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Symbian is now officially dead

Well its official, Symbian is dead.

What was once, one of the most used OS, Symbian is now dead after Nokia Pureview 808, the last handset running on Symbian platform stopped shipping.

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This news is not that surprising as Nokia had already announced that they would stop making Symbian handsets back in 2011, when they partnered up with Microsoft for making windows devices. But there are still around 200 to 300 million symbian devices in the market and Nokia assures that they will support these devices till 2016.

But Nokia won’t directly develop and support Symbian. Infact, the company has smartly outsourced this task to Accenture. So, it will be the guys at Accenture along with the other Nokia staff who got transferred to the company who will be supporting Symbian devices.

But what made the company ditch Symbian in favor of windows platform?

The answer is progress. Symbian is a very complex operating system which is particularly difficult to modify and develop. To give you a perspective on its complexity, it took the company about 22 months to develop a new symbian device. That’s almost two years which clearly shows that the OS is not built to compete with competitors like android, iOs and windows phone. It takes only about a year for Nokia to build a windows phone which is almost half the time frame required by Symbian.

Naturally, Nokia ditched it in favor of windows phone.

Surprisingly, Nokia decided to use Symbian for the last time on their 41MP device, the Pureview 808. We are sure had it been running on a platform like Windows, it would have fared much better in the market. And now, the device has stopped shipping almost a year after its launch which brings the end of the Symbian platform.

The road with Windows platform has not been that smooth for Nokia till now. After the glory with Symbian, Nokia has not yet managed to get the most from windows devices.  But things are looking much better with their latest Lumia series running on windows 8 OS. And hence we believe that we may see better sales and quarterly figures in the coming months.

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Whatsapp denies any plans for sale to Google

Recently rumors have been going around the internet that Google is trying to buy the famous messaging service, Whatsapp.

Whastapp is one of the famous social messaging services available over major platforms like android, iOs, Symbian etc. The app has over tens of millions of downloads from users all over the world and is one of the top ranking apps in most of the app stores like iOS app store, google play store, Symbian, Windows app store etc. With the growing popularity of the service we have seen many companies like Facebook, Google try to take over the app, however, all this while its developers were able to keep these bidders at bay and focus on their work.

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A few days earlier, we had received a report stating a possible takeover of the messaging platform by Google for over $1 billion. We had no idea whether the rumors were true or not but we were waiting all this while for some comments from Google or Whatsapp regarding this matter.

And as the statement from the business development head of Whatsapp states, the rumors were baseless and were not true at all. While talking to AllThingsD, Neeraj Arora, business development head at Whatsapp denied of any such rumors and declined to comment any further. Seeing that the company did not accept a deal with Google last December, we would have been quite surprised if these rumors came out to be true.

Whatsapp’s popularity is growing every passing day and every major tech giant will have an eye on the social messaging service. The best part of the app is that you do not require a carrier plan for using the messaging service. The app will work even if you have the slowest of the slowest data connection and if you are looking to download a video or an audio file sent by your friend, using the app over WiFi can come in quite handy.

The app is available on major platforms like iOS, Android, Symbian etc. The iOs users have to pay $1 while downloading the app for using the service while android users have free usage for a year after which they have to shell out $1 per year. Whatsapp also has tie ups with a number of carriers for specific data plans which benefit both carriers and the messaging platform. Rumors even claim that it makes around $100 million per year. With the ever increasing revenue of the company, we expect many tech giants to offer a bid to the buy Whatsapp in the future.

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Windows Phone sees big gains at the expense of BlackBerry and Symbian

Windows Phone sees big gains at the expense of BlackBerry and Symbian

Alright, so Microsoft is in no danger of toppling iOS or Android anytime soon. But the analytics firm Kantar has seen significant growth for Windows Phone, largely at the expense of BlackBerry. In practically every major market WP8 has started to chip away at its competitors, growing from 6.2 percent to 6.7 percent share in the UK in just one month. Twelve months ago it was at only three percent in the country. The most dramatic ascent has taken place in Italy where it accounted for just 5.4 percent of handsets sold in February of 2012, and now makes up 13.1 percent of sales. Even in the US Windows Phone is seeing steady, if hardly eye-popping growth.

Symbian and BlackBerry are obviously the biggest losers. In Mexico, both platforms have seen double digit drops in their share of sales over the last year. While in the UK, the company formerly known as RIM has gone from a seemingly secure third place with 16.8 percent of the market to a quickly fading fourth with 5.1 percent is just 12 months. Meanwhile, Apple is sitting pretty with hardly a change to its position and Android continues its juggernaut-like assault on all markets. To see the complete global figures check out the images after the break.

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Windows Phone sees big gains at the expense of BlackBerry and Symbian

Windows Phone sees big gains at the expense of BlackBerry and Symbian

Alright, so Microsoft is in no danger of toppling iOS or Android anytime soon. But the analytics firm Kantar has seen significant growth for Windows Phone, largely at the expense of BlackBerry. In practically every major market WP8 has started to chip away at its competitors, growing from 6.2 percent to 6.7 percent share in the UK in just one month. Twelve months ago it was at only three percent in the country. The most dramatic ascent has taken place in Italy where it accounted for just 5.4 percent of handsets sold in February of 2012, and now makes up 13.1 percent of sales. Even in the US Windows Phone is seeing steady, if hardly eye-popping growth.

