Apple, Business, Companies, Hardware

Smartphone Wars 2012 Finalized: Top 10 Facts, Manufacturers, Platforms, Actual Users

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We now have the final numbers reported by all four of the ‘Big Four’ analyst houses: IDC, Canalys, Strategy Analytics and Gartner. As always, I use the average of these four houses as the total market size, and then force a ‘best fit’ analysis of all published actual sales numbers (Apple) and/or strong consensus opinions (Samsung), and add the missing pieces by what other data we may have regionally on usage data etc. This is how we can publish the most complete and thorough market share analysis of the smartphone market every quarter, including the full year numbers. This long-running series is what I call

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Business, Software Programs

ANALYSIS: New Mobile Operating Systems – Ubuntu, Sailfish, Tizen, Firefox, BlackBerry

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The year 2013 will see the arrival of several new smartphone operating systems. This article is my first overview to the new arrivals, what do I think of Ubuntu Linux, Firefox, Sailfish or Tizen? Some might think this is ‘too late’ and that the market is ‘already settled’ into the duopoly that is Google’s Android, and Apple’s iOS (according to Strategy Analytics held 92% of the smartphone market in Q4 2012. My estimations have the pair with a little bit less). That may seem reasonable, until you understand the scale of the market and the near future. Smartphones sold a little over 700 million units

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Business, Hardware

Smartphone News: Q4 Results, Lenovo Grows, Vertu Goes Android, ZTE

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We are getting more results coming in from the smartphone bloodbath. LG reports 8.6 million smartphones sold in Q4, up 23% from Q3, gives LG a market share of about 4% and now that the business is back away from loss-generating Windows smartphones to Android, the LG smartphone business is safely profitable once again. Welcome back. Lenovo, maker of the LePhone, reports strong growth in its smartphone unit, with 9.4 million smartphones sold in Q4, up 34% from Q3, giving Lenovo about 4% market share. Lenovo says 9 million were sold inside China and so far, only 400,000 sold outside of China, as Lenovo has started

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Apple, Business, Companies, Hardware

First 2012 Estimates: Winners and Losers in Smartphone Wars

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The full year 2012 race for smartphones is all but over, and the Top 3 are settled for both handsets and operating systems. We have RIM’s results for fourth quarter 2012 (6.9 million units ), 7% down from third quarter. This gives BlackBerry about 3% market share both in hardware and the operating system race. It also gives us the numbers we need to be able to verify the Top 3 for the full calendar 2012. The exact number & market share are naturally waiting for Q4’12 results data out in late January, but the relative rankings are settled. The year was won by Samsung

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Apple, Business, Companies

Worlds Largest Computer Makers: Apple Dominates, Samsung Moves Up, HP Tanks

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There’s no doubt that the smartphones are computers of today. We decided the time has come to do an update for the final numbers of computer sales in the whole 2011. The list is including all types of computing devices are included. The list includes all contemporary compute devices; we count traditional mainframes and servers, the PCs we know and love from desktops to laptops and netbooks and mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones, as well as that lingering PDA market. Bear in mind this is not a revenue or an employee list; it will only cover the shipped/sold devices as such. However, we will

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Apple, Business, Companies, Hardware

Dispatches From The Mobile Wars: Notes From Various Smartphone Makers

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The time has come to publish an update from the smartphone wars. As we await the final numbers from Gartner (the other three: IDC, Strategy Analytics and Canalys have already published their Q2 total count of smartphones sold/shipped) we have plenty of interesting news. Where should we start? Let’s start with the world leader – Samsung. SAMSUNG STRONG, STRONGER, STRONGEST Samsung believes in the exact opposite of ‘only one iPhone model for everyone’. The Galaxy series is extremely diverse, including a range of massive screens, pico projectors, slider QWERTY keyboards, and discount versions. Now Samsung is even offering a built-in TV tuner. The fifth largest

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Cloud Computing, Entertainment, Hardware, Software Programs

