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
A sampling of reactions to Apple's (AAPL) profits growing 125% year over year
IDC's Al Hilwa: "Apple's growth in the third quarter was simply jaw-dropping. In 20 years of following tech I have seen very few companies in the $90 to $100 billion run-rate and none that have produced 80% organic quarterly growth. The success of the iPad truly crystallizes the point that we are living in an era of rapid MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 20, 2011 5:46 AM ET
A report from IDC sets off some pretty silly headlines in the tech press
The top item on the closely-watched Techmeme news aggregator Saturday morning was a piece by ZDNet's Larry Dignan about how the shipments of tablet computers have failed to meet the industry's "lofty expectations."
It was a theme picked up by at least eight other news outlets, including VentureBeat ("Tablet sales slow"), The Loop ("'media tablet' market isn't as MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 9, 2011 5:51 AM ET
Despite higher prices, sales to end users worldwide more than doubled
Gartner issued its "mobile devices" report for the first quarter of 2011, two weeks after rival IDC's.
Here's what Gartner had to say about Apple (AAPL):
Apple sold 16.9 million units to end users worldwide, more than doubling its sales of iPhones year-on-year. This market-beating growth came from all regions: the iPhone is now available in 90 countries from 186 CSPs [communications MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 19, 2011 11:21 AM ET
The iPhone could be headed for No. 1 this year as it overtakes RIM and gains on Nokia
The lead that Nokia (NOK) and Research in Motion (RIMM) have enjoyed for years in the smartphone market is evaporating rapidly, according to a report issued Thursday by IDC.
Their immediate problem is Apple (AAPL), which shipped 18.7 million iPhones in Q1 2011, more than double last year's shipments, to overtake RIM's BlackBerry and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 6, 2011 7:39 AM ET
Meanwhile, Nokia, Samsung and LG all lost market share, according to IDC
Apple's 5% slice of the mobile phone pie chart at right, drawn from IDC numbers released Friday, may not look like much, but consider this:
IDC is counting shipments all over the world, not just the U.S.
IDC is talking about all mobiles, from cheap feature phones to high-end smartphones.
Apple's (AAPL) share grew more than twice as fast as upstarts like MORE
The global PC market shrank 3.2% year over year in Q1 2011 as iPad sales surged
It's a pity IDC doesn't include tablets in its quarterly surveys of computer shipments. If it did, the inflection point in the first quarter of 2011 would be even clearer.
[UPDATE: Asymco's Horace Dediu has done us the favor of drawing an extraordinary graph that includes the iPad. It looks like a giraffe. Click here.]
IDC had MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 13, 2011 8:03 PM ET
Ever-improving networks and a big hardware announcement that will send handset prices plummeting both point to smartphone growth in 2011 that could totally eclipse anything we've seen before.
Smartphones have been growing at an unbelievable clip over the past year but they still account for only around a third of all phones in the US and an even smaller percentage internationally. In developing countries, the price of smartphones, aside from some MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 22, 2010 2:50 PM ET
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"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." -- Gartner Research director George MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 30, 2010 6:00 AM ET
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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 11, 2010 10:24 AM ET
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