Samsung was able to take advantage of the release of a new iPhone in order to take the title of world’s best-selling smartphone for Q3 of 2012. The Samsung Galaxy S3 sold 18 million units for the quarter in comparison to the iPhone 4S, which moved 16.2 million. This equates to a 10.7 percent share of the global smartphone market for the GS3 compared to the 9.7 percent of the iPhone 4S. While I hate to burst the bubble of fellow Android enthusiasts, however, it’s worth diving deeper into the statistics.
Apple’s courtroom troubles cast gloomy shadow on a day that should’ve been remembered for the launch of the iPad mini.
Apple fought in court against Mexican telecom iFone over similarly sounding names. Arrogance or ignorance, Apple didn’t have much of case there, as the iFone trademark was registered four years before the first records of the iPhone name.
With strong summer releases from Android OEMs and Apple only shipping the iPhone 5 at the end of Q3, the result was by far Android’s strongest showing yet according to IDC. The “market intelligence” company that supplies us with one of the frequently used measures of smartphone market share says that 136 million Android handsets were shipped last quarter, accounting for a whopping 75% of all smartphones.
Apple’s iOS came in a distant second last quarter, accounting for 14.9% of smartphones on the strength of 26.9 million units shipped. Presumably Apple’s numbers will improve substantially in Q4 of this year. The same can’t be said for BlackBerry and Symbian, which saw continued losses in market share this year. RIM’s international market share dropped precipitously to just 4.3%, and will almost certainly fall further in Q4, since RIM has pegged early 2013 as the launch date for their new BB10 devices. Symbian devices fell even further to 2.3% of smartphones shipped in Q3, and IDC notes that all major Symbian OEMs are transitioning away from the mobile OS and expects Symbian shipments to end sometime next year.
Apple (AAPL) missed Wall Street’s estimates last week when it posted results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, but it still managed a record profit of $8.2 billion thanks largely to the popularity of its iPhone lineup. The new iPhone 5 became the fastest-selling smartphone of all time when Apple sold more than 5 million of them during the device’s debut weekend, and iPhone sales for the quarter came in at 26.9 million units. As impressive as that figure is, it’s nothing compared to what we can seemingly expect from Apple in fiscal 2013.
Android has grown its share almost all over the globe and remains theworld’s most popular operating system, according to the latest report by UK-based analysts from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
The Kantar report focuses on the state of the mobile market in the United States, the UK and Europe as a whole in the third quarter of 2012.
So what are the numbers? Android leads in the United States, but with less. Its commanding 66.4% share has shrunken down to 57.5%, cannibalized by the growth of the iPhone which now has a 35.7% share. Interestingly, RIM has now become less popular than Windows Phone, but both have a very marginal sub-3% representation in the States.
Google on Monday introduced a new Nexus 4 smartphone to take on Apple’s iPhone 5, a 10-inch iPad competitor named the Nexus 10, and launched a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet with cellular data connectivity.
The trio of new products all run Android 4.2, what the company called a “new flavor” of its mobile operating system code-named Jelly Bean.
The products were initially planned to be unveiled at a media event in New York, but Hurricane Sandy prompted the search company to cancel its media presentation. As such, the new products were simply unveiled via a press release on Monday.
Apple’s quick global rollout of the iPhone 5 is set to continue in a week, when it will debut in India, Greece, Mexico and a number of other countries.
The publication also revealed that Apple started billing content through iTunes and the App Store in the Indian rupee currency. Previously, the billing was done in U.S. dollars.
The change is expected to be a benefit for developers in India, as users will be more likely to download content from the App Store in their native currency.