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Led by Android, global smartphone shipments to reach 614 million units in 2012

January 6th, 2012

Smartphones will continue to proliferate around the world in 2012 according to new projections released by Taiwan’s Marketing Intelligence & Consulting Institute. While 2011 was supposed to be the year of the tablet, most slates fizzled while just a few models found success in the emerging market segment. Meanwhile, smartphone sales continued to balloon last …

Android and iOS both lose usage share in December as BlackBerry gains

January 2nd, 2012

Usage of Apple’s iOS platform and Google’s Android operating system both declined between November and December as BlackBerry and Symbian both showed gains. Despite huge activations over the holidays, new data released by analytics firm Net Applications shows that Internet usage of iOS on Apple’s iPhone and iPad displayed the sharpest decline in December, dropping …

Apple’s sinking share in France and Germany may be fueling patent wars

December 22nd, 2011

Whether or not competing products do in fact infringe on Apple’s patents, Apple may have another reason to attack its rivals so aggressively in France and Germany: the company is losing ground. New data from Kantar Worldpanel released on Thursday shows that while the launch of the iPhone 4S was a huge hit in the United …

Chrome 15 surpasses IE 8 as world’s most popular browser

December 22nd, 2011

Google’s Chrome 15 browser is now the most popular browser build in the world. New data from StatCounter suggests that Chrome 15 recently reached a total global market share of 23.6% compared to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 market share of 23.5%. Internet Explorer still has the largest global market share if you combine all versions …

Samsung overtakes Apple in Australia despite patent attacks, becomes No.1 phone vendor

December 20th, 2011

As Samsung continues to field repeated patent-related strikes from Apple in Australia and around the world, the Cupertino-based company’s aggressive stance seems to be having an unforeseen side effect in some cases. As Apple continues to inadvertently help Samsung advertise its products across the Australian region, market research firm IDC revealed on Monday that the South Korea-based electronics giant passed …

iPhone 4S now available in 20 additional countries

December 16th, 2011

Apple launched the iPhone 4S in 20 new countries on Friday. In addition to previously-launch markets, the blockbuster smartphone is now available in Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, according to MacRumors. While U.S. citizens …

Smartphone penetration skyrockets in 2011, iPhone becomes No.1 handset

December 15th, 2011

Smartphone penetration over the past two years has exploded, jumping from just 18% in the third quarter of 2009 to 44% during the three-month period ending in October 2011. Market research firm Nielsen on Thursday released its Mobile Media Report for the third quarter of this year, and it is more clear than ever that …

Acer narrows focus as chairman sees ultrabooks slowing Apple’s growth

December 15th, 2011

Acer will cut its product line by 66% in 2012 and focus on simplifying its portfolio, company chairman JT Wang recently said according to reports. Wang expects the narrowed focus to be fine-tuned over the next two to three years, DigiTimes reports, but the sharper vision will have an immediate impact on sales — Acer …

Windows usage grows in November as Mac OS, Android, iOS inch down

December 14th, 2011

Microsoft’s desktop Windows operating system was the only major platform to show usage gains in November according to new data released on Tuesday. Using impressions served to desktop and mobile platforms to calculate market share, advertising network Chitika found that Windows gained 1.4% between October and November to climb to a 76.45% share. Apple’s Mac …