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Samsung set to extend lead over smartphone sales against Apple, says Strategy Analytics

FILE NETHERLANDS ECONOMY APPLE SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 10.1Strategy Analytics told Reuters on Friday that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is forecast to surge ahead of the competition by 35 percent growth in the lucrative smartphone market this year, especially against its main rival Apple Inc.

According to Strategy Analytics, Apple can return the favor by releasing a smaller and cheaper “iPhone Mini” next year to increase its market share by offering a new product to users of  lower-end smartphones.

Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston emailed Reuters and said: “We expect Samsung to slightly extend its lead over Apple this year because of its larger multitier product portfolio.”

Mawson also predicted that total worldwide sales for smartphones for 2013 will increase by 27 percent, translating to 875 million units, a significant drop from last year’s 41 percent increase when markets from China, North America, Western Europe, and other develop countries in Asia went on buying spree. The 27 percent jump is still a formidable figure though, according to Mawston.

It is estimated that the South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will sell around 290 million smatphone units this year, showing a big increase in unit sales from last year’s sales figures of 215 million. Apple smartphone sales is also expected to rise to reach 180 million units for 2013, an increase of 33 percent from last year and following Samsung’s slight lead at 35 percent.

The estimates of Strategy Analytics will give Samsung a 33 percent market share for global smartphone sales, an increase of 2 percent, while Apple will have a 1 percent rise from last year’s 20 percent of worldwide market share.

Samsung and Apple have fought a bitter battle in their attempt to dominate the fiercely competitive smartphone market around the world. Samsung is a supplier to Apple.

The South Korean smartphone maker is rumored to launch a new Galaxy S IV, the most recent smartphone in its vaunted Galaxy series, this coming April.  Galaxy Note III phablet and a few other series of new smartphones will also be released throughout the course of the year, said some analysts and media reports.

“Samsung plays in more segments and this should enable it to capture more volume than Apple (assuming Apple does not launch an ‘iPhone Mini’ this year),” said Mawston.

Topeka Capital Markets researcher Brian J. White also raised the possibility that the Cupertino giant may release a lower-priced iPhone-dubbed iPhone Mini- to bring its brand further to markets like India and China.

White also mentioned that Apple may launch the next iPhone, called the iPhone 5S, this coming May or June, featuring more options in sizes in terms of displays. Such move can open a possibility of for a launch of the iPhone Mini, White said.

However, Mawston said that the iPhone Mini may be expected in 2014, not this year.

Mawston said: “We think Apple will have to launch an ‘iPhone Mini’ at some point over the next three years to address the hundreds of millions of prepaid users worldwide that cannot afford the current iPhone. We expect the iPhone Mini to be more likely next year, in 2014 when … Apple will be forced to discover fresh growth streams.

Samsung Electronics once trailed Apple Inc in the smartphone market, but has since then surpassed several of its rivals to become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer.

source: reuters

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17.4 million New Android/iOS Devices Activated on Christmas


Christmas day is always a fun time for everybody. Wrapping presents, opening them and the fun followed afterwards is all what the Christmas spirit is all about (and yes, eggnog too). But it’s the time of the year when electronics manufacturers sell their devices in large numbers as there are tons of people gifting gadgets and other electronics, mainly because it’s convenient and something which everybody uses. This was evident during the recently concluded Christmas sales, as according to Flurry Analytics, over 17.4 million Android and iOS devices were activated on December 25th. This, in comparison to the 4 million Android/iOS devices activated on an average each day during the first 20 days of December.

There are no numbers for each platform, so it’s hard to pin point towards one platform which sold well during Christmas. It is however quite clear that Apple was the major winner during Christmas, at least in terms of tablets as the iPad Mini and the large sized third gen/fourth gen iPad sold fairly well. Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD was also among the top selling tablets during Christmas. A marketshare of 51% for tablets was reported on Christmas day. Sadly for Google, its Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets are only available in the Google Play Store, with the Nexus 10 not even in stock there. So it is not surprising that these two devices are missing from the list.

When we speak of app downloads, it also saw a substantial increase on Christmas day. Beginning from 9AM as compared to the average download times between 7PM to 10PM, people reportedly downloaded over 328 million apps in one day. In comparison, the average downloads per day during the first 20 days of December was 155 million each day. Here again, there’s no way to know which platform sold more apps, but a collective 328 million apps were downloaded by Android and iOS devices. This speaks volumes of the large volumes of sales manufacturers/app developers see during the holidays and also a lesson for Google to stock up on its devices during this crucial time of the season.

Apple made the most of the tablet sales and deservingly so as there was no major competition to stand up against it. I guess the introduction of the iPad Mini has gone a long way in making the iPads more appealing to the general public despite featuring slightly low end specs. Expectedly, the likes of the Surface RT are missing from the list as it has only recently made its way to retail stores. That’s not to say that the device might not have sold at all though.

