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T-Mobile’s Prepaid Business Growing

It’s no secret that since the announcement of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger last March, consumer confidence in Big Magenta has unfortunately gone down. What makes it even more upsetting is the fact that T-Mobile is still pushing out great Android devices with really no end in sight.

As T-Mobile tries to keep things going “business as usual” their customer flow in stores has decreased dramatically. On their third quarter conference call that is reflected in a decrease of 186,000 post paid customers.

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What’s saving T-Mobile is their prepaid customer base. In the last quarter T-Mobile added 312,000 prepaid customers. There are a couple factors that play into T-Mobile’s prepaid strength. The first is consumer confidence, while some consumers want to stay with T-Mobile, with their future in the air they still don’t trust the idea of starting a new contract with T-Mobile.

The second factor is the trend in going from post paid to prepaid.  Many American’s are switching to a monthly prepaid model so they can control expenses and not have “bill shock” when they open up their monthly bills.

Finally, T-Mobile is the prepaid partner at WalMart so they see a big increase coming from those customers. In Q2 T-Mobile added 231,000 prepaid customers which had a net negative churn overall of 50,000 when factoring in T-Mobile’s 281,000 postpaid defectors last quarter.

T-Mobile has 33.7 million customers which is slightly up from the previuos quarter but down from the same quarter in the previous year.

Earlier this month AT&T announced that they would extend the deadline for closing the T-Mobile deal until the summer of 2012. That will mean another 3 quarters of wavering reports while consumers try to figure out for themselves what’s going on at T-Mobile

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HTC Puts Another Nail In RIM’s Coffin

HTC’s smartphone sales were through the roof last quarter. HTC beat out both Apple and Samsung in smartphone sales (Samsung won on phones overall though).  According to the latest research from Canalys, HTC shipped 5.7 million smartphones in the third quarter while Samsung shipped 5.2 million. Apple came in third place with 4.9 million.  Many reports indicate that Apple’s sales may have been soft because of the anticipation for the iPhone 4S.

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Canalys VP and lead analyst Chris Jones spoke to the Silicon Alley Insider and pointed out that the threat from HTC isn’t to Apple but rather to RIM, the manufacturer of the Blackberry. HTC and Samsung had year over year increases of more than 50% in the smartphone department.  RIM on the other hand fell over two thirds.

RIM had 24% of the market share in Q3 2010 but this year fell to just 9%.  RIM has been in complete turmoil over the last year. Many analysts have suggested a change in leadership may help.

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Android took 49.9% of UK smartphone market, Samsung gaining on HTC

Analyst Kantar Worldpanel has released new data on the UK smartphone scene, giving Android a stunning lead for the three month period ending October 2nd. Kantar says Android phones took 49.9% of total UK smartphone sales during the last quarter, ahead of BlackBerry’s 22.5% and Apple’s 18.5%.

Who’d have thought Apple would be in third place, eh?

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In terms of the battle for dominance between the many Android makers, Kantar says HTC remains the leader, taking 44.8% of all Android sales over the same 12 week period, with Samsung its closest rival on 37.9% – an increase on the 25.2% Samsung had during the same period of 2010.

Link via MT.

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HTC releases Q3 earnings report: profit up 68 percent, shipments soar 93 percent

It’s been another stellar quarter for the folks over at HTC. According to the company’s Q3 earnings report, released today, net income rose to NT$18.68 billion (about $624.6 million) this quarter — a 68 percent increase over Q3 2010 and a seven percent bump over last quarter, when HTC reported record profits. Revenue, meanwhile, rose by 79 percent on the year to NT$135.8 billion (around $4.54 billion), which the manufacturer attributed to “strong brand recognition, leading product portfolio and expanded distribution channels.” On a regional level, HTC saw the strongest growth in China, where sales increased by a factor of nine over the past year. This undoubtedly helped the company boost handset shipments, which increased by a whopping 93 percent over the year, to 13.2 million units. For more details and crunchy numbers, hit up the source links, below.

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HTC releases Q3 earnings report: profit up by 68 percent, shipments soar by 93 percent

It’s been another stellar quarter for the folks over at HTC. According to the company’s Q3 earnings report, released today, net income rose to NT$18.68 billion (about $624.6 million) this quarter — a 68 percent increase over Q3 2010 and a seven percent bump over last quarter, when HTC reported record profits. Revenue, meanwhile, rose by 79 percent on the year to NT$135.8 billion (around $4.54 billion), which the manufacturer attributed to “strong brand recognition, leading product portfolio and expanded distribution channels.” On a regional level, HTC saw the strongest growth in China, where sales increased by a factor of nine over the past year. This undoubtedly helped the company boost handset shipments, which increased by a whopping 93 percent over the year, to 13.2 million units. For more details and crunchy numbers, hit up the source links, below.

