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.
What if Siri had a French accent -- and an attitude to match?
If Apple (AAPL) ever opened up a Siri app store, a line of personality modules -- like the haughty Parisian Robin Williams trotted out on The Ellen Show -- could be a real money-maker.
Via boxerconan at Apple Sanity.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 1, 2011 3:50 PM ET
Waitin', whoopin' and hollerin' in seven countries and four languages
Apple (AAPL) launched the iPhone 4S Friday in Australia, Japan, Germany, France, the U.K., Canada and the U.S.
Videos below the fold as they come in.
See also our report from New York City, 17 days in the iPhone line: Wet, cold and smelling like Cheetos.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 14, 2011 4:39 AM ET
It may actually reach its goal of opening 30 new stores in the last quarter of fiscal 2011
This will be a big weekend for Apple (AAPL) retail, with seven grand openings scheduled on four continents over two days. The new stores, according to ifoAppleStore:
IFC Mall (Hong Kong)
Nanjing East (Shanghai)
Westfield Hornsby (Australia)
Centro Sicilia (Italy)
New Haven (Conn.)
Le Chesnay (France)
Videos of huge crowds and over-excited staffers have already started to pop up on YouTube, including the first one MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 23, 2011 7:25 AM ET
As harrowing as the Fukushima debacle has been, it hasn't dimmed the hopes of nuclear technologists, suppliers and manufacturers. In fact, it may even have helped them.
By Richard Martin, contributor
FORTUNE -- The summer meeting of the American Nuclear Society could have been a wake.
The exuberant "nuclear renaissance" of the past few years -- by 2009, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission had received applications for 20 new plants -- fizzled in MOREAug 16, 2011 10:37 AM ET
A launch perfectly timed to coincide with the end of Apple's second fiscal quarter
Reports are still drifting in, but it seems likely that most of the 25 countries where Apple (AAPL) launched the iPad 2 on Friday had run out of product by Saturday afternoon.
Pocket-lint reported Saturday that the two flagship Apple Stores in London -- Regent Street and Covent Garden -- were completely out of stock and wouldn't be MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 27, 2011 7:36 AM ET
Unable to fill U.S. orders, it will make the device unavailable in 25 more countries on Friday
Last week, for reasons I'd rather not examine too closely, I spent the better part of an hour waiting outside an Apple retail outlet in center city Philadelphia only to be told, 50 minutes before the store was scheduled to open, that its promised overnight shipment of iPad 2s had not arrived.
It was an MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 22, 2011 1:41 PM ET
Deemed legal in Germany, and gets off with a small fine for 'spying' in France.
A German court has ruled that Google (GOOG) Steetview is legal. A German woman had sued the Mountain View, California company stating that she fear that photos of her, her family and the front of her house would be posted on Google Street View and would thus violate her property and privacy rights.
The court ruled that it MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 21, 2011 6:36 PM ET
Hollering and high fives at store openings in Queensland, Montpellier and New York City
Someday Apple (AAPL) will open a store and no one will notice.
But we're not quite there yet.
The company held grand openings for new retail outlets on three continents Saturday -- in Chermside, Australia; Montpellier, France; and New York City -- and each was accompanied by huge crowds and predictably over-the-top staffers.
As the videos below the fold demonstrate, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 14, 2009 11:41 AM ET
One of the biggest drivers of Apple's (AAPL) growth -- and the company's share price -- over the next two years will be the expiration of the exclusivity deals Steve Jobs cut with carriers during the iPhone's first two years.
That's the conclusion of a surprisingly bullish report issued Friday by Morgan Stanley's Kathryn Huberty, long considered a leading Apple bear.
"We expect Apple to broaden iPhone carrier distribution over the next MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 2, 2009 6:12 AM ET
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