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Samsung's Mobile Market Share Is Tumbling

Samsung's Mobile Market Share Is Tumbling | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Based on IDC data charted for us by BI Intelligence, Samsung’s market share is getting eaten not only by Apple, representing the high-end smartphone market, but most notably from low-end phone makers in China including Lenovo, Huawei, and Xiaomi, which has come out of nowhere to become the biggest smartphone maker in China and the third-biggest in the world.

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This chart explains the current shakeup at Samsung, and illustrates how Android FragmentaDominated in a mere 4 years 

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Facebook Figured Out How To Completely Take Over Your Phone

Facebook Figured Out How To Completely Take Over Your Phone | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Last year, it took a shot at creating its own pseudo mobile operating system with Facebook Home, an Android app that replaced your home screen with a pretty stream of photos and updates from your Facebook feed. It was a dud.

Then there were the series of separate mobile apps like Poke, Camera, and Paper that have largely failed to resonate with people. Most seem to be happy with the regular Facebook app, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger.

 

But at today's F8 developers conference, Facebook unveiled some new tools that will give Facebook a deeper level of control over your phone, no matter what kind of device you use.

 

The most important one is called App Link, a tool that developers can use to help their apps and websites talk to each other.

To use Facebook's example, imagine looking up a movie review on your phone on the mobile Rotten Tomatoes site. Well, what happens if you want to use the Fandango app to buy tickets to that movie? As things stand now, you'd have to close out your browser, launch the Fandango app, and then search for the movie again. With App Link, the Rotten Tomatoes developers would be able to provide you with a link that lets you jump right into the movie's ticket page in the Fandango app. In theory, it's seamless.

That process is also called deep linking, and it's been a messy problem for app developers until now. Apple, Google, and Microsoft don't make it very easy for developers to use deep linking on their respective mobile operating systems. App Link is open for any developer to use, so over the next few months you can expect to see more and more of your apps start playing nicely with each other.

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What you offer often tells what you (want to) control.

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Apple's Impressive Market Share Gains In The U.S.

Apple's Impressive Market Share Gains In The U.S. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

If there's one negative thing you've heard about the iPhone in past few years, it's that it's getting walloped in market share battle with Android. 

Around the world, that's certainly true, but in the U.S., the iPhone is doing pretty well. As you can see in this chart from Statista based on data from comScore, Android is actually falling while the iPhone continues to take share.

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Who remembers Palm ? Symbian ? BlackBerry ? Welcome to the two horse race (US only)

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Billion is the metric for 2014 in mobile according to Gartner & Apple

Billion is the metric for 2014 in mobile according to Gartner & Apple | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

ULTRAMOBILE YEAR AHEAD: Gartner has updated its annual device forecasts for PCs, tablets, and mobile phones for the new year. On the whole, the research outfit thinks sales of all of these devices combined will grow by just over 7% in 2014, which would be a re-acceleration in growth compared to the 4% growth achieved between 2012 and 2013. 

Mobile phones, both feature phones and smartphones, will dominate in terms of sales volume, with expected annual sales of almost 1.9 billion. But it will be the "ultramobiles" category, in which Gartner includes tablets, hybrids, and flip-form devices, that will set the pace for growth, with increased sales of nearly 54% during the year. We feel this is a function of growing demand for "phablets," or devices that carry a screen size somewhere between the standard 5-inch smartphone and the 8-inch tablet. Phablet shipments have already skyrocketed in key markets for mobile growth like China and India. PC sales, meanwhile, will continue to be hampered by the mobile movement. Gartner thinks PC sales will decline 7% in 2014. 

ONE BILLION ANDROID DEVICES! If 2013 was the watershed year for Android in terms of market share, then 2014 will be the year Android solidifies its stronghold on the global mobile market. Gartner estimates Android will sell 1.1 billion devices for the year. They also confirm that Android blows past Apple in terms of installed base, with 1.9 billion active Android devices already in use. With slowing growth in mobile uptake in developed markets, expect Android to make massive waves with new, lower-income users in emerging mobile markets, where most new customers are priced out of the premium device market dominated by Apple. (Gartner)

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Ultra Mobile year ahead... Nearly 2 Bn handsets forecasted in 2014 and 1Bn Android devices. Meanwhile Apple passed the $10Bn sales mark on the App Store.