Good Mobile Stories from India – Winners and Finalists from mBillionth Awards

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I had the great honor of presenting during the morning session of the mBillionth Awards which annually celebrate mobile innovations in the South Asia region. To my surprise, the organizers, Osama Manzar and Madanmohan Rao asked me to give out the awards for the category of mobile in business and to say a few words at the awards gala, as well. I had luckily prepared to at least look the part. There were truly great services and as the event ran three parallel streams showcasing various finalists, it was physically impossible for me to get to see it all. Therefore, this article can only be a

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Apple, Business, Companies

Smartphone Wars: Apple iPhone Sales Fall, Market Share Drops

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Smartphone Wars: Apple iPhone Sales Fall To 26M, Market Share Drops To 16%. But… Apple posted its results for the third fiscal quarter 2012 (calendar second quarter), and even though the company shipped record number of iPads, iPhone and iPod sales took a tumble. Following Nokia and other players, it is Apple’s turn to publish the second (calendar) quarter results of ‘Smartphone Bloodbath’. We expected the iPhone sales to fall from the level it had reached in the first quarter of 2012 (and remember, these are calendar quarters, not fiscal quarters, so Apple’s FQ32012 is obviously the April-May-June calendar quarter). I expected iPhone sales to

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Audio/Video, Business, Hardware

Can MeeGo-Powered Jolla Smartphones Kill Nokia?

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Last weekend, the story about Jolla broke. In the nightmare of bad news that is the Nokia saga this past 15 months or so – one profit warning after another, mass layoffs and market share collapse – something beautiful is rising from the ashes. Nokia had set up a very considerate way of dealing with departing (mostly fired) Nokia employees. For instance, Nokia would try to help them secure their next job. In some cases, vast numbers of them went to another employer directly, to continue the same work, such as the thousands of Symbian developers that were moved to Accenture. Another novel way was

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Audio/Video, Business, Hardware

Survey Analysis: What Do We Do With Our Mobiles?

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Ah, the joy of new statistics! A cool new study about consumer behavior with our mobiles. Increasingly, the mobile phone market has become flooded with smartphones, but what is it then that we use them for? I have been cautioning experts to stop calling the devices ‘mobile phones’ (or cellphones) as voice calls are no longer the primary use of the devices. I recommend the device be called simply a ‘mobile’. So what then is it that we do on our mobiles? SMARTPHONES MEASURED BY USER PERCENTRecently a survey was conducted by O2, one of the four major carriers in the UK (formerly the mobile

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Business, Hardware

What Now? Microsoft Throws Nokia Under the Bus

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INTRODUCTION In the last two weeks we’ve heard a lot of disastrous news for Nokia. I reported on ‘what we now know‘ after the Nokia latest profit warning (and Nokia share price fell a Nokia-record 18% in one day). As I was preparing to do an update of the forecast for Nokia’s smartphone performance based on that announcement, there came news of the Microsoft tablet – and more bad news, the second bombshell relating to Nokia: none of the current smartphones running Windows Phone 7 will be able to be upgraded to Windows 8. Nokia dropped another 11%. What does all this mean? First, that

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Apple, Business, Companies

Apple Sells 35M iPhones, Drops to 22% Smartphone Share in 1Q 2012

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The earnings season brings us more news. What happened with the world’s largest smartphone maker of last Quarter? Apple’s iPhone sold 37 million iPhones in 4Q’11 (we talk in Calendar Quarters here, not the Fiscal Quarters). Now for the first quarter of 2012 (January-February-March), how did Apple do? I expected growth because of the pattern Apple established two years ago with the Chinese New Year sales. But it didn’t happen. Even though the company had record results in other fields, Apple actually declined in iPhone unit sales from Q4 and only sold 35.1 million iPhones. Apple iPhone loses smartphone market share? why?Why? I think mainly

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Business, Cloud Computing

Tomi Ahonen Calls out: Augmented Reality is the 8th Mass Medium

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Given that I am the guy credited with the term "7th mass medium" which explains why mobile is unique and distinct mass media from say comparing to the internet (6th) or TV (5th) or print (1st). Since my book "Mobile as 7th of the Mass Media" came out in 2008 (a global tech bestseller, thank you all who bought it) – many keep asking me what is the 8th mass media. And up to now, I have said I don’t know. Google Glasses is the project that will take Augmented Reality not into mainstream, but become pervasive window from real to digital world Last year

