As market saturation bites hard and the smartphone ASP falls ever lower, how are the big Android OEMs going to cope? Declining profits and a push for a more uniform experience from Google could present a real problem.
Data collected by Kantar Worldpanel reveals that global Android smartphone sales continue to grow, whileiPhone sales fall in China and the US.
With the HTC One (M8) flying off the shelves in Taiwan in the first week of sales, analysts expect HTC could sell as many as 4.2 million of their flagship device this quarter. To do so would boost their global market share to about 3% and possibly mark a turnaround from 3 years of near-continual losses for the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer.
Google has updated the Android platform distribution numbers, providing developers with an idea of which versions of Android are most commonly in use. We see no real surprises as Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean gain ground, and all the others either hold steady or drop in use.
Mobile devices are in, traditional computing and television service are out according to the February Nielson Digital Consumer Report. At an average of 4 portable web enabled devices per person, the US has three times more smartphone owners per-capita than the global average.
According to the latest market data, Samsung Electronics is quickly catching up with Apple Inc in the global tablet market, and has already overtaken its rival in emerging regions.
Global smartphone shipments surpassed the one billion unit milestone last year. Surprisingly, Lenovo, LG, and Huawei were some of the best performing manufacturers, while Apple failed to keep the pace.
While the outlook for Android in general is positive, there is less impressive news for some handset manufacturers.
Sales of the Samsung Galaxy S4 slumped this summer, says a newly released market research report. Samsung managed to sell 5 million Galaxy S4 in August, but offset it with sales in the budget segment.
The number of tablets to be shipped during Q4 2013 is forecast to exceed the total number of PCs (desktops plus laptops) shipping during the same period. If you had the money to buy either a laptop or a tablet, which would you get?