Market research firm Kantar Worldpanel has released its newest numbers for the mobile phone sales for the past 12 weeks. The numbers include data from 7 areas around the world including: USA, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. Some of the numbers aren’t so surprising, like the fact that Symbian has taken a dive worldwide, or that Android is selling like gangbusters. Some of the numbers are pretty shocking though. Two of the most surprising leaps in sales came from Germany and France. In Germany, Windows Phone 7 is starting to make a run pulling in 7.1% of the sales for the 12 weeks ending July 12, 2011. In France, Bada is making an even more impressive run pushing up to 9.6% of sales.
Overall, smartphones are booming, as we all knew. In Great Britain alone, 67% of all mobile phone sales were smartphones. And, smartphones made up at least 50% of all mobile phone sales in the USA, Australia, Great Britain and Germany. Kantar says that Italy, Spain and France are expected to cross that threshold sometime within the next quarter.
Android is leading the way with over 50% of sales across the 7 regions for the time frame, with iOS coming in second at 25%. Not surprisingly, Symbian was the big loss leader across most regions, except for the US where it never really had much market share to begin. Instead, the US had BlackBerry losing a huge chunk of its share, although BlackBerry held relatively steady in other areas.
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.
Dear, Gartner, you just don’t learn do you? Seven months ago, the company was drawing a rosy future for Symbian, forenaming it the top mobile OS for 2014 with some 30% share. Well, now it has decided to peek into the future of the mobile industry all the way into 2015 and here’s what the analysts found: actually, Android is to dominate the market grabbing a nearly 50% portion, while at the same time Symbian’s share will shrink to 0.1%. Uh oh! On the other hand, Windows Phone, adopted by Nokia for its main platform, will outscore iOS by 2.3% with a share of 19.5% in 2015, according to the latest prognosis.
The forecast – of course – is no palm-reading, but taking into account that less than two months ago, such a prediction would have seemed wildly extravagant, we would take this one with extra caution. Even more so, given Gartner’s expectations for iOS, which the analysts expect to reach a peak next year and fall down to 17.2% by 2015. Gartner’s numbers come close to those in a recent report by tech oracle IDC, which foretold a market share of 45% for Android and of 0.2% for Symbian in 2015. So with that in mind, why don’t you bring out your own magic ball and give us your predictions in the comments below?
Individual consumers might have their disagreements about which OS is superior, but they do agree on one thing: the power to choose is wonderful. But IT professionals might disagree. The divergent systems make their job of securing and managing employee devices even more complicated.
Not to be left in the cold, Microsoft has announced a beta of System Center Configuration Manager 2012, which will be able to manage iOS, Android, Symbian, and Windows Phone 7 devices, i.e. any OS that supports Exchange ActiveSync.
There isn’t much information to go on, but the SCCM 2012 overview states that it will “Drive organizational efficiency for IT with improved visibility and enforcement options for maintaining system compliance.” We interpret that to mean that SCCM 2012 will at least be able to enforce password complexity, and remotely wipe employee devices.
One might think that this is a step backwards for Microsoft’s mobile development, but they have often reached out to other operating systems. And, to their credit, they’re relying on Windows Phone 7 to make a name for itself, rather than become a success only because Microsoft railroaded IT departments in its direction.
In the very near future game creator Rovio will be releasing an update to the Angry Birds Seasons game with special levels designed for St. Patrick’s Day that includes the pigs wearing green Irish hats.
This edition of the game is called “Go Green, Get Lucky.” In the preview trailer posted at the bottom you will see that the levels more closely resemble that of the original Angry Birds than those found on other seasonal variations such as Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Guess you can only do so much with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.
The game should be available shortly considering St. Patrick’s Day is March 17. As always, the update will be free and will find its way to iOS, Android, WebOS and Symbian. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think in the comments below.