Source: Flurry
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The Android Engagement Paradox: Engagement continues to be a struggle despite market share domination

We have heard numerous times that Android users don’t invest in apps like iOS users, and now a new study is showing that Android users aren’t spending as much time purchasing goods through mobile. According to IBM’s Digital Analytics Benchmark, U.S. Black Friday online sales grew by 17.4% over last year, and mobile online sales made up 24% of the traffic. Of this traffic, 13% came from phones and 11% from tablets. In looking at the phone traffic, iOS devices represented about 67% of the traffic, while Android made up roughly 33%. It gets worse with tablets as the iPad represented about 88% of the traffic. What’s even more interesting is that iOS is actually growing at a pretty good rate. Back in 2010, Android represented 1.43% of the Black Friday shopping traffic, and now it’s 4.92%. In looking at iOS, it was 3.85% back in 2010, but now it’s 18.46%.

How is this possible when you consider the growth that Android has enjoyed over the last 2 years? This is what Horace Dediu is calling the “Android Engagement Paradox”. Other than it sounding like the name of a “Big Bang Theory” episode, it appears to be seriously real. Take a look at the images below. The left image shows the growth of Android phones as opposed to the iPhone. The right one shows the percentage of traffic per device.

Two years ago, iPhone users were two times more engaged than Android users and now it’s three times more. Not only that, the percentage of traffic per Android device has dropped. For tablets the results are similar and expected since the iPad has dominated that market for so long.

This is only one area of engagement, but as I mentioned, developers seem to agree when it comes to app purchases as well. So as far a pure device sales, there’s no argument that Android wins, but are Apple devices likely to generate more dollars? Google has recognized Android’s short-comings in this area and made some changes like re-introducing the Android Market as the Play Store and recently they added Google Wallet support for mobile. The real question is why is this paradox happening? Maybe Android’s growth has come from consumers who were unlikely to buy a smartphone, but chose to because of the price was right, and as a result, they aren’t into using it to the fullest extent. Anyone else have any ideas?

source: Asymco


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Samsung Comes Out on Top of Q3 Sales Results, Leaves Apple and Nokia Behind


Samsung as we know is the company that’s doing exceptionally well in the market. And its dream run seems to be continuing in the mobile world with the company coming out as the top seller of mobile phones (including smartphones) in the world, beating Nokia and Apple. The research was conducted by Gartner and Strategy Analytics, and it doesn’t seem to be surprising anyone. According to the analysis, Samsung sold a total of 98 million phones. The real competition seems to be between Samsung and Nokia here, as Apple doesn’t have a presence in the feature phones or entry level smartphones industry. Nokia seems to have done well in the low end mobile phone segment with a total of 82 million units reportedly sold. Merely 7.2 million of them were smartphones. Samsung on the other hand, sold 55 million smartphones and Apple sold 23.6 million during the third quarter. The sales of the Galaxy S III surpassed the iPhone 4S in Q3 without much surprise as the new iPhone made its way to the market. Surprisingly, the iPhone 5 is nowhere in that list with only 6 million of sales reported, but we should see strong sales numbers appear in the fourth quarter results. The iPhone 4S apparently sold 16.2 million units down from 19.4 million from the past quarter. The Galaxy S III sold roughly around 18 million units, which is a huge increase from the 5.4 million units it sold in Q2.

As expected, Nokia’s dominance in the feature phone market continues, but it hasn’t been able to translate that into smartphone sales. This is a troubling stat for Nokia, one which the company would desperately like to erase in the current quarter. The company stands seventh in smartphone rankings overall. The Lumia 920 seems to have gotten off to a decent start, and Nokia would want to sell more of that to have any impact on its smartphone sales. With all its eggs currently in the Windows Phone basket, it’s hard to expect any sort of excitement from the company about the feature phone sales. The holiday season will certainly be a test of these smartphones and it would be interesting to see if the Galaxy S III or the iPhone 5 will have much of an impact going forward. Initial glitches of the iPhone 5 might have driven away a few customers away, while the Galaxy S III has a rather unpleasing design. Samsung however, has managed to provide decent sales figures of the smartphone continuing the legacy from the Galaxy S II which also showed similar sales figures. Which phone are you buying this holiday season?

Source: CIO
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Samsung Galaxy S III Was The Most-Shipped Smartphone Of Q3

You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard that Samsung has reached and even surpassed their recent 30 million milestone of Galaxy S III’s sold worldwide. Samsung has shipped so many Galaxy S III’s that the amount of Galaxy S III’s shipped has surpassed the iPhone 4S during the third quarter. According to numbers from Strategy Analytics, the Galaxy S III shifted a good 18 million units worldwide compared to the iPhone 4S’ 16.2 million and the recent iPhone 5′s 6 million. Of course, with how fast Samsung had been reaching these milestones, I doubt this is a surprise for anyone.