Symbian and BlackBerry are obviously the biggest losers. In Mexico, both platforms have seen double digit drops in their share of sales over the last year. While in the UK, the company formerly known as RIM has gone from a seemingly secure third place with 16.8 percent of the market to a quickly fading fourth with 5.1 percent is just 12 months. Meanwhile, Apple is sitting pretty with hardly a change to its position and Android continues its juggernaut-like assault on all markets. To see the complete global figures check out the images after the break.

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Nokia Confirms: Nokia 808 To Be Last Symbian Smartphone

It’s the end of the road for the Symbian platform as Nokia announced that the Nokia PureView 808 will be their last smartphone running on Symbian OS.  In the company’s full year earning’s report they said that “During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian. The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia.”

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Over a year ago there had already been rumors floating around that the 808 will be the last Symbian smartphone but it wasn’t until the earning’s report that it became official. The good news though is that PureView technology will not fade away as the company is reportedly planning to bring this over to a Windows Phone device which is codenamed EOS. For those who still don’t know, PureView technology is a picture oversampling technique that results in higher definition and allows for a lossless zoom. Photos taken using this technology come out great.

The company’s plan to stop their Symbian smartphone line isn’t a surprise at all since the fourth quarter results of the company shows that sales of Symbian smartphones account for only 2.2 million units while Asha devices sold 9.3 million units and Windows Phone devices sold 4.4 million units.

Nokia once ruled the smartphone market with their Symbian phones but the appearance of iOS and Android devices severely eroded their market share. The company’s continued support of Symbian for several years is one of the main reasons why their market share has dwindled. The company is currently trying to recover their lost share in the market by teaming up with Microsoft and releasing Windows Phone models.

Symbian started out in 1998 and was a collaborative effort between Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson and Psion. The vision was to create a common smartphone platform. Although collaboration never really worked smoothly several devices were released running on Symbian.

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Nokia 808 PureView: officially the last Symbian phone

Nokia 808 PureView The last Symbian phone

So long, Symbian. Nestled away in the company’s financial announcement this morning, Nokia confirmed that its pixel-punching 808 PureView phone will be the last release powered by the increasingly creaky Symbian OS. In no uncertain terms:

“The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia.”

The company still managed to sell a total of 2.2 million Symbian devices during the last quarter, half the number of Windows Phone 8 devices shifted in the same period — presumably thanks, in some way, to that as-yet unparalleled PureView camera sensor. We’ll be pouring one out (and capturing it in 38 megapixels) if you need us.

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comScore releases November 2012 market share for US smartphones

 

It’s always fun to look back at a previous year and see what kinds of smartphones were the most popular. comScore has released their data about popular smartphone platforms from a three-month period ending in November of 2012, studying about 30,000 phones. There’s plenty of interesting information, but it’s mostly what we’ve expected. Samsung and Apple continue to dominate smartphone sales, with LG, Motorola, and HTC rounding out the top 5. (Sony is apparently not faring as well in the States.) Both Samsung and Apple are still growing over this three-month period, with Samsung starting with 25.7% and ending with 26.9%, and Apple starting and ending with 17.1% and 18.5%. LG actually started off this period with 18.2% but slipped to 17.5%, giving Apple the number 2 spot. Motorola fell about 0.8% to 10.4% and HTC fell 0.4% to 5.9%, but neither moved up or down the charts. None of the percentages are drastic, but it just backs up what we already know and expect from the smartphone market.

Android still powers over half of the 123.3 million phones in the US, and grew from 52.6% to 53.7%, and Apple’s iOS claims about 30%. Neither Android or iOS fell in market share; their positive growth came from eating up what’s left of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian software. It’s not good news for Microsoft’s new Windows 8, but I don’t think any of us were too worried about those tiles messing up our little green friend, were we?

There’s also a third chart that shows what people do with their phones, which surprised me a bit to learn that only 28% of people use their phone to listen to music. Hit the source below if you want to get into more of the nitty-gritty statistics.

source: comScore

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comScore releases November 2012 market share for US smartphones

 

It’s always fun to look back at a previous year and see what kinds of smartphones were the most popular. comScore has released their data about popular smartphone platforms from a three-month period ending in November of 2012, studying about 30,000 phones. There’s plenty of interesting information, but it’s mostly what we’ve expected. Samsung and Apple continue to dominate smartphone sales, with LG, Motorola, and HTC rounding out the top 5. (Sony is apparently not faring as well in the States.) Both Samsung and Apple are still growing over this three-month period, with Samsung starting with 25.7% and ending with 26.9%, and Apple starting and ending with 17.1% and 18.5%. LG actually started off this period with 18.2% but slipped to 17.5%, giving Apple the number 2 spot. Motorola fell about 0.8% to 10.4% and HTC fell 0.4% to 5.9%, but neither moved up or down the charts. None of the percentages are drastic, but it just backs up what we already know and expect from the smartphone market.

