The latest quarterly report on the state of the smartphone business has been released by Gartner, and no surprise-the Android OS shows amazing momentum. First, a step backwards at the big picture shows that worldwide sales of mobile communication devices rose 19% in the first quarter of 2011 from the first three months of last year, to reach a total of 428 million units sold. Of that total, smartphones accounted for 23% which was an increase of 85% over last year. According to Gartner, smartphones could have turned in an even better performance except for the fact that many high-profile models announced in Q1 of 2011 did not ship until Q2. Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner, said, “We believe some consumers delayed their purchases to wait for these models.”
The number one handset manufacturer in the first quarter of this year was Nokia with 25% of the worldwide cell phone market. The company shipped 107.6 million units in Q1 this year, but its market share dropped from over 30% in 2010’s first period. Despite selling 4 million more units year-over-year to 68.8 million phones, runner-up Samsung’s slice of the worldwide cell phone pie slipped to 16.1% from 18%. Rounding out the top 5 was LG (24 million phones shipped, 5.6% share), Apple (16.9 million, 3.9%) and RIM (13 million, 3%).
The second quarter could see Samsung cut into Nokia’s lead thanks to the overseas acceptance of the Samsung Galaxy S II. As we reported, it appears that the device will be available at 3 of the top U.S. carriers (all but T-Mobile) although a U.S. launch might not take place until Q3 or later.
When it comes to which OS was installed on the most smartphones in the first quarter- Android took home the prize with a stunning increase from 5.2 million units in Q1 2010 to 36.2 million phones in this year’s first three months. As a percentage of the worldwide smartphone market, Android flavored phones shipped went from a 9.6% share to 36%. Symbian’s share dropped sharply from 44.2% to 27.4% of the market although the number of phones installed with the software increased year-over-year from 24.1 million in Q1 2010 to 27.6 million in this year’s first three months; that performance was good enough for second place. iOS saw shipments more than double for the quarter to 16.9 million from 8.4 million which resulted in a 16.8% slice of the market in 2011, up from 2010’s 15.3%. RIM and Microsoft were fourth and fifth respectively. Canadian based RIM had 13 million handsets with its OS ship in this year’s first quarter, up from 10.8 million in 2010. Microsoft had a small drop off to 3.7 million units shipped with Windows Phone 7 this year.
A leaked road map for T-Mobile reveals a wide variety of devices expected to be launched by the nation’s fourth largest carrier for much of the second half of the year. First up is the HTC Sensation 4G. HTC’s latest Sense 3.0 is on board and an active lock screen brings information to you without having to make even one click on the screen. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor powers the HTC Sensation which is expected to launch June 8th, as we reported.
Also on June 8th, T-Mobile has a pair of models also set to roll out. The Samsung Gravity Touch 2 and the Samsung Exhibit 4G. The latter is a mid-to upper range handset with Android 2.3 pre-installed on the device. Also on the 8th, T-Mobile will launch the Huawei E587 “Wayne” , a 42Mbps HSPA+ mobile hotspot…
Remember analytical firm iSuppli? They were bought out by a company called IHS which recently issued a report about the future of the Apple App Store, Google’s Android Market, Nokia’s Ovi Store and RIM’s BlackBerry App World. The report noted that back in 2008, trhe App Store was the only viable online applications store in a market with $260.01 million in sales. By 2009, the value of the sales was $830.6 million which grew to $2.1 billion last year.
Back in February, IHS said that Apple controlled 82.7% of the global mobile app revenue and forecast that the Cupertino based firm would control just a little more than half of all the market by 2014. Approximately 2 months later, the forecast has improved a bit for Apple with the company expected to have 76% of the app market by the end of 2011 and by 2014 will still hold a commanding 60% share of the global app market.
Still, the growth of the App Store will cool down going forward. Last year, App Store sales increased at a torrid 131.9% rate, that will slow down this year to a 63.4% increase. Growth in the Android Market is expected to slow from the unsustainable 861.5% seen in 2010 to a still sizzling increase of 295.4% this year.
The Top 5 global application stores last year were the Apple App Store with an 82.7% global share, followed by the BlackBerry App World with a 7.75% piece of the pie. Third and fourth are the Nokia Ovi Store and the Android Market with shares of 4.9% and 4.7% respectively.