Things aren’t as one-sided as the numbers are looking though. In fact, there is an extremely good reason as to why consumers weren’t purchasing a whole lot of iPhone 4S’ during that time. The iPhone 5 was on the horizon with bunches of new features for iOS users, including the larger screen and support for LTE networks. It was very anticipated, which is why iPhone 4S sales died down as consumers waiting for the iPhone 5. Quarter 3 saw the Galaxy S III launch in some very key territories, including North America and South Korea where Samsung Electronics is based at. Another thing that is important to note that this number is numbers shipped, it isn’t necessarily S III’s in consumers’ hands.

With the iPhone 5 now available to consumers, it’s likely that Apple will be back in the top spot for the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, Samsung should be pleased that they were able to outsell Apple this quarter. It’s definitely given them a lot of publicity as well. Maybe we’ll even be seeing similar numbers in the future.

source: android central

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Samsung Galaxy S III Becomes Top-Selling Phone Of Q3 2012


This year has been very good for Samsung, but Q3 has been a very good period of time especially as Samsung as it can proudly proclaim it offered the top smartphone of Q3 2012. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung sold 18 million units of its Galaxy S III, while Apple sold 16.2 million units of its iPhone 4S. One thing to note is that the iPhone 5 was released during the quarter as well and accounted for 6 million sales— a number that should increase exponentially when we see the Q4 results. Still, it is mighty nice to see Samsung hold a big-time trump card across all its competitors… for now at least.

More details of the news can be found once you hit the break.



Samsung Galaxy S3 Overtakes Apple iPhone 4S to Become World’s Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q3 2012

November 8, 2012 09:22

According to new research from our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 overtook Apple’s iPhone 4S to become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2012. A large touchscreen, extensive distribution and generous operator subsidies have propelled the Galaxy S3 to the top spot.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone model shipped 18.0 million units worldwide during the third quarter of 2012. The Galaxy S3 captured an impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever. A large touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the Galaxy S3′s success.

Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million iPhone 4S units worldwide for second place, as consumers temporarily held off purchases in anticipation of a widely expected iPhone 5 upgrade at the end of the quarter.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia. However, the Galaxy S3′s position as the world’s best-selling smartphone model is likely to be short-lived. The Apple iPhone 5 has gotten off to a solid start already with an estimated 6.0 million units shipped globally during Q3 2012. We expect the new iPhone 5 to out-ship Samsung’s Galaxy S3 in the coming fourth quarter of 2012 and Apple should soon reclaim the title of the world’s most popular smartphone model.

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Samsung Galaxy S III is the world most popular smartphone in Q3

The Samsung Galaxy S III has passed the iPhone 4S in Q3 as the worlds best selling smartphone. The reason for this surge in popularity is vast distribution and hefty operator subsidies. 18m Galaxy S IIIs were shipped during the July-September period, compared to 16.2m iPhone 4S devices. This data comes from research firm Strategy Analytics.

Of course, if you add the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, Apple actually shipped 22.2m devices with iPhone in the name, but we’re talking about individual SKUs, so Samsung still wins this one. The craziest thing about this is that these three phones add up to 24-percent of the total smartphones sold. Of course, Apple and Samsung will probably not be celebrating their dominance together, as they don’t seem to be on the best of terms.

Ironically, Apple’s lawsuits against Samsung could actually be one of the main reasons for the Galaxy S III’s jump in sales. Apple’s claims against the Korean company have actually put it into the public eye, and caused increased sales. Either way, it’s good to Samsung sitting on the top of the charts.

Only time will tell if Samsung can hold onto that top spot. Analysts claim that part of the reason for the decrease in iPhone 4S sales in Q3 was people waiting for the iPhone 5 to hit the market. Now that the iPhone 5 will be out for all of Q4, we will have to wait and see if Samsung can hang on or if Apple will grab the top spot.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 was Q3′s most-shipped smartphone

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18m Galaxy S3s between July and September, versus iPhone 4S's 16.2m

In case the recent 30 million milestone didn't give it away, Samsung shipped rather a lot of Galaxy S3s this summer. So much so, that S3 shipments eclipsed those of Apple's iPhone 4S during the third quarter, according to the latest numbers from Strategy Analytics. The firm's statistics for the Q3 2012 indicate that the Galaxy S3 shifted 18 million units worldwide, compared to the iPhone 4S's 16.2 million and the iPhone 5's 6 million.

Of course, things aren't quite as one-sided as the numbers would suggest. There's a good reason people weren't buying as many iPhone 4Ss during that time — the iPhone 5 was looming large, with new features for iOS users, including a larger screen and LTE support. What's more, Q3 saw the Galaxy S3 launch in several key territories, including North America and Samsung's native South Korea. Also note that these are units shipped, not necessarily phones in consumers' hands.

