Major smartphone OEMs and wireless carriers agree to support anti-theft measures

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Like with any other valuable object, smartphones are often the target of thieves. Many lawmakers and even carriers and device manufacturers have questioned how to implement features on devices that would cut down on theft, but until now there hasn’t been much of a united stance in making that happen. » Read the rest

Smartphone shipments passed the 1 billion mark in 2013, Android smartphones accounted for almost 800 million

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IDC’s latest numbers are in, and 2013 was a pretty big year for smartphones. For the first time ever, smartphone shipments passed 1 billion total phones, which is an incredible achievement. Android smartphones accounted for just shy of 800 million devices. Android and iOS were (obviously) the two major forces behind driving this growth, as both operating systems accounted for 93.8% of smartphone shipments total last year.

For the fourth quarter, we saw some pretty positive growth, too. Android shipments grew 40.3% year-over year, second only to Windows Phone. However, in terms of pure numbers, Android shipping an incredible 226.1 million devices compared to Windows Phone’s 8.8 million. iOS actually saw some pretty slow growth year-over-year, coming in at around 6.7%. » Read the rest

[Deal] 20% off tablet, smartphone accessories on Best Buy’s site

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Just pick up a Nexus 7 in white? The Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3? Or how about just any smartphone or tablet? Well, Best Buy is currently holding a sale on select accessories for smartphones and tablets. The 20% off sale covers cases, screen protectors, Bluetooth keyboards, bags, chargers, and more. There are some great deals going on and many of the items would make a great gift.. for yourself! The sale is only online and runs through Christmas day. Head on over to the source link below to view what items are on sale.

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Android smartphones account for over 80% of all phone shipments in Q3 with phablets making up 21% of those shipments

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Believe it or not, Android smartphones are still continuing to gobble up more market share. According to IDC, Android smartphones accounted for a ridiculous 81% of all phones shipped in Q3 (a good chunk of that was likely Samsung, too). All in all, Android shipments grew 51.3% year-over-year, and the smartphone market overall grew about 40% year-over-year. IDC also notes that of the 211.6 million phones shipped, roughly 21% of them were phablets, or any device over 5.7 inches in screen size. That’s up from 3% a year ago, which I think is partly because of the popularity of larger devices and partly because most manufacturers are at least offering gigantic devices now, where it was mainly just Samsung with their Note II a year ago.

Windows Phone also saw an incredible growth, improving shipments 156% year over year. Unfortunately, Windows Phones accounted for 9.5 million devices, which is an incredibly small number compared to Android’s 211 million, but hey, progress is progress. Either way, the smartphone market shows no signs of slowing down, and I think we can expect even bigger numbers after the holidays this year.

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Android phones account for record 80% of device shipments in Q2 2013

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If you thought Android’s strong performance in the tablet market was impressive, check out these quarterly results for smartphone shipments. According to Strategy Analytics, Android devices account for an incredible 79.50% of devices shipped in Q2 of 2013. Four out of every 5 devices shipped ran some version of Android. That’s beyond impressive. It’s a growth of exactly 10% from 69.50% last year in Q2, and most of the growth came at the expense of 3% of Apple’s marketshare and 7% of the remaining “Other” category. » Read the rest

Smartphone sales boom in past quarter, Samsung leading the way

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Samsung_Galaxy_S_4_Back_Camera_Samsung_Logo_Version_4_TAWe all know that smartphones have been taking the world by storm, especially since the birth of the Android operating system. This past quarter alone, a total of 221 million units were shipped.

Now that manufacturers have started building devices from low to mid-range, they’re certainly becoming popularized over the high-end devices because of their affordability.

Samsung led the way this past quarter, as they shipped 1/3 of all smartphones in the world, recording a new record of 71 million shipped phones. From the most recent numbers, Samsung has shipped 23.4 million Galaxy S 4 phones— not quite what they expected, but certainly good enough.

