Second Apple Patent Suit Vs. Samsung Ropes In Google

apple-google-featured If you're tired of news about smartphone-related patent litigation, you're not alone. However, there's more to come as Apple and Samsung's long-running patent feud appears no closer to resolution today than it was two years ago. The parties return to court this week for another round of patent-for-tat. The new case presents five Apple claims against Samsung and two counterclaims against Apple. Among the Apple claims against Samsung are "slide to unlock" and "tap to search" (on a map) or call a phone number. The damages sought by each side are curiously unbalanced. Apple wants a $40 roya [...]


Ellen Was On Stage At Oscars With Samsung, Backstage With iPhone

Samsung's a big sponsor of the Oscars, to the degree that it even had this year's host Ellen DeGeneres doing a record-breaking star-studded selfie with a Galaxy phone. But behind the scenes, there's an iPhone being used. Ellen kicked off the Oscars in her monologue saying that she'd be tweeting during the show and then took a selfie. Then she did another selfie later in the show, surrounded by Hollywood's finest -- one that set a new retweet record. Both of those were shot with a Samsung, a big Oscars advertiser. Ellen never mentioned Samsung, but it was clear she was using a Samsung p [...]


Smartphone Market: Apple, Samsung And The Benchwarmers

smartphone-shutterstock The US smartphone market share story is starting to get a little boring. For well over a year it has been a two horse race. Apple is the single top smartphone maker while Samsung dominates globally and has made incremental gains in the US. Android is hovering at just above 50 percent penetration in the US. Apple/iOS is growing and has reached a new high of nearly 42 percent. By comparison, BlackBerry has fallen off a cliff. It has gone from a share of more than 31 percent in 2010 to 3.4 percent today. Top US Smartphone Operating Systems 2010 - 2013 Source: comScore These data c [...]


1 Billion Smartphones: Samsung On Top But China Rising

iphone-android-ios-phones-featured Samsung finished 2013 as the undisputed global smartphone leader, increasing its marketshare lead over arch-rival Apple. However Chinese handset makers such as Huawei and Lenovo gained ground on the Korean giant. Propelled by lower-cost handsets in emerging markets, global smartphone shipments hit or exceeded a billion units according to Strategy Analytics and IDC (their numbers disagree). According to the IDC data Apple maintained its number two position (Strategy Analytics says Apple is number three). Samsung had nearly one third of the global smartphone shipments market. Apple capt [...]


Apple Sees Record $57.6 Billion Revs, 51M iPhone Sales

Apple logo Apple announced revenues and earnings that beat consensus earnings estimates though some will regard it as a "mixed" quarter. Revenues were $57.6 billion -- a new record. That's up 6 percent from a year ago. The iPad sold better than expected, with 26 million units vs. an analyst estimate of roughly 24 or 25 million. However the iPhone missed aggressive projections of 55 - 57 million units, selling 51 million instead -- still a record. Below are the top-level device sales figures and other numbers: $57.6 billion in revenue (vs. $54.5 billion a year ago) $13.01 billion in profit [...]


Report: Marketing Emails Opened On Mobile Devices Jumped 61% To 65% In Q4 2013

mobile-devices-screens-featured The number of marketing emails opened on mobile devices continued to climb last quarter according to email marketing provider Movable Ink. The company's US Consumer Device Preference Report for Q4 2013 claims 65 percent of marketing emails were opened on mobile devices during the last quarter of 2013, up from 61 percent during third quarter. While mobile open rates climbed, Movable Ink's research showed the number of desktop marketing email opens dropped four percentage points between the third and fourth quarters of 2013, from 39 percent to 35 percent. Pulling data exclusively from [...]


Opera: Android Has Reach But iPhones Drive More Revenue

android-apple-ios Fourth quarter 2013 data from Opera Mediaworks (and its AdMarvel unit) show that Android handsets have greater reach than the iPhone on a global basis (35.9 percent vs. 28.7 percent). However iPhones generate more ad revenue than their Android counterparts. When tablets/connected devices are factored in iOS reclaims the total traffic lead as well. Source: Opera Mediaworks StatCounter shows the global traffic breakdown (phones + tablets) being 39 percent to 32 percent in favor of Android. In North America iOS dominates: 59 percent to 32 percent for Android devices. In terms of [...]


How Many iPhones Did Apple Sell Last Quarter: 50 Million Or More?

Apple logo On January 27 Apple will release its fiscal Q1 and full-year results. We'll find out the answer to a question and game that pundits and financial analysts play each quarter: how many devices did the company sell? A year ago Apple announced sales of 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads. It recorded $54.5 billion in gross revenue. Over the past several weeks there has been a flood of third party data, suggesting that iPhones sold well. The outlook for the iPad is a bit murkier. As a matter of routine, financial analysts issue revenue and sales predictions for companies they cov [...]


Nielsen: All Top Brands Lost Web Users To Mobile In 2013

mobile-web-apps-featured According to data released last week by Nielsen, all the major web brands lost uniques on a year-over-year basis in 2013. The period measured was January through the end of October. The ranking of the top sites was more or less the same as we've seen in other data. However the relative loss of monthly uniques was not uniform. According to Nielsen, Ask lost the highest percentage of its monthly uniques. Next was Facebook and then YouTube. Nielsen broadly attributes the decline in "web" traffic to the rise of tablets and smartphones. However the company didn't provide a holistic vie [...]


Apple: People Spent $10 Billion On Apps In 2013

Apple app store logo Apps have turned into a nice little business for Apple. This morning the company issued a press release stating that app store users spent more than $10 billion on apps and digital content for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad in 2013. Under its 70/30 rule, Apple would have kept roughly $3 billion of that revenue. In the month of December alone the company said that users spent more than $1 billion and downloaded three billion apps. Overall, Apple says it has now paid developers more than $15 billion -- roughly half of which would have come this past year. According to app analytics pro [...]


