• 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
  • How iPhone joined the big boys

    Asymco's Horace Dediu, whose spreadsheets of mobile phone data are a seemingly endless source of colorful and informative charts, has produced this one to commemorate Apple's (AAPL) ascension into the top tier of mobile phone -- not just smartphone -- manufacturers (see The iPhone is No. 4).

    What strikes me in the chart above is how large Nokia's (NOK) lead still is, how far Motorola (MOT) has fallen and how much MORE

    - Oct 29, 2010 11:29 AM ET
  • The iPhone is No. 4

    With 90%-plus growth, Apple vaults past RIM and is gaining rapidly on Nokia and LG

    The iPhone has been one of the world's top selling smartphones almost since it hit the market three years ago. But in the larger, 1.2-billion-units-per-year mobile phone market, it never cracked the top five.

    Until now.

    In IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker survey, issued late Thursday, Apple (AAPL) overtook Research in Motion (RIMM) to become the MORE

    - Oct 29, 2010 7:17 AM ET
  • What if the iPad were a PC?

    If you throw tablets in the mix, Apple just became the U.S.'s No. 1 computer maker

    "The iPad," writes Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore in a note to clients issued Monday, "is driving a rapid, unprecedented shift in the structure of the computing industry."

    To illustrate that point, Whitmore has taken a chart of domestic personal computer market shares over the past seven quarters as measured by IDC, which doesn't consider tablets to MORE

    - Oct 18, 2010 7:46 AM ET
  • 'Consumer fatigue' vs. the 'halo effect'

    Apple breaks the 10% U.S. market share barrier as netbook sales continue to sag

    Although they disagree, as usual, about the details, the message from Gartner and IDC's quarterly PC market share reports Wednesday was the same: Apple is going gangbusters, the rest not so much.

    IDC's Bob O'Donnell puts it most succinctly:

    "Apple's influence on the PC market continues to grow, particularly in the U.S., as the company's iPad has had some MORE

    - Oct 14, 2010 7:01 AM ET
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  • IDC: Android leads iOS in mobile and TV developer interest

    Developers seem to be interested in the type of numbers that Android is producing.

    According to an Appcelerator/IDC report published today, mobile developers have a growing interest in developing for Google's (GOOG) Android, even over Apple's (AAPL) iOS platform. The interest is likely related, at least in part, to Android's exploding market share.

    72% of developers say Android "is best positioned to power a large number and variety of connected devices in the future," MORE

    - Sep 27, 2010 11:24 AM ET
  • Apple is grabbing mobile ad share from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Nokia

    Smaller rivals like Jumptap and Millennial Media are also gaining, according to IDC

    The pie chart at right is somewhat premature, given that it is IDC's best guess -- via Bloomberg Businessweek -- of what the $500 million U.S. mobile advertising market will look three months from now.

    But it's an indication of how the winds have shifted. Apple (AAPL), which had 0% share of the market before it bought Quattro Wireless MORE

    - Sep 27, 2010 5:45 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
  • With iPad, Apple is No. 3 in portables

    If you count tablets as notebook PCs, Apple just passed Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell

    Apple is usually considered an also-ran in the global PC market.

    But the chart at right, taken from a note to clients issued Friday by Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore, tells a very different story.

    Whitmore believes that investors will increasing include tablet computers when assessing market share trends, and this diagram illustrates what that might look like.

    Starting with MORE

    - Aug 2, 2010 7:49 AM ET
  • Apple, Android, RIM gain market share

    Nokia, Microsoft and Linux continue to lose ground in the shift to smarter phones

    A report from Gartner issued Tuesday confirmed the trends reported three weeks earlier by IDC. Both tracking firms are registering a massive shift as users around the world trade in devices designed to make phone calls and send text messages for what are essentially pocket-sized computers.

    Gartner recorded a 0.9% drop in cellphone sales for 2009 and a MORE

    - Feb 23, 2010 10:44 AM ET
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