So it's highly likely that strong sales of the iPhone 5 will launch Apple back to the top spot in Q4. Nevertheless, Samsung will be pleased that in this instance at the very last, it was able to best Apple's numbers.

via Engadget

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Tops iPhone in Q3 for Best Selling Smartphone in the World

According to research firm Strategy Analytics, the iPhone is no longer the best selling smartphone in the world. During Q3 of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S3 topped the iPhone 4S to take the crown. Having sold 18 million units in Q3, the Galaxy S3 held a 10.7% share of the entire smartphone market, while [...]

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Analyst Firm Estimates Galaxy S III Was The World’s Best-Selling Smartphone In Q3


According to Reuters, analyst firm Strategy Analytics has determined that during the third quarter of 2012, the Galaxy S III was the world’s best-selling smartphone. Now, there is one small caveat that does put a slight damper on this rather big achievement for Samsung, and that’s the fact that the iPhone 5 was slated to launch at the end of Q3, which always slows down current-gen iPhone sales. It’s also pretty unlikely Samsung will hold onto this title for Q4. The numbers? An estimate of 18 million Galaxy S III’s sold in Q3, and 16.2 million iPhone 4S’s.


This is still pretty significant for Samsung.

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Samsung Galaxy S III dethrones iPhone 4S as smartphone sales champ for Q3 2012

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The Galaxy S III has overtaken Apple’s iPhone 4S for the first time ever to become the top selling smartphone for Q3 2012, according to Strategy Analytics. Samsung claimed the pole position by shipping 18 million copies of its flagship handset during the quarter, compared to Cupertino’s 16.2 million iPhone 4S units. Of course, serendipity is also likely at play, as the iPhone 5 hit shelves towards the end of that period, likely cannibalizing 4S sales — in fact, the market research firm thinks Apple’s new top handset will likely trump Samsung in Q4. That means the Korean giant may have to step up its game, or it’ll just be keeping the top spot warm for its arch-competitor. Check the PR after fold for more info.

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60% Of U.S Smartphone Users Want To Customize Their Own Data Plans

Now here’s a study done by Strategy Analytics that really isn’t surprising. Strategy Analytics did a study, and the results of that study said that 60-percent of smartphone users in the United States would prefer that they have the ability to customize their data plans. Keep in mind that it is not secret that carriers structure their plans so that the consumer is overpaying for data, calls and texts that you aren’t even in using. When you consider that unlimited data plans are only available on two of the four big carriers in the United States (T-Mobile and Sprint) it isn’t surprising that users with tiered plans would prefer to have a few more options to stretch their money out a bit more than what it’s already getting dumped into.

Interestingly enough, only a few users — 56 percent — in the United Kingdom would prefer the ability to customize their data plans more. Users in China were at a whole lot higher rate — 76-percent — wanting more abilities to customize their data plans.

Considering how much carriers are banking it in, I doubt that we will be seeing any serious customization without the carriers finding another way to make a quick buck off of their users.

If you had the ability to create your own data plan, what would you put into it? I personally would want a 10GB plan with tethering, unlimited voice and texting for the $100 (excluding overages) I pay every month. Of course, I wouldn’t mind paying more for an unlimited data plan as well.

source: Strategy Analytics

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60% of smartphone users would like to customize their plans

A recent study conducted by Strategy Analytics suggests that roughly 60% of all smartphone users in the United States would chose to customize their own plans, rather than succumb to those that are offered by national carriers. This bit of information isn’t all that surprising considering most US carriers  overcharge for their severely limited plans. As we’ve seen from prepaid carriers like Simple Mobile, it doesn’t cost much to offer unlimited data, texting and calling, yet some networks are charging nearly $100, while others won’t even allow customers freedom from restrictive limits.

For comparison, 56% of subscribers in the United Kingdom would prefer the ability to customize their plans, while 76% of Chinese users voiced their request for customization. From this information, it appears as though there is definitely an untapped market that could potentially be very appealing for consumers. So, if given the opportunity, what kind of plan would you choose?

Source: BusinessWire

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60-percent of U.S. smartphone owners want to customize their plans

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Here's a piece of information that probably isn't surprising to most of us. According to data collected by Strategy Analytics, 60-percent of smartphone owners in the U.S. would prefer if they could customize their plans. It's no secret that carriers structure plans in a way so that you're overpaying for data, calls and texts you're not actually using. Considering that truly unlimited data is only a reality (grandfathered plans aside) on two of the four big carriers in the U.S. – T-Mobile and Sprint — it's not surprising that users with tiered plans would prefer more options to get the most out of the money they're paying for service.

Interestingly, slightly fewer users — 56-percent — in the U.K. would prefer more customizability of plans. Users in china were much higher at 76-percent wanting customization. If you could design your own plan, what would it look like?

Source: Strategy Analytics

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Android tablet market share continues to climb, now at 41% according to Strategy Analytics

According to the latest studies from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 25 million this year.  The bigger news behind that? Apple’s tablet share fell from 64% in Q3 2011 to 57% now, leaving Android tablets room to take 41% of the market share. That’s the highest Android tablets have ever achieved.

