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.
9 in 10 smartphones sold in Spain are Android phones, more than in China
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.
Android distribution numbers: KitKat doubles its share, but Jelly Bean still leads
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.
Two out of three Americans own a smartphone, global average still at 20 percent
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.
Samsung closes the gap on Apple in the tablet market
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.