During this year, there will have been 18.1 billion apps downloaded across all platforms, nearly double from the 9.5 billion downloaded last year. By 2014 that number will grow to 33 billion apps. Apple will lead the way this year with 10.3 billion apps installed, followed by 5.8 billion apps installed for Android devices.
Last fall, when Nielsen asked U.S. consumers which smartphone they would buy next, the Apple iPhone was at the top of the list named by a third of the respondents. Android trailed having been named by 26% as their next smartphone. Now, it’s a mere half year later and 31% of those responding said that their next smartphone would be an Android flavored model which beats out the Apple iPhone’s 30% response by a hair. BlackBerry comes next with 11% of the total while 20% have no idea yet which model they will purchase next.
Another survey from Nielsen asked U.S. consumers who had recently purchased a smartphone in the past six months, which platform the newly acquired handset was running. Half of those asked responded with Android. That was twice the percentage that purchased the Apple iPhone over the 6 month period ending March 11th. BlackBerry had a 15% market share among recent smartphone buyers,
And that bring us to the bottom line. Of all smartphone users in the U.S., the Android OS had the largest marketshare as of March 11th with a 37% slice of the pie. The Apple iOS scored a 27% share which beat out third place BlackBerry by a mere 5%. 10% of the U.S. smartphone market belonged to Windows Phone 7 as of last month while Palm and Symbian brought up the rear with 3% and 2% of the market respectively.
So what will we see in the next survey due in September? Will Android pull away and expand on their thin lead or will the Apple iPhone reverse momentum and leapfrog Android? You never know. Perhaps a major surprise is waiting for us in September.
The Viper SmartStart app has been improved. Besides starting, tracking and controlling your car from your smartphone, the app now adds control of your home alarm. This is accomplished by adding a toggle switch that allows you to go back and forth between car and home control. When switched to the home setting, the user can turn on or off their home alarm with one quick touch of a smartphone.
The Viper SmartStart app is available for free from the App Store, Android Market and BlackBerry App World. Those who have already installed the app need to update to version 2.2 to get the home alarm features. And there is one last thing. You must have an Alarm.com enabled home security system for the app to work.
The company behind the application has also just launched Viper SmartStart GPS which not only lets you control, track and locate a car using your smartphone, it also adds social networking and other safety functions.
We are still expecting the full-fledged Photoshop for the iPad to arrive, but in the meantime a few apps that connect with the desktop Adobe Photoshop CS5 version will suffice. We heard about these companion Photoshop apps way back in November last year, and next month they should be hitting the app stores of the world.
To satiate our thirst for image editing on touchscreen devices, Adobe also releases the Photoshop Touch SDK. It serves as a platform to develop apps taking advantage of a new update, called Photoshop CS5 Extended, which allows for real-time communication with iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices.
The first fruits of this labor are the Nav, Eazel and Color Lava apps. Nav is a collection palette for up to sixteen of your favorite tools, and you can also assign colors with it. It allows you to navigate around up to 200 files already in your Photoshop workflow, rearrange or zoom into them with ease, all from the comfort of your iPad…
If you love baseball, one of the best apps for scores and highlights is At Bat 2011. At $14.99, it is also one of the costliest, but that price won’t even buy you a decent seat in most ballparks these days.
Those using an Apple iPod get the best that this app has to offer including free out of market games streamed to your tablet for April. But that doesn’t mean that smartphone owners are shut out (pun intended). MLB.TV will broadcast a free out-of-market ‘Game of the Day’ throughout the season, for your viewing pleasure. In addition, key moments and turning points will be sent directly to your device via Live Look-Ins (no blackout restriction on these quickies) and of course, there is the ability to listen to the play-by-play call of every MLB game in progress. You even get to pick between the Home and Away radio crew.
Another great feature is live up-to-date scores from around the AL and NL including the batter, pitcher, current count, runners on base (if any). While a game is in progress, video highlights become available (we would suggest watching those on Wi-Fi).
