iPhone now accounts for 36.6 percent of Japanese mobile phone market

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According to a new report from Bloomberg, the iPhone now accounts for more than one-third of Japan’s mobile phone market. Citing data from MM Research Institute Ltd, the outlet says shipments for Apple’s smartphone jumped to 36.6% in the year-ended March.

That’s a sizable jump from the previous year, where the iPhone held some 25% of the market, and it’s all thanks to NTT Docomo. Last September, Apple inked a deal with the company—which is the largest carrier in Japan—to finally start officially offering its handset…... Read the rest of this post here


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The Windows Phone market share roller coaster ride

Got yourself a Windows Phone? Know anyone with a Windows Phone? Yeah. There’s a problem isn’t there?

See, low-cost handsets were doing well for Microsoft and Nokia. Those Lumia 520 devices were doing well for a bit, and MicroNokia has since followed up with some Android devices which are even cheaper.

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However, Microsoft seems skidding in the mud still. Recent figures by Kantar Worldpanel show that the Windows Phone market share in the US was 5.3%. A year ago it was 5.6% and hasn’t really shifted in any positive direction since.

Here in the UK Windows Phone was doing really quite well and in August last year the market share according to Kantar was 12%, but it’s since slid to 11.3% in January this year and 10.1% in February.

Meanwhile, Moto have seen their market share leap from nothing to 6% here in the UK. The reason? The ultra-cheap and actually-quite-good Moto G.

Low-end devices can sell well and will easily push you into the public eye if the phones are good. However, Microsoft now seem to be shifting focus onto their Android-based Nokia X handsets at the low-end while Lumia devices occupy the higher end. It’s continuing struggle for Microsoft.

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Gartner: Android passes iOS to become the most popular tablet platform

Several years ago, technology research firm Gartner predicted Apple would maintain its hold on the tablet market until 2015. A new study from the company, however, shows Android taking a decisive lead: in 2013, it boasted 62-percent market share, compared to 36 percent for iOS. Google's mobile operating system climbed to the number one position thanks to more tablet sales overall, though Gartner also credits the proliferation of cheaper, smaller-screen slates (the Nexus 7 no doubt included) with establishing Android's newfound dominance.

The other winner, according to this study: Samsung, which grew by 336 percent in 2013 to a 19.1-percent share of the tablet market. That's still a much smaller piece of the pie than Apple's 36 percent, but among Android device makers the Korean company is still very much the king. Conversely, Microsoft has seen very modest growth; Windows 8 tablets accounted for just 2.1 percent of the market in 2013. Click through the source link for more stats.

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Android powers four in every five smartphones thanks to growth in China

Gartner's third-quarter smartphone research report is out, and on the surface it paints a very flattering portrait for Google. Mirroring Strategy Analytics' report at the end of last month, Gartner also estimates that Android has crossed the symbolic 80 percent mark, reaching 81.9 percent of smartphone shipments in the last quarter, a 9.3 percent rise from last year. In comparison, analysts believe sales of Apple smartphones dropped 2.2 percentage points over the year to hold 12.1 percent of the smartphone market. Microsoft continued to take small steps to boost its market share, with Nokia's strong US sales helping Windows Phone grow to 3.6 percent of the market. Lenovo's impressive run of smartphone sales helped it almost silently climb to number three, leapfrogging LG in the process.

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iPhone market share is bigger in Japan than it is in the US

According to market survey, Apple has a slightly bigger market share for iPhone in Japan than it does in the US, as the WSJ reports:

Even before that, the iPhone was Japan’s best-selling smartphone, with a 37% market share in the six months ended Sept. 30, according to Tokyo’s MM Research Institute. That’s comparable to the iPhone’s 36% share in the U.S. in the third quarter, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

The market share in Japan is also expected to grow a bit due to the fact that carrier NTT DoCoMo started offering the iPhone for the first time in late September.(...)
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Windows Phone up, Android up, iOS down in the latest smartphone stats

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You’ll see this news appearing all over the web today so I’ll try and sum up the figures as briefly as possible. It’s smartphone share day and, by the looks of the IDC figures, Android is still on the rise.

Android added a 73.5% volume gain and grabbed a 79.3% market share in Q2, but perhaps the big news is that Windows Phone has leapt forward. Shipments had already surpassed BlackBerry in Q1 and this has continued. The OS grabbed the highest year-on-year unit volume increase, with a 77.6% gain from Q2 2012 to Q2 2013. Yes, they’re still small in the big scheme of things (and these figures still include Windows Mobile by the looks of it), but the numbers are encouraging.

