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?
According to the latest data, nearly 142 million people in the U.S. now own smartphones with Android running on 52 percent of them. However when compared to previous months there has been little or no growth in Android’s market share, suggesting that Android usage in the USA could be reaching saturation point.
Android continues to tighten its grip on the tablet market, acquiring a 67% share of the market during Q2 2013. Meanwhile, Apple shipments shrank by 14 percent year-on-year.
Research firm IHS estimates that global smartphone shipments could reach the 1.5 billion mark by the year 2017, that’s one smartphone for every 4.7 people currently living on the planet.