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IDC: Samsung, ZTE see jump in mobile shipments, Apple slides to fifth place

Q3 earnings reports have been pouring in over the past few days, which means it’s time to check in with IDC on the state of the mobile market. The research firm’s latest report, released today, is something of a mixed bag. On the one hand, Q3 global shipments increased by 12.8 percent year-over-year — higher than the 9.3 percent that IDC had predicted for the quarter and the 9.8 percent growth observed last quarter. At the same time, however, the market grew at the second slowest pace in two years and shipments to Western Europe and the US actually declined over the year, something the company attributes to more restrained consumer spending and more widespread economic uncertainty.

On the company level, both Samsung and ZTE came away as the biggest winners this quarter; Sammy’s shipments increased by 23 percent over the year, good for second place, while ZTE’s shot up by a whopping 57.9 percent, launching the company into fourth place. Apple, meanwhile, saw 26.2 percent growth in its shipments and a slight bump in market share, but still couldn’t avoid getting leapfrogged by ZTE and dropping down to fifth place. And then there’s LG, which had by far the worst quarter, relative to Q3 2010. The manufacturer saw shipments decline by nearly 26 percent over the year, while its market share slipped to 5.4 percent. All these horses, however, are still chasing Nokia, which saw a small drop in shipments, but managed to hang on to the top spot, with over 106 million shipments during the quarter — good for 27 percent of the market. For more numbers and insight, check out the full PR after the break.

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Motorola Mobility reports $3.3 billion in revenue and $32 million net loss, offers more details on Google buyout

Just in time for the company to be acquired by Google, Motorola Mobility is beginning to right the ship, as evidenced by today’s quarterly earnings report. The company reported total net revenues of $3.3 billion — precisely the same amount earned last quarter, incidentally, and up 11 percent from this time last year — and a GAAP net loss of $32 million. While the number may put frowns on a few faces, it’s still an improvement from Q2′s loss of $56 million, and more than half ($18 million) of the losses were attributed to expenses from the Google acquisition. Mobile device revenues are up 20 percent year-over-year and 11.6 million devices were shipped, including 4.8 million smartphones and 100,000 Xoom tablets.

On the regulatory front, Moto offered a few new details about the progress of the company’s acquisition. It announced that it will hold a meeting with stockholders on November 17 to gain approval of the Google merger, and — pending antitrust clearance by the US Department of Justice, the EU and several other government entities — expects to close the transaction by the end of this year or early 2012 at the latest. Check out all of the numbers after the break.

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Sprint Posts Q3 2011 Earnings Report – Biggest Jump In Wireless Subscribers In Five Years, Still Reported A Net Loss Of $301 Million

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Sprint just released its Q3 earnings report, and while it’s nothing to boast about, it does offer some encouraging numbers for the Now Network. Its operating revenue is up to $8.3 billion — a slight jump up from this time last year. It also saw a major jump in wireless subscribers, adding 1.3 million new customers — a five year high for the company. Out of the 1.3 million, 304,000 were post-paid, 485,000 were pre-paid, and 835,000 were wholesale. Sprint lost about 44,000 post-paid customers in Q3, which is a major improvement over last quarter when it lost a…

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Sprint announces Q3 earnings: net subs reach five year high, net losses at $300 million

Sprint has just unveiled its Q3 earnings report, and it’s looking pretty bittersweet. According to the company, net operating revenues reached $8.3 billion during the quarter (about two percent higher than Q3 2010), while additions of new wireless net subscribers reached a five year high, with 1.3 million customers hopping onboard during Q3. Of those 1.3 million new subscribers, 304,000 were of the postpaid variety, 485,000 were prepaid and about 835,000 were wholesale. Sprint lost about 44,000 net postpaid customers this quarter, but that’s a major improvement over last quarter, when a little over 100,000 jumped ship, and marks a 59 percent improvement over last year’s report. At the same time, however, the carrier reported net losses of $301 million — lower than Q2′s figures, but not exactly encouraging, either. As far as the future goes, the folks at Overland Park expect to end the year with even more new subscribers, though it remains to be seen whether that LTE rollout can make much of a dent in its bottom line. Check out the press release in full, after the break.