Mobile Market: Windows Phone Flat, Pandora Now #2 App After Facebook

mobile-apps-featured ComScore released US November smartphone metrics today. The company says smartphone penetration in the US is 63.8 percent. By comparison Nielsen reports that it's 65 percent. As it has been for many months running, Apple remains the top individual smartphone OEM, followed by Samsung. All others, however, lost some share. Yet these numbers don't include the holiday period. We'll probably have to wait for late February or March to see those. Apple controlled 41.2 percent of the US smartphone market according to comScore, representing growth of 0.5 percent since last month. That's also [...]


Report: Apple Gains Smartphone Share But The iPad Slips

mobile-chart-growth-analytics-featured Ad network Chitika is out this morning with a post-holiday analysis of smartphone and tablet traffic. Based on "tens of millions of smartphone and tablet online ad impressions from the Chitika network," the study looked at North American internet traffic from December 20 to December 29, 2013. According to the study, the iPhone saw a nearly 2 point traffic-share gain while Android grew about 0.7 percent (Nexus devices). From the data below I infer that there's no mobile traffic growth for Windows Phones. It will take a little time to see if these traffic-percentage figures are mirrore [...]


Apple: Games, Social And Video Dominate Top Apps Lists

Apple Best of 2013 Like everyone else Apple has released its year-end top lists. Below are the top iOS apps, including top free and top paid apps for both the iPhone and iPad. The lists are a mix of "incumbents" and "insurgents." Pandora remains in the top 10 (12 on the iPad list) and YouTube was number two on both free lists. The paid lists were all about games. On the top free iPhone list, social apps were clustered in the middle, with Twitter's Vine at number four and Twitter itself at 13. Google Maps, which saw a surge of downloads after it became available earlier this year, wound up at number five fo [...]


Facebook No. 1 Mobile App Of 2013 But Google Has 5 Of Top 10

facebook-mobile-pages-featured Nielsen published a range of year-end data today. Among other things the measurement firm said that 65 percent of American cell phone users now own smartphones. By comparison comScore says the figure is 62 percent. Regardless it means there are now more than 150 million smartphone users in the US. Nielsen also reported that 29 percent of US households have at least one tablet. If there are roughly 115 million US households that argues there are roughly 33 million tablets in American homes. However this number undercounts the actual number of tablets in the market. A previous Pew survey f [...]


Mobile/Location-Based Marketing Predictions For 2014 From 10 Experts

piperjaffray As we close in on the end of the year, it is helpful for us marketers to think ahead to what the coming year will offer. While I plan to do another "trends" post in early January (see what I had to say for 2013), in this post, I've asked several of my mobile-savvy colleagues to weigh in on what 2014 has in store when it comes to mobile and location-based marketing. What's interesting is that a few key themes started to emerge, including context, wearables and location moving away from being a platform and becoming a data play. Given the fact that there are five book authors (five inc [...]


Smartphone Share: Apple, Google, Microsoft All Gain

smartphone-shutterstock ComScore released its September smartphone market share data for the US market.  Based on consumer surveys, the company estimated that nearly 150 million US mobile subscribers now own smartphones (149.2 million). Apple remains the top individual smartphone OEM; however Samsung has continued to gain and now controls 25.4 percent of the market. Motorola saw a slight bump, which is welcome news for the company. Interestingly there doesn't really appear to be any significant share gain for Apple from the new iPhones. I would have expected to see more than a 0.2 market share increase given e [...]


Top 5 Ways To Use Reviews For Better App Store Optimization (ASO)

3 App store optimization (ASO) is the process of improving an app's rank in an app store for search results related to the app. It's the app store equivalent of SEO for Web pages. Just like SEO, ASO involves working to build up a great search ranking to drive downloads. One of the best app store features to help app marketers with ASO is the reviews section. Never before have marketers had the ability to see exactly what their users are saying about their product in a single place, nicely sorted by their level of satisfaction. Reviews have clear use cases for app publishers in product dev [...]


Verdict: Samsung Owes Apple $290 Million More But It Won’t Matter

apple-logo-black The Judge (Lucy Koh) in the landmark Samsung-Apple patent trial in California ordered a partial retrial on damages. Today the damages case was sent to the jury, which deliberated and awarded Apple $290 million more according to AllThingsD. In total, Samsung owes Apple nearly a billion dollars in damages not counting legal fees. Yet for both companies, this doesn't end their global legal battle, nor does $1 billion matter much to Samsung. In the third quarter Samsung made roughly $9.6 billion in profit, roughly two-thirds of which come from the sale of mobile devices. Android is the do [...]


Android On A Whopping 80 Percent Of Smartphones Shipped In Q3 2013

android-mascot-featured Hardware tracker IDC reported today that the Android OS was on 80 percent of the smartphones shipped in the third quarter, globally. Quarterly shipments are not the same as sales to consumers. However, they are directionally consistent with sales. Losing share vs. a year ago, the iPhone captured just under 13 percent of all smartphone shipments. And, Windows Phone grew to 3.6 percent in Q3 from 2 percent of shipments last year. Source: IDC (2013) Windows Phone's shipments share grew 156 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Nokia accounted for more than 93 percent of tho [...]


Google Quietly Testing Offline Store Visits Tracking

smartphone-map-checkin Last month Google announced a program called "Estimated Total Conversions." That program is intended to report or provide visibility into cross-device and offline conversions by tracking the activities of signed-in Chrome users and extrapolating that data to the broader Google user population. The offline component of conversion tracking wasn't supposed to begin until 2014. However, according to a report in Digiday, Google is currently experimenting with tracking offline store visits, using smartphone location, and trying to connect that back to mobile ad exposures: Google is beta-testing [...]


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