Analysts predict quarterly gains for Apple, Samsung, and HTC

By on July 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM.

Analysts predict quarterly gains for Apple, Samsung, and HTC

Apple, Samsung, and HTC will each post gains in their respective earnings reports according to 46 analysts polled by Reuters. “We expect second quarter earnings to reveal a widening gulf between the winners and losers and further illustrate the ‘changing of the guard’ as Apple, HTC and Samsung continue to increase market share,” CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber told the news outlet. Analysts say Samsung’s growth, which pushed it past Nokia as the largest smartphone builder in the world, was fueled by Google’s Android operating system. The group also collectively predicts that Apple sold 16.9 million iPhones during the fiscal third quarter. That figure is down from the fiscal second quarter of this year, but it’s also twice as many devices as Apple sold during the same quarter last year. Similarly, Samsung is expected to report that it shipped 19 million smartphones during the quarter and analysts believe the Korean company is on pace to surpass its 60 million unit sales target for the year. Nokia will continue to struggle, although we hope it picks up momentum when its Windows Phone devices begin launching later this year. “There were few products in the market that can match Galaxy S II as Apple appears to be delaying new iPhone debut due to disruptions in parts supply, while Nokia continues to fail to introduce competitive lineup,” Jin Sung-hye, a Hyundai Securities analyst, said. More →

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Windows Phone to grab 17% of smartphone market next year, analyst predicts

By on July 1, 2011 at 4:50 PM.

Windows Phone to grab 17% of smartphone market next year, analyst predicts

According to Chang Chi, the deputy head of Taiwan-based Market Intelligence Center, Windows Phone will have a 17% grip on the smartphone market next year. Chi said that Android’s share of the market in 2011 is 38%, followed by Symbian (23%), and iOS (18%). However, he expects Android’s market share to grow 2% next year, iOS to increase to a 19% share, and Windows Phone to skyrocket to a 17% share of the market. Chi also expects that HTC will surpass RIM and become the fourth largest smartphone maker in the world. Research firm IDC recently published a similar report that suggested Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system will be the No. 2 platform by 2015, surpassing both iOS and BlackBerry. More →

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IDC: Windows Phone will be No. 2 in 2015, passing iPhone and BlackBerry

By on March 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM.

IDC: Windows Phone will be No. 2 in 2015, passing iPhone and BlackBerry

IDC on Tuesday released a new report detailing its vision of the smartphone market through 2011 and beyond. The research firm sees global smartphone shipments climbing to 450 million units in 2011, up 49.2% from 303.4 million units in 2010. More interestingly, however, is the firm’s forecast moving through 2011 and into 2015. Ovum had previously estimated that Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform would pass BlackBerry to become the No. 3 mobile OS globally in 2016. Considering the size and reach of Nokia, the flagship Windows Phone partner moving forward, we wondered if the company’s estimates were a bit light. IDC estimates that Nokia will lead Windows Phone past RIM’s BlackBerry OS and Apple’s iOS platform to become the No. 2 smartphone operating system in the world in 2015. “Up until the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Microsoft has steadily lost market share while other operating systems have brought forth new and appealing experiences,” said IDC senior research analyst Ramon Llamas in a statement. “The new alliance brings together Nokia’s hardware capabilities and Windows Phone’s differentiated platform. We expect the first devices to launch in 2012. By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android.” Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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