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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.
Experimental engine for next Web coming to Android, ARM processors
SAN FRANCISCO - Mozilla can see the future of web browsing, and it lies in multi-core computing. Today’s quad-core processors will be quaint compared to the massive CPUs of the future, which are expected to contain 16, 32 or more cores.
With that in mind, the maker of Firefox announced Wednesday that it’s teaming up with Samsung to create a next-generation browser that will be built from scratch and will be based on a new engine, Servo, as well as use a new programming language, Rust.
“Mozilla’s mission is about advancing the web as a platform for all,” Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich wrote in The Mozilla Blog Wednesday.
“[W]e’re supporting this mission by experimenting with what’s next when it comes to the core technology powering the Web browser,” he wrote. “We need to be prepared to take advantage of tomorrow’s faster, multi-core, heterogeneous computing architectures.”
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.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – A decline in demand for PC desktops has led International Data Corporation (IDC) to lower its estimate of PC monitors shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12) to 36.3 million units, down from its previous forecast of 37.9 million units for the quarter. In the latest update of the Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, IDC also lowered its total shipment forecast for 2013 from 142.8 million units to 140.1 million units, which will represent a 6.0% year-on-year decline. By 2017, worldwide shipments are expected to drop further to 122.2 million units.
“Increased adoption of mobile devices as personal computing devices amid ongoing economic concerns in most regions of the world and consumer confusion around the Windows 8 operating system have led some consumers to skip buying a new PC desktop and monitor this past holiday season, and we expect to see decreased demand continuing for 2013,” said Jennifer Song, Research Analyst at IDC. “Samsung leads the worldwide market with 15% share, followed by Dell and HP at 12.7% and 10.8% shares, respectively. We expect Samsung’s dominance to continue for the year, helped by their leadership in LED backlight and TV tuner technologies. While the monitor market continues to contract, we do expect a refresh from expiring Windows XP operating system licenses in 2014 and growing demand from developing regions like Middle East & Africa to help increase monitor shipments and soften the decline. Additionally, the large monitor display segment above 31+ inches in screen size is expected to grow by 12.2% year on year in 2013 and to continue growing beyond that point in time.”
Editor’s Note: This week, Marketing Daily brings you exclusive coverage of the Brand Keys 2013 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index (CLEI). Each day, expect a full report on key product/services categories from among the 54 surveyed for this year’s study, including automotive, electronics, retail and technology. This second installment covers electronics, telecommunications and entertainment.
Move over, Apple — there’s a new brand dominating loyalty in the world of consumer electronics.
Samsung, which has scored well in previous years, is now the leader in most of the categories in which it competes (as measured by Brand Keys’ 2013 Consumer Loyalty Engagement Index). The Korean electronics giant comes out on top of the laptop computer (tied with Apple), flat-screen TV and smartphone categories, and was number two among home printers and tablets.
“This is a big turnaround,” Robert Passikoff, Brand Keys founder and president, tells Marketing Daily. “Samsung was always strong, but this is a bit of a switchover. It was a surprise. I guess it shouldn’t have been. I’ve been watching their advertising, and I thought it was really good.”