For Android owners, there is a list of handsets that support live video at the source link. Android 2.1 or higher is required for the app, which can be downloaded from the Android Market. Owners of BlackBerry models running OS 5.0 or higher can grab a version of At Bat 2011 that does not have all of the features available for the iOS and Android versions, from BlackBerry App World. iOS users can pick up At Bat 2011 from the App Store. One last note. If you are a subscriber to MLB.TV, Android and iOS users can gain access to their account via their handset.
It looks like an exciting baseball season is starting. Anyone want to go out on a limb and give us their World Series winner for 2011? Just head over to the comments box below and leave us with your pick.
While global sales of smartphones will continue to increase, they will do so at a much slower pace this year, according to International Data Corp. (IDC). They predict that in 2011, smartphones will grow by 49%, which is far less than the 74% growth in 2010.
IDC explains that the recession is responsible for the shift in growth rates: “Last year’s high market growth was due in part to pent-up demand from a challenging 2009, when many buyers held off on mobile phone purchases.” So now that those reluctant consumers felt comfortable enough to buy smartphones in 2010, they will be less likely to do so in 2011.
In line with most analysts’ predictions, IDC sees Android grabbing a vast lead by 2015 with 45.4% (from 39.5%). But somewhat surprisingly, they predict that Apple’s iOS will slip to 15.3% (from 15.7%). Of course, they also see BlackBerry losing some ground, and Symbian obviously vanishing after it’s no longer part of Nokia’s lineup.
Their most interesting prediction, which mirrored that of one Ovum analyst, regarded Windows Phone 7. They see the combined Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile market share rising from 5.5% to 20.9% by 2015, making it the second largest smartphone OS. And they attribute this growth to Nokia’s vast production capacity.
Now that most of the country is shedding the winter blues, spring’s onset signals some much wanted refreshing change – and AT&T seemingly is up for the challenge.
Good things indeed happen if you wait long enough in the wireless industry, and fittingly so, AT&T just recently reduced the pricing on some of its most popular smartphones. Of course, the timing is undoubtedly just right since we’re already into the spring season, but customers will now be subjected to some reasonable discounts on certain smartphones.
Precisely, you can enter the smartphone realm by pick up the affordable BlackBerry Curve 3G for $29.99. Is that not enough for you? Well, you can pay $49.99 and pick up a BlackBerry Torch 9800, LG Quantum, or Samsung Focus. And lastly, you can shed a little more and dish out $99.99 for the still relevant Samsung Captivate.
Naturally, you’ll need to sign a 2-year contract to get in with these impressive prices, but don’t wait too long now to make a decision.
Research firm Ovum says it sees the future of the global smartphone industry-and the future is green. According to Ovum, by 2016 the global smartphone market will have doubled from current levels, led by Android devices. Phones powered by Google’s open source OS will control 38% of the world’s smartphone market. Ovum analyst Adam Leach says the reason for the expected domination by Android over the next half a decade is, “…the sheer number of hardware vendors supporting it at both the high and low ends of the market.”
Behind Android will be Apple with a 17.5% slice of the global smartphone pie. The research firm has the Windows Phone platform in third place by 2016, passing BlackBerry’s forecast 16.5% share, on the strength of Nokia’s use of the Microsoft produced OS. That should be enough to give Windows Phone a 17.2% share of the market in 5 years, according to Ovum. Analyst Leach also said that another platform could find itself becoming a mainstream success during the 5 year period of the forecast. He says this could be an existing OS like webOS, MeeGo or Bada or it could be a completely new platform not yet developed.
The researcher noted that Nokia’s deal with Microsoft will reduce the number of Symbian flavored handsets coming to market although some areas of the globe will still be getting Nokia phones with Symbian as late as 2016. Ovum noted that Nokia’s use of the Windows Phone platform could put pressure on some manufacturers to not use Microsoft’s mobile OS so as not to compete with the Finnish cellphone giant.
The whole global smartphone industry is expected to ship 653 million units by 2016. By that year, smartphones will control 40% of the overall global cellphone business. In five years, the largest number of smartphone users will come from the Asia-Pacific region with 200 million phones being shipped to the area. Western Europe will see shipments of 175 million handsets followed by 165 million expected to head to North America in 5 years.