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Microsoft's Biggest Problem In One Chart

Microsoft's Biggest Problem In One Chart | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This chart from BI Intelligence shows that Android now has 60% of all computing platforms. Microsoft's Windows, on the other hand, is at 24%. Apple is at 14%.

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Computing Platform War : Microsoft shrinks from 70% to 24% in just 4 years while Android inflates from 0 to 60%

 

Two comments : 1/ other have just vanished 2/ how does Android fragmentation weigh in ?

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There are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year

There are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This OpenSignal  chart on the state of Android is based on the last 682,000 downloads of its app.

 

It says there are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year.

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This is not a mondrianish postmodern rug pattern : Android fragmentation has just tripled in a year

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Larry's comment, August 1, 2013 3:30 AM
It is not fragmentation (incompatible OS variants), just proof that it is easy to build an Android Smartphone and sell it at least once.
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last figures on smartphone market share in the US reveal a surprising decline for Android #chart

last figures on smartphone market share in the US reveal a surprising decline for Android #chart | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For the three months ended in February, Apple had 38.9 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, up from 35 percent for the same period ending in November. Android fell to 51.7 percent over the same period, down from 53.7 percent.

The United States is not the world, but it is a leading market for smartphones. So, it's worth paying attention to these trends.

Apple has been able to eat into Android's lead thanks to increased distribution and lowered pricing. The iPhone wasn't available from Verizon until February 2011, four years after it debuted on AT&T. It later joined Sprint, then some regional carriers, and this year it's going to T-Mobile.

Apple offers the iPhone at a variety of prices on Verizon and AT&T, from $0 to over $400. A free-on-contract iPhone has made it an option for more people.

Android is a great operating system available on a number of excellent phones, some with gigantic screens. It's odd that it's gone flat. It's not just a U.S. phenomenon for Android, either.

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The Wild Ride / Fall Of HTC

The Wild Ride / Fall Of HTC | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

HTC was the first company to ride the Android wave to smashing success. It is also the first company to crash on the Android wave. Here's a look at its revenue growth over the last 16 quarters. 

What happened to HTC? Samsung. It released its phones on more carriers and it marketed the heck out of them. HTC was left in the dust.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

There are two sides to the Android Wave. Switching slopes may happen much faster than expected.

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Nice infographic about Android

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In 2005, Google bought a small, almost unheard of operating system provider called Android. Now, 250 million Android products are activated annually, and there as almost as many Android devices activated than Big Mac sold every second ...

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Is It Time To Conclude That Android Gadgets Are Bought By People Who Don't Actually Do Anything With Them?

Is It Time To Conclude That Android Gadgets Are Bought By People Who Don't Actually Do Anything With Them? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For the last couple of years, sales of Android-based smartphones have been smoking every other kind of smartphone, including the iPhone. Android phones now account for nearly 75% of the global smartphone market. The next closest competitor is iPhones, which have about 15% of the market.
In the U.S., Android is clubbing iPhone 53% to 34%.

 

Given such a disparity in phone sales and usage, you would think that things people do with smartphones--smartphone-based activities--would be equally dominated by Android.
But they aren't. They're not even equal.
In fact, iPhone users completely dominate Internet-based smartphone activities.

 

A recent survey of mobile web usage found that a staggering 60% of mobile web visits came from iOS devices, while only 20% came from Android. A study IBM did of Black Friday online sales showed much the same thing--except that it was even more skewed.

 

iOS (iPads and iPhones) accounted for nearly 20% of Black Friday sales. Android devices, meanwhile, accounted for only 5.5%.

