IDC (International Data Corporation) is a global market research and analysis firm that specializes in IT and telecommunication technology. Along with predictions and forecasts, the market intelligence firm periodically releases reports showing the current state of the telecommunication market. After an IDC report confirming Android’s dominance on the world stage, it’s more good news for Android and the leading Android device manufacturer, Samsung.
According to the latest report released by IDC, Samsung is leading the way in smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2012, extending, for now, its lead over Apple, with other device manufacturers like HTC [...]
According to Strategy Analytics‘ latest research, smartphone sales in the U.S. dropped by 5 million, down to 24 million in the 2nd quarter of the year. The reasons for this sharp decline in smartphone sales include:
“A volatile economy, maturing penetration of smartphones among contract mobile subscribers, and major operators tightening their upgrade policies to enhance profits […].”
It also seems iOS surged to 33% from 23% a year ago, by stealing an extra 10% from the others – half from Android, which dropped from 61% to 56% and half from Blackberry (now less than 7%) and “others” (WP7, [...]
Around the same time when Nokia announced their partnership with Microsoft to use WP7 as a replacement for their Symbian S60 OS for high-end devices, we got word of a Linux-based operating system called Meltemi, that was supposed to replace Symbian S40.
Symbian S40 is on all of Nokia’s “feature phones” for the mass-market, with a price range between $50 and $200 (unlocked). The operating system is running on 2 billion smartphones today, and it still holds on to about 20% market share in Q1 2012, according to research firm IDC. But that market share is falling rapidly, even in countries where Nokia used to be very strong, with 60%-70% of the market. [...]
We’ve covered the Nokia initial filing against HTC, as well as HTC’s response to Nokia in a couple of previous articles, but just in case you only need a quick sum up, what you need to know is that Nokia filed suit against HTC (and also an ITC complaint) back in May 2012 for the alleged breaking of no less than 16 patents owned by the Finnish smartphone manufacturer. HTC responded a couple of weeks back and rose a FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) licensing and patent exhaustion defense. So far, this all seems to have nothing to do with Google, right?
Well, as it turns out, the Search giant has a totally different opinion on [...]
Remember the days when all Android manufacturers combined couldn’t beat the iPhone sales? Believe it or not, that was only 2 years ago, in 2010. Then Android manufacturers finally beat Apple’s iPhone sales a little later that year, but we’re starting to see even single Android manufacturers selling almost twice as many devices in Q2 compared to Apple.
That manufacturer is, of course, Samsung, which lately has been riding a wave of huge success in the market. This is due to its Galaxy S flagship devices, and the halo effect those devices created around their cheaper devices as well. Last year, Samsung became both the global [...]
Nokia is a fallen giant that’s trying to get back atop the mobile business, a position it held for years before the smartphone revolution caught it unprepared. Apple initiated the revolution, by introducing a touchscreen-only device that impressed the crowds and started selling like hot cakes. And then Android came out of hiding, and OEMs launched a variety of Android-based devices, also touchscreen based and capable to run various apps like the iPhone, that fitted any budget.
Nokia was not able to properly fight either rival OS. The company tried to make a comeback a bunch of times and ultimately decided to stick with Microsoft and [...]
If you thought things are looking bad for RIM, they are about to get a whole lot worse.
They’ve lost $518 million in the last quarter, and they are about to cut 5,000 jobs, or around a third of their global workforce. That doesn’t look like a company that it’s going to survive much longer on its own. But even more important than the bad news about the Blackberry’s sales performance, is the bad news about the RIM’s future, which is supposed to be BB10.
BB10 was supposed to launch this fall, but it has now been pushed to early 2013, and who knows if that’s even the last delay for the OS. This delay means that the Canadians are [...]
After unveiling Microsoft Surface a few days ago, the company’s first Windows-based tablet, Microsoft on Thursday introduced Windows Phone 8 during the Windows Phone 8 Summit event. Alongside the recently announced iOS 6, WP8 will the main adversary of Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. That’s why we’re going to take a look at the main 8 features of WP8, as presented by Microsoft’s engineers and see what this next-gen mobile platform will have to offer.
After that, we invite you to answer our newest poll – are you impressed with Windows Phone 8?
Before we delve into the main Windows Phone 8 [...]
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 [...]