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Android hits the billion mark in smartphone shipments
January 30, 2015 | 6:25 pm

Android mascot, LloydAccording to a recent report by Strategy Analytics, shipments of smartphones running the Android OS reached 1 billion for the first time in 2014, when "global smartphone shipments grew 30 percent annually to reach a record 1.3 billion units."The report continues: "Android has become the first ever smartphone operating system to ship more than 1 billion units in a single year. Android accounted for a huge 81 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally in 2014, and Apple iOS remains its only serious threat for now." This rather puts a dent in recent laudatory reports of Apple's sales numbers, claiming that Google...

Latest Xiaomi sales figures push Apple even further behind
January 5, 2015 | 10:25 am

Redmi 2 The recent sales numbers from Huawei which suggested that Apple is in fact facing far tougher competitive pressures in pushing out the iPhone 6 and its ilk than others have implied have been further reinforced by Xiaomi's latest official full-year figures on sales. Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's Vice President of International, tweeted that the company had 61.1 million phones sold, an 135 per cent year-on-year increase, and nearly $12 billion in revenue in 2014. That surpasses the Chinese smartphone maker's own 60 million target and indicates that its growth plans are well on track. They also look very convincing when set against the...

Did Apple dominate Christmas?
December 31, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Quite a few stories have been doing the rounds lately of how Apple dominated mobile device activations, app purchases, and starts this Christmas, most of them traceable to a report from analytics firm Flurry, entitled "Apple and Apps Dominated Christmas 2014." And while I don't necessarily doubt its stats, I do wonder about its conclusions. For one thing, Flurry's review period that provided the basis for the key claim, that 51.3 percent of device activations worldwide for the Christmas period were Apple machines, was December 19th-25th. Now, of course that is going to cover Christmas Day itself, but is that really...

IDC shows smartphone shipments, revenue growth slowing as markets mature
December 3, 2014 | 2:28 pm

IDC_logoThe latest global mobile phone market forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC,) the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, headlined "Worldwide Smartphone Growth Forecast to Slow from a Boil to a Simmer as Prices Drop and Markets Mature," points to worldwide smartphone shipments reaching "a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013." That impressive growth rate, however, is due to halve during 2015, with IDC predicting "1.4 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2015 for a 12.2% year-over-year growth rate. Slower annual growth continues throughout the forecast with unit shipments approaching 1.9 billion units...

Apple, eat this: Google snatches BrandZ brand crown
May 22, 2014 | 10:25 am

I'm an Android fanboy. You noticed? I just can't resist the urge to knock holes in the brickwork of walled gardens, and short-circuit reality distortion fields. Not to mention losing trust over anti-trust convictions. So when I see news that Google has knocked Apple off the top slot in the Millward Brown BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking, it makes me come over all warm and fuzzy. According to Millward Brown's own communication on the subject, "Google has overtaken Apple to become the world’s most valuable global brand in the 2014 BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand ranking,...

Latest Android numbers show no fragging fragmentation
January 13, 2014 | 10:32 am

androidThe latest figures on Android OS version usage and Android device screen size from the Google Developer Dashboards, "collected during a 7-day period ending on January 8, 2014," show that the oft-cited myth of Android platform fragmentation, often used as a pretext for preferring iOS, is ever more a thing of the past. And given the very well-informed complaints around the latest version of iOS, and features on the various sizes of iPad, and problems with Apple TV and other gadgets, it's also a myth that Apple devices don't suffer from fragmentation. (Warner Crocker: "I don’t buy the apologists who...

CONTEXT data shows Android tablets leading Europe, iPads slipping
July 18, 2013 | 11:00 am

tabletsThe latest data report from London-headquartered tech sales and pricing research firm CONTEXT shows tablets holding up the otherwise declining consumer PC distribution business across Western Europe —but specifically, Android tablets. According to the CONTEXT figures, sales of tablets rose 137 percent in the first half of 2013, with low-end Android devices leading that trend. "In the consumer segment, while the iPad remains a popular choice, we have seen tablet demand steadily driven by low end Android offerings”, said Marie Christine Pygott, Senior Analyst at CONTEXT. “The increasing availability of attractively priced Android systems means consumers can easily buy a tablet as an...

Get your 7-inch 16GB Kindle Fire HD today
September 14, 2012 | 12:38 pm

By Jeremy Hill | for the Technology Tell network               Orders for the 16GB version of the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD for $199 are being accepted by Amazon today. This is the first version of the Kindle Fire HD to ship to customers, and if you happen to be one of the many who pre-ordered the device, you can probably expect it to arrive on your doorstep at some point today. Although the screen size is the same as the original Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HD has a 1280 × 800 pixel display (same as the Nexus 7). It’s built on Android 4.0, is powered...

How successful are Android tablets, really?
August 11, 2012 | 1:08 pm

Mike Cane over at The Digital Reader has a great post about the recent release by Samsung of their tablet sales figures. In short, it's grim news for anybody who isn't Apple: to their 5.7 million iPads, Samsung has sold just 37,000. So, what's the problem? From the article: "All this time we’ve heard from 'industry pundets' [sic] how Android is gaining market share against—or passed the market share of—iPhone. And that was going to translate into Android putting a bullet into the head of the iPad too ... the point I’m making here is that with Android, there is no overlap...

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