Android still powers over half of the 123.3 million phones in the US, and grew from 52.6% to 53.7%, and Apple’s iOS claims about 30%. Neither Android or iOS fell in market share; their positive growth came from eating up what’s left of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian software. It’s not good news for Microsoft’s new Windows 8, but I don’t think any of us were too worried about those tiles messing up our little green friend, were we?

There’s also a third chart that shows what people do with their phones, which surprised me a bit to learn that only 28% of people use their phone to listen to music. Hit the source below if you want to get into more of the nitty-gritty statistics.

source: comScore

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comScore releases November 2012 market share for US smartphones

 

It’s always fun to look back at a previous year and see what kinds of smartphones were the most popular. comScore has released their data about popular smartphone platforms from a three-month period ending in November of 2012, studying about 30,000 phones. There’s plenty of interesting information, but it’s mostly what we’ve expected. Samsung and Apple continue to dominate smartphone sales, with LG, Motorola, and HTC rounding out the top 5. (Sony is apparently not faring as well in the States.) Both Samsung and Apple are still growing over this three-month period, with Samsung starting with 25.7% and ending with 26.9%, and Apple starting and ending with 17.1% and 18.5%. LG actually started off this period with 18.2% but slipped to 17.5%, giving Apple the number 2 spot. Motorola fell about 0.8% to 10.4% and HTC fell 0.4% to 5.9%, but neither moved up or down the charts. None of the percentages are drastic, but it just backs up what we already know and expect from the smartphone market.

Android still powers over half of the 123.3 million phones in the US, and grew from 52.6% to 53.7%, and Apple’s iOS claims about 30%. Neither Android or iOS fell in market share; their positive growth came from eating up what’s left of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian software. It’s not good news for Microsoft’s new Windows 8, but I don’t think any of us were too worried about those tiles messing up our little green friend, were we?

There’s also a third chart that shows what people do with their phones, which surprised me a bit to learn that only 28% of people use their phone to listen to music. Hit the source below if you want to get into more of the nitty-gritty statistics.

source: comScore

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Comscore: Samsung, Android Take Lion’s Share US Smartphone Market, Apple Distant Second

Apple had very high hopes that the release of the new flagship gadget, the iPhone 5, would turn around their dwindling market share being taken by Google in the US back in September.  4 months after the release of the new smartphone, the company’s market share in the US according to comScore had not increased much and Android remains the most preferred and used operating system on mobile devices.  According to figures from comScore released yesterday there were on average 123.3 million smartphone users in the US by the end of November 2012 and an average of 53.7 percent of them used Android devices.

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ComScore is an international Internet information provider that provides consumer insight information to leading companies for successful marketing, trading strategies and to boost sales.  Their newest results are based on survey of 30,000 consumers, a part of their MobiLens research.  This research revealed that Apple comes second as to Android as the most used operating system with 35% of the smartphone market and 26.9 % of the overall mobile phone market.  Interestingly, Samsung remains the most dominant handset in the US with a 26.9% share followed by Apple’s iPhone taking 18.5% of the market.  Apple displaced LG from the second position after the launch of the iPhone 5 as the South Korean company now commands 17.5% of the market.  The other two companies on the top five of the most popular handsets in the market are Motorola on the fourth position with a 10.4% market share and HTC with a 5.9% market share.

This survey did not include holiday shopping figures as this is the time when most handsets were bought and the figures should upset these results.

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ComScore also discovered that the number of users using smartphones keeps climbing and is now at 53% and like their previous studies in August, the war is between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.  The results show that Android is still dominating the market with 53.7% market share up from 52.6% back in August while Apple’s iOS has also gained a little from 34.3% to 35%.  RIM’s blackberry, Microsoft’s Windows phone and windows Mobile OS and Symbian are still on a downward spiral as they continue to lose market share.  RIM lost 1% in the 3 months from August to November from 8.3% to 7.3%, Microsoft lost 0.6% from 3.6% to 3.0% and Symbian is almost extinct as it is now in use on 0.5% of the devices down from 0.7% in August 2012.

 

Top Smartphone Platforms

Aug ‘12 Nov ‘12 Change
Google 52.6% 53.7% 1.1
Apple 34.3% 35.0% 0.7
RIM 8.3% 7.3% -1.0
Microsoft 3.6% 3.0% -0.6
Symbian 0.7% 0.5% -0.2
Total Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A

 

Source: comScore MobiLens

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Android still on top in comScore’s November 2012 market share report

comScore has delivered its market share report for November 2012, and unsurprisingly, Android finds itself at the top of the charts yet again. For the three month period ending in November 2012, Android’s market share grew to 53.7%, up 1.1 percentage points from the three month period ending August 2012. iOS was on the rise in that period too, gaining 0.7 percentage points over the period ending in November to settle at 35%.

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This growth for iOS and Android, however small, came at the expense of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian, all of which were down in the three month period ending November 2012. None of those companies have much further they can drop, with Symbian in particular now holding onto just 0.5% market share. Of course, an important thing to remember is that Windows Phone 8 had just been released when comScore collected its stats for November. Couple that with the fact that RIM is gearing up to launch BlackBerry 10 at the end of this month, and we might just see both companies begin to climb up the rankings in comScore’s next report.

