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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. May 16, 2013 – Android and iOS, the number one and number two ranked smartphone operating systems (OS) worldwide, combined for 92.3% of all smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13) as Windows Phone crept past BlackBerry for 3rd place. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 199.5 million units worldwide during 1Q13, up 59.1% from the 125.4 million units shipped during 1Q12.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The worldwide mobile phone market grew 4% year over year in the seasonally slow first quarter of 2013 (1Q13) as smartphones outshipped feature phones for the first time. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 418.6 million mobile phones in 1Q13 compared to 402.4 million units in the first quarter of 2012 and 483.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012.
In the worldwide smartphone market, vendors shipped 216.2 million units in 1Q13, which marked the first time more than half (51.6%) the total phone shipments in a quarter were smartphones. The market grew 41.6% compared to the 152.7 million units shipped in 1Q12, but 5.1% lower than the 227.8 million units shipped in 4Q12.
SAN MATEO, Calif., April 9, 2013 – Mobile publishers such as Facebook, Pandora, and Twitter are rapidly taking over the mobile display advertising market in the United States. Where in past years, ad networks such as Google, Millennial Media, and Apple received most of the spending on mobile display ads, now publishers control the segment, thanks to very strong sales growth in the past year. Facebook, Pandora, Twitter, and The Weather Channel all registered strong sales in 2012 and all (with the exception of Pandora) popped onto the scene from zero sales in 2011. As a result, publishers controlled 52% of U.S. mobile display ad spending in 2012, compared to the 39% they received in 2011. This is one of the results from a newly published International Data Corporation (IDC) report, 2012 U.S. Mobile Advertising Market Sizing and Vendor Market Shares (Doc #240311).
IDC Press Release
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 26, 2013 – According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Smart Connected Device Tracker, worldwide shipments of smart connected devices grew 29.1% year over year in 2012, crossing 1 billion units shipped with a value of $576.9 billion. The market expansion was largely driven by 78.4% year-over-year growth in tablet shipments, which surpassed 128 million in 2012.
Looking specifically at the results for the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), combined shipments of desktop PCs, notebook PCs, tablets, and smartphones was nearly 378 million and revenues were more than $168 billion. In terms of market share, Apple significantly closed the gap with market leader Samsung in the quarter, as the combination of Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad Mini brought Apple up to 20.3% unit shipment share versus 21.2% for Samsung. On a revenue basis for the fourth quarter, Apple continued to dominate with 30.7% share versus 20.4% share for Samsung.
BARCELONA—Here are two stories that sum up the state of the phone industry as revealed at last week’s Mobile World Congress, the annual gathering of the mobile phone business. Firstly, what was the buzz of the show?
It wasn’t a top-end, LTE-enabled, quad-core processor smartphone—it was the Nokia NOK1V.HE +1.60% 105, a €15 phone. Its most notable feature—apart from its price—is its 35-day standby time. The second comes from the experiences of The Wall Street Journal. To save the blushes of one particular handset maker we won’t name the company, but it took us 12 takes to shoot a video review of one of its products. In the end we failed. Why? It took three takes only to discover we had filmed the wrong phone. It then took another nine to try to review the correct one. Every time we tried there was some button that was pushed by mistake, or we hit the wrong thing on the screen and it didn’t do what we thought it would. In the end we gave up. What do the two stories tell us? That real consumer benefits, like a monthlong standby, are valued by consumers. They also show that one phone looks a lot like an other and that adding extra functions to a device isn’t always the path to a good user experience.
When it comes to the mobile space, an important line is being drawn in the ether: that of influence by not necessarily conversion. New data out from L2 Think Tank indicates that mobiles are using increasingly using their devices – only not for purchasing Meanwhile, a new study out from ReRez Research on behalf of Symantec shows how quickly – or not – many brands are adopting the mobile space. According to the results:
• 66% say the benefits of mobile outweigh the risks
• For ‘Innovator’ businesses – those adopting mobile early – 28% use Android devices, 26% use iOS devices
• Three-quarters of Innovators have company polices for the use of ‘work’ smartphones/tablets
• Innovators have shown 44% revenue growth and 34% profit growth\
• ‘Traditionals’ – those adopting mobile more slowly – have shown 30% revenue growth and 23% profit growth
Investors may be underestimating what the power of compounding can do for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) . If Apple can just sustain its current market share in the coming years, the power of compounding will drive unit volume growth for its iDevices through the roof. According to IDC, Apple is expected to grow its iPhone unit volume by 18.8% a year, roughly in line with the smartphone industry. At that pace, in three years’ time, Apple’s iPhone unit shipments will have increased by 68% since the end of 2012. On the tablet side, it’s expected that Apple will ship 20.9% more iPads per year until 2016, equating to a 77% increase from today’s levels. Are investors missing something so enormous it’s difficult to see? Or could it be that IDC’s estimates are completely off the mark and shouldn’t be trusted?
The much-discussed arrival on Wednesday of the all-new BlackBerrysmartphone and operating system, which have been deemed crucial to the future of its parent company, will be accompanied by a huge marketing campaign that is being described as the largest in the company’s history.
The campaign, with a budget estimated at more than $200 million, will include work from six agencies and the first-ever Super Bowl commercial for the BlackBerry brand, which is to appear during Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.
In addition to the Super Bowl spot, there will be other television commercials, print and online ads, promotions, public relations efforts, events, a partnership with arts and cultural figures like Alicia Keys, a presence in social media and elaborate digital demonstrations in real time of the new offerings.
The spending will be the most ever for the company “by a long shot,” said Frank Boulben, chief marketing officer at the parent company, which on Wednesday changed its name from Research In Motion to BlackBerry, part of a corporate-wide re-branding.
Apple Inc. AAPL -10.67% recorded a flat profit despite selling 18 million more iPhones and iPads, as it spent heavily to roll out new products to fend off intensifying competition. Spooked investors erased nearly $47 billion from the company’s stock-market value in after-hours trading, about as much as the combined worth of Dell Inc., DELL +0.23%Nokia Corp. NOK1V.HE -9.92% and Research In Motion Ltd. RIM.T -2.48%
The flat earnings in the holiday quarter come after several years of supercharged growth that made Apple the most valuable U.S. company and fan worries about the Silicon Valley giant’s momentum and demand for its new devices. Apple executives predicted growth would continue to slow. The company expects revenue to rise about 7% in the current period after reporting an 18% gain in the holiday quarter.
Apple said it sold 47.8 million iPhones, up from 37 million from the year-earlier period and below some analyst expectations. The fiscal first quarter began soon after the release of the iPhone 5 and Apple’s new mapping software, and encompassed the debut of the iPad Mini, a smaller tablet carrying an equally slimmer price tag. Apple said it sold 22.9 million iPads, up about 48% from last year and roughly in line with some analyst expectations.
For the quarter ended Dec. 29, Apple reported a profit of $13.08 billion, up from $13.06 billion a year earlier. On a per-share basis, earnings fell to $13.81 from $13.87 a share as the latest period had slightly more shares outstanding. Revenue rose to $54.5 billion from $46.3 billion.