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New Data Shows Android Has Surpassed iOS For App Downloads, But Still Has Far Fewer Apps Downloaded Per Person

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An analysis of recently compiled data by ABI Research indicates that Android phones are for the first time downloading apps in greater numbers than Apple’s iPhone. This would seem like a milestone, but ABI’s research also shows that while the total number of apps downloaded onto Android devices in the last quarter exceeds that of the iPhone, Android handsets outnumber iPhones by a factor of 2.4 to 1.

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Verizon Has Amazing Quarter; More Than Half Of Their Smartphones Are Android Powered

Verizon announced today that their profits for Q3 2011 more than doubled compared to the same quarter last year.  Not only that but Verizon Wireless saw nearly triple the amount of growth in post paid subscribers than AT&T reported for Q3 2011.

In AT&T’s recently reported third quarter results they revealed that they had added 319,000 postpaid subscribers.  Verizon Wireless on the other hand added 882,000 post paid subscribers during the same period. This figure is more than double the amount of postpaid subscribers Verizon Wireless added last year in the same quarter.

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Verizon announced that they sold 5.6 million smartphones last quarter and more than half of them were Android devices. They also announced that they sold 1.4 million 4G/LTE devices. Of course all of the 4G/LTE smartphones sold were Android devices and that won’t change with the roll out of the new iPhone 4S.

Verizon didn’t comment on how many iPhone 4S devices they sold over launch weekend. AT&T reported selling a million iPhone 4S’s over launch weekend. Verizon cited pervasive next-gen iPhone rumors for reduced iPhone sales last quarter.  Verizon reported that they sold 2 million iPhone 4 devices in Q3.  Analysts have suggested that Android will continue to prevail on America’s largest and most reliable 4G network because, well, the iPhone 4S still doesn’t have the 4G’s

source: Venturebeat

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HTC Evo 4G and Kyocera Echo Have Reached Their End Of Life

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It’s the end of an era, folks. T’was the world’s first 4G smartphone and first Android device to feature a 4.3-inch screen and front facing camera. Yes folks, the HTC EVO 4G will finally reach its “End of Life” (EOL) in only a few short weeks. Even though the Evo 4G beat out all other Android devices in sales last quarter, that wasn’t enough to save the device from EOL’ing. In fact, the white Evo 4G has actually been rushed to the slaughter house a little sooner with it reaching its untimely death only a few days ago on Sept 18th.

Keep in mind, this is an actually an updated list from the EOL we posted back in July and it serves as a bitter reminder of the (black) HTC Evo 4G’s fate. Anyone else feeling a bit sentimental about this?

(Oh yeah — and the Echo will be discontinued too.)

[Via SprintFeed]


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IDC reports worldwide tablet shipments for Q2 2011, Android market share declines

International Data Corporation (IDC) just released worldwide data for tablet market share for the 2nd quarter 2011. In their last report overall tablet sales were lower than expected, but for the 2nd quarter, the performance was so strong, it has lead IDC to increase its outlook for the 2nd half of the year to 62.4 million units, up from the previous projection of 53.5 million units.

That is the good news. The bad news is that Android’s market share dropped to 26.8%, down from 34.0%. This is surprising to me as a lot of Android tablets were released in the 2nd quarter. During the 1st quarter of 2011, only the 3G version of the XOOM and the Galaxy Tab was available, and Android was able to grab a 34% market share. I doesn’t make sense. Either last quarter’s figures were wrong or this quarter’s is. RIM’s PlayBook grabbed 4.9%, and Apple rose to 68.3% from 65.7%.

Unfortunately IDC sees Android’s share continuing to drop to 23% and finishing the year at 25.9%.  I am not in the business of analyzing data, but I find it difficult that Android’s tablet share won’t improve dramatically with all the tablets that are currently available, not to mention the upcoming Amazon tablet.

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Android Overload: LG Lays Off 30% Of Mobile Division, Team TouchDroid Now Defunct and More

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It’s almost Friday! And although we tried our very best to bring you all the most relevant and interesting Android news throughout the day, there are always those that slip through the cracks. But that’s why we have the Android Overload! Leave no story behind, that’s what we always say. So, even though we didn’t get a chance to bring these to you on our front page, it doesn’t mean you should miss out on ‘em. Enjoy.