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Who was at the top of the list for mobile OEM market share? Samsung, yet again. The company experienced growth in the three month period ending in November 2012, climbing 1.2 percentage points to a 26.9% share. Apple was up too, enjoying 18.5% market share after gaining 1.4 percentage points. LG, Motorola, and HTC rank on the top five list as well, though unfortunately they all took a loss in overall market share during the period.

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comScore says that 123.3 million people in the US owned smartphones at the end of the period, which means that smartphones have achieved 53% market penetration. 75.9% said they use their smartphones to send text messages to other phones, while using downloaded apps and using mobile browsers rounded out the top three in comScore’s mobile content usage chart with 54.2% and 52.1% respectively. If you’ve got a few minutes, be sure to read through comScore’s full report – it houses a lot of interesting data on the smartphone market.

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Samsung Finally Overtakes Nokia as Top Mobile Phone Brand Of 2012

Samsung has finally overtaken Nokia as the world’s top cell phone brand as it shipped 93.5 million units compared to 83 million of Nokia for the first quarter of this year. Nokia has been holding on to the top spot for 14 consecutive years as it dethroned Motorola way back in 1998.

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While Samsung has not disclosed any official figures yet some industry analysts say that the company has shipped 44.5 million smartphones in the first three months of this year compared to Apple’s 35.1 million. This gives the company a 30.6% share of the smartphone market compared to Apple’s 24. 1%. Official reports indicate that Samsung has made its highest quarterly earnings this year since 2008.

While it is true that Nokia is struggling in the smartphone market its strength lies in its feature phones running on the Symbian platform. These phones are popular in emerging markets due to their budget friendly prices and useful features.

It took the combined smartphone and feature phone sales of Samsung to finally beat Nokia this year. Global rankings today place Samsung at the top with Nokia placing in a close second. Claiming third spot is Apple but in terms of smartphone rankings it is currently in second spot.

Analysts predict that the market for smartphones will increase next year while that of feature phones will decrease. If this happens then it’s going to be difficult for Nokia to reclaim the top spot. Their current smartphone line is being powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 and even though sales have been good it isn’t enough to overcome Samsung. There are reports spreading that the company is considering releasing Android devices which in my opinion should provide them with the leverage to compete effectively.

Samsung has a very good chance to hold on to the top spot next year as it intends to release a smartphone model for every demographic. Their Android devices are available for the high end market all the way to the low end budget market. The company should not relax though since they are also facing stiff competition from Android manufacturers such as HTC and LG.

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Nokia Wont Showcase Its Products At CES, Will Focus on MWC Instead

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Nokia is known more for its Windows Phone devices now, rather than the traditional Symbian devices which made the company so popular in the first place. Since it doesn’t have a device coming out every month like most OEMs, it requires a certain platform to showcase its device launches and grab as many eyeballs as possible. So the company was expected to showcase its new products at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas. However, it is now being reported that the Finns have apparently pulled out of the event to focus more on the dedicated mobile expo (MWC) being held in Barcelona just a month and a half after the CES. This move has surprised us all as Microsoft ended its partnership with CES last year, and won’t be available this year. So it was expected of Nokia to showcase its Windows Phone 8 offerings during the course of the event like it did last year.

We can understand where Nokia is coming from when it made this call, as the MWC will probably provide a bigger platform for the company and the Windows Phone 8 platform in general. There have been several mockups of future Lumia devices making the rounds in the internet, so people are already busy in speculation as to what new device Nokia has to offer. Some claim the Lumia 950 will be announced, while plenty of others mention that there’s going to be an upgraded version of the 808 Pureview smartphone as well. Let’s wait and watch if that actually happens during the course of the event in February.

So as of now, it pretty much seems like Nokia has exited the CES as an exhibitor. Which makes us wonder if there’s any representation for WP8 at the event. Of course, there’s MWC for all things mobile, but CES has always been the go to place for WP launches ever since WP7 was announced in 2010. Nokia has a tough time ahead, and there’s also RIM standing in line to launch its BlackBerry 10 smartphone (s) on January 30. So 2013 already has so much in store for us that it’s hard to be excited about just one device.

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1.095 Billion People in China Now Have a Cellphone

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China is the most populous country in the world, which is a known fact to us all. Most of the people in China are tech savvy and are in sync with all the happenings in the world of tech. And now, according to a figure given out by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the country has a total of 1.095 billion cellphone users as of October 2012. This is an astonishing number, given the fact that 80.6% of the country’s population owns a cellphone. According to a report by Analysys, the country sold over 63.73 million feature phones in the recently concluded third quarter of 2012, down by 7.5% year-over-year. The country was more favorable towards smartphones though with approximately 49.17 million units sold in Q3. The smartphone sales have increased by 120% year-over-year and 28.7% from the previous quarter. All of this thanks to the hefty lineup of Android smartphones available in the country. The cost of a smartphone is a huge motivating factor in any market and China is no different. Android accounted for over 90.1% of all the smartphones sold in the country, while iPhones made up for 4.2% followed next by Symbian with a meager 2.4% marketshare.