Now, the tablet shipment growth was considered slow, only rising 47% from a year ago. (The year before, it grew by a whopping 289% in Q2) Some of the slow growth can likely be attributed to consumers waiting for the new tablets to be announced for the holiday season, like the iPad Mini and the upcoming Nexus 10. With many new Android tablets popping up every few months, and Google’s apparent support to build up a competitive tablet ecosystem, I fully expect that market share to continue to keep growing for the next few years.

What do you all think? Will Android’s tablet presence continue growing like the phone counterparts, or do you think the next generation of iPads and the Microsoft Surface will keep Android’s market share low? Leave your comments and let us know.

Source: Strategy Analytics

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Android based tablets make huge gains in market share says Strategy Analytics

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According to the folks at Strategy Analytics, market share for Android based tablets has risen to 41-percent of the total, or just shy of 25 million units. This growth means that double the number of Android-based tablets were sold compared to the same time last year, and market share has risen by 12-percent. This growth comes completely at the expense of iOS, whose market share has dropped from 65-pecent of the market to 56-percent. Tablets are clearly a two-horse race, at least for now.

But (there's always a but) a huge number of these tablets sold were from Amazon — a fact overlooked by most analysts when determining these sort of numbers. In the tablet space, Amazon is a competitor to Google, not a vendor. Of course it's not surprising to see market share be divided up between the two three tablet giants, and fierce competition can only lead to better products. 

In the end, I don't care how many tablets any company sells. I only care that the one I'm buying (or have bought) is the best it can be.

Source: BusinessWire

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Google Play Has A Brand-New Developer Console: Completely Overhauled Interface, New Statistics, And More


If you’re a developer publishing apps on Google Play, the developer console is probably something you’re checking every day compulsively. And Google understands that just because you’re a developer, you don’t need to look at something ugly and boring to track your apps’ download and ratings stats, or manage their publication status. Back at I/O in June, Google showed off a bunch of new console features that were “coming soon.”

And today, Google is finally unveiling those features in a brand-new version of the developer console, and you can start using it right now. Just head over to the console, and hit the “Try the new version” button (as Google has previously done with Gmail and Analytics), and you’ll be good to go.

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EA Sports To Invest Heavily On Mobile FIFA

EA Sports is planning to invest heavily in the mobile version of its FIFA Soccer gaming franchise after receiving tremendous feedbacks from its gamers.

According to the Football Business Analytics Group, FIFA soccer titles on iOS has garnered tremendous success and will be a major part of the developers’ future as FIFA users started shifting to the mobile version of the title as their spare time for console gaming significantly decreases.

EA Sports senior director for the FIFA series Mike McCabe asserted focusing more in the mobile version of FIFA soccer franchise is certainly priority going forward.

“There are definitely people who use [FIFA Soccer on mobile] as their primary gaming platform,” said McCabe.

During the launch weekend of FIFA 13 at the end of September, FIFA 13 mobile users played an average of seven sessions per day of 30 to 40 minutes each.

Moreover, EA has already placed the FIFA series’ persistent meta-game, EA Sports Football Club, in the iOS version of the gaming franchise.

“We can’t do everything that we want at the moment,” said McCabe, “but obviously next year we want to evolve that experience.”

McCabe said FIFA soccer franchise is looking to expand its market coverage, making it playable on any gaming consoles and platform.

“We are now looking more and more every year with FIFA as a franchise as being something you can consume on any platform,” McCabe explained.

FIFA 13, also known as FIFA Soccer 13 in North America, comes us the  12th edition of Electronic Arts’ highly-acclaimed association football FIFA video game series.

Developed by EA Canada studios and published by Electronic Arts, FIFA 13 under the EA Sports label. It was launched in Europe on 28 September 2012, in Australia HI on 27 September, as well as in North America on 25 September and 21 September for EA Sports Season Ticket subscribers.

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Firefox OS to grab just 1% of market

Smartphone operating system is an interesting domain. Currently, Google’s open source Android operating system and Apple’s iOS are dominating the smartphone industry, but more and more companies are coming up with their own smartphone operating system in order to compete with Google’s Android. Alibaba is one company which recently announced its own smartphone operating system, Aliyun, which is targeted at small to mid-sized Chinese phone manufacturers.

It’s a good thing that many companies are looking forward to take a share of that pie, and the most notable and anticipated mobile operating system that is under development right now is the Firefox OS by Mozilla. Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser by Mozilla Foundation, and the group is looking forward to launch Firefox OS, a platform focusing around HTML5. With Firefox OS, Mozilla promises a new phone architecture which relies on the Web to enable HTML5 applications with complete access to core device APIs.

With Android already leading the market, the big question is will Firefox OS stand a chance? Well, according to the latest research report from Strategy Analytics, the answer is no. According to the report, Mozilla’s mobile operating system will have a hard time to gain momentum initially and they expect it to grab only 1% of the market in 2013, whereas Android is expected to grow even further and is expected to capture 67% of the market.