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AT&T sale: half off on smartphones, free activation w/ new two-year contract

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If your contract with AT&T is up or you’re looking to switch carriers, right now may be the perfect time to do so. The company is currently charging 50% off the subsidized fee of any smartphone from the price of $0.99 to $199. Not only is the price reduced, but AT&T is waiving the obnoxious activation fee as well.

However, to take advantage of this new deal, you have to be starting a new two-year contract, and you can’t opt to get a higher internal-storage version of a smartphone because it will most likely push you past the price boundary of $199.

So if you fit these two requirements and want a new phone, hop on over to AT&T’s site. Happy shopping!

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Smartphones expected to grow by 32.7% in 2013

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In 2013, smartphones are poised to make  a big leap in growth. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphones are expected to rise about 32.7% during this year which should reach in a total number of 958.8 million units, up from 722.5 million from the previous year. Now days smartphones aren’t considered a luxury item as it once was just a couple years back. With feature phones slowly going out of style and smartphones becoming more and more affordable (thanks to Android), many customers are making the switch. Starting this year, smartphones are expected to account for 52.2% of the total mobile phones in the world, an astonishing number if you ask me.

Cost effective and affordable smartphones is a huge reason for such a big leap in smartphone popularity. According to the IDC, smartphone vendors being able to provide cheaper and cost-effective 3G handsets alongside the more expensive 4G ones has really helped get these smartphones into peoples hands.

With smartphones becoming such a huge market in not only this year, but for the foreseeable future, I don’t see this trend ending any time soon. The smartphone market will only grow and continue to dominate the tech world.

source: IDC

Budget smartphones to experience explosive growth and account for 46% of all smartphone shipments by 2018

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It’s no surprise that budget-level smartphones are beginning to gain the favor of consumers worldwide, but it appears there is an imminent explosion of budget-level devices in the coming years. A recent trend by research firm ABIresearch concludes that shipments of sub-$250 phones will grow from 259 million in 2013 to a whopping 788 million in 2018; conversely, mid-level (sub-$400) and high-level ($400+) smartphone shipments are expected to grow from 635 million to 925 million between 2013 and 2018. The reason? Well, it’s quite simple really— budget smartphones continue to see an impressive boom in emerging markets, such as African and Asian countries. Additionally, budget smartphones continue to act as a bridge between the few of you out there who are still on a dumbphone, allowing for more advanced features for a modest to reasonable price. Here’s senior practice director Jeff Orr sharing his thoughts:

 

“As smartphone penetration moves from early adopters to mass-market and laggard consumer segments, the smartphone as a product will be less dependent on technical superiority, and more dependent on reliability and value.” 

 

Still, ABIresearch is quick to point out the importance and relevance of the mid and high-level smartphones. It points out that “premium smartphones tend to carry the most advanced wireless connectivity and operators who are upgrading their network want to ensure that the handsets running on their network can deliver the best possible experience and customer satisfaction“. So in other words— budget-level devices tend to operate on 3G-esque speeds, while mid and high-level devices tend to offer items like LTE. Oh and don’t forget, people do love things like those awesome displays and nifty personal assistants that help make life easier and all.

source: Business Week

Xiaomi Plans To Ship 15 Million Phones In 2013, Expand Beyond Asia

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Xiaomi has big ambitions this year after unveiling the Mi2S and Mi2A, and plans to ship 15 million smartphones, as well as expand sales beyond Asia. Co-founder and president Lin Bin, spoke at D: Dive Into Mobile in New York City. Despite only selling Android phones for three years, Xiaomi has generated $2 billion in revenue on 1.7 million phones. While this doesn’t sound like a lot compared to other manufacturers, the Chinese company has adopted an online-only model from the beginning. The phones are unsubsidized, priced at the bill-of-materials, and manage to sell out in minutes. Lin on the success of the Mi2:

“Last year, when we announced the Mi2, for 3-4 months we’d have hundreds of thousands of units available, and they’d be gone within two or three minutes after we posted availability online.” » Read the rest