The average price of an Android handset in China is said to be $219, while an iOS device costs north of $726 on average. A Symbian running phone however costs only $178 on average, but still hasn’t managed to pull in buyers. So Android’s dominance in the Asian markets continues, and we’re certain the same story is seen in most European countries too where the iPhones are available off contract for a full retail price. This also speaks of the versatility of the Android platform and the choices it offers customers. While a flagship Android smartphone will cost you no less than $700, it is the mid-ranged smartphones that make Android a success in these markets.

Roughly put, what this means is that 9 out of 10 smartphones sold in China run on Android. We believe OEMs like Huawei have a huge role to play in the massive sales of Android smartphones in the country. The company has good presence in China as well as other Asian markets, so this doesn’t surprise us. It is strange though that Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 8 is nowhere in the list, despite Nokia having a strong presence in the WP arena. Things are expected to change when Huawei announces its lineup of WP8 handsets.

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Nokia Transit updated with segmented maps, advance routing on Windows Phone and Symbian

Nokia Transit update brings segmented route maps, relative times to Windows Phone and Symbian

Nokia still has a ways to go before directions in Nokia Transit (also known as Nokia Transport) are on par with Google’s, but the Finnish crew is clearly on the right track with a fresh update to its Windows Phone and Symbian apps. Travelers now see segmented route maps that provide a closer look at key points in the trip as well as more focused directions at those crucial moments. The app is that much more savvy about travel times, as well — the forward-thinking can at last plan trips days in advance, and there’s new options for relative arrival times as well as a simplified destination history. Symbian even gets its own specific update with long-overdue support for route updates in-app, rather than through upgrading the app itself. Lumia owners on Windows Phone 8 devices can get the spruced-up version of Transit or Transport today as a regular update; Symbian and Windows Phone 7 users willing to live on the edge can get roughly equivalent betas at the same time.

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Android taking over China’s smartphone market in latest analysis

As Android continues to grow its market share on both smartphones and tablets throughout the world, one location where it is enjoying immense success is China. The latest report from Analysys International estimates Android now commands 90 percent of the Chinese market. Analysys’ estimate is based on data from both device sales and ownership. This is up from just over 58 percent last year.

Achieving such a dramatic milestone obviously comes at the cost of other mobile operating systems. iOS, typically seen as Android’s closest competitor, fell from 6 percent to only 4.2 percent of the Chinese market. The iPhone 5 is not yet available in China, but it would take some massive sales numbers to regain market share. Nokia’s Symbian system is down to a mere 2.4 percent while Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Linux systems all fight for negligible shares of the market.

Despite Android being on the verge of monopolizing the Chinese market, Google continues to struggle with its presence there due to a variety of service blockages.

source: TNW


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Research firm IDC says Android scores 75% of market share in Q3

Android has taken a stranglehold on the smartphone market in Q3, at least according to research firm IDC. According to the report, Android locked down 75-percent of the market, coming in way ahead of iOS, which had only 14.9-percent. To put that in actual numbers, about 181 million smartphones were sold, and of those, 136 million were Android.



BlackBerry came in third, although its marketshare was much lower at 4.3-percent. Symbian, Windows, and Linux, the other competitors, add up to a little over 5-percent. Clearly, Android has the smartphone market locked down firmly, and the market share keeps growing each time one of these reports come out.

IDC’s Mobile Phone Research Manager Ramon Llamas sums up the numbers very well; “Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008. In every year since then, Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition.” According to Llamas, operators, vendors, and users embracing the mobile OS is a major reason for the growth of the platform.

Year-over-year, Google’s mobile OS saw a 91.5-percent increase. Samsung was the number one brand of Android smartphones. At this time last year, Android had 57.5-percent of the market. That’s a lot of market growth in a really short time. At this point, it’s clear that Android is here to stay.

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IDC: Android claims 75 percent of smartphone shipments in Q3, 136 million handsets sold

IDC: Android claims 75 percent of smartphone shipments in Q3, 136 million handsets sold

Android devices already counted for a lion’s share of phones shipped during Q2, and now fresh IDC figures show Google’s OS claiming the top spot with a hefty 75 percent marketshare in the third quarter. In total, 136 million Android handsets were shipped during the time frame, a new record in a single quarter. Even with the help of new hardware, iOS lagged behind in second place with a 14.9 percent stake of handsets. Both Blackberry and Symbian clung to their respective 3rd and 4th place spots, making up 6.6 percent of total shipments. Windows-based phones (both WP7 and Windows Mobile) fell to 2 percent, keeping Microsoft in fifth place just above smartphones running Linux. However, with Windows Phone 8 devices making their debut, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Redmond’s numbers get a boost when IDC’s next report rolls around.