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Business, Software Programs

See Top 22 Social Networks Today by Number of Mobile Users

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During the Easter Weekend, Facebook bought Instagram for a billion US dollars. However, some suggestions used by the media and analysts are far from the truth? There are a lot of articles out there from allegedly reputable media and financial and tech analysts that seems to be suggesting Instagram is the biggest mobile social network, second biggest mobile social nework etc. The truth is far from that. It may be the biggest social network purely for mobile – in the USA – but that is hardly the biggest in the world. I became curious to find a convenient list of the biggest social networks on

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Business, Enterprise, Hardware

ANALYSIS: RIM Q1 Results Are Horrid – Blackberry in Tailspin

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We start the Smartphone Bloodbath Year 3: Digital Jamboree. First company out the gate is RIM, the maker of the Blackberry and their first quarter results. Fourth Quarter results looked like Blackberry had gotten its mojo back, growing 33% from the third quarter (slightly faster than the industry even) and looked like its market share had stabilized at 9%, down from its peak of 21% back in 3Q 2009. It has been a steady decline since. By the first quarter of 2010 Blackberry had 18% of the global market. A year later (1Q 2011) RIM was down to 14%. For the calendar first quarter of

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Apple, Business, Companies, Hardware

Introducing the Cliff Theory: How Handset Makers Die

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I think it’s time to coin a new term for the smartphones and in fact all mobile phone ‘handsets’ industry about the biggest danger in this industry? The Cliff. The sudden comprehensive collapse of the business. Why does this happen in mobile and at rates – the speed in terms of timing of the collapse – never seen in any other industry. CASESA few case studies first. First, go to all phones, and ten years back. For the end of 2001, Siemens had 7% market share in mobile phone handsets. They had held a reasonably steady top 5 position for many years. It’s a bit

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Apple, Business, Companies, Hardware

Apple Results? Monster Quarter as iPhones hit 37.1M units and 25% Market Share

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In Smartphone Wars news we expected a great quarter by Apple but the iPhone and iPad sales simply blown everyone away including just about all analysts. The company reported 37M unit sales of iPhones. This is up 116% from Q3 more than doubling sales in just 3 months. The unit sales are up 128% from a year ago. iPhone market share has hit about 25% for the fourth quarter 2011 (obviously we don’t know exact market share until all companies have reported and we have a full market size, but that is pretty surely within one percentage point either way). This is up from 15%

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Business, Hardware, Software Programs

The Fall of Kodak: Lessons Learned

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I am sure we are all a little sad of the passing of Kodak. The company filed for bankrupcy and just like American Airlines, they have failed to adopt to actual demands of the marketplace. Some of us of a certain age have piles of Kodak slides and snaps, even old Kodak cameras around the place. Hearing about Kodak’s resignation and demise also got me thinking about Nokia, and indeed other organizations and industries that struggle and fail as they were unable to adjust to what were them an ambiguous world. The Coming Age of an Uncertain WorldWhen faced with an ambiguous world some move into

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Business, Hardware

The Death of a Mobile Phone: World is MOBILE Now

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I said this day would come, and I have been monitoring early numbers as they have started to emerge. Still, it took me by surprise that we’ve already hit the moment of passing the milestone. Its time to stop calling our device a mobile ‘phone’ (or cell ‘phone’ etc). The primary use of our mobile device is no longer voice calls! No, its not that we download apps or surf the mobile internet (those days will also come some day in the future). But the first non-voice service has now passed globally the number of total users that indeed exceeds the number of voice users.

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Business

7 Billion People on the Planet – How it Relates to Digital Divide?

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We have reached a big milestone – The planet has now passed Seven Billion People alive at the same time. Many will no doubt write about the various effects this has to urbanization, poverty, hunger etc. Here, we’re revisiting analysis I’ve done before about the Digital Divide and examine now with updated numbers on how does the planet split its technology, telecoms and media. THE WEALTH DIVIDEThe very first divide is splitting the world into two by wealth. There are those of us like myself, lucky enough to be born into the ‘Industrialized World’. We only number in about 1.2 Billion people, or 17%, who were

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