Now that’s a pretty disappointing figure. It should be noted that Mozilla has already joined hands with big shot companies like ZTE, Telefónica, Sprint Nextel, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Telecom Italia and Telenor.

“We are trying to increase our efforts in coming up with our own operating system, while introducing products based on Android,” said ZTE Director of Corporate Branding & Communications David Dai Shu. “It’s all part of our wider plans to create a better balance of products using various operating systems. We won’t just rely on Android or Windows.”

Firefox OS is without doubt a great option for device manufacturers who are looking forward to diversity their device portfolio. It’s not that Firefox OS is going to fail miserably, but it’s very tough to establish a platform, whereas it is very easy to lose relevance as well. Just take a look at the state of Symbian.

“Overcoming Android will not be an easy task,” Strategy Analytics researcher Neil Mawston said.

Once upon a time, Symbian used to be market leader, but it took just two years for Android to dethrone Symbian and establish itself as a market leader. It is worth noting that with Firefox OS, Mozilla is targeting the low cost smartphone segment. This particular segment is evergreen and growing rapidly. Above 300 million sub $100 smartphone units are expected to be sold this year alone.

Firefox OS has an interface which is distinct enough to stand on its own, though it’s pretty evident that it has taken some amount of inspiration from Android and iOS. The platform uses HTML5 which is a markup language for the web, and it may not match the experience delivered by Android and iOS, though Mozilla states that it will be lighter and faster than Android nevertheless.

Source: TechCrunch

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Android, iOS adoption dwarfs PC adoption of the 80’s by factor of 10

Flurry Analytics, a research firm studying technology adoption, announced results of a study they recently completed looking at adoption rates for the Android and iOS operating systems. Based on data from the first five years of widespread adoption, the study revealed some interesting insights. Compared to adoption of PC technology in the 80’s, Android and iOS adoption is occurring at a rate that is 10 times faster. Of the previous technologies studied, adoption of web technologies came closest to the two smartphone operating systems at one half the growth rate. More recently, Android and iOS grew at a rate three times faster than the explosion of social networking sites.

Flurry’s study found there were 640 million devices in use last month that used either Android or iOS. The top three countries were the U.S. with 165 million devices, China with 128 million devices, and the U.K. with 31 million devices. The order of those top three should change before the end of the year. With a growth rate of 401%, China should overtake the U.S. before 2012 comes to a close.

We recently reported on some data showing Android and iOS accounted for 85% of the smartphone market for the second quarter. This finding is reflected in the penetration rates that Flurry found for the top two operating systems. In Singapore, the two combined for 92% of devices in use, followed by Hong Kong at 87% and Sweden at 86%. The U.S. had the fifth highest penetration rate at 78%.

Do you remember any of these older waves of technology? What is your impression of smartphone growth compared to them?

source: c|net

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Swiftkey launches Swiftkey Analytics to VIP’s, want to analyze how you interact with the app

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SwiftKey is somewhat of a favorite around these parts, and already this week we've been treated to an update filled with new features and themes. Today though, for their VIP Forum's members anyway, comes the opportunity to help the developers in their work by downloading the SwiftKey 3 Analytics app. In essence, this is the same great SwiftKey 3 keyboard but that submits anonymous mathematical data to the developers. 

The data collected will indicate how a user interacts with the keyboard and its predictions and analyze typing habits. SwiftKey isn't any old two-bit developer either, so when they say this is all anonymous and mathematical, and that no text entered is transmitted, we're pretty much inclined to believe them. The service is time limited until Sep 25, and entirely voluntary. 5 lucky VIP's who take part will also win themselves some swag. And we all love swag, don't we? If you want to take part and help SwiftKey shape the future of their app, head on over to the VIP forums and grab it now and read up some more.

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Comscore: Modest growth for Android and iOS in June, Samsung still top manufacturer

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Analytics firm Comscore has just released its latest stats covering the U.S. smartphone market for the quarter ending in June 2012. Overall, the picture hasn't changed much since they released their last set of numbers. Samsung is still the largest smartphone manufacturer by market share, and Android still lays claim to a bigger chunk of the market than any other OS.

Apple's share of mobile subscribers grew 1.4 percent at the expense of all Android OEMs but HTC, which grew by 0.4 percent compared to the previous stats. In terms of OS share, Android continues to advance beyond half of the U.S. smartphone market, with a 51.6 percent share compared to 51 percent last time. Apple's growth was a little more aggressive, going from 30.7 percent to 32.4 percent. Lower down the table, RIM, Microsoft and Nokia's Symbian OS continue to slowly bleed market share to the big players.

We'll be interested to see how the numbers pan out for July, as we'd expect a fairly sizeable bump for Samsung and Android on account of the U.S. Galaxy S3 launch.