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Google Is Activating 1.3 Million Android Devices On A Daily Basis

Google Is Activating 1.3 Million Android Devices On A Daily Basis | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt revealed the company is now activating 1.3 million Android devices on a daily basis, up from 900,000 in July.

 

For some context, Apple sold ~46.4 million iOS devices last quarter, or 515,500 per day.

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A Great Example Of Android's Monetization Problem

A Great Example Of Android's Monetization Problem | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Evernote, the popular note taking app, released data about average annual revenue per user across different platforms. Evernote has more than 34 million users so it's a pretty good window into monetization trends.

Apple's iOS platform, on the iPhone and iPad, generated some of the highest revenues per user. Blackberry was surprisingly high, but this is likely because many of them are enterprise workers (whom a note taking app would appeal to). Android was at the bottom, even below Windows Phone.

Evernote's data reaffirms that Android has a major monetization problem with app developers. Flurry recently found that for developers with apps on both platforms, Android apps generate only 24 percent of the revenue generated by iOS. App Annie was a little more generous, finding that Google Play (the main Android app store) generates about 40 percent the revenue for developers as Apple's App Store. However, AppAnnie also found that revenues were growing at the same rate on both platforms. In other words, the monetization gap is not closing.
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"Made in USA" Smartphone OS share surges from 5% to 97% in 8 years

"Made in USA" Smartphone OS share surges from 5% to 97% in 8 years | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This morning, former analyst and venture capitalist Mary Meeker releases her in-depth look at the state of the web at Re/code’s CodeCon conference.

The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner also hints at up-and-coming startups and uncovers digital trends with an array of surprising stats.

 

 

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Domestic SmartPhone OSes require either a domestic hardware champion, or a domestic platform champion capable of Open Sourcing and deploying at massive scale in what is now a totally crowded space.

Amazing to see how fast both Symbian and BlackBerry disappeared...

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Mobile Apps Market Revenue Soars in the United States and China in Q1'14.

Mobile Apps Market Revenue Soars in the United States and China in Q1'14. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google Play worldwide downloads now exceed iOS App Store downloads by around 45%, driven by growth in emerging markets. Russia and Brazil have been on the rise for some time now, but Mexico and Turkey also had a strong influence on Google Play downloads in Q1 2014.The iOS App Store remains comfortably ahead in worldwide revenue, generating about 85% more revenue than Google Play. This gap narrowed over the last quarter though, as Google Play revenue increased markedly in the United States and United Kingdom.China was the key market for iOS App Store growth, showing exceptional gains in both downloads and revenue. iOS App Store revenue in China grew around 70% quarter-over-quarter.Games remained the key category driving growth in both app stores. However, there was also growth in categories outside of Games. Tools saw gains in Google Play revenue, dominated by anti-virus and security apps. On iOS, Finance grew in revenue during tax season in the United States.Messaging apps remained a huge growth area, contributing to the gains for the Communication category on Google Play and Social Networking on iOS.
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Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows

Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Of Microsoft’s many challenges in mobile, none loom larger than the app deficit: it only takes a popular new title like Flappy Bird to highlight what the company is missing out on. Windows 8 apps are also few and far between, and Microsoft is stuck in a position where it’s struggling to generate developer interest in its latest style of apps across phones and tablets. Some argue Microsoft should dump Windows Phone and create its own "forked" version of Android — not unlike what Amazon has done with its Kindle Fire tablets — while others claim that’s an unreasonably difficult task. With a new, mobile- and cloud-focused CEO in place, Nokia's decision to build an Android phone, and rumors of Android apps coming to Windows, could we finally see Microsoft experimenting with Google’s forbidden fruit?

 

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone. While planning is ongoing and it's still early, we’re told that some inside Microsoft favor the idea of simply enabling Android apps inside its Windows and Windows Phone Stores, while others believe it could lead to the death of the Windows platform altogether. The mixed (and strong) feelings internally highlight that Microsoft will need to be careful with any radical move.