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Behind the scenes history of MeeGo reveals Nokia’s abandoned tablet and Verizon N9

Behindthescenes history of Meego reveals

Finnish site Taskumuro has produced an incredibly detailed behind-the-scenes history of Nokia’s wonderful, yet doomed, MeeGo OS. Talking to current and ex-employees of the phone maker, it learned that a tablet (codenamed Senna) and CDMA Nokia N9 for Verizon were both in development before Stephen Elop killed the project dead around the time of the “burning platform” memo. The report also claims that the company’s decision to develop Maemo (later MeeGo) in tandem with Symbian led to a developer turf-war, that the Swipe UI was cooked up at the 80/20 Design Studio in New York and the team had planned an Apple-esque strategy of releasing a single phone every year. If you’d like to learn more (and about how the original article was translated from Finnish into English in under 10 hours), head on down to the source links.

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Microsoft Allegedly Planning Native Office Apps For Android For Release In March 2013

office logoAccording to a Czech press release unearthed by The Verge, Microsoft may be readying native Office apps for Android. As of right now, the only programs that have mobile versions on the Play Store are OneNote and Lync. Otherwise known as “the ones very few people care about.” If this report is to be believed, though, we may see native versions of the entire Office suite.

According to the Verge’s translations, Microsoft said this:

“In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian”

Redmond, by way of the Czech Republic, also pointed out that there would be new versions of its Office Web Apps.

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comScore: Not much has changed, Android still top smartphone platform in the US

Since comScore’s last report on platform market share, not a whole lot has changed. The top two mobile operating systems in the US continue to lead by a wide margin, and have only gained small ground at the expense of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian. Android continues to hold its top position, claiming stake to over 52.6 percent of all smartphone subscribers. The number is a marginal increase 1.7 percentage points from May.

Apple saw the most growth, but it still amounted to an increase of only 2.4 points to reach 34.4 percent penetration. Surprisingly (or maybe not), the Windows Phone OS that many experts predict to come on as a viable contender over the next couple of years actually saw a decrease in market share, dropping to 3.6 percent. RIM continues its downward trend towards irrelevancy. Check out the full report at the link below.

[via comScore]


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Engadget visits Nokia House, walks down memory lane (video)

Engadget visits Nokia House, walks down memory lane

It’s not the first time Engadget editors have stepped foot at Nokia House — the company’s HQ in Espoo, Finland — but it’s always a treat, and our visit this week is no exception. Today we took a walk down memory lane, and spent some time with several Nokia handsets — from one of the very first mobile phones to the Lumia 920. We played with some of the more iconic models and designs, such as the 1011 (first GSM handset), 7700 / 7710 (S90), 7280 (lipstick phone), 770 tablet, N-Gage / QD, 8800, 8110 (from the Matrix movie), N93 / N93i, N91, N92, N76, N95 and finally the 7650 (the first handset running Symbian). In addition, we also got to handle some of the Lumia 820 and 920 accessories, including the Fatboy wireless charging pillow and JBL-branded Power Up speakers. Check out the gallery below then hit the break for our hands-on video. Oh, and don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for our live Q&A with Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop.

Update: That music-centric handset which uses an IBM Microdrive is the N91 (not N90) and was announced in 2005 (not 1995), and that flip-phone wa steh N76 (not the N75) — sorry for the slip in the video.

Gallery: Nokia House tour

Zach Honig contributed to this report.

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Symbian Belle FP2 for Nokia 808 PureView spotted early, pulled quickly

Symbian Belle FP2 for Nokia 808 PureView spotted, pulled early

Nokia has been tuning up its Symbian Belle phones with new software over the past few days, but there’s been one glaring exception: the 808 PureView. The camera-centered behemoth isn’t far behind, though, as a handful of users have spotted and grabbed a 113.10.1506 OS update lurking on Nokia’s servers before it was abruptly yanked. While Nokia hasn’t confirmed details of the upgrade, those few who tried the download can vouch that it really is Belle FP2, or Belle Refresh. As such, it’s bringing an overhauled keyboard with text prediction, new versions of the browser and music player apps, fresh widgets and no doubt a few under-the-radar bug fixes. It’s hard to know if the update is final code, so we’d advise caution before loading up any unofficial copies you might find — even so, it’s a portentous sign for 808 owners who’d like to have a definitive instance of smartphone-grade Symbian before the platform rides into the sunset.

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Nokia send out mysterious tweet, hints at possible Android hardware

Nokia may be dedicated to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but the Finnish company sent out a rather interesting tweet earlier today, hinting at the unlikely possibility of new Android hardware.

The tweet reads:

“Breakfast in New York on a big day for us! Today we dine on Jellybeans”

Does this mean the company is going to unveil an Android handset at its New York City event today? Probably not. But, with the company losing valuable market share and its Symbian platform quickly (and painfully) dying out, it would make sense. Instead, it seems as though the company is teasing us Android fans.

Even if Nokia doesn’t announce some new Android-based hardware in the Big Apple today, we’ll be there for Motorola’s press event. So, stay tuned for the latest coverage.

Source: Twitter


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Could Nokia announce an Android smartphone later today? Nah, that’s crazy talk!

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Nokia are holding a press event later today and all eyes are on new Windows Phone 8 hardware that we expect to see. However, the Finnish company sent out a rather interesting tweet a short time ago with the above photo:

Breakfast in New York on a big day for us! Today we dine on Jellybeans

Could this mean they are also going to entering the wonderful world of Android? We all know that Symbian is a dying platform for them and even though they have partnered with Microsoft to produce Windows Phones their market share is still falling on a global basis. They make glorious hardware, that can't be denied. Could they have have seen sense and realized that Android is the way forward?

