Despite iOS sales success, Android continues to expand lead in U.S.

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When Apple launched the latest versions of the iPhone in September, we all saw the typical crush of Apple fans clamoring for an updated device and we have seen the news about the large numbers of devices sold. None of this is surprising as we expect Apple to get a bump as part of their release cycle that counters the increases Android claims during the rest of the year when manufacturers release their latest flagship devices. True to form, Kantar Worldpanel’s latest numbers for market share through September show the effect of the release. What may be surprising though is that in the U.S. market, where Apple enjoys its biggest success, Android actually gained ground while iOS lost ground.
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LG shipped a record-breaking 16.8 million smartphones during the 3rd quarter

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Well it looks like the G series for LG is starting to pay off. The company just announced that their operating profit doubled during the third quarter. Looking at the mobile division, LG shipped a record-breaking 16.8 million smartphones during the quarter and enjoyed their best operating income (KRW 167.4 billion) since 2009.

That’s now two consecutive profitable quarters, and LG expects even better numbers even though the smartphone market might be saturated.

These numbers are no doubt from the success of the G3. We reviewed it  and think it’s a strong candidate for the smartphone of the year.

You can see the full presser after the break.


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iOS and Windows phone slowly catching up to Android in the US according to latest comScore report

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In what seems to be an ongoing trend, Android has lost a small piece of their market share to Windows Phone and iOS, according to comScore’s latest report. It is quite a small change, however, and still sees Android having over half of the market, still a whole ten percent ahead of Apple’s iOS. In equally unsurprising news, Samsung and Apple still dominate the market with slight increases for both manufacturers as well as a slight increase for LG. HTC and Motorola both saw slight drops in their market share.

Another not so surprising bit of information is which smartphone apps have the farthest reach, with Facebook and Youtube still holding the top two spots. The only app to see a significant increase is Facebook’s Messenger app, which makes since considering for most users its the only way to access messages from a mobile device.

Source: comScore

IDC expects phablet shipments to surpass laptops and tablets in the next two years

IDC phablet growthPhablets have recently become a very hot market for smartphones, thanks to devices like Samsung’s Galaxy Note line and increasingly large screen sizes. For the past couple of years, they’ve been steadily gaining traction and market share and stealing some thunder away from smaller tablets. Because of this very fast growth, the IDC seems to think that by the end of this year, phablets will overtake portable PCs (laptops) and then eclipse tablet shipments next year.

The phablet market is expected to hit 175 million units shipped in 2014, and then nearly double to 318 million in 2015. With laptops only expected to ship 170 million units this year and tablet devices expected to move 233 million units next year, that would indicate some very impressive growth from phablets. 
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July comScore numbers show Android’s dominance softening a bit

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With IFA 2014 behind and Apple ready to unveil the latest iteration of their smartphone, consumers are surely figuring out how to get the latest, greatest smartphones in their hands. As a competitive fall and holiday season opens, comScore has released their smartphone manufacturer and operating system numbers for July. They show some slight weakening for Android, a trend that carries over from the June numbers.
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Samsung’s U.S. market share grows as LG, Motorola, and HTC all see small dips

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For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.

Hit the break for details on what mobile applications have the most reach.
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ZTE eyes high-end market for future growth

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ZTE, the world’s ninth-largest smartphone manufacturer, is looking to move into the high-end market in 2015 to help improve financial performance and improve their presence in markets like the U.S. ZTE, like other Chinese manufacturers, have tended to operate in the lower end of the market relying on sales quantity in markets like China to offset the razor-thin margins they achieve with their devices. Zeng Xuezong, ZTE’s executive vice-president, says “we will make more and more premium smartphones” joining Huawei and Lenovo as companies hoping to break out in coming years.
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Android, Samsung maintain strong positions in U.S. smartphone market in April

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comScore has released their latest numbers for the U.S. smartphone market from April 2014 showing Samsung and Android continue to grow at the expense of almost everyone else. Samsung saw the number of smartphone subscribers owning one of their devices grow by a full percentage point since January 2014, up to 27.7% of the market. Of the top five manufacturers, Samsung was the only one to see growth during that period with both Apple and LG suffering the biggest losses of 0.2% and 0.4% respectively. Motorola and HTC also saw their market share slip slightly.
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Samsung’s global smartphone domination showing signs of weakness

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Samsung has been the king of smartphones for the past four years, but have they peaked? For the first time in four years, Samsung showed a dip in their global market share. Not a huge dip, but a dip is a dip right?

Strategy Analytics released numbers for the first quarter 2014, and Samsung’s global market share was 31.2%, which is down from 32.4% a year earlier in the same period. Interestingly enough, Apple also suffered the same coming in at 15.3%, down from 17.5% a year earlier. Samsung doesn’t disclose how many phones they sell, but Strategy Analytics estimates they moved 89 million (up from 69.4 million last year) smartphones during the quarter, while Apple reported that they moved 43.7 million (up from 37.4 million last year). There were 285 million smartphones shipped from all manufacturers, which is up from last year’s 213 million for the same period.


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