Datawind grabs top spot in up and down Indian tablet market

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IDC has released new data on the tablet market in India for 2015, revealing bargain focused manufacturer Datawind managed to slide into the top spot during the fourth quarter with a 20.7% share of the market. Datawind managed to almost double their shipments year over year for the fourth quarter by focusing on the sub $100 segment. According to IDC, “cost benefits through local manufacturing, free internet bundled tablets, higher online presence in Q4 2015 were few key factors which worked in favour of the vendor.” Read more

Chromecast taking over fast-growing media streaming market

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A new report from Strategy Analytics shows Google’s Chromecast device is quickly taking over the fast-growing market for digital media streamers. The new study shows the market segment for streaming media boxes and dongles grew by a whopping 32% during 2015. Leading the way was the Google Chromecast that now controls 35% market share. Read more

India’s smartphone market crosses 1 billion subscriber mark

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During 2015 we saw a variety of smartphone manufacturers take steps to tap into the Indian market, one of the fastest growing on the globe. Those steps appear to be justified as the year ends on a report from India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority indicating the number of mobile-phone subscribers has topped 1 billion. India joins China as the only two countries to reach that plateau. Read more

Results mixed for Android, iOS growth in October report

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Kantar Worldpanel released their report on smartphone market share through the end of October 2015 showing the battle between iOS and Android is both stable and in flux at the same time. Android continued to maintain a lead position with Samsung showing signs of a comeback, although Apple showed strong growth in some unexpected areas. Read more

Google makes the grade with Chromebooks at 51% of devices deployed in schools

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In a new report from Futuresource Consulting, it has been revealed that Google Chromebook devices now make up over half of the computer devices deployed in U.S. classrooms. As recently as 2012, Google only held 1% of the education market, so the growth has been “shocking” as described by Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder. In just 2015, Google Chromebooks have accounted for 4.4 million of 8.9 millions devices sold to schools and school districts through the third quarter, which translates to 30,000 new devices being activated every single day. Read more

Samsung lays claim to top spot in five sales regions around the world

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Market research firm Strategy Analytics has released their latest analysis of smartphone sales around the world and for the most part, Samsung is likely pleased with the results. According to the numbers that were compiled, Samsung ranked first in terms of sales for the third quarter in five regions. The one point of frustration for Samsung will be the inability to capture the lead in the North American market as Apple continues to hold the top spot. Read more

Huawei jumps ahead of Xiaomi in China according to new analysis

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New analysis, including a look at the numbers by research company Canalys, indicates Huawei has jumped ahead of Xiaomi as the number 1 smartphone manufacturer in China. The two companies have been trading the top spot for some time now. According to the sales and market share numbers that were analyzed, Huawei reportedly saw shipments grow 81% year over year for the third quarter of 2015. At the same time, Xiaomi saw their shipments decline. Read more