Meanwhile the iOS share of the market is down to 13.2%. I’ll say that again just in case you dropped your coffee – 13.2%. That means, with the 79.3% share owned by Android, that a mere 7.5% is “everything else”, and Windows Phone holds a 3.7% share, which is roughly half the “everything else” category.

I’ll leave you with one stat from the IDC figures. During the second quarter of 2013 Android was pushed out 187.4 million devices. That, my friends, is more than ALL OF THE SMARTPHONES (iOS, Windows Phone and Android) shipped during Q2 2012.

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Android’s Jelly Bean contingent finally surpasses Gingerbread

Android's Jelly Bean contingent finally surpasses Gingerbread

It's a new era, we tell ya. An era where Google can finally say that its latest build of Android is also the one being used by the greatest majority of Android users. For over a year, Android 4.1+ has been the most up-to-date build of Google's mobile OS, and yet, the greatest majority of those accessing the Play Store were using a build that was bordering on antediluvian. According to the official Developers Dashboard, the percentages have slid to a point where Android Jelly Bean -- which encompasses 4.1.x and 4.2.x -- now represents 37.9 percent of Play Store users. Gingerbread (v2.3.3 through 2.3.7) has fallen to second place with 34.1 percent, while Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3 through 4.0.4) holds down the bronze with 23.3 percent. Hit up the source link to view the full breakdown, and do us a solid -- if you know someone still using Donut, grab 'em a Christmas-in-July present.

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Gartner: Android and Samsung dominate the phone market in Q1

Gartner Android and Samsung dominate the phone market in Q1

If you've been following the trends, Gartner's mobile phone market figures for the first quarter of 2013 won't surprise. The research firm estimates that Android was on 74.4 percent of all smartphones sold in the period, with Samsung the key beneficiary of such dominance. While the Korean behemoth doesn't release solid sales figures, Gartner believes its market-flooding strategy has paid off, topping the league with 30.8 percent market share -- Apple has a firm grip on second place, with 18.2 percent, which is well ahead of LG, which has 4.8 percent. Samsung is also king of the mobile phone space, owning 23.6 percent of the market, ahead of Nokia, which has fallen to 14.8 percent share. Gartner's research also found that feature phone sales are slowing, so we guess that it's only a matter of time before the humble candybar goes the way of the netbook.

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Latest US market share figures released

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The latest Operating system figures for the US have been released by Kantar.

Unlike the Android figures posted earlier today there are some real surprises for the latest quarter.

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3 months to Feb 12

3 months to Feb 13

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 iOS  47%  43.5%  -3.5%
 Android  45.4%  51.2%  +5.8%
 RIM / Blackberry  3.6%  0.7%  -2.9%
Windows Phone  2.7%  4.1%  +1.4%
Symbian  0.5%  0.1%  -0.4%
Other  0.8%  0.4%  -0.4%

There are the usual fluctuations with iOS and Android but the real surprise is the falls and gains between Blackberry and Windows Phone.

Despite the launch of their new OS and the Z10 at the end of January, Blackberry still managed to lose another 2.9% of the market  whilst the Windows Phone traction continued with a gain of 1.4%

The road back for both Windows Phone and Blackberry is a long one and the launch of both the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 along with the probability of a new iPhone will only compound the issue.

The Windows Phone offering of handsets continues to grow and with the announcement of the new Nokia handsets at MWC this trend is sure to carry on.

Blackberry have the upcoming launch of the Q10 with which to launch a fightback and attempt to regain market share but it could well be too late for the troubled company that now occupies less than 1% of the US market.

Can you see a way back for Blackberry?  Are Microsoft on the right path with Windows Phone?  Let us know in the comments below.


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ComScore: Apple strengthens lead as top US handset maker in early 2013, Android takes a small hit

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The latest numbers from ComScore show Apple strengthening its lead as the top US handset maker, with the iPhone nabbing an estimated 37.8 percent of the market as of January 2013. That's a 3.5-point boost from October of last year, putting healthy distance between Cupertino and the number-two smartphone maker, Samsung. That's not to say the Korean giant hasn't grown as well; its estimated 21.4-percent slice of the pie is up a more modest 1.9 points.

Apple's growth on the hardware front naturally has implications on the software side, and indeed this is the first time Android took a hit while iOS grew. According to the survey, Google's OS still maintains a healthy 52.3 percent compared to Apple's 37.8, but it's down 1.3 points while iOS saw a small boost. Where does that leave BlackBerry, Windows Phone and the rest of the gang? Pretty far behind -- as you can see for yourself in the chart below the break.

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