Apple's iPhone Continues To Show Strong Growth In The U.S., Samsung And Android Adoption Slow
Apple's trajectory in the U.S. smartphone market over the past little while has been an upwards one, with the company gaining more and more iPhone subscribers every month. During the three month period covering November 2012 to February 2013, Apple added 8.9 million new iPhone subscribers, while Android as a platform in total added only 2.9 million. That means Apple's share of the total smartphone subscriber base in the U.S. grew to 38.9 percent from 35 percent, while Android's dropped from 53.7 to 51.7 percent.
Samsung Expects 1Q2013 Earnings Of $7.7B, Up 53% Thanks To Smartphone Sales
Samsung said that it expects to post first quarter operating profit of about 8.7 trillion won ($7.7 billion USD), up 53 percent from the 5.7 trillion won operating profit it earned a year earlier. The South Korean tech giant also said that its sales likely rose to between 51 trillion won and 53 trillion won from 45.3 trillion won a year earlier. Sales of its more than 30 smartphones models helped increase shipments to a record high in the first quarter despite the post-holiday shopping slump that hit rival Apple. Five analysts cited by Reuters said that Samsung likely shipped 68 million to 70 million smartphones, up from 63 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. In comparison, iPhone shipments likely fell 30 percent to the 30 million range from 47.8 million in the fourth quarter, the analysts said. Earnings have grown on sales of the Galaxy S and Note series, but analyst Lee Sun-tae of NH Investment & Securities told Reuters that Samsung will probably begin to rely increasingly on mid-tier ...
Samsung Grows An Ego
For the first time in the six years of the iPhone’s life, Apple seems to be going on the defensive, and with good reason. Apple’s global marketshare is slowly shrinking alongside the growth of Android, and Samsung is leading the way as smartphone king, shipping over 50 million Galaxy S IIIs since the phone launched. And remember, that’s just one of dozens of phones Samsung launches on the Android OS every year. The Samsung Galaxy S4, the latest generation of Samsung’s flagship series, was debuted on Thursday, March 14. It was quite the spectacle. Two days later, Apple erected the “Why iPhone” page, which lists all the reasons why the iPhone 5 is better and everything else is… well, not. The “Why iPhone” page talks about how the A6 chip and the iPhone 5 battery were carefully crafted by “Apple Scientists” to offer lots of power without sacrificing battery life, as opposed to “settling for a large, off-the-shelf option,” like competitors. “Why iPhone” also mentions ...
Google Anxiety, Samsung’s Long Shadow And The Motorola Hedge
Android got a late start compared to Apple's iOS in the worldwide smartphone battle, but it eventually grew to accomplish a larger worldwide market share, and it did so largely on the back of a single champion: Samsung. Samsung's Galaxy line has become to Android what the iPhone is to iOS, despite hardware and software coming from completely distinct companies. But Google very specifically didn't sign up to be a one horse kind of cowboy, and as such it makes sense for the search giant to be somewhat fearful of Samsung's growing influence, as the WSJ reports.
The Post Post-PC Era: Will Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon Or Microsoft Win?
Editor’s note: Peter Relan is a former developer and Oracle’s former VP of Internet Division, a serial entrepreneur since 1998, and a Silicon Valley angel investor. Relan founded YouWeb Incubator in 2007, spinning out a string of successful mobile and gaming companies. Follow him on Twitter @prelan. Even before Apple’s 10 percent stock dip, it was clear that one battle was already over. Put down your arms – Android has won the smartphone OS marketshare war. The competitive drama of the smartphone battle has already unfolded to a large extent and is well understood: Android dominates unit shipment volumes, while iPhone dominates profits associated with smartphones. It may seem like too early a claim, but history tells us Google’s Android distribution model puts the large part of the smartphone market in its corner. No other OS has seen a reversal of fortune this late in the game (think Windows in the early ’90s and Nokia with feature phones in the early aughts). And yet, many ...