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.
The surprises were in the details:
Commenting on the iPhone numbers, Canalys principal analyst Pete Cunningham offered this free advice:
"Despite its slowing growth, Apple still shipped over 37 million iPhones. But HTC and Samsung have raised the bar with their latest handsets and Apple needs to respond with its next iPhone. The iPhone user interface is now six years old and badly in need of a refresh. Hardware-wise, the biggest dilemma that Apple faces is what it does with the size of the display on the next iPhone. It cannot afford to ignore the trend for larger displays in premium smart phones. We expect an increase on the iPhone 5's 4" display but are not anticipating a 'Phablet'-style iPhone."
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
In the fourth quarter of 2010, the iPhone had 4.2% market share and took 51% of the profit
On the same day that Canalys reported that Google's (GOOG) Android had become the world's leading smartphone platform in Q4 2010 -- with 33.3% of market share to Nokia's (NOK) 31% and Apple's (AAPL) 16.2% -- Asymco's Horace Dediu posted the chart at right that puts Android's growth in perspective.
It shows the percentage MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 31, 2011 9:50 AM ET
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