We love statistics on smartphones. It’s always fun to see what’s popular in the smartphone market, and what’s becoming more popular. comScore always gives us some great numbers to analyze, and they’ve just released their stats for the US smartphone market from a period starting in September 2012 and ending in December 2012. According to their report, a massive 125.9 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones, up about 5% from September. Samsung pulled in about 21% of the market, up from 18.7%, and HTC pulled up with second-place in Android OEMs with 10.2%, down from 12% three months prior. Overall, Android ran on 53.4% of all smartphones, which was up a minor 0.9%. Apple’s number spot with 36.3% was still quite a ways behind. Nothing too surprising with these reports, but it’ll be interesting to see if there’s still room for growth with the wave of new Android phones set to be released later this year.
We’ve already seen some of the numbers for smartphones that were shipped in Q4 2012, but now we get a peek at the numbers that show just how dominant Android really was last year. According to Strategy Analytics, Google’s Android was running on a whopping 70.1% of smartphones shipped over the holiday quarter. That totals out to about 152 million phones, up from 80 million a year ago. Apple’s iOS came in second place with a measly 22%. Year-over-year, there was a 38% growth in smartphone sales in Q4, and a growth of 42.7% over the entire year. And in case you think that Android market grab was a fluke because of the holidays, 68.4% of all devices all year were running Android. which is more than triple of what its fruity nemesis sold. I think it’s safe to say our favorite little robot has achieved global domination, right?
source: Strategy Analytics
AT&T’s posted their Q4 earnings, and they had a pretty impressive year. They posted a 3.9 billion dollar loss for Q4, but a 7.3 billion dollar profit for the fiscal year. Worthwhile tradeoff? I doubt you’ll hear AT&T complaining too much either way. They also activated 10.2 million smartphones last quarter, a number they’re claiming is “record setting.” AT&T’s biggest competitor, Verizon, only did 9.8 million smartphones, so that gives the claim quite a bit of credibility. Those 10.2 million smartphones accounted for 89% of AT&T’s total postpaid sales, as well. They’ve also added 1.1 million new customers, 780,000 of which were postpaid users. Overall, there’s room for improvement, but it wasn’t a bad year for AT&T by any stretch.
The start of the year means financial reports for many companies. Sometimes we’re a little surprised, sometimes things are about where they should be, and in Samsung’s case, they blew expectations out of the water. Samsung even outdid their own estimates. That’s how successful it was. The early reports had Samsung pulling in about 8 billion in profit for Q4, so everyone had pretty high expectations for the tech giant to begin with. At the end of the year, Samsung managed to bring in about 27.2 billion dollars in profit, and they did about 188.15 billion dollars in total revenue. Needless to say, a huge chunk of that came from Samsung’s smartphone division, with the record-breaking sales of the Galaxy S III pushing that. It’s safe to say that Samsung had a pretty successful year in 2012, and they’ll continue to keep that momentum in 2013. Hit the source if you want to read more of the gritty details about Samsung’s fiscal year.
I’d say most, if not all, of our readers might have used Google to search for something in 2012 once or twice. Just a few times. Or probably thousands of times. Google performed over 1.2 trillion web searches in 146 languages, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Google’s got a finger on the pulse of the internet. And with the information from those 1.2 trillion web searches, Google summed up 2012 in a 2 minute video. And in typical Google fashion, there’s a handful of easter eggs in the video. Hit the break for the video and the link Google’s own page for Zeitgeist 2012. Read more
ZTE announced its line up of smartphones for late 2012 to early 2013 in a press conference in Russia. Ranging from the quad-core 1.5GHz packing Grand Era, to the lowly single-core 1GHz V790, ZTE is looking to have a device for nearly every consumers needs.
Hit the break for full details and specifications.
Well, the year 2011 has come and gone and Talk Android has seen its finest year yet for everything Android. We’ve seen a slew of new flagship devices hit the market running and 2012 is showing to be a promising year as well. We’re highly looking forward to CES, Mobile World Congress, Quad-Core devices and more in the year to come! We, the entire staff at Talk Android, would especially like to thank each and every one of our readers and subscribers for making us your number one source for Android apps, news and reviews. We look forward to delivering even more high quality content in 2012 as well as more prizes and give-away’s to our faithful readers. We hope you all have a rock’n New Year’s and we’ll see you in 2012!
Our friends over at BGR are claiming, thanks to a trusted source, that HTC is all geared up to change strategy in 2012. The company is reportedly going to be “shockingly quiet” for most of the first quarter and will release fewer devices overall next year as opposed to what we’ve seen this year. It’s also been reported that the Taiwanese based handset maker will be delivering a flagship Android handset aimed for AT&T”s network dubbed the HTC Elite. The handset will join the ranks of the HTC Ville and the HTC Edge sporting the highly anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, it’s said that the device will come with Beats Audio on board and could be called the ‘HTC Congressional”. However, we’re crossing our fingers and hoping not. According to the source, we should see the launch of the device the first or second week of April 2012. Stay tuned to Talk Android as we dig a little deeper and feel free to speculate some more in the comments below.
Goldman Sachs figures that Microsoft is going to get a whopping $444 million from Android manufacturers for the 2012 fiscal year (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012). Estimates peg Microsoft receiving $3-$6 per Android device sold. The software giant has settlements with big Android contenders; the likes of Samsung and HTC among others. While $444 million sounds like a ridiculous number, it’s a drop in the bucket when it comes to the grand scheme of things. According to Goldman, Microsoft’s revenue for fiscal 2012 is an estimated $75 billion. So that money they’re gleaning from Android…comparatively it’s almost nothing, especially when you consider how crippling Android has become to Microsoft’s own Windows Phones.