FORTUNE -- There are two significant new stats in the survey results of 300 Amazon Kindle owners reported Friday by Consumer Intelligent Research Partners.
"Another way to look at Kindle Fire and Kindle e-Reader is as a portal to Amazon.com," said CIRC's Josh Lowitz in a press release.
Kindle Fires start at $139. Maybe Jeff Bezos should be giving them away.
Two charts illustrate a key difference between the two leading mobile operating systems.
FORTUNE -- The chart at right, taken from the Wikipedia entry for Android version history, illustrates the problem app developers call Android fragmentation -- the splintering of Google's (GOOG) installed base into incompatible fragments. Applications that run on one combination of hardware and software don't necessarily run on others.
Wikipedia doesn't offer a similar chart for Apple (AAPL) iOS, and the graphic MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 13, 2013 7:26 AM ET
The iPhone's October upswing came before any news of a China Mobile deal.
FORTUNE -- Amid almost daily signs that a distribution deal between Apple (AAPL) and China Mobile (CHL) is imminent comes the attached chart from Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research. It shows that even without the formal endorsement of the world's largest carrier, Apple's share of Chinese smartphone sales in October had surged to 12%.
From Counterpoint's report:
Apple's smartphone marketshare climbed to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 12, 2013 10:37 AM ET
Out of the 13% of ChangeWave members who plan to buy a tablet, 72% plan to buy an iPad.
FORTUNE -- 'Tis the season to buy a tablet -- preferably an iPad -- according to a 451 Research ChangeWave report obtained by Fortune. Among the findings of a November survey of 2,480 ChangeWave members:13% planned to buy a tablet within the next 90 days, more than double the level three months ago and comparable MORE Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 12, 2013 8:20 AM ET
In six hours Thursday, the visitor counter on this website grew by more than 14,500.
FORTUNE -- Some time before midnight in New York (1 p.m. Beijing), China Mobile's (CHL) Beijing reservation website switched to attached image, strongly suggesting that the world's largest mobile carrier -- with more than 750 million subscribers -- was getting ready to offer Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5S for sale.
"Something worth waiting for," reads the banner, according MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 12, 2013 6:28 AM ET
A sampling of the "cons" in 717 Apple employee reviews.
FORTUNE -- "All happy families are alike. Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." -- Leo Tolstoy.
Apple (AAPL) is still one of the best places to work in America, according to Glassdoor's 2014 survey. But it dropped another spot in the report released Tuesday. There are now 34 U.S. companies -- and 15 tech companies -- rated higher by MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 11, 2013 7:28 AM ET
Asymco's Horace Dediu now expects U.S. smartphone penetration to hit 90% by Dec. 2016.
FORTUNE -- I don't pretend to understand -- even after reading the Wikipedia entry on logistic regression -- the statistics Asymco's Horace Dediu used to draw the chart at right.
But even I can see that the curves representing various smartphone platforms have different shapes:
Orange: Research in Motion (BBRY), headed south
Blue: Microsoft (MSFT), recovering
Yellow: Android (GOOG), leveling off
In Piper Jaffray's test of 800 voice queries, Google Now gets the award for most improved.
FORTUNE -- Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster issued a matched pair of report cards Tuesday on the performance of the two leading smartphone intelligent assistants, Google's (GOOG) Google Now and Apple's (AAPL) Siri.
Google Now has overcome its initial deficit and is now roughly the equivalent of Siri in its ability to interpret spoken queries and answer MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 10, 2013 11:39 AM ET
Will replace a Galaxy S4 that caught fire, but only in return for the owner's silence.
FORTUNE -- One difference between Apple (AAPL) and Samsung is how they handle customer complaints.
When a Chinese flight attendant died last summer, apparently by electrocution from an iPhone plugged into a third-party charger, Apple did three things:
It offered its condolences,
It promised to investigate,
It launched a worldwide USB Power Adapter Takeback Program, offering to replace any non-Apple MORE
By Dec. 4, the iPhone 5S was available in all 60 U.S. stores surveyed by Piper Jaffray.
FORTUNE -- In early October, two weeks after Apple (AAPL) released the iPhone 5S, the device was out of stock at 92% of the 60 U.S. stores surveyed by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster.
Piper Jaffray has been checking the stores twice a week ever since, and on Monday Munster announced in a note to clients MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 9, 2013 9:35 AM ET
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