I strongly suspect not. I think it is more likely they are teasing us Android lovers. With their deep commitment to Windows Phone and still producing S60 devices I'm pretty sure they have enough on their plate with two/three OS's. They are just messing with us the cheeky scallywags.

We will clearly keep you updated on any developing news but if you fancy keeping a close eye on tthe Windows Phone news please visit our sister site wpcentral.

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Nokia rolling out Symbian Belle Refresh with new web browser, home screen widgets

Nokia rolling out Symbian Belle Refresh with new web browser, home screen widgets

Good news for Nokia owners, as the company has begun the phased rollout of Symbian Belle Refresh. First and foremost, the OS update brings a new web browser with support for HTML5 web apps. Users will also discover new home screen widgets, and for those who’ve yet to snag ‘em, Microsoft Office and Nokia Maps Suite 2.0 are also made part of the update. Symbian Belle Refresh is supported by the Nokia N8, E7, C7, C6-01, X7 and Oro, and will also include new imaging apps that are specific to the N8. The vanilla version of the software is now available, and Nokia expects that operator and country specific updates will be up for grabs in the coming weeks.

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Apple Secretly Offered Samsung Royalty-Bearing License For iPhone, iPad Patents

Apple’s lawyers called to the witness stand one of the executives, Borks Teksler, who revealed that Apple actually offered Samsung royalty-bearing licenses so that it could use iPhone and iPad patents without the fear of getting sued.

“Because Samsung is a strategic supplier to Apple, we are prepared to offer a royalty-bearing license for this category of device,” the preamble of Teksler’s presentation said.

The terms of the license Jobs and Cook would have wanted to offer to Samsung were:

  • $30 per Android, Symbian and Bada smartphone (Windows phones to be discussed)
  • $40 per touchscreen tablet
  • Various discounts, e.g. 20% in exchange for a license to use Samsung’s patent portfolio

But apparently, the South Korean company didn’t pursue the transaction; instead it released its own line of products which Apple claimed to have infringed several of its patents.

The testimony of Apple’s director of patent licensing strategy, Teksler, once again narrated how the executives of the Cupertino-based tech giant were shocked upon seeing the Samsung’s first touchscreen smartphone in March 2010. He added that both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook requested a meeting with Samsung executives immediately over the similarities of Samsung’s smartphone to Apple’s iPhone.

Both companies are actually very close partners considering the South Korean manufacturer supplies Apple with some electronic components used for the manufacturing of some of its products including iPhones and iPads. Even now that they are embroiled in court over patent infringement cases, their business still continues.

In his testimony, Teksler said to the jury, “We didn’t understand how a trusted partner would build a copycat product like that.” He is referring to the first generation Galaxy S which looks exactly the same as with the iPhone. Teksler is actually making a point that Samsung is a long-time industry partner to Apple yet it decided to pose a competition by copying the latter’s device in almost every aspect.

Several high-ranking executives from Apple have already been called to the witness stand just to prove that its contention is valid. But if there is one thing worth-nothing from Teksler’s testimony, it’s the fact that he pointed out Samsung released its first touchscreen device in 2010. I tried to dig a little about it and I found that the Korean Manufacturer had actually been working on such technology prior to the offer made by Apple, here are three of the Samsung’s touchscreen smartphones which were released before 2010;

Samsung SGHi900 – it was a touchscreen phone the company had been working in 2008. This device hadn’t debuted though because it was discontinued prior to its release.

Samsung i7500 – this is the company’s first Android-based smartphone which was announced in April 2007 and released in June of the same year. Samsung’s adaptation to the fast-rising Android mobile OS paved a way for more touchscreen devices.

Samsung S7550 Blue Earth – released in 2009, this device was among Samsung’s few handsets sporting TFT capacitive touchscreen.

Based on the offering by Apple, Samsung could have paid around $250 million, a very small percentage compared to the $2.5 billion currently being requested by its competitor. As the battle between these two continues, we can expect that more information about their individual businesses be revealed.

Source: All Things D

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Android climbs to 68.1% market share in Q2 2012

The International Data Corporation has released its Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker results for Q2 2012, and things are looking great for the little green robot. IDC says that in all, 154 million smartphones were shipped in quarter 2 alone, and of those, 104.8 million were Android handsets. That gives Android a whopping 68.1% market share for quarter 2, and it appears that we have Samsung to thank for that.


That’s because 44% of all Android smartphones shipped in Q2 were manufactured by Samsung. True, that isn’t quite a majority percentage, but 44% is not a small portion by any means. In fact, that number is large enough for Samsung to be able to claim that it sold more smartphones than its seven biggest Android competitors combined. Obviously, the new Galaxy-branded devices introduced recently contributed greatly to this boost for Samsung, so don’t expect the company to lay off the Galaxy line anytime soon.

