Gartner has released a new study that says the market for Chromebooks is changing amidst rapid growth. They predict sales of Chromebooks during 2014 will increase to 5.2 million units which would be an increase of 79 percent compared to 2013. Gartner says by 2017 those numbers will triple to 14.4 million units. Meanwhile, Gartner says buyer demographics are changing. As recently as 2013, the vast majority of Chromebooks were being purchased in the education sector that accounted for 85 percent of sales. Gartner thinks that will shift with more than half of sales going to consumers during 2014.
It’s that time of the year kids as Gartner has announced the latest smartphone trends for Q3 2012. Coming as no surprise, both Apple and Samsung led all smartphone brands by controlling 46.5% of the overall smartphone market this quarter, despite the fact overall smartphone sales totaled close to 428 million units, a 3.1% decline from Q3 2011. Despite the minor decline, Gartner is quick to point out Samsung impressive sales’ totals: accounting for nearly 98 million units for Q3 2012 and up 18.7% from Q3 2011. Moreover, Gartner points out the collective growth of Android as a whole by highlighting there were 122 million units sold across all Android manufacturers for Q3 2012, bringing its overall market share to 72.4% and is up 52.5% from Q3 2011.
While the numbers are favorable for Android as a whole, it will be curious to see how well it bodes in Q4 when we see how Apple’s iPhone 5 impacts the smartphone market and all.
Smartphones are as popular as ever, but it doesn’t mean sales can’t take a slight hit. Gartner reports overall global sales for Q2 2012 dropped 2.3 percent compared to Q2 2011. The Android platform unsurprisingly accounted for 64.1 percent of the overall sales with Samsung leading the way with 90.4 million units sold, while Nokia and Apple followed behind. Speaking of Apple— iOS devices sold 28.9 million units, which accounts for an 18.8 percent market share.
While the report is new, it pretty much cements what we already know: the Android platform continues to be a dominant one. We’re sure you’re itching for specific details, so be sure to hit the break to see the full report in all its glory.
Ladies and gentlemen, the figures are in from Gartner and Android is looking good. The numbers list a little over 107 million smartphones sold with Android being at 43.4% of those sales. Take note that these figures are the number of devices actually sold to end users. Reflecting on our very own Andrew Greenfield’s article, I too want to see Apple once again fade away into the sunset. Go ahead and boast about being the worlds largest smartphone manufacture, Apple. Keep it up Google!
Out of this list I’m sad to see Nokia dying off slowly as they were the company to first open my eyes to the smartphone world. I’d love to see them make a comeback with Android loaded phones. I highly doubt that will happen, but one can dream.
Microsoft hits 1.6% with their Windows Phone 7 being on the market less than a year. While this is closely trending what Android had done, it doesn’t paint a clear picture for their future. Motorola’s mobile devices have always disappointed me. I gave them an honest shot with the Motorola Q, but that device was quickly returned. Working daily with Motorola’s MC-70 handheld computer probably helped put that bad taste in my mouth as well which is loaded with the Windows Mobile platform.
While it’s no secret that Android sales have been climbing, as shown yesterday, it’s truly impressive to see how quickly its numbers have grown. 2009 was the year people started to take notice of Android — and personally, the year I got my first Android phone. But, as shown in the chart above, Gartner reports that nearly 10 times as many Android handsets were sold in 2010 than in 2009, and its marketshare continues to climb.
Android sales have been strong so far this year, and while the Verizon iPhone might threaten to shrink the Android marketshare growth a little, the upcoming dual-core Android phones and the Xoom tablet are likely to keep it strong. Mobile World Congress is coming up next week, so I’m sure we’ll see many more announcements of upcoming Android devices. Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you posted!!
We know that Android is big, huge even, but here’s the question: how big is big? According to a study done by Gartner, big – in terms of Android – is a 628% increase from Q3 2009, which is a number that has pushed Android to be the #2 OS for smartphones worldwide. Users gobbled up about 20 million devices in the third quarter this year, in comparison to the snack of 1.4 million handsets in the same quarter last year, back before the DROID line was even introduced or Sprint had 4G devices.
There was an overall gain of sales by 96% in the smartphone market over 2009 Q3, and smartphones take up a stunning almost 20% of all mobile device sales. With numbers like this, one has to wonder if the momentum being gained by Android can possibly be stopped, sans a Google meltdown or alien invasion. We already told you all about our opinions on Android tablets and Android phones, and why we believe them to be better in their individual markets, so be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Last month, we reported that Android had moved past Apple to become the no. 3 mobile OS in the world, behind RIM and Symbian. Well, a new report by the same company, Gartner, has revealed that Android is slated to dethrone RIM from their no. 2 spot by the end of this year, and is now creeping up on Symbian. In fact, if current trends continue, Android is expected to pass up Symbian to take the no. 1 spot by 2014.
Now, a lot can change in three years. A new provider could emerge and sweep the global market, or we could see a comeback by RIM or Apple. However, as it stands, Android isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. Continue after the break for the full presser.