According to Nielsen’s numbers for October 2010, Apple’s iOS has passed RIM’s BlackBerry OS to become the most popular smartphone operating system currently in use in the U.S. The data jibes with both Canalys and NPD Group, which also put Apple in the No.1 smartphone spot in October. Nielsen’s Q3 market share data showed RIM with 30% and Apple with 28% of the market. After the first month of Q4, Apple holds 27.9% of the market and RIM sits close behind with 27.4%. Both companies lost market share to Google, which jumped from 19% to 22.7% in October. Considering Android’s rapid growth rate — which shows no signs of slowing — it’s a safe bet that Apple’s reign will be short-lived. At its current pace, Android should overtake the No. 1 position sometime in the first quarter of 2011. More →
HTC reported a record quarter Friday as its 2010 smartphone shipments were more than double the previous year. HTC saw record revenue in Q4, topping $3.3 billion on shipments of 9.9 million units. The company reports that it shipped almost 25 million total units in its fiscal 2010. HTC, which went public just three years ago, has quickly built a smartphone empire on the back of Google’s Android operating system. HTC is now expanding to also build smartphones powered by Microsoft’s new mobile OS, Windows Phone 7, but it will continue to use Android as its main operating system. “We believe the overall pie is still big enough to have at least three to four tier-1 players enjoy the growth momentum,” the company said in a statement. Clearly, HTC has no plans to relinquish its place among those tier-1 players. More →
LG announced earlier this month that it was launching an Android-powered tablet as part of its new Optimus brand. On Thursday, the Korean company confirmed that it will be launching this Android tablet in Q4 2010. Though Q4 2010 is still a broad window for launch, the timing suggests that LG is trying desperately to hit that ever important holiday shopping season. No word on whether this tablet will be a Korea-only exclusive, but if it does launch globally, is anyone interested? More →
There were whispers that Apple’s latest quarterly earnings — $15.7 billion — could best those of rival Microsoft, however today, the Redmond company put all of that to rest. The first few sentences of Microsoft’s earnings release explains it all:
Microsoft Corp. today announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $16.04 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, a 22% increase from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.93 billion, $4.52 billion and $0.51 per share, which represented increases of 49%, 48% and 50%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.
That’s how it’s done! Microsoft’s fiscal calendar is obviously a little different that most, so here is their year-end recap:
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, Microsoft reported record revenue of $62.48 billion, a 7% increase from the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the year were $24.10 billion, $18.76 billion and $2.10, which represented increases of 18%, 29% and 30%, respectively, when compared with the prior year.
Looks good, now lets burn some of that cash getting Windows Phone 7 out of the door, and fast! More →