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 [...]
Looking at the recent headlines related to the Samsung Galaxy S3, you’ll probably see the word “delay” or “pushed back” thrown about here and there. This is especially the case for countries like the US and Canada, where the major carriers have been overwhelmed by the demand for the Galaxy S3, and even had to delay some shipments of the super phone.
Did Samsung underestimate the selling power of the Galaxy S3?
According to research firm Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi, the shortage problem that Samsung is facing right now can be boiled down to the company’s overestimation of the competition, and not because they didn’t believe in the Samsung Galaxy S3. With [...]
While Fitch and other credit rating agencies have just applied the former smartphone market leader (Nokia) the Junk label, it seems they have a strong belief that Samsung will remain the smartphone market leader for at least the next two years.
Fitch gives Samsung an A+/Stable rating, which is the highest one they are giving to any company in the Asian region. They note that Samsung has risen from a 3% market share in the smartphone market just 2 years ago to a leading 31%. That translates into 96.7 million smartphones sold by Samsung in 2011, followed closely by Apple with 91.3 million.
At the same time, Nokia plummeted from 38% to 8%, which confirms my fears [...]
I have nothing against stats that put Android in a bad light. If anything, I’m usually glad they appear, because they highlight some problems that I had raised long before, hopefully prompting Google to do something and improve Android in that specific respect.
What I really can’t stand, though, is when statistical data presented as accurate is downright misleading. Like my all-time-favorites, the Net Marketshare guys, who keep publishing misleading data, over and over again, even though it’s a clearly inaccurate description of the mobile market share that they present as accurate.
But I think that soon I’ll have some new favorites, the [...]
It’s the beginning of a new month, and Android lovers all know what that means. Google has updated its Android Distribution chart to show data collected during the last two weeks of May, and, while there aren’t major changes to report compared with the chart from last month, we are glad to see ICS steadily growing.
The latest (and greatest, say some) version of Android now powers 7% of all Google-based devices, up from 4.9% a month ago. Back in April, Android 4.0 only had 2.9% market share, so we can say the share of the latest version of Android has doubled in less than 60 days.
On the other hand, we still have to notice that ICS is advancing very, very slowly, [...]
Before we get into dissecting a recent report from the Open Signal Maps database, here is what you need to know about the originators of this report: the Open Signal Maps database is an open (duh!) project that has assumed the task of creating coverage maps of 2G, 3G and 4G coverage, as well as Wi-Fi access points throughout the world. For now, such maps are only available only for the US, UK, Italy, Germany and Spain, but OSM is hard at work to extend its reach.
Downloaded and installed on almost 700,000 Android devices during the last six months, the OSB Android app sends signal information back to the database from the devices it is installed on. In return, users [...]
This is a follow-up to my article, from a couple of months ago, analyzing the segmentation trends in the tablet market. Since I wrote that article, we have seen some more data on the market share trends of the iPad and Android tablets, including some very interesting data on the Kindle Fire. Now, let’s have a look at how the data stacks up against my predicted trends.iPad vs. Android: Market Share Trends
Before I get into this, let’s have a look at the historical market share trends of the iPad and Android tablets over the past couple of years, in terms of quarterly sales.
This shows a fairly clear trend that the market is moving towards [...]
Yes, boys and girls, it has finally happened! For the first time in history, most U.S. mobile subscribers now own a smartphone. At least that’s what we can make of Nielsen’s latest report, which says that, in March 2012, 50.4% of all American mobile users had a smartphone in their possession. That leaves a 49.6% share for basic phones (or dumbphones, as we sometimes call them), which is not half bad, if you think about how wildly popular Android and iOS devices are.
Android is still the dominating force in the United States, with a total of 48.5% of all smartphones running Google’s OS. Apple’s iOS is second, with a 32% market share, while RIM, Windows Mobile, and [...]
Just when you thought tablet adoption rates couldn’t possibly go any higher, a recent forecast report from NPD DisplaySearch claims that the next five years will see tablet shipments increase fivefold, up to a level where they will surpass notebook PC shipments. This significant increase in tablet sales could materialize due to the big investments made by various manufacturers in the tablet market, as well as to the growing diversity of hardware offerings.
In 2011, tablet shipments figures have reached 81.6 million units. According to the NPD report, 184.2 million tablets are expected to ship in 2013. By 2016, tablet shipments will exceed notebook PC shipments, and reach [...]