Apple kicked some serious butt with the iPhone during the 4th quarter of 2014 after finally increasing the display size to something respectable. One the other hand, Samsung hasn’t been doing so well. It’s no surprise that their market share has dropped, but you might be shocked at how much.
According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s worldwide smartphone market share dropped to only 10% for the 4th quarter 2014. That’s the lowest it has been since the 4th quarter 2011. Apple came in at a whopping 48.9%.
As you already know, Android Wear watches and iPhones aren’t compatible. Despite Google claiming that they’ll work on supporting iPhones in the future, to this day you’re still out of luck.
But that hasn’t stopped one intrepid Android developer from getting the two devices to engage in some friendly, albeit limited, dialog.
We have seen studies like this in the past. Who is more likely to own an iPhone or an Android phone? Attractive, wealthy, sexual, you name it. Today’s report is all about intelligence.
Advertising network Chitika released a study that looked at each state’s percentage ownership of iPhones and compared it to the percentage of college graduates. Alaska (65.5%), Montana (60.1%) and Vermont (59.4%) came in with the highest percentages while Delaware (42.2%), Iowa (42.1%), and New Mexico (40.5%) have the lowest percentages.
For the last few weeks, Apple has been the center of attention with the launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8. Some of that attention, though, is negative. A software update rolled out earlier this week was faulty and the company halted it. This was followed by “bendgate,” a situation in which Apple’s iPhones are bending. Samsung is unsurprisingly taking advantage bendgate by promoting the Galaxy Note Edge. In a tweet with the image above attached, Samsung says “Curved. Not bent. #Galaxy Note Edge.”
Earlier on Thursday, LG was in on the fun to promote the LG G Flex.
Source: @SamsungMobile (Twitter)
If you use the internet even occasionally, you’ve definitely heard of #bendgate at this point. As expected, Apple’s competitors have begun taking shots at the tech giant in response to their unintentionally bending phones. Among them is LG, who recently sent out a tweet with a picture of their intentionally curved LG Flex, with a tagline of “Our phone doesn’t bend, it flexes…on purpose. #bendgate.” Check out the tweet via the source link.
In honor of Apple’s latest creation, Verizon is moving forward upgrade dates by two months for users looking to snag a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
Samsung and Apple are the biggest manufacturers of smartphones, but China’s state-run wireless operators will pose a threat to their business models. China Mobile Ltd said it will cut subsidies by $2 billion, while other competitors are cutting as much as $1.9 billion. This will impact the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 as well as the iPhone 6.
Subsidies make expensive phones reasonable by offering the phone at a lower price while locking in the customer to a long term contract. So for example, a phone that might cost $800, would only cost the customer $100 with a subsidy. Both the Note 4 and the iPhone 6 are likely to retail for over $800, so how will consumers take to these higher costs? Probably not too favorable. While the consumer might not have to pay the for the full retail cost, it will still be a lot higher than the $100 they are used to.
A budget device with a quad-core processor is on its way from Huawei. The company is choosing to approach its marketing of the Honor 3C Play by focusing on the device’s low price along with its solid specifications. Because of this, Huawei is looking directly at Apple with its teasers for the Honor 3C Play.
While the specifications for the Honor 3C Play are not cutting edge, they remain pretty good for a budget device. The 5-inch display is 720p. The quad-core processor comes from MediaTek, put together with 1GB of RAM, in the form of its MT6582 SoC. It is four Cortex-A7s clocked at 1.3GHz. The internal storage sits at just 4GB, but there is a microSD card slot to make room. The biggest disappointment is that the Honor 3C Play will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and not KitKat.
Hit the break to see the teaser images from Huawei.
The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.