  • Team TouchDroid disbands. Releases half-baked Android ROM for the HP TouchPad. [Reddit]
  • LG lays off 30% of their mobile division after $49.8 million loss last quarter. [BGR]
  • Droid 2 Global Gingerbread update halted due to Exchange issue. [TalkAndroid]
  • Android survey highlights Android’s growing piracy problem. [InformationWeek]
  • Vodafone sets up R&D facility in Silicone Valley (even though they’re from the UK). [AllThingsD]
  • Wicked UK deal. HTC Sensation for €9.99 at Phones 4U. [TalkAndroid]
  • Sony Ericsson has launched Xperia Studio to showcase the convergence between art, science, and mobile.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G is now available via all major Canadian mobile providers. [MobileSyrup]


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ComScore calls Android top dog, Apple pulls further ahead of RIM

According to ComScore, out of the 82.2 million people in the US with a smartphone (up ten percent from last quarter), Android came in first as the biggest platform yet again, capturing a whopping 41.8 percent of the market like a boss. In a not-so-close second, Apple was able to snag 27 percent, followed by RIM in the third place spot with 21.7 percent — down 4 percentage points from last quarter. Pulling up the rear is Microsoft with 5.7 percent, and lastly Symbian with a grim 1.9 percent — both down when compared to the previous three months. As far as US hardware manufacturers goes, Samsung is still on top with 25.5 percent of the market, while LG got 20.9 percent and finally Motorola with 14.1 percent, down 1.5 percentage points from before. Apple was able to snag some standing in the OEM space with a 9.5 percent share, while BlackBerry-maker RIM only captured 7.6 percent. As the battle wages on, looks like Androids, iPhones, and BlackBerrys (oh my) are still on top — at least for this quarter. Check out the PR after the break for the full scorecard.

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McAfee report shows Android OS most popular target for mobile malware developers

McAfee’s second quarter “threats report” shows that the Android is now the most popular target for mobile malware developers.  The number of viruses, trojans, and other rogue pieces of code aimed at  Google’s platform shot up 76% the last quarter to reach 44.   This out-paces the second most targeted platform, Java ME, threefold.

Maliciously modified apps are still a popular vector for infecting devices, according to McAfee.  Infiltrating popular modified apps this quarter were the malware Android/Jmsonez.A,  Android/Smsmecap.A,  Android/DroidKungFu, and the Android/DrdDreamLite families.

While Google’s approach to its OS policies offer more freedom and choice, it has similarly attracted criticism for policies that may be too loose.  The policy of allowing users to to get applications outside of the Android Market has been mentioned, but the lack of monitoring incoming applications has received more criticism.  Some full-fledged malware has reached the Android Market – butwas only pulled after it had already done damage to users.

With Android holding 43% of the worldwide smartphone market, it’s not surprising to see it become the most targeted mobile platform by malware developers.  As the attraction to Android based smartphones and devices continues to increase, it is definitely a security issue worth keeping a close eye on.

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Android has the most Malware according to McAfee

McAfee is one of the larger security and virus protection companies out the. The company has put a lot of work into helping to secure Android devices with their soaring popularity for users and as targets for attackers. McAfee has said that Android is plagued by the most Malware of all OS’. The amount of malicious software targeting Android has grown 76% in the last quarter according to McAfee.

McAfee also reports that overall it found 12 million unique types of malware in the first half of the year. That number is an increase of 22% from last year during the same period. The company notes that the attacks are becoming more sophisticated. That means that the attacks are staying unnoticed for longer periods, and thereby infecting more devices.

Android surpassed Symbian as the most targeted mobile operating system in the world. Android is increasingly becoming a target for cybercriminals says McAfee. That is a concern for Android users and while the openness of Android is a big plus, Apple may feel pretty smug in that it checks out each app hands on to prevent malware from apps that are purchased via iTunes.

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T-Mobile Takes Slight Revenue Hit Last Quarter, Loses 50,000 Customers

T-Mobile has just posted their Q2 earnings statement and frankly we’re a little concerned.  The company posted a loss of 50,000 customers last quarter which isn’t all that bad in comparison to the first quarter where the company lost a whopping 99,000.  In addition, total revenues are slightly down $1 billion from its reported $5.2 billion the previous quarter with service revenues still steady at $4.6 billion.  That’s a 1.7 percent decrease from about one year ago this time in Q2 of 2010.  So why the dip?  Philipp Humm, T-Mobile’s CEO, says it’s due to a “challenging market”.  On a positive tone, the fairly new CEO focused on the rapid expansion of the company’s HSPA+ 42 mb/s aka 4G and that nearly 30% of its customers are sporting either a 3G or 4G handset, a “company high” according to Humm.  Could this be attributed to the rapid closing of the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition?  What do  you think?

