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Nokia still top vendor as global handset shipments reached 1.6 billion in 2011

January 27th, 2012

Global mobile phone shipments grew 14% annually to shatter the previous shipment record in 2011. Market research firm Strategy Analytics estimates that 1.6 billion cell phones were shipped last year, representing more than one-fifth of the world’s total population, which surpassed 7 billion in late October last year according to the Population Reference Bureau. An earlier report …

New RIM CEO admits Apple and Google are winning, says change is coming

January 27th, 2012

Investors had been clamoring for Research In Motion co-founders Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis to relinquish their co-CEO and co-chairman roles, and the company finally announced this past Sunday that Balsillie and Lazaridis were out, replaced by new chairperson of the board Barbara Stymiest and new chief executive officer Thorsten Heins. RIM’s stock plunged more than …

Apple reclaims No.1 smartphone spot in Q4

January 27th, 2012

Apple is once again the top smartphone vendor in the world by shipment volume according to a report released late Thursday. Market research firm Strategy Analytics noted that total fourth-quarter smartphone shipments grew 54% year-over-year in 2011 to hit 155 million units. After losing the No.1 spot to Samsung in the third quarter last year, …

Q4 iPhone sales reportedly topped all Android phones combined

January 25th, 2012

Apple’s monster holiday quarter is the talk of the tech world, with the technology giant having just reported the second most profitable quarter ever among U.S. companies. The company’s $13.06 billion in fiscal first-quarter profit on revenue that surpassed $46 billion is staggering, and iPhone shipments that surpassed 37 million units played a huge role in Apple’s …

Amazon’s Kindle Fire had no impact on iPad sales, Apple CEO says

January 25th, 2012

Amazon’s Kindle Fire had a huge holiday season by all accounts, with fourth-quarter sales that may have exceeded 4 million units according to analyst estimates. While a number of analysts made predictions that Amazon’s $199 tablet would take a bite out of iPad sales — Morgan Keegan’s Travis McCourt thought the Kindle Fire could cost Apple …

‘Disappointing’ iPhone 4S leads Apple to most profitable quarter in tech history

January 24th, 2012

“Disappointing” though it may have been to some, the iPhone 4S propelled what is now confirmed to have been the most profitable quarter any technology company has ever recorded. Apple on Wednesday reported record earnings for the December quarter, revealing a profit of $13.06 billion on revenue that surpassed $46 billion. Among technology companies, Apple’s fiscal …

Android share doubles iPhone in U.S., Samsung most popular vendor

January 20th, 2012

Google’s share of the smartphone market in the United States is now nearly double that of Apple’s iPhone according to new data published Friday. A new report from market research firm iGR states that 47% of U.S. smartphone owners have Android devices while 24% own Apple’s iPhone. The company also found that Samsung is the …

iPad still on top as tablet competition heats up

January 18th, 2012

Apple’s iPad is currently responsible for 15% of all mobile traffic according to new research published recently by Chitika. While the iPad’s lead in the tablet market is obvious, it’s becoming more clear there’s strong competition for market share below it. The Amazon Kindle Fire represented an average of 2.4 ad impressions on Chitikas network …

iPhone share among recent smartphone buyers nearly doubles in Q4, Nielsen says

January 18th, 2012

The share of recent smartphone buyers in the United States who chose Apple’s iPhone over rivals in the fourth quarter nearly doubled compared to the three months ending in October 2011, Nielsen said on Wednesday. The market research firm polled recent smartphone acquirers in December and found that 44.5% of buyers purchased an iPhone over …

Samsung racks up record Q4 profit on huge smartphone sales

January 6th, 2012

Samsung shipped an estimated 35 million smartphones in the fourth quarter — up from 27.9 million in the third quarter when it passed Apple to become the top smartphone vendor in the world — pushing the South Korea-based company toward record profits. The firm reported its preliminary results for the fourth calendar quarter on Friday, …