smartphones

  • Android Remains The Outsized Giant At 70% Of Smartphone Sales, Phablets And iPhone 5c Make Waves: Kantar

    Android Remains The Outsized Giant At 70% Of Smartphone Sales, Phablets And iPhone 5c Make Waves: Kantar

    When it comes to sales of smartphones, Android is the green giant that continues to tower over the competition. In the last three months that ended in January 2014, the Google-developed operating system accounted for around 70% of sales across 12 key markets, according to the latest figures from WPP market research division Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.  Read More

  • The Next Revolutions: Drones Vs. Phones

    The Next Revolutions: Drones Vs. Phones

    It’s been a hell of a week worldwide. Caracas, Venezuela: “What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.” Kiev, Ukraine: “Dozens dead as protesters regain territory from police.” Bangkok, Thailand: “Four people have been killed and more than 60 injured after a gun battle erupted between police… Read More

  • Canonical To Ship Ubuntu Smartphones From bq And Meizu Later This Year

    Canonical To Ship Ubuntu Smartphones From bq And Meizu Later This Year

    Ubuntu will sell pre-loaded on smartphone hardware, despite the failure last year of the incredibly ambitious Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign. The company detailed plans today (via TheNextWeb) to ship Ubuntu-based smartphones later this year, via hardware partners including Spain’s bq and China’s Meizu. Ubuntu isn’t talking specifics yet, so don’t expect specs, but… Read More

  • In 3.5 Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones

    In 3.5 Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones

    I reckon it’s time to check in on one of my bolder predictions. Some 18 months ago, I wrote “In Five Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones.” Let’s get this out of the way: most of the smart money thinks I’m wrong by at least three years. Worldwide, according to Gartner, smartphone sales exceeded feature phone sales in 2013, for the first time — but… Read More

  • Strategy Analytics: 1.7B Mobile Handsets Shipped In 2013, 990M Of Them Smartphones

    Strategy Analytics: 1.7B Mobile Handsets Shipped In 2013, 990M Of Them Smartphones

    If you needed an indicator of just how much the mobile market today is a smartphone market, look no further than the figures put out early today by Strategy Analytics. The researchers estimate that overall mobile phone shipments just under 1.7 billion, with smartphones accounting for nearly 1 billion — or 990 million, to be exact. While the wider mobile market grew only 5% in that… Read More

  • Kantar: Android Accounted For 70% Of Smartphone Sales In Q4, But Samsung Is Now “Under Real Pressure”

    Kantar: Android Accounted For 70% Of Smartphone Sales In Q4, But Samsung Is Now “Under Real Pressure”

    Android continues to be the most popular mobile platform, with its share of smartphone sales climbing in every major market in Q4 2013, now accounting for 69.5% of all sales across 12 key markets versus 23.7% for number-two Apple, according to figures out today from Kantar Worldpanel, a market research subsidiary of WPP. But the story is shifting when it comes to looking at what the engine… Read More

  • Samsung Profit Growth Slows As Galaxy Faces Heat From iPhone And Cheaper Rivals

    Samsung Profit Growth Slows As Galaxy Faces Heat From iPhone And Cheaper Rivals

    Samsung’s latest financial results underscored slowing growth in the smartphone business and its increased rivalry with Apple, which seems to be closing the gap, at least in the U.S. Samsung reported its first decline in quarterly profit in two years for the December quarter. Fourth quarter net income was 7.22 trillion won ($6.7 billion), lower than what the analysts expected. Read More

  • Asia Pacific PC Shipments Fell 10% In 2013, IDC Says

    Asia Pacific PC Shipments Fell 10% In 2013, IDC Says

    PC shipments in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) fell by 10% in 2013 to 108 million units, marking the region’s first ever double digit decline in recent years, according to IDC. While Lenovo retained its top spot with around 24.9% market share in the region, it still reported a decline in annual growth by 9.5%. HP was the only PC vendor to see growth, thanks to huge Indian government… Read More

  • HTC Narrowly Avoids Another Quarterly Loss, Thanks To Beats Audio Stake Sale

    HTC Narrowly Avoids Another Quarterly Loss, Thanks To Beats Audio Stake Sale

    Back in October, in its Q3 results, HTC reported its first ever quarterly loss — of around $102 million. Now, in unaudited consolidated results for its Q4, released quietly Sunday as the tech press’ gaze is focused on Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, HTC revealed it has narrowly avoided a second consecutive quarter of loss. HTC reported net profit after tax of… Read More

  • BBM To Come Preinstalled On LG Smartphones

    BBM To Come Preinstalled On LG Smartphones

    BlackBerry is keeping the hope alive with a partnership with LG. Announced today, the LG G Pro Lite will ship with BBM already installed on the smartphone. This comes two months after BBM’s Android and iOS launch. It quickly found footing, and following its launch, raked in 10M downloads in a day. BBM is still a small player in the messaging app game, but there’s no questioning… Read More