Opera is a great choice for traffic-savvy browsing, but with the latest update it brings an all-new app store functionality powered by the Appia open application marketplace available to users from more than 200 countries. The Opera Mobile Store, as it’s called, can be access right from the Speed Dial menu where it’s featured as a link. From there you can download both free and paid apps for phones with Android, Java, Symbian, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry on board. The current app count stands at the impressive 140,000 in total, but it could become even bigger with the inclusion of links to the App Store for iOS (currently missing).
To get relevant content you have to first pick your handset, then applications are filtered by operating system. While this is in no way a direct competitor to the bigger app stores like the Android Marketplace, it allows for quick access to apps within the browser. Opera has launched the Opera Publisher Portal as well, giving developers a way to get a wider audience through the in-store market. Opera claims that in its pre-launch state, the Opera Mobile Store registered 15 million users in February with over 700,000 downloads per day. The number is pretty telling, placing the store among the 10 most popular application markets out there, so why not give it a run?
Vodafone UK customers have plenty to look forward to now that both the business centric Nokia E7 and multimedia powerhouse Sony Ericsson Xperia arc have made their way to Vodafone’s web site as “coming soon.”
Although no exact time frames were given regarding their arrivals, it’s only natural to assume at this point that they’re very close to launch – especially when Vodafone UK mentions them as coming soon. As it currently stands, you can only register to receive the latest updates regarding both smartphones. But with almost all things, we’ll slowly start to see additional and concrete information regarding the availability and pricing for both smartphones in the near future.
With two highly anticipated smartphones bound for Vodafone UK, one targeting business minded individuals with the other for multimedia buffs, there’s going to be a lot of excitement for their customers. So if you’re interested in either devices, you can check out their respective coming soon pages and register for those updates.
A recent Canalys report announced the end of a long Symbian rule in the mobile OS world, but an analyst took a deeper look at the numbers and refuted the company’s statistics. The problem with them? Android activations. Analyst Tomi Ahonen didn’t question Nokia’s figures despite some information over at the Finns that their converged device sales stood at 28.3 million, but rather puts Google’s numbers under scrutiny.
Based on daily activation rates, diligently reported by Google folks, Ahonen claims that Canalys’ estimate is far fetched. The reason for this lies in daily Android activations, which have reached 300,000 units a day in December according to Andy Rubin’s tweet on December 9, 2010. To reach the 33.3 million sales figure that Canalys came up with, Android activations must have been at 600,000 a day, which is very unlikely.
Ahonen doesn’t mention anything about the fact that Canalys included the OMS and Tapas platforms (Android-based platforms produced in China), as well as the fact that Google activations include not only smartphones but other devices like tablets. These facts cast some doubt over the estimates by Canalys, but it should be very soon when other companies like IDC come up with their statistics to prove which side is right.
The King is dead. Long live the King. You got it right, folks, Android is now the most popular mobile operating system in the world according to the latest Canalys report. Sales of phones running the green robotic OS stood at 32.9 million, while Symbian smartphones accounted for 31 million in the last quarter of 2010.
The industry has gradually stepped out of Symbian land during the last two years and now Nokia is the sole producer of Symbian phones. Major manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony Ericsson have all put their chips on Google’s OS and the situation is hardly changing in the future.
Nokia still retained its position as the global leader in smartphone sales with a share of 28%. HTC and Samsung accounted for the major part of Android smartphones with a combined share of 45%.
Nokia’s official numbers for converged devices (which include smartphones and mobile computers) however differ from the estimate by Canalys. The Finns reported converged device volume of 28.3 million for the fourth quarter, even less than the figure by Canalys. Last quarter’s results are no surprise, but rather prove a trend that has formed long before. It also remains disputable whether some S40 devices with a touchscreen like the Nokia C3 Touch and Type could indeed fall in the smartphone category.
We had a leak last week that showed a sample from the dual-core LG Optimus 2X shooting 1080p Full HD video solo. Now the reviewers have matched it up against the Nokia N8, which has the biggest camera sensor of any smartphone. The shootout hasn’t been in stills, as most probably the photography-oriented Nokia N8 would have won that round, with its 12MP shooter, and Carl-Zeiss lens. You can read the rest of the article at PhoneArena.com.