Analysis of International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker data indicates smartphone shipments will exceed regular feature phone shipments in 2013. This will be the first time ever on an annual basis that smartphones will own the majority of the worldwide market if IDC’s projection of smartphones grabbing 50.1% is accurate. According to IDC’s analysis, three factors have pushed smartphones to the verge of market dominance. Falling prices for smartphones, a wide “strata” of smartphones, and continued improvements to data networks, especially carrier rollouts of 4G wireless, are all contributing to growth as they make smartphones a more attractive choice for buyers. IDC is forecasting that by 2017, over two-thirds of all phones shipped worldwide will be smartphones. » Read the rest
Those of you who are still patiently waiting for your Nexus 4 smartphone to arrive are officially in luck and will get the phone just in time for the start of the new year. According to various reports, Google has gone ahead and shipped out a new batch of smartphones to anxiously waiting customers. As good as the news is– both the 8GB and 16GB are still listed as sold out on the Play Store. This will no doubt make many Android fans continue to be peeved at Google for its Nexus 4 availability miscues. And of course, there are still no bumper cases available on the Play Store as of this writing as well. Still— you gotta hand it to Google for trying to do its best at least— one shipment at a time.
source: Android Central
As financial results continue to be released for mobile phone companies and manufacturers, we are beginning to get a better picture of what the condition of the global smartphone market is like. With Samsung’s release this morning of their third quarter results, combined with other reported results, we see the market is extremely healthy and that Samsung is sitting on top. » Read the rest
Horace Dediu, the man behind ASYMCO, has recently compiled another fact filled market analysis of the mobile device marketplace. In his latest endeavor, Dediu examines the smartphone market and breaks it down into easy to read charts and percentages, giving an estimate of the smartphone market as a subset of the overall phone market.
The smartphone market has now reached over 30% of shipments. Non-smart devices are at 69% of total. The individual phone platform shares are as follows:
- Android (and Android-like): 17.6%
- iOS (iPhone only) 4.4%
- Nokia Symbian: 4.3%
- BlackBerry: 2.76%
- Bada: 1%
- Windows Phone 0.5%
During his research, Dediu also examined the growth of each individual operating system and determined that Android has truly taken the lead over its competitors. Keep in mind that these numbers reflect units shipped and not units sold. Either way, the substantial growth of shipments should be a direct reflection of supply and demand, right? Check out these figures and tell me Android isn’t killing it. To see Dediu’s full report, hit the ASYMCO source link below.
Android (and Android-like) shipments ballooned to nearly 70 million but sell-through could be about 10 million less. Nearly one in five phones sold is now powered by an Android variant. A remarkable story since the share was zero less than three years ago.
We are not sure why Verizon and Motorola haven’t made the September 8th release date official, but as this point why bother. Many Verizon stores are already receiving their first shipments, along with demo units and marketing materials. It is possible if you beg them enough, they might let you put your hands on one a little early.
It will certainly be a week of hype as we are less than two hours away from the beginning of the augmented reality scavenger hunt which will end on the September 7th.
Well it looks like things are definitely on the up-and-up for Android. Eric Schmidt, Google-CEO said on Wednesday that Google believes there are some 200,000 Android devices being activated every day (compared to 160,000 activations a day that we reported in June). Not to shabby eh? He said that “People are finally beginning to figure out how successful Android is.” Well duh, is all I have to say about that. With Android shipments up 866% and the CEO of Motorola saying Android is the future, it’s pretty obvious people are getting the message that Android is clearly the optimum smartphone platform.