Source: Comscore

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Apple US Market Share Increases by 10% while Android Drops

Despite Google Android’s popularity, Apple iOS has managed to increase its market sales up to 10 percent compared to previous quarter, according to the report released Monday, July 30th.

Strategy Analytics’ report shows that Android’s market share dropped to 56 percent while Apple’s 23 percent from second quarter of 2011 makes it to 33 percent recently. Neil Mawston, Strategy Analytics executive director, announced that the rumored upcoming launch of the next generation iPhone (5) is giving a high pressure for other smartphone competitor to stay on top of the market.

Mawston added that Android operating system has reached its peak on the market share while Apple’s brand continues to grow. This also supports last month’s survey findings that developers prefer iOS over Android. Had it not because Apple’s devices are seen to be a bit expensive than Android-based smartphones, there is no way Android could even come close in the competition.

Overall smartphone shipments fell by 5 percent by the second quarter reaching 146.1 million units, it is considered as the slowest growth rates ever experienced since the third quarter of 2009, as confirmed by the associate director of Strategy Analytics, Alex Spector.

He also added that the main reason of this slowdown dealt on a volatile economy, maturing penetration of the Smartphone to the contract mobile subscribers, and major operator’s upgrade of policies to gain more profits. One thing that’s also getting into play for the decline of smartphone shipment is the fact that many manufacturers slowed down in the production of their flagship devices due to impending cases filed by Apple over patent infringement.

On the other hand, Blackberry OS also dropped its market sale by a few percentages in the U.S., along with the other smartphone OS. Over the past few years, Blackberry’s market share in the country has dropped from 10.5 percent to 6.5 percent. It is marked as the company’s lowest level in history.

According to Strategy Analytics, frustration over Blackberry’s limited touch screen options and repeated delays to its new Blackberry 10 OS were the main reason why users tend to choose other Smartphone. Other enthusiasts believe that while other platforms have gone beyond people’s expectations, it remained just like the way it was.

However, Android OS is still on the lead with 56.3 percent market share compared to Apple’s 33.2 percent. Recently, Samsung’s heavy lineup paves its way to lead over Apple and widen its market share. Apple has sold 26 million iPhones, down from the 35 million shipped in the first quarter as announced by Cupertino-based tech giant’s second quarter earnings.

Source: PC Mag

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Strategy Analytics: US Android Market Share Falls Four Points to 56% for Q2

As a huge fan of Android it hurts me to be writing this article, but I press on. According to Strategy Analytics, Smartphone shipments, as a whole, fell 5% annually to 23.8 million units in the United States during the second quarter of 2012. Hit the break to see what Alex Spektor, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics had to say:

“Smartphone shipments fell 5 percent annually to reach 23.8 million units in the United States in Q2 2012. This was one of the slowest growth rates ever experienced by the important US smartphone market. A volatile economy, maturing penetration of smartphones among contract mobile subscribers, and major operators tightening their upgrade policies to enhance profits were among the main causes of the slowdown.”

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, had this to say regarding Android:

 ”We estimate Android shipped 13.4 million smartphones for 56 percent share of the United States market in the second quarter of 2012. This was down from 15.3 million units shipped and 61 percent share a year earlier. Android remains the number one platform by volume in the United States, but its market share is approaching a peak and Apple iOS has been gaining ground. Apple’s US market share has risen by ten points from 23 percent in Q2 2011 to 33 percent in Q2 2012. Apple is rumored to be launching a new iPhone in the coming weeks, and that event, if it takes place, is going to heap even more pressure on Android in its home market.”

So what do you think? Is this from “maturing smartphone penetration?” Or is that a fancy term these guys made up to sound smart? I, for one, daily champion the cause of Android; I live, breathe and sometimes even dream about Android. Telling everyone I know about Android is my passion! I even had one friend say to me after using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: “Wow, I can see why Apple is fighting this.” So I charge you, the reader, to pick up your phone and press on! Let’s not let these numbers sadden us, let’s use them as a springboard to tell everyone in our circles how great Android truly is! Now go get em’!

source: Market Watch

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Strategy Analytics: Android market share drops to 56% in the US in Q2

Strategy Analytics released some new numbers today regarding smartphone market share in the United States. In Q2 2012, Android market share ended up at 56%. This is four points less than what they did in the same quarter 2011. Meanwhile, their biggest competition – iOS – actually gained 10% this quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago.

They now command 33% of the market share. SA’s Neil Mawston says it’s clear Google is nearing its peak in market share, and while these numbers can’t be indicative of a forthcoming free fall from space it’s alarming to know just how much Apple has shot back up.

