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Q2 2011

Android said to have overtaken Apple in global mobile app downloads

October 25th, 2011

Applications downloaded to Android devices in the second quarter surpassed the number apps downloaded from Apple’s iOS App Store. New data from market research and intelligence firm ABI Research shows that Android overtook iOS by a substantial margin in the June quarter, having been responsible for 44% of mobile app downloads around the world compared …

Microsoft smartphone share said to hit new low in Q2

October 13th, 2011

One year following the launch of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, a new analysis has determined that the Redmond, Washington-based company’s share of the global smartphone market recently hit a new low. According to analyst Horace Dediu, Microsoft’s partners sold 1.4 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2011. The figure, if accurate, would represent roughly …

SA: Apple’s iPad owned 80% of North American tablet market in Q2

September 27th, 2011

Amid a flurry of new tablets from the competition, Apple’s iPad managed to capture 80% of the North American tablet market in the second quarter of 2011. Market research and analysis firm Strategy Analytics on Tuesday reported that Apple sold approximately 6 million of the 7.5 million media tablets that were shipped into channels during …

Despite RIM’s rough quarter, Macquarie ‘pounding the table’ on rebound

September 19th, 2011

In spite of Research In Motion’s recent fiscal second-quarter earnings report, which missed Wall Street’s consensus and RIM’s own estimates, not everyone is jumping ship just yet. Investment bank Macquarie Capital Markets reiterated its Outperform rating on RIM stock this past Friday, and it maintained its 12-month price target of $42. The firm noted that …

Bigger isn’t always better: Nokia Ovi Store apps downloaded 160% more than iOS apps

September 7th, 2011

Apple’s iOS App Store is the world’s most popular on-device mobile app portal by leaps and bounds, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the best opportunity for developers according to Berlin, Germany-based market research firm research2guidance. Apple has a wide lead over competitors in terms of overall downloads and the number of applications in its App Store, …

Android, iOS gain U.S. market share in Q2 while BlackBerry slides, NPD says

August 22nd, 2011

Android’s lead in the U.S. smartphone market was extended further in the second quarter of 2011 according to leading market research firm The NPD Group. The firm on Monday released its second-quarter Mobile Phone Track report, which shows that Android devices accounted for 52% of smartphones sold in the U.S. last quarter. Apple’s iOS-powered iPhone showed …

Gartner says smartphone sales grew 74% in Q2

August 11th, 2011

Gartner on Thursday issued its global mobile phone sales data for the second quarter, which shows that the industry grew 16.5% from the same quarter last year, to 428.7 million units. Smartphone sales jumped 74% year-on-year, with 107.7 million smartphones having been sold to end users around the world. “Smartphone sales continued to rise at …

IDC latest to proclaim Apple world's top smartphone vendor

August 4th, 2011

Apple was once again reaffirmed as the world’s No. 1 smartphone vendor on Thursday as market research firm IDC released its data for the June quarter. Smartphone shipments in the second quarter of this year totaled 106.6 million according to IDC, up from 64.4 million in the same quarter last year. Of that total, Apple …