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 [...]


The “Real Reason” Google Sold Motorola To Lenovo

Google Motorola In the wake of yesterday's Reuters story and later confirmation of the $2.91 billion sale of Google's Motorola hardware unit to Lenovo there were many theories presented about why the deal happened. Here is a summary of those theories and ideas: Google is simply "cutting its loses" and recovering what money it can on a generally bad deal (perhaps save the patents) Google wants the best for Motorola and Lenovo is a better home for the unit Google is "making peace" with Samsung, its most important Android partner, by no longer being a direct competitor Google is appeasing European regu [...]


Google Selling Motorola Handset Business To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion

google-g-logo-2012 Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in late 2011 and is apparently going to sell it to Lenovo for billions less than that. Reuters is reporting that Google and the Chinese computer maker are in talks to transfer the Motorola business for roughly $3 billion. [Update: The deal has now been officially confirmed. More in the postscript below.] According to Reuters at least some of the patent portfolio, which has proven less valuable than Google anticipated, is part of the transaction. Reuters says that a deal is imminent and an announcement could come as early as today. In A [...]


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 [...]


Samsung And Google Sign Patent Deal, Will It Help End The Madness?

android-mascot-featured According to a statement yesterday, Samsung and Google have "furthered their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas." The agreement covers existing patents and those filed over the course of the next decade. It's being hailed by some as a breakthrough. However that remains to be seen. Unless or until Apple and Microsoft/Nokia enter into similar agreements we can expect the global patent litigation frenzy to continue. The agreement is really no surprise. Google and Samsung are close par [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Galaxy S3 And 10″ Tablets Dominate Samsung-Android Traffic

Galaxy S3 Android is the world's dominant smartphone operating system; and Samsung is the dominant Android handset maker. In North America the Samsung devices that generate the most traffic are the Galaxy S3 handset and the 10-inch Galaxy tablet. These data come from ad network Chitika, which analyzed "tens of millions of [North American] Samsung smartphone- and tablet-based online ad impressions" in December. According to the Chitika data, the Galaxy S3 generates a full third of Samsung-Android handset traffic. That's followed by the Galaxy S4, roughly 10 points behind. North American Samsung-An [...]


What 2014 Holds For Mobile Marketing: 5 Predictions

2014 mobile predictions It's that time again. That's right, I'm talking about 2014 mobile marketing prediction time. A few weeks ago, I asked some of my smart friends in the mobile/location-based marketing space for their 2014 predictions. As promised, in this month's column, I am delivering a few of my own. If you want to look at last year's predictions, you can keep me honest (and see some of the stats for the space). To that end, I'm kicking off this post with additional current stats to set context around my 2014 predictions. Key Mobile/Social Statistics Global mobile subscriptions: 6,587.4 million (I [...]


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 [...]


Google Announces Open Auto Alliance To Bring Android Into The “Connected Car”

android-mascot-featured Echoing its early "Open Handset Alliance" to promote Android development and adoption, Google and a number of car makers this morning announced the "Open Automotive Alliance" (OAA). The objective is to build Android into the "connected car." Members of the OAA currently include Audi, GM, Hyundai and NVIDIA. In June 2012, Apple announced partnerships with a number of car manufacturers including BMW, GM, Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi, Land Rover, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda to incorporate "eyes free" Siri-compatibility into the car. However, the OAA is more sweeping and ambitious than Apple's in [...]


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’s iOS Trumps Google’s Android On Christmas With 5X More Sales Driven Through iOS Devices

iphone-android-ios-phones-featured Business Insider reports that IBM released numbers over Christmas showing how iOS drove five-times more mobile commerce sales than Android. In addition, iOS users spent nearly twice as much as Android users on a per-order average. Finally, iOS users drove more traffic in general to sites, compared to Android. Here is the breakdown on the numbers we have access to: iOS 5X Android in Online Sales: As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23 percent vs. 4.6 percent for Android. iOS 2X Android on Per Order Value: On average, iOS use [...]


Top Apps Vary From Apple To Google To Amazon’s App Store

smartphone-shutterstock Earlier today, Apple published its list of top paid and free apps for 2013. Yesterday Nielsen reported its top US smartphone apps list (Android + iPhone). Now comes Distimo's "year in review" global ranking of apps, which also includes Amazon's tablet-only app store. What's striking is how different the app lists are from one another. For example there are only three apps common to all of the free lists: Candy Crush, Temple Run and Facebook. And only Minecraft and Where's My Water are present on all three paid app lists according to Distimo. Some of the discrepancies can probably be exp [...]


Study: iOS Remains Less Fragmented Than Android

iOS share by version Data from Google and Chitika show that, despite improvements, the Android ecosystem is still more fragmented than iOS. Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and its younger sibling, KitKat, combine for just under 56 percent of all Android devices in the market. However KitKit is on just 1.1 percent of Android devices. Jelly Bean is thus the single most common version of Android in the market. In contrast, roughly 90 percent of Apple device users are on iOS 6 or 7, and roughly three-fourths (74.1 percent) on iOS7. Source: Chitika What's interesting is that nearly a quarter (24.1 percent) of And [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


5 Reasons QR Codes May Not Be As Dead As We Think

qrcodes It's always difficult to admit when you are wrong about something, especially when you have spent a lot of time publicly railing against it. In this case, while I'm not quite going so far as to admit that I'm wrong about the death of the QR code (I waxed poetically about this several months ago), I am willing to take another look at the technology. In fairness to my original assertion that QR codes were dead, I was clear to pin a majority of blame on marketers and their misuse of QR codes versus the technology itself. I also spelled out several reasons why QR codes hadn't succeeded. [...]


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 [...]


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