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Apparently Nokia has it already done

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Paid Apps Are Dead

Paid Apps Are Dead | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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In-app may be the only path unless you have a massive audience and can sustain ads

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CHART OF THE DAY: Android Activations Hit 1 Billion

CHART OF THE DAY: Android Activations Hit 1 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

No matter how you slice it, this is impressive. Google announced that 1 billion Android devices have been activated. Here's a look at the rise of Android.

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Breakdown by geography would be very interesting...

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Larry's comment, September 5, 2013 10:20 AM
Somebody should know how many are still active ? vs the cumulative number of all android devices activated once since the launch in oct 2008 (first phone) ? Wikipedia say that, In July 2013, there were 11,868 different models of Android device, scores of screen sizes and eight OS versions simultaneously in use.[24]
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Tablet Market Share By Platform Infographic Reveals Android Rise - Yet iPad Still Rules in Usage Share

Tablet Market Share By Platform Infographic Reveals Android Rise - Yet iPad Still Rules in Usage Share | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The iPad family accounted for 81% of tablet use in the U.S. and Canada during April, up slightly from a few months ago. Kindle Fires accounted for the second largest share, followed by Samsung Galaxy tablets. In other words, even though Android took its first lead in global tablet market share last quarter (see chart, right), that's not showing up in North American usage patterns. It's likely that Android tablets are filling out the low-end of the tablet market in the emerging world.

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Usage reality field distorsion? looks also like Windows8 is catching up on Kindle...

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More New Androids Than Babies, And Other Surprising Mobile Facts [Infographic]

More New Androids Than Babies, And Other Surprising Mobile Facts [Infographic] | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For example, every day more than 1.3 million Android devices are activated — which is way more than the 300,000 babies born daily. Users now spend more time each day surfing the web or on their mobile apps than they do watching television.

 

There are more than a billion smartphones in use around the world, and age is no barrier — teens, adults and seniors are all well represented among their users.

 

More than 60% of the apps in the Apple app store have never been downloaded (not even once)

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On average, people check their phones 150 times a day... and a few other surprising mobile facts

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Android finally outpaces Apple in smartphone web traffic

Android finally outpaces Apple in smartphone web traffic | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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Yet usage is still in favor of iOS when you compare market share.

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Android Completely Owns The Chinese Smartphone Market

Android Completely Owns The Chinese Smartphone Market | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Android's share of the Chinese smartphone market ended the third quarter at 90 percent.

According to Analysys International, Android's share is up from 83 percent a quarter prior and 58 percent a year ago.

With the Chinese market now accounting for a quarter of global smartphone shipments, Android's dominance there is driving its widening lead in global smartphone platform market share.

In China, Android's gain has mostly come at the expense of Symbian, Nokia's antiquated platform that will eventually disappear as Nokia shifts its product offerings on to Windows Phone.

Interestingly, despite its dominance, Google only offers limited support for Google Play in China and Android apps are usually downloaded in third-party app markets.

Apple, meanwhile, has never really gained traction after a weak market entry on only one of the country's major providers. The iPhone 5 will be available on two carriers, but as of now will not be distributed by the largest carrier, China Mobile. Additionally, while many Chinese consumers may fawn over iPhones, they are simply out of reach financially for a substantial part of the market.
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The Collapse Of The Microsoft-Intel Monopoly

The Collapse Of The Microsoft-Intel Monopoly | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

A brief, visual history of the personal computing battlefield since 1975

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smartphone adoption growing 10x faster than PC business in the 1980's

smartphone adoption growing 10x faster than PC business in the 1980's | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The rate of iOS and Android device adoption has surpassed that of any consumer technology in history.  Compared to recent technologies, smart device adoption is being adopted 10X faster than that of the 80s PC revolution, 2X faster than that of 90s Internet Boom and 3X faster than that of recent social network adoption. 

 

Five years into the smart device growth curve, expansion of this new technology is rapidly expanding beyond early adopter markets such as such as North America and Western Europe, creating a true worldwide addressable market.

 

Overall, Flurry estimates that there were over 640 million iOS and Android devices in use during the month of July 2012.

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