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T-Mobile loses 50,000 customers in Q2 2011, revenue dips slightly

T-Mobile USA issued its Q2 earnings statement today and, while the outlook isn’t quite as bleak as it was during the first quarter of this year, there’s still some cause for concern up in Bellevue. According to the report, the carrier lost a total of 50,000 customers last quarter, which is actually an encouraging sign, considering it dropped a whopping 99,000 during Q1, and 93,000 during the second quarter of 2010. Total revenues, however, dipped slightly to $5.1 billion from the $5.2 billion reported for the previous quarter, with service revenues holding firm at $4.6 billion — a 1.7 percent decrease from Q2 2010. President and CEO Philipp Humm blamed the numbers on a “challenging market,” but was quick to point out the brighter aspects of T-Mobile’s statement, including the carrier’s expanded 4G coverage, and the fact that a full 29 percent of its customers are using 3G or 4G smartphones — an “all-time high.” Skip past the break for more numbers and acronyms.

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HTC: Thunderbolt Getting Gingerbread in Q3 2011… Because We Missed Q2 2011

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Well, an HTC representative has confirmed that the HTC Thunderbolt will be getting Gingerbread this quarter. Doesn’t tell us much, folks, because before they said it’d be getting the Gingerbread man last quarter. And it’s very possible they could miss this new window, as well. Bottom line, Gingerbread’s coming but don’t hold your breath on a pinpointed date until you see that OTA notification smiling right back at you. [Droid-Life]


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IDC: Nokia, LG see significant Q2 shipping decline, Apple continues to grow

Well, the numbers are in and Q2′s proved to be a mixed bag for the mobile market. According to IDC, cellphone makers shipped a total of 365.4 million units last quarter, a year-over-year increase of 11.3 percent. Nokia, while still the world’s largest handset maker, suffered a significant blow, with shipments dropping from 111.1 million in Q2 2010 to 88.5 million; the company’s market share was similarly down, hitting 24.2 percent, compared to last year’s 33.8 percent. LG Electronics was the only other manufacturer to see a loss, with shipments dropping to 24.8 million from 30.6 million in 2010. Apple managed to maintain its recently acquired number four spot, with iPhone shipments hitting 20.3 million, up year-over-year from 8.4 million. RIM was conspicuously missing from the top five lineup, while ZTE landed the number five position. In news that shouldn’t surprise anyone with a pulse, the feature phone market saw a decline this year, surprisingly its first since Q3 2009. If you’re jonesing for more market share and shipping stats, hop on past the break for the full PR.

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LG turns it around, reports profits back in the green

After six months of knuckle-crunching losses, LG can finally wind the window down and turn the radio on to Seoul FM. The electronics giant just reported a net profit of ₩108 billion ($100 million) in the last quarter, primarily thanks to sales of LED and Cinema 3D TVs. Its handset subsidiary, which has been pushing into the Android high end with devices like the Optimus 2X, is still bleeding cash — but losses were halved compared to last quarter, so perhaps the wound is finally scabbing over. Meanwhile, the LG Home Appliance Company posted “record-high” sales, but it’ll have to Thinq even harder in future because profits were held back by higher material costs, currency fluctuations and greater competition. Definitely too soon for cruise control.

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As Samsung is Rumored to Have Sold 6 Million Galaxy S II Phones, They May Have Beat Apple & Nokia in Q2 Smartphone Sales

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Great, now Apple’s going to be more ruthless than ever in prosecuting Samsung for likeness and patent infringement. Bloomberg is reporting that Samsung sold an estimated 18-21 million smartphone units in Q2. This figure would mean they have surpassed Nokia, who sits at 16.7 million, in Q2 sales.

What’s more interesting is that they may have surpassed Apple if Strategy Analytics favors the 21 million side of the scale. Apple last week revealed that they have sold 20.3 million iPhones last quarter. Of course, Samsung has a billion smartphones on a ton of different carriers so Apple and Nokia’s numbers seem a bit more impressive.

