter last year, up from just 5%. During the same period, Apple’s share of the Canadian tablet market fell from 86% to 68%. The deep discounts on RIM’s PlayBook tablet ahead of the holidays are credited for the market share boost, but the findings further illustrate market demand for a quality tablet that is affordable. RIM will have competition if it hopes to aim for lower price points in the future, however — Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a big hit at $199 and Apple is expected to shave at least $100 from the price of its iPad 2 when the next-generation iPad 3 launches next month. More →

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iOS Web traffic share surpasses Mac OS for first time ever

By on February 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM.

iOS Web traffic share surpasses Mac OS for first time ever

Following Apple’s blowout December quarter during which it shipped a record 37 million iPhone handsets and 15.4 million iPad tablets, a significant shift has taken place. iOS’s share of U.S. Web traffic as observed during a six-month study conducted by leading ad network Chitika has surpassed Apple’s Mac OS Web traffic share for the first time. Read on for more. More →

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RIM’s recent marketing blitz deemed a bust; BlackBerry 7 sales weakened in January

By on February 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

RIM’s recent marketing blitz deemed a bust; BlackBerry 7 sales weakened in January

When new CEO Thorsten Henis took the reins at Research In Motion, he immediately pointed to the smartphone vendor’s marketing strategy as an area the company needed to focus on if it hoped to regain share in key markets like the United States. The wheels on RIM’s recent marketing efforts had already been set in motion, however, and early reports suggest that the increased volume of familiar BlackBerry ads aren’t having the impact RIM was hoping for. Read on for more. More →

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Can smartphone vendors survive with Apple and Samsung dominating the industry?

By on February 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

Can smartphone vendors survive with Apple and Samsung dominating the industry?

Apple and Samsung are in the midst of a patent-fueled war with no end in site, but the pair has also inadvertently joined forces to make it increasingly difficult for other vendors to continue making smartphones. New estimates suggest Apple and Samsung combined to take in a staggering 95% of smartphone industry profits in the fourth quarter of 2011. The figures paint an even bleaker picture for the rest of the players in the smartphone business than earlier estimates; UBS analyst Maynard Um said last week that Apple and Samsung’s combined take amounted to 90% of smartphone industry profits. Read on for more. More →

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Apple claimed a staggering 80% of mobile profit in Q4

By on February 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM.

Apple claimed a staggering 80% of mobile profit in Q4

Impressive data points from Apple’s record-setting holiday quarter continue to trickle out, and new estimates suggest that the company accounted for a staggering share of mobile profits in the fourth quarter of 2011. Morgan Keegan analyst Tavis McCourt wrote in a research note on Tuesday that Apple took in approximately 50% of all mobile industry revenues last quarter. Even more impressive, the analyst says Apple’s high-margin iPhone lineup accounted for more than 80% of all mobile phone profits. Read on for more. More →

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IDC: Smartphone sales hit all-time high in Q4 led by Apple, Samsung

By on February 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM.

IDC: Smartphone sales hit all-time high in Q4 led by Apple, Samsung

The record sales managed by both Apple and Samsung during the holiday quarter last year sent smartphone market growth soaring in late 2011. Market research firm IDC on Monday released data from a new report that suggests smartphone shipments grew 54.7% in the fourth quarter last year. Driven by Apple’s iPhone 4S and Samsung’s Galaxy S II handsets, vendors shipped 157.8 million smartphones globally last quarter according to IDC. “By the end of the quarter, one out of every three mobiles phones shipped worldwide was a smartphone,” IDC analyst Ramon Llamas said in a statement. “The launch of Apple’s iPhone 4S played a key role in smartphone growth to capture pent-up demand, and smartphone launches from other vendors also provided a broad selection to meet varying preferences and budgets.” The firm notes that full-year smartphone shipments totaled 491.4 million units in 2011, up 61.3% over the prior year. IDC’s full press release follows below. More →

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NPD: iPhone dominated in Q4, Android popularity grows among first-time buyers

By on February 6, 2012 at 9:15 AM.

NPD: iPhone dominated in Q4, Android popularity grows among first-time buyers

Apple was the top smartphone vendor in the United States last quarter according to new data released on Monday. A new report from market research firm The NPD Group suggests that the three best-selling smartphones in America last quarter were all iPhones. Apple’s new iPhone 4S was deemed the top-selling smartphone this past holiday quarter, followed by the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS, which is now free on contract from AT&T. Two versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S II smartphone rounded out the top-5. Read on for more. More →

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Apple and Samsung to pull in 90% of smartphone profits in 2012, UBS says

By on February 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM.

Apple and Samsung to pull in 90% of smartphone profits in 2012, UBS says

Industry watchers agree that smartphone sales will continue to balloon in 2012, but much of the projected growth will seemingly be enjoyed by just two companies. In a report to clients earlier this week, UBS analyst Maynard Um lowered his full-year unit sales projections for cell phones to 1.69 billion from his earlier estimate of 1.7 billion units. At the same time, however, he raised his industry revenue estimates to $242.8 billion from $238.8 billion thanks in large part to a huge year projected for both Apple and Samsung. Read on for more. More →

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Android and iOS see continued growth in Q4 as BlackBerry, Windows and Symbian slide

By on February 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM.

Android and iOS see continued growth in Q4 as BlackBerry, Windows and Symbian slide

ComScore released its most recent U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share report for the three-month period ending in December, 2011. The research firm found that Samsung remained the top mobile phone vendor in the fourth quarter with a 25.3% market share — the same share as it held in the third quarter. LG’s market share dropped 0.6 percentage points to a 20% share for second place followed by Motorola, which fell 0.5 percentage points to 13.3%. Apple had the fourth largest share with a 12.4% market share, up 2.2 percentage points, and RIM fell 0.4 points to a 6.7% share. Read on for more. More →

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RIM’s new chairwoman promises shake-up isn’t over

By on February 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM.

RIM’s new chairwoman promises shake-up isn’t over

Research In Motion’s newly appointed chairwoman of board Barbara Stymiest vowed on Thursday that the changes sweeping the struggling smartphone vendor will continue. RIM announced late last month that company co-founders Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were stepping down from their roles as co-CEOs and co-chairmen of the board following more than a year of investor unrest. Replacing them atop RIM’s management team was Thorsten Heins, and Barbara Stymiest was named chairwoman of the board. Heins got off to a rocky start but promised that more change was coming, and now Stymiest has gone on record making a similar vow that the shake-up at RIM isn’t over. Read on for more. More →

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Android and iOS regain market share in January as BlackBerry slides

By on February 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM.

Android and iOS regain market share in January as BlackBerry slides

Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS regained mobile operating system market share last month after both mobile platforms curiously showed declines in December. Analytics firm Net Applications on Wednesday released mobile phone and tablet operating system share data for January 2012, and the new numbers suggest that Android showed the biggest gains last month. Google’s mobile OS remained in the No.3 spot while rising to an 18.12% share from 16.15% in December, while Apple’s iOS rose to 53.65% from 52.10% a month earlier. RIM’s BlackBerry OS showed gains in December but the platform’s OS share fell to 2.59% in January, its lowest point since October 2011. Java ME retained its No.2 position despite sliding to 19.19% from 21.27% last month, and Symbian dropped half a point to represent 5.20% of the mobile OS market. A chart outlining Net Applications’s data follows below. More →

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