FORTUNE -- A few hours after Apple (AAPL) released its quarterly results Monday -- giving market researchers the only hard sales numbers they are likely to get from any smartphone manufacturer this quarter -- IDC released the chart at right, dutifully updated with the new iPhones sales number (51 million).
"Apple posted record shipment volume during 4Q13," according to IDC's press release, "driven primarily by the addition of multiple countries offering the iPhone 5S and 5C, and sustained demand from its initial markets that saw these models launch at the end of 3Q13. Still, Apple had the lowest year-on-year increase of all the leading vendors. Now that Apple has finally arrived at China Mobile, it remains to be seen how much Apple will close the gap against Samsung in 2014."
Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) followed early Thursday with a pair of charts focused on Apple's best market: The U.S.
"Apple's market share rebounded nicely from the previous quarter, when it had only one-third of total US sales," said CIRP's Josh Lowitz. "Conversely, Samsung's share decreased to under one-third, from 38% in the previous quarter. Clearly, the launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C helped Apple sales in the quarter."
The report from Canalys, which tracks global market shares, arrived just before noon:
"Android's dominance grew with the platform running on 79% (785 million) of the devices shipped in 2013, up from 68% in 2012. Conversely, Apple's iOS share fell from 20% to 15%, despite shipments increasing to 154 million.... Contrary to what it achieved in 2013 as a whole, Apple gained market share in Q4, rising from 13% to 17% sequentially, chiefly at Samsung's expense. Samsung itself achieved a market share that was flat on Q4 a year ago at 29%, but down from 34% sequentially."
Canalys's take-home message was the one that got traction on Techmeme:
Tablet shipments were up 106% in Q1 2013, smartphones up 48%, notebooks down 13%.
FORTUNE -- Total shipments of smart devices, which Canalys defines as notebook PCs, smartphones and tablets, hit a record 308.7 million units in the first quarter of 2013, according to a press release issued Thursday.
Unsurprisingly, given recent trends, Google's (GOOG) Android platform dominated the smartphone market, Apple's (AAPL) iOS the tablet market and Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows the notebook shipments.
The MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 9, 2013 12:27 PM ET
Overall, quarterly downloads were up 11% and revenues up 9%.
FORTUNE -- Canalys on Monday issued a report on app downloads at four major mobile stores: Google (GOOG) Play, Apple's (AAPL) App Store, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Phone Store and Research in Motion's (BBRY) BlackBerry World.
The news was good for Google and Apple. For Microsoft and BlackBerry, not so much.
Among the findings:
App downloads at the four stores totaled 13.4 billion in Q1, up 11% MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 8, 2013 11:30 AM ET
This assumes you believe that iPads and Kindle Fires are personal computers
FORTUNE -- Market researchers at Canalys made headlines Wednesday when they reported that Apple (AAPL) was the world's No. 1 personal computer manufacturer in Q4 2012 with shipments of 27 million PCs -- almost twice as many as No. 2 Hewlett-Packard (HPQ).
It was a finding that flew in the face of the "Apple is doomed" meme, and only makes sense if you MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 7, 2013 5:46 AM ET
The top 100 paid apps total $374.37 on Android Market, $147 on the Apple App Store
Here's a puzzler.
Although conventional wisdom has it that Apple (AAPL) iPhone users are more inclined to pay for apps than the owners of Google (GOOG) Android phones, a survey released Thursday by the market research firm Canalys found that Android apps cost, on average, more than two and a half times as much as iPhone MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 23, 2012 11:26 AM ET
Total annual global shipments exceeded PCs (including tablets) for the first time in 2011
Canalys singled out Apple (AAPL) for special mention Friday when it announced that by its count, shipments of smartphones in 2011 overtook those of client computers, even when tablets are included.
"Apple's impressive end to the year resulted in it becoming the leading smart phone and client PC vendor in Q4 2011, with shipments of 37.0 million iPhones, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 3, 2012 11:49 AM ET
Shares of HTC are down sharply in advance of a ruling on a key Apple patent suit
HTC shipped more than 5.7 million smartphones to the U.S. last quarter, according to Canalys, beating out Samsung and Apple to become the country's leading smartphone vendor.
So there's a lot at stake for the giant Taiwanese phone maker -- and indeed for the manufacturers of all Google (GOOG) Android phones -- in the ruling MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 5, 2011 7:41 AM ET
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The next contender: Samsung, whose Android phones are gaining fast
The companies that track mobile phone sales are just now catching up to the news that came out of Apple's (AAPL) last week. According to the company's Q3 earnings report, Apple sold nearly 20.24 million iPhones last quarter, up 142% from the same quarter last year.
On Thursday, IDC reported that that makes Apple the world's No. 4 manufacturer of all mobile MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 29, 2011 8:06 AM ET
Counting the iPad, its PC sales grew 187.9% year over year, according to Canalys
"Canalys today announced that the PC market grew 7% in Q1 2011, as the pad market, led by Apple's iPad, continued to bolster growth."
That's how Canalys, the first research firm to count tablets as PCs, began its report on how the market shaped up in the first calendar quarter of 2011.
Thanks to the iPad, Apple (AAPL) jumped MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 28, 2011 7:20 AM ET
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