In all, smartphone shipments didn’t do so well as they fell 5%. 24 million smartphone units were sold in all. Android’s 56% is still a pretty big share of the pie, but with Apple’s yearly iPhone release coming up in the 4th quarter of this year we can’t say we’d be surprised if their market share didn’t suffer just a bit more by the time 2013 rolls around. We’ll definitely keep our eyes on this one. [PCMag]

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Strategy Analytics: Android lost US market share in Q2, isn’t losing sleep just yet

Strategy Analytics Android lost US market share in Q2, isn't losing sleep just yet

Android is most definitely on the upward march when it comes to the world stage. But you might be surprised at how it’s faring in the US: it’s down, according to Strategy Analytics’ estimates. As of the second quarter, Google’s market share dropped from 60.6 percent a year earlier to 56.3 percent. No one would call it a moment of crisis for Android, but it implies that Apple was drawing in more of the customers jumping ship from other platforms — the iPhone climbed to 33.2 percent while RIM and others lost ground. The real tests of where the market is going, we imagine, will come in the second half of the year. Apple will have to survive an American summer full of Galaxy S III variants, while Samsung and the rest of the Android camp may have to cope with a bigger than usual iPhone update as 2012 heads into the sunset.

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Apple iPad Outsells Android Tablets 2 To 1


As the Android platform continues to grow in consumer’s eyes, so does the number of devices out there such as tablets. According to Strategy Analytics, Android tablets achieved an estimated 7.3 million sales for Q2 2012, which brings it to a market share of 29.3 percent and helps the platform to maintain its position as the 2nd leading type of tablet in the market. The first? Apple’s iPad which achieved 17 million sales for the quarter and gained a market share of 68.3 percent. Analyst Neil Mawston offered some insights on the iPad’s dominance over Android tablets:


“Despite high expectations for companies like Amazon, Samsung, Acer and Asus, the Android community has yet to make a serious dent in Apple’s dominance of the tablet market. Unspectacular hardware designs, limited uptake of cellular models and a modest number of tablet-optimized services have been among some of the main reasons for Android’s mixed performance so far.”

While it’s exciting to see the growth of Android tablets, it’s insights like the one above that demonstrate Android tablets have a whole lot of catching up to do.
source: Electronista

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Report: iPad Outsells Android Tablets 2-to-1 (But Not For Long)

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Yesterday we told you guys about Samsung and their smartphones outselling Apple’s iPhone 2-to-1. Today we have a similar story to bring to you only this time the tables have turned. As you’ve no doubt guessed by now, when it comes to the tablet market, analysts are reporting Apple still reigns supreme, cornering as much as 68.3% of the tablet market last quarter.

This is after Android tablets managed to sell around 7.3 million units which, even though may sound impressive, stands in the shadow of Apple’s 17 million units sold. After performing some quick math, that’s roughly a 2-to-1 ratio over Android tabs. This is the highest Apple has seen their tablet market share since the 3rd quarter of 2010 (the year of the 1st iPad).

Android definitely has a lot of catching up to do but taking into account that these numbers don’t yet account for the overwhelming Nexus 7 sales — things should be a whole lot different next quarter. Google’s savior has finally come and Tim Cook is shaking in his mommy-sneakers. Time to send out reinforcements (more lawyers).

[Strategy Analytics | Via Electronista]

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STATS: Android tablet sales up to 7.3 million from 4.4 million in Q2

Number cruncher Strategy Analytics has updated its data on the global tablet marketplace, revealing a decent leap in Android tablet sales over the last 12 months. In Q2 of 2011 Android powered 4.4m tablets sold globally, while in the same quarter of 2012 that’s grown to some 7.3m.

In terms of overall market share, though, Android’s slice of the total tablet market stayed static at around 29%, due to very impressive sales growth from Apple, which is still enjoying phenomenal demand for its iPad range. Here’s the data:


Surely the arrival of the Nexus 7 and the recent amazing flood of super-cheap Chinese ICS tabs will see a strong surge in Android’s performance in the tablet world over the summer. Let’s just hope that the crappy £99 tabs don’t do more damage than good to Android’s tablet aspirations.

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This is why Apple is going berserk: Android extends US marketshare lead, Samsung tops platform’s OEMs

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Analytics firm Nielsen statistics from their Q2 2012 subscriber data has shown Android extend its significant lead over Apple, with a 51.8% marketshare compared to iOS’s 34.3%. In Q1 2012, the scores stood at 48.5% for Android to Apple’s 32%. About a year ago (Q3 2011, I was unable to find the Q2 2011 data for a YoY comparison) Android had a 44.2% to 28.6% lead. These are minor growths, but it shows that regardless of the injunction requests and all the legal hoopla, and despite all the “fragmentation” talk, Apple is nowhere close to closing the gap on Android.

In the manufacturer’s stakes, Samsung is the leading OEM as expected, with their Android devices accounting for a 17% total marketshare. HTC is second at 14%, Motorola third at 11% and the rest accounting for 9%. Looking over at the other platforms, Blackberry has dropped from 17% in Q3 2011 to 9%. Windows Phone 7 is stagnant at a meager 1.3%, with all the money spent on marketing still unable to get them to even half of Windows Mobile’s 3% share.

[via Brief Mobile]

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