Despite the huge variety of new smartphones released since the previous two generations of iPhone were first unveiled, Apple’s devices still managed to top the list of best-selling phones in the U.S. last quarter. According to new data released by market research firm The NPD Group on Monday, Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS were the No.1 and 2 top-selling handsets in the U.S. during the third quarter this year. The iPhone 4, available from Verizon Wireless and AT&T during the quarter, was first launched in June 2010 while the iPhone 3GS was released more than two years ago in June 2009, and was sold by only one carrier in the U.S. last quarter. According to NPD’s data, Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G was the No.3 best-selling cell phone in the U.S. during the third quarter, followed by the Motorola DROID 3 and the Samsung Intensity II. The NPD Group’s full press release follows below. More →
Google’s lead among smartphone platforms grew wider in the United States last quarter as Research In Motion and Microsoft each lost share to Android. Just-released data from Nielsen for the third quarter shows that Google’s share of the smartphone market in the U.S. grew to 43%, up from 39% in the second quarter. Apple’s iOS stayed flat at 28% while RIM’s BlackBerry OS slid from 20% last quarter to 18% in the third quarter and Microsoft’s mobile platforms combined to make up 7% of the market, down from 9% last quarter. Nokia’s Symbian OS and HP’s webOS now fall into the “Other” category. Read on for more. More →
Samsung blew past Apple and Nokia in the third quarter to become the No. 1 smartphone vendor in the world, but another emerging smartphone vendor stole the top spot in the U.S. according to a new report. Market research firm Canalys on Monday released country-level smartphone shipment estimates and according to its figures, HTC shipped 5.7 million own-brand smartphones and another 700,000 T-Mobile-branded handsets in the U.S. last quarter to take the top spot with 6.4 million total devices shipped. Samsung shipped 4.9 million smartphones in the U.S. last quarter according to Canalys, and Apple shipped 4.6 million iPhones to slide to the No. 3 spot. “However you count it, HTC has become a deserved leader in the US smart phone market,” said Canalys analyst Chris Jones in a statement. “This is an awesome achievement for HTC, which has built a premium brand in a highly competitive market in just a few short years. It now has a strong range of 4G Android products, with devices ranged by each of the major carriers, and offers some of the most compelling and differentiated products found on the platform today.” The full press release from Canalys follows below. More →
HTC on Monday reported a record third quarter that saw profit grow 68% on shipments of 13.2 million handsets, up 93% from the same quarter last year. Revenue grew 79% year-over-year to NT$135.82 billion and profit grew to NT$18.68 billion, or NT$22.07 per share. HTC has shown six consecutive quarters of revenue growth. The average selling price of HTC’s smartphones grew 0.6% from the third quarter last year to $344. “We aim to lead the way as the smartphone market continues to expand and change rapidly,” said HTC CEO Peter Chou in a statement. “We pride ourselves on anticipating market and consumer needs and addressing them before they are realized. We are growing rapidly and responsibly around the globe and continue to expand our leadership in new areas, such as LTE.” The company issued soft fourth-quarter guidance with revenue expectations of NT$125 billion to NT$135 billion and handset shipments in the 12 million to 13 million unit range. HTC’s full press release follows below. More →
Global cell phone shipments grew 14% annually to reach 390 million units in the third quarter as China-based ZTE passed Apple to become the No. 4 cell phone vendor in the world by volume. Market research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics on Thursday released global mobile phone shipment data for the third quarter of 2011, and the landscape is shifting. Nokia remained atop the list, having shipped 106.6 million cell phones in the September quarter, and Samsung remained in the No. 2 spot as mobile phone shipments exploded to 88 million units from 71.4 million in the same quarter last year. Read on for more. More →
Motorola on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates thanks to strong sales of the company’s Android-powered smartphones. Motorola doubled Wall Street’s EPS estimate of $0.06, reporting earnings of $0.12 per share in the September quarter. The company earned $0.13 per share in the third quarter last year. Revenue of $3.3 billion was up 11% from the third quarter last year, but it narrowly missed analysts’ expectation of $3.4 billion. Revenue from device sales last quarter totaled $2.4 billion, up 20% year-over-year. The vendor shipped 11.6 million devices including 4.8 million smartphones and just 100,000 XOOM tablets, and operating losses totaled $32 million compared to $34 million in the same quarter last year. Motorola shipped 400,000 XOOM tablets last quarter and 250,000 units in the first quarter of 2011. Motorola Mobility chairman and CEO Sanjay Jha noted in a statement that the company continues to make progress toward closing the proposed merger with Google. Motorola’s full press release follows below. More →
LG posted its third-quarter earnings on Wednesday, noting a net loss of 413.9 billion won ($366 million), far below the net profit of 7.6 billion won reported during the same quarter last year. Third-quarter revenue totaled 13.4 trillion won ($11.3 billion), down 2% from the same period last year. LG shipped a total of 21.1 million handsets during the quarter, down from the 24.8 million devices it shipped during the third quarter of 2010. On the bright side, shipments of flat panel TVs grew 37% to 6.6 million units, more than the company has ever shipped in a single quarter. LG said it expects to boost sales during the fourth quarter by increasing demand for its Cinema 3D and Smart TV products, as well as by pushing LTE phones aggressively in an effort to “dominate the market in advance.” Read on for the full press release from LG. More →
