FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) and Samsung are both expected to launch new flagship smartphones in 2014. To get some baseline numbers in advance, the folks at the Chitika ad network have done a fresh analysis of iPhone and Galaxy usage in 2013.
Their report, issued Friday morning, is based on Apple and Samsung mobile ad impressions in the U.S. and Canada, several hundred million in all. Among its findings:
Both Samsung and Apple are well positioned to maintain their top spots in the mobile marketplace, but usage statistics, in conjunction with sales figures, make it clear that each company has its own set of strengths when it comes to North America. Continental usage of Apple products generally outperform its market share, likely indicating that users are highly engaged with the company's devices as compared to those of its competitors. Samsung has invested heavily in the North American mobile marketplace, and its devices easily drive the most Android Web traffic. This makes the user experience on its devices of prime concern for Android OS and application developers, helping Samsung deliver a more seamless experience to its users.
Only Samsung's Galaxy S4 is outselling the iPhone 5C, and only at Verizon and T-Mobile.
FORTUNE -- "Our September surveys indicated very strong initial sales and back orders for the iPhone 5s and strong iPhone 5c sales at the four tier-1 U.S. carriers and also in international markets."
So wrote Canaccord Genuity's T. Michael Walkley in a note to clients Friday that included the first published chart of where Apple's (AAPL) new MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 6, 2013 6:10 AM ET
3.9 million of the 7.5 million smartphones Verizon activated last quarter were iPhones.
FORTUNE -- When Samsung introduced the Galaxy S4 with Broadway-style fanfare in March, the assumption on Wall Street was that it was going to steal a march on Apple (AAPL), whose newest iPhone was already 6 months old and not getting any younger.
When Samsung sold fewer Galaxy S4s than expected, the assumption on the Street was that the market MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 18, 2013 12:22 PM ET
Nokia's new Lumia 1020 features a 41-megapixel camera.
By Matt Vella, senior editor
FORTUNE -- Nokia is doubling down on one of the oldest features of the smartphone: the camera.
At a press conference on Thursday, the struggling Finnish electronics giant unveiled its latest smart phone, the Nokia (NOK) Lumia 1020. Its marquee feature: a built-in camera that packs a 41-megapixel sensor. The device, which the company had been teasing ahead of MOREJul 11, 2013 12:23 PM ET
Translated from Icelandic: "Get a phone that understands you."
FORTUNE -- If there was a press release from Samsung announcing that the Galaxy S4 supports the native language of Iceland, we missed it. No matter. The point of this surreal ad -- tailor-made for the island nation's addressable market of 320,000 men, women and children -- is that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone does not.
A $4.3 billion ad budget is a terrible thing to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 7, 2013 5:42 AM ET
Probably the same London tabloid that called Samsung's Galaxy S4 the "most-loved."
FORTUNE -- Here's what passes for tech news on ABC TV these days:
"Tough news for Apple. Research firm We Are Social names the iPhone 5 the most-hated smartphone on the market for receiving the most complaints on social media. Last year, by contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was named the most-loved smartphone."
That item, which aired Friday on at least MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 6, 2013 9:55 AM ET
Samsung's shares have a long way to go before they could match Apple's meltdown.
FORTUNE -- In a note to clients Friday, ISI's Brian Marshall offers a chart and some commentary on Samsung's disappointing earnings warning.
The chart shows just how far Apple's (AAPL) shares fell after the launch of the iPhone 5 and how much further Samsung's would have to fall to come anywhere close.
Comparing Apple's iPhone sales reports to Samsung's MORE
Comparisons to Cupertino are inevitable as Samsung shares drop 3.8% in one day.
FORTUNE -- You might have thought that all the starch had been taken out of Samsung in June when a wave of analysts' downgrades trimmed its market value by 13%. But the stock got hammered again on Friday, losing 3.8% in one trading day following a disappointing earnings forecast.
Analysts wasted no time making comparisons to Apple (AAPL).
"Apple is MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 5, 2013 7:34 AM ET
Apple suffers as Samsung cuts third quarter Galaxy S4 production by an estimated 25%.
FORTUNE -- You would think that bad news for Samsung's smartphones would be good news for Apple (AAPL). But that's not how Wall Street sees it, according to Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi.
In an CNBC interview Monday, Sacconaghi listed among the reasons for Apple recent weakness (down 6.8% in a week) the Street's concerns about "Samsung's high end product perhaps MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 25, 2013 7:50 AM ET
A Swisscom kiosk in Zurich's main railway station makes a clever Samsung promo.
FORTUNE -- Samsung and Swisscom, a major Swiss telecommunications carrier, have come up with a crowd-pleasing way to promote one of the things the Galaxy S4 can do that Apple's (AAPL) iPhones can't.
Link: YouTube video.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - May 27, 2013 11:58 AM ET
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