Still, their strategy is working for them. If they keep this pace up, they could eventually end up being the world’s top OEM. In related news, despite no US launch, it’s been reported that Samsung has sold 6 million Galaxy S II units to date. [Bloomberg, Digital Versus]


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Android Set to Overtake Apple in the Tablet War, Grows Nearly 30% in One Year

In a move that has certainly caught this writer off-guard, Strategy Analytics’ latest report tells of Android’s rise to 30% share in the tablet market last quarter, up from just 2.9% last year. Microsoft, even though they haven’t released their tablet-optimized Windows 8 yet, still manages to outsell RIM’s Playbook 4.6% to 3.3%. Apple still stands at a dominating 61.3%, though this is down from last year’s 94%.

Last week we predicted that Android would turn the tide in this tablet war, as it has with smartphones, and Google is definitely on track to make this a reality. Truth be told, we don’t ever want to see one OS completely overtake another. Competition is good for innovation, and innovation is good for consumers.

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Android Activates 15 Million More Devices Than iOS Sold Last Quarter

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Silicon Valley is in an uproar today because Apple released their 2nd quarter earnings yesterday.  The highlight of their earnings calls included 28.57 billion in revenue, beating Wall Street’s forecast of $24.72 billion. Keep in mind Apple is in the hardware business and [...]

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IDC: Android Tablets Grew 8.2 Points To 34% Of Global Market Share

The most recent quarterly numbers have been published by the International Data Corporation pertaining to global tablet sales.  The IDC has reported that while tablet sales fell over the last quarter by 28%, Android tablets increased their market share 8.2 percentage points to 34% of the global market share. Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 still [...]

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Samsung Mobile Slips, But Not Too Much, In Q1 2011

The first quarter numbers are in for the largest Android manufacturer in the world Samsung Mobile.  First the good news. Samsung Mobile shpped 70 million handsets last quarter which was up from 64 million handsets, the same quarter in 2010. Despite selling 6 million more handsets this year than last year, analyst Strategic Analytics released [...]

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Revue Not Bringing Home the Expected Bacon, Logitech Still Enthusiastic about Google TV

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Aside from some clever commercials starring Kevin Bacon, that is. The Logitech Revue missed earning expectations last quarter, falling short of the projected $18 million after earning $22 million in its first quarter of availability. The drop-off was quite significant, bringing in a mere $5 million for the company.

It’s no secret that the Google TV platform has some things to figure out, but we have been and still are big supporters of the concept, taking both the good and bad into account. Likewise, Logitech doesn’t plan to give up on the platform any time soon. Their CEO Gerald P. Quindlen stated during the quarterly earning report that the company remains “enthusiastic about Google TV.”

For others to agree, Google needs to step its game up and deliver highly anticipated features such as the Android Market. The ability to download and install Android apps onto your Google TV box has been promised in a  future update for some time now, though when that update might surface remains a mystery.

[via CrunchGear]


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Android App Downloads pass 3 Billion

In it’s first quarter 2011 earnings call, Google let it be known that over three billion apps have been downloaded from the Android Market since it opened. The tally reflects a 50% increase in Android app downloads since the last quarter of 2010. Google didn’t go into details over what apps had been downloaded multiple times, meaning that the tally could be reflecting a percentage of apps that have been re-downloaded to replace and app that had been deleted. But even with that possibility, it’s still an impressive tall.

Google also reported that they are currently activating more than 350,000 Android handsets every day. Doing the math, that’s nearly 128 million smartphones a year. With that kind of traffic, it isn’t surprising that Android’s 3 Billion app download mark happened so quickly. And with competitors like the Amazon App Store for Android and proprietary app stores from Samsung, Sony and other handset providers, it could be far higher than Google’s estimates. It also means that the 4 Billion mark will likely happen sooner than 3 Billion did.

According to AppBrain, there are currently nearly 170,000 apps in the Android Market alone. Of those, the App site rates about 38% as being of low quality apps. Google has been known to remove under performing or useless apps every quarter, so the number tends to fluctuate. But the trend is ever moving upward with quality continuing to gain ground. That’s really going to be the key to continuing Android’s upward trend in downloads.

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Google Says Over 3 Billion Android Apps Have Been Installed And 350,000 Devices Are Being Activated Per Day

andy_eating_world1On their earnings call today, Google revealed some impressive stats about Android, courtesy of Jeff Huber, Senior VP of Commerce and Local. There were three notable facts, in particular: there have been over 3 billion Android apps installed, downloads of Android apps are up 50% in the last quarter, and 350,000 Android devices are being activated per day. Whoa, whoa, and whoa.

Given that we’ve heard about the massive number of activations before, perhaps the most impressive numbers are those about apps. As TechCrunch so eloquently puts it: "The first billion installs took 20 months, the second billion…

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