Usage of Google’s mobile platform across the Millennial network doubled iOS in the third quarter according to new data just released by Millennial Media. After representing 54% of impressions served by the mobile ad network in August, Android finished strong to account for 56% of impressions in the September quarter. That figure doubled iOS in the No. 2 spot with 28% during the quarter, and it dwarfed RIM’s 13% share. Symbian accounted for just 1% of impressions and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Windows Phone platforms combined to also account for 1% of impressions. The iPad dominated tablets, having grown a whopping 456% between the third quarter in 2010 and this past quarter, and impressions across iOS grew 60% over the same period. Apple was the top manufacturer on Millennial’s network in the third quarter with a 23.09% share followed by Samsung (16.48%), HTC (15.5%), RIM (11.05%) and Motorola (10.7%). Apple’s iPhones were also the top handset line with a 12.55% share, more than double the No. 2 device line, LG’s Optimus phones, which accounted for 6.3% of impressions served. RIM’s BlackBerry Curve line was next with 4.7% followed by Motorola DROID phones with 4.35% and the HTC desire with 4.01%. Additional charts from Millennial’s third-quarter Mobile Mix report follow below. More →
Verizon Communications on Friday revealed that it sold 2 million iPhone handsets during the third quarter of 2011, 700,000 fewer than top rival AT&T. Verizon reported its third-quarter earnings on Friday and during a conference call with analysts, the carrier revealed that it sold 2 million iPhones last quarter. AT&T on Thursday reported that it activated 2.7 million iPhones during the same quarter, 35% more than Verizon. AT&T of course, had a steep advantage that has grown even more substantial following the introduction of Apple’s iPhone 4S. During the third quarter, Verizon Wireless sold a $199 iPhone 4 with 16GB of storage and a $299 iPhone 4 with 32GB of storage. AT&T offered the same two models along with a less expensive iPhone 3GS that the carrier says was very popular. In the fourth quarter, Verizon and AT&T will both offer a $99 iPhone alongside three iPhone 4S models, but AT&T also now has a free iPhone 3GS to give away on contract. Verizon blamed next-generation iPhone rumors for slowing iPhone 4 sales during the third quarter.
Verizon Communications on Friday reported earnings for the third quarter of 2011. Total consolidated operating revenue came in at $27.91 billion, up 5.4% over the third quarter last year and narrowly beating the Street’s $27.88 billion estimate. The carrier reported non-GAAP earnings of $0.56 per share, up from $0.55 in the third quarter of 2010. Verizon’s wireless business recorded revenue of $15 billion in the quarter, up 6.1% from the same quarter last year, and wireless connections now total 107.7 million. AT&T on Thursday reported that its subscriber count surpassed 100 million for the first time in the third quarter. Verizon’s net wireless connection additions in the quarter totalled 1.3 million while AT&T added 2.1 million new subscribers in the same quarter. Verizon’s wireless data revenue was up 20.5% year-over-year to $6.1 billion, representing 40.6% of all service revenues. The company’s full press release follows below.
Global media tablet shipments in the third quarter ballooned 280% over the same quarter last year to reach 17 million units. Boston-based research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics found that Apple’s iOS platform and Google’s Android OS combined to capture a combined 94% of the global market, leaving Microsoft, HP and RIM fighting for scraps. Apple shipped 11.1 million iPads to take 67% of the market according to Strategy Analytics, and Google’s Android platform accounted for 27% of the market. ”Demand for tablets in developed and developing markets remains high,” Strategy Analytics director Peter King said in a statement. “Apple shipped a record 11.1 million iPads and registered a healthy 67 percent global tablet market share during the third quarter of 2011. Apple iOS remains the world’s dominant tablet platform with the most established services ecosystem.” Strategy Analytics’ full press release follows below. More →
Nokia on Thursday posted better-than-expected results for the third quarter thanks to mobile device shipments that exceeded analysts’ expectations by a substantial margin. The Finnish phone vendor shipped 89.9 million feature phones, crushing expectations which were as low as 67 million units for the quarter, and revenue from its mobile devices group came in at €5.39 billion compared to the Street’s consensus of €5.06 billion. Total revenue fell 13% from the third quarter last year to €8.98 billion, also beating the Street’s €8.66 billion consensus, and EPS excluding some costs was €0.03 for the quarter. Wall Street was expecting earnings of €0.02 per share. Total mobile device shipments grew 20% sequentially to 106.6 million units, but average selling prices were down 18% quarter-over-quarter and 22% from the third quarter last year. Nokia’s net loss in the quarter was just €68 million while the Street was expecting a loss of €229 million. Nokia’s full earnings release follows below. More →
Samsung reportedly shipped more than 20 million smartphones in the third calendar quarter of this year, moving the South Korea-based company ahead of Apple for the first time since the iPhone was unveiled. Apple on Tuesday revealed that it shipped 17.1 million iPhone handsets during the September quarter, missing analyst expectations by more than 3 million units. According to The Wall Street Journal’s anonymous source, Samsung shipped more than 20 million smartphones during the quarter, pushing it past Apple. With Nokia having shipped just 16.8 million smartphones last quarter, down 38% from 27.1 million in the same quarter a year earlier, this also makes Samsung the No. 1 smartphone vendor by volume in the third quarter of 2011. Samsung has not yet revealed official shipment figures for the third quarter. More →