• Counting iPads, Apple is now No. 3 in PCs

    Canalys bucks the trend and includes tablets in its analysis of worldwide PC shipments

    Where research firms like Gartner, IDC and NPD saw anemic single-digit PC sales last quarter, Canalys saw what it described in a report issued Wednesday as "strong PC industry growth of 19% in Q4 2010."

    The difference is that Canalys, unlike those other market research firms, includes tablets like Apple's (AAPL) iPad in its definition of a PC.

    By MORE

    - Jan 26, 2011 8:01 AM ET
  • Mac zigs while the PC market zags

    Our survey of analysts suggests that Apple is set to report its first 4 million Mac quarter

    In the Gartner report issued this week, U.S. sales of Apple's (AAPL) Macintosh computers grew 23% year over year last quarter while overall PC sales (even including the Mac) fell 6.6%.

    That's been the story for much of 2010: PC sales weak, Macintosh sales strong.

    But the Mac has been on its own trajectory for some MORE

    - Jan 14, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Gartner: The PC industry blew it

    The chickens are coming to roost for manufacturers that failed to innovate

    "PCs are still seen as necessities," writes Gartner research director George Shiffler in a press release issued Monday. "But the PC industry's inability to significantly innovate and its overreliance on a business model predicated on driving volume through price declines are finally impacting the industry's ability to induce new replacement cycles."

    Shiffler's harsh words come at the MORE

    - Nov 29, 2010 12:00 PM ET
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  • Why enterprise tablets might flop

    The iPad has the affection of consumers, but most IT departments aren't rushing to integrate the new Apple tablet -- or any other, for that matter.

    Apple's (AAPL) iPad may be at the top of your holiday wish list, but don't go asking your IT department for one.

    Why? Tablets are small and lightweight, and they have the computing power to accommodate enterprise-class applications. But they're also expensive, and can't do some MORE

    - Nov 22, 2010 12:34 PM ET
  • Missing: 77 million mobile phones

    Gartner's and IDC's sales estimates don't always agree, but this is absurd.

    Much was made Wednesday in Gartner's latest Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales report, and in subsequent news coverage, of the sudden surge in the sales of so-called "white box" mobile phones in the third quarter of 2010.

    According to Gartner, these unbranded phones are being snapped up in such huge numbers in Asia and elsewhere that the major manufacturers have started MORE

    - Nov 11, 2010 10:24 AM ET
  • Gartner: Samsung becomes biggest Android maker in Q3

    Android and iOS continue to outpace the market.

    Earlier this week, Samsung announced that it had sold 3 million Galaxy S Phones in the U.S. and 7 million overall.  That sounds like it was enough to propel it past HTC and  to become the number one global Android phone manufacturer.

    A chart put together by Asymco showing Gartner's estimates is at right.

    Samsung's smartphone market share reached 10 percent in the third MORE

    - Nov 10, 2010 7:59 AM ET
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  • Gartner: iPhone sales 'stellar'

    But Google's Android now has a quarter of the global smartphone market to Apple's 16.7%

    Gartner published its worldwide mobile phone sales estimates overnight Wednesday, nearly two weeks after IDC released its survey. The results, as usual, differ in detail (see explanation below), but the broad picture is the same.

    The good news for Apple (AAPL) is that thanks to what Gartner called its "stellar" performance in calendar Q3, Apple has overtaken MORE

    - Nov 10, 2010 7:54 AM ET
  • The mobile world according to Gartner

    In 2014, according to this much discussed report issued Friday by Gartner, Inc., Nokia's (NOK) Symbian will still be the world's No. 1 smartphone operating system with Google's (GOOG) Android nipping at its heels. In the pack, several lengths back, will be Apple (AAPL), Research in Motion (RIMM) and Other. Microsoft (MSFT) brings up the rear.

    What do you say we file this one away and mark our calendars for Sept. MORE

    - Sep 11, 2010 6:26 AM ET
  • The pros weigh in: 25% of all smartphones will be Android by 2014

    Both think Android will rise, but both are underestimating.

    IDC came out with a report earlier this week saying that Android would be exploding, taking a great deal of market share away from other smartphone platforms.  By 2014, they think Android will be on a quarter of all smartphones, behind only Symbian.

    Gartner this morning took it one step further.  Their forecasts have Android neck and neck with Symbian in 2014.

    I think they MORE

    - Sep 10, 2010 11:36 AM ET
  • Apple, Google lead smartphone surge

    Nokia and Research in Motion lost market share last quarter, according to Gartner Inc.

    Smartphones -- Apple and Google's in particular -- were the driving force in mobile phone sales last quarter, according to a report issued by Gartner early Wednesday.

    Worldwide smartphone sales to end users reached 54.3 million units in the quarter, up 48.7% year-over-year. The overall mobile phone market, by contrast, grew only 17%, to 314.7 million units.

    "In the MORE

    - May 19, 2010 6:17 AM ET
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