Android’s success is compared to the number of smartphones Apple managed to ship in quarter 2, which comes in at 26 million. That’s 16.9% market share for iOS, and even though Apple saw double-digit growth in the quarter, IDC points out that it isn’t managing to keep up with the overall market. This means that we may see Apple begin to slip before long, but it doesn’t have much to worry about at the moment – iOS and Android make up 85% of the smartphone market, and Apple’s numbers for the quarter were good enough to put it in a solid (if not distant) second place.

As is usually the case, Android’s growth in the quarter comes at the expense of BlackBerry and Symbian. Both were very popular mobile operating systems at one time, but in Q2, both slipped below 5% market share. Indeed, with BlackBerry sitting at 4.8% and Symbian sitting at 4.4%, things aren’t looking so good for either of them, and if Android keeps growing, they’re likely to lose even more market share.

So, Android is looking great and iOS is still pretty healthy, but everyone else is suffering at the end of quarter 2. Android is likely to keep on growing as time goes on and more and more people begin making the switch to smartphones, so keep it tuned here to Android Community for more news about the robot’s climb to the top!


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Android Takes Lion’s Share of Global Market at 68.1%; iOS Pushed Down to 16.9%

The latest figures by IDC indicate that iOS and Android represent 85% of the over 152 million smartphones sold in the second quarter of 2012 globally.  Although iOS sales grew in numbers, it just could not match Android’s growth – the most popular mobile phone operating system worldwide at the moment.  The figures show that iOS’s dominance in the market dropped from 18.8% to 16.9% while Android’s grew to 68.1%.  With the stiff competition in the smartphone market, it is very unlikely that iOS’s market share will grow beyond what it is now – unless they are working on a magical new iPhone that will steal the hearts of many.  iOS has maintained a market share of below 20% for quite some time now but Android has won many users over the last two years to take the Lion’s share of the market.

It is just a matter of time before Android’s market share passes the 70% mark, maybe even 80% by the end of the year if keeps the current growth trend.  The trend is expected to grow as the operating system has now been picked up by the many Chinese device manufacturers who prefer it because of its prominence in the global market.

In a sour twist, Windows operating systems for mobile is performing dismally despite the introduction of the Windows phone 7 sometimes back.  Windows currently holds only 3.5% of the market – but most of the devices in this number run on older versions of windows mobile.  Another operating system that lost its market share is Blackberry which dropped from a two-digit figure of 11.5% in the last quarter to 4.8%.  The way things are going at RIM, it is very unlikely that Blackberry will maintain the 4.8% share – unless the rumored RIM-Samsung partnership comes to fruition.  But then, this is a long-term plan and it is losing the market to Android so fast, it might be fighting for a 1 to 2% share come 2013.

Symbian OS market share dropped by the widest margin – from 16.9% to 4.4%.  Nokia’s prominence seems to have vanished in one quarter – to think that there was a time Nokia dominated the mobile phone market with a market share of as high as 35% in some countries just a year ago.  At this rate, Nokia, Microsoft and RIM will be fighting to stay relevant by this time next year unless they do something to change the losing trend.

Meanwhile, as these operating systems lose, Android wins the market share and becomes the market leader OS in the smartphone field.

 

Smartphone Operating Systems, Shipments and Market Share, Q2 2012 (in Millions)

Operating System Q2 2012 Shipments Q2 2012 Market Share Q2 2011 Shipments Q2 2011 Market Share Year-over-year Change
Android 104.8 68.1% 50.8 46.9% 106.5%
iOS 26.0 16.9% 20.4 18.8% 27.5%
BlackBerry OS 7.4 4.8% 12.5 11.5% -40.9%
Symbian 6.8 4.4% 18.3 16.9% -62.9%
Windows Phone 7/Mobile 5.4 3.5% 2.5 2.3% 115.3%
Linux 3.5 2.3% 3.3 3.0% 6.3%
Others 0.1 0.1% 0.6 0.5% -80.0%
Grand Total 154.0 100.0% 108.3 100.0% 42.2%

 

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Led by Samsung, Android smartphone shipments in 2012 Q2 surge to 68% of market

“Android continues to fire on all cylinders,” notes IDC senior research analyst Ramon Llamas in IDC’s just released report on smartphone operating system market share for the second quarter of 2012. The report reveals Android powered smartphones accounted for 68.1% of all smartphones shipped during the second quarter. Year-over-year numbers reveal the number of Android smartphones shipped in the second quarter doubled from 2011 to 2012, with more than 100 million units shipped this year during the second quarter.

Leading the way for Android powered devices was Samsung which accounted for 44.0% of Android smartphones shipped during the second quarter. Meanwhile, Apple’s share cooled to 16.9% of the market on shipments of 26 million iOS powered units. Although the growth in Apple’s numbers compared to a year ago would normally seem strong, iOS shipments are not keeping pace with the explosive expansion for Android smartphones.  This probably explains why Apple is fighting so hard in litigation against Android’s current flagship manufacturer, Samsung.

Meanwhile, stalwarts Blackberry and Symbian both saw their market share slip below the 5.0% level at 4.8% and 4.4% respectively. Market share for Windows based phones crept up slightly and Microsoft may not be far off from taking over third spot in the near future. It would be a distant third though as Android and iOS now command 85.0% of market.

source: IDC


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