Mixed results from a 12-week Kantar Group snapshot of the walk-up to Christmas
The launch of the iPhone 4S lifted Apple's (AAPL) share of the smartphone market rather dramatically the U.S., the U.K. and Australia between early September and the end of November.
But Apple lost ground just as dramatically against less-expensive Google (GOOG) Android phones on the economically troubled continent, according to results released Thursday by the Kantar Group, a research firm based in London.
The iPhone's share of individual smartphone markets, as measured by Kantar and reported by Reuters:
"The French market is showing increasing signs of price sensitivity," Kantar's Dominic Sunnebo told Reuters. In Germany, Android's market share hit 61% in Kantar's 12-week study period, led by sales of the Samsung Galaxy S II.
Losing Europe would pretty much end Nokia's run as the world's leading mobile OS.
The Android news lately is starting to feel like the end of a game of Risk. First North America falls, then Asia, now Europe. Bloomberg quotes IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo who thinks Android is poised to own 2011 in Europe.
"The iPhone was last year's hot device and now people are looking for something different," said Jeronimo, who MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 29, 2010 4:11 PM ET
Apple scored its biggest gains in government, big business and the European home market
Given the Mac's tiny share of the worldwide PC market -- roughly 3.5% as of June -- Apple (AAPL) has a lot of room to grow. And grow it did in the second quarter, as a note to clients issued Monday by Needham's Charlie Wolf makes clear.
Using IDC's numbers for calendar Q2, Wolf takes a close look MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 23, 2010 7:38 AM ET
The company's doing just fine, but it has had to pull back in some regions after regulation and competition made it tough to do business there.
by Laura Rich, contributor
After a few years in France, Liberty Global (LBTYA) pulled up stakes and left. In South America, it retreated from seven countries down to one. "We realized it was never going to go our way," said Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries.
On MOREJul 24, 2010 10:45 AM ET
Vodafone will sell the iconic 'Google phone' for free with a £35 ($54)/month service plan starting on April 30th.
Android fans in the UK will now be able to get their hands on a flagship Android phone at the end of this month, according to a press release by Vodafone. Plans start at £25 per month and contract terms vary from 18- to 24-months.
The phone is likely identical hardware MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 26, 2010 12:20 PM ET
Signs of "crazy interest" in Steve Jobs' tablet computer in Scandinavia, Europe and Asia
Could enthusiasm for the iPad be even greater overseas than it is in the U.S.?
Exhibit A: Two Apple (AAPL) resellers in Norway have been overwhelmed by eager buyers whose pre-orders exceeded expected supply in less than a week.
"It's been a crazy interest and demand for Apple's latest creation, iPad," reads the website of Eplehuset (Apple House), a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 10, 2010 9:24 AM ET
There's a theory favored by savvy Apple watchers that the first generation iPhone -- greeted with such hoopla last year -- was not actually the real thing.
That iPhone -- the one that hundreds of thousands of Americans queued up to buy for up to $599 apiece, the one that Time magazine named the Invention of the Year, the one that six million people purchased before Apple finally stopped making them in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 9, 2008 7:31 AM ET
Even as Canada's Rogers Communications and Germany's T-Mobile compete to offer the worst voice and data plans for the iPhone 3G, Hutchison Global Communications on Monday unveiled what may be the best.
Hutchison (HTX), which stuck a deal with Apple (AAPL) in May to bring the iPhone to Hong Kong and Macau, will be offering customers a choice of two pricing plans:
8GB iPhone for HK$2,938 ($377) plus HK$188 per month ($24/month) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 30, 2008 10:16 AM ET
Well, that's one way to clear your shelves of excess inventory.
Eight days after O2 and Carphone Warehouse, Apple's U.K. distributors, tried to rid themselves of unsold iPhones by instituting a 100 pound (37%) price cut on the 8GB model, the extra phones have all but disappeared.
On Thursday, Carphone, Europe's largest independent mobile phone retailer, alerted advertisers that the sale had done its work: the 8GB models were gone and would MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 25, 2008 8:09 AM ET
Hard on the heels of a 75% price cut in Germany and 100 pounds (37%) off in the U.K. comes a report out of Paris that two high-level executives at Orange, the iPhone's wireless carrier in France, have flown to Cupertino to figure out what to do about the excess inventory piling up on their shelves.
Under a headline that reads "L'échec de l'iPhone pousse Orange et Apple à renégocier" ("The MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 19, 2008 11:07 AM ET
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