HTC has seen its fortunes fade over the past year, after a series of strategic and tactical blunders cost it market share and revenues. The Taiwanese fell behind Samsung in the Android pack, and very importantly, lost much of the crucial US smartphone market, although HTC did register some growth in the fast-developing Asia-Pacific markets. On the bright side, the One series somehow improved HTC’s performance in the past two quarters, in spite of the Customs ban in the US and weak sales in Europe.
To stem loses, the phone-maker has been laying off R&D staff and closing offices in underperforming markets. One such market from where HTC pulled off was Brazil, the [...]
There are many reasons why Android is the most popular operating system around, ranging from its open source nature to its availability to all consumers, regardless of financial capability. Android has been dominating the smartphone market across the world. We know about how Android’s market share in Spain is a whopping 84%, and around 50% in the US. But that number is all set to grow, although slowly, if a new report by Comscore is any indication.
Comscore, an internet marketing research company, has just released a report, which states that 62% of first-time smartphone owners choose Android devices, with 25% picking iOS. Granted, this [...]
It seems that ARM has beaten again the forecasters’ predictions for Q2 2012, and even better, the British chip designer outperformed the industry as well.
While Intel and Qualcomm had to reduce expectations for their results, ARM surprised everyone with a 23% profit surge in the last quarter, or a $103.2 million pre-tax profit for $135 million worth of sales. Analyst Julian Yates at Investec said it was a good set of numbers – “It’s 5 percent ahead of our profit number, and they have beats on top-line royalties and licenses”.
Admittedly, ARM is not playing with billions every quarter like Intel does. But they don’t need to, [...]
LG has released its Q2 results today, and the mobile division is not looking so good, losing 28.5% revenue compared to last year, which amounts to a $2 billion reduction. That seems like a huge loss, but there’s also a pretty good explanation for it, and things are not as bad as they seem for LG.
LG is seeing this sharp revenue loss in the mobile division mostly because of the transition from feature phones to smartphones, throughout the world. LG used to be a very big feature phone manufacturer, and although they’ve increased their smartphone shipments from 36% (of all units) to 44% Q0Q, they haven’t managed to take full advantage of this transition [...]
According to the Q2 report from publishing firm AdFonic, Android has surpassed iOS for the first time in the number of mobile ad impressions served globally.
Google’s Android operating system accounts for 46% of the ads served by Admedia during Q2 2012 (up from 38% in Q1), while iOS stands at 34 percent, down 11 points since Q1. Although Apple’s iOS served more mobile ads in South America than any other platform, Android beats iOS (by the number of ads served via the AdFonic network) everywhere else, and is the #1 platform on the three most important continents: Asia, Europe, and North America.
Adfonic reports that the total number of ad requests has increased [...]
According to local news outlet Maeil Business Newspaper, Samsung is expected to increase its already impressive lead in the South Korean mobile market. After dominating the smartphone market in the first half of 2012 with a share of 66%, company executives predict that Samsung will reach an unprecedented 70% market share in July.
According to a high-ranking Samsung official, the electronics mammoth already controls almost 69% of the fast growing LTE-enabled phone segment. The strong push into the LTE segment is one of the factors that explain Samsung’s blow out performance. Phones like the Galaxy S2 HD LTE and the Galaxy S3 (which sold a record-shattering 50,000 units [...]
The path to glory is never an easy one, especially if you’re dogged down by pesky patent lawsuits left and right, and forced to face Samsung’s seemingly total domination of the market. But all is not lost for HTC, as according to the latest surveys, the Taiwanese phone maker has gained some much needed traction in China and India.
Despite the spotlight that the HTC One series has received, it is the combination of the high-end models and the Desire series, which is aimed for the lower spectrum of the market, that have successfully lifted HTC’s standing in China. HTC’s smartphone market share in the country has moved up from 3% to 5% for the month of [...]
In the US, Android’s market share has stabilized somewhere around 50% of the smartphone market, mainly because the iPhone’s market share has grown when the iPhone became available on Sprint. It’s also because other companies such has RIM still have a pretty significant market share in US despite the corporation’s seemingly imminent buyout vs. demise endgame scenario.
The iPhone appeared for the first time in US, it’s from a US company, it had the most marketing in US, and lastly, we’re talking about Apple here. It’s a company that is loved by a much bigger share of the [...]
China is a huge market that any OS maker would love to dominate. But China is the type of market that is a very well suited for an operating system like Android, which is free and open source, and can be put from phones in any price range, from $100 to $700.
This gives Android a huge potential for growth in China, and this potential has already turned into reality, at least partially. Android is the main growth factor in China’s booming smartphone market, which has now surpassed for the first time the shipments of feature phones. At the same time, Android’s expansion into China should hurt Nokia a lot, as the Finns used to have a huge market there with [...]
Jelly Bean will be released in two weeks, at the same time with the first Android 4.1 device, the Nexus 7. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom should be getting the updates on the same day, or shortly after. This will be a great time for Nexus devices owners, who will get to use Google’s latest and greatest version of Android.
Unfortunately, 80% of the market is still on Gingerbread (63%) and Froyo (17%), with only 10% being on ICS, which was launched 8 months ago, and another 10% or so being on older versions or Honeycomb.
On one hand, I think many Android users and many people in the tech press underestimated how hard it is to change for [...]