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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 10, 2010 7:54 AM ET
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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 29, 2010 11:29 AM ET
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.
In IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker survey, issued late Thursday, Apple (AAPL) overtook Research in Motion (RIMM) to become the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 29, 2010 7:17 AM ET
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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 18, 2010 7:46 AM ET
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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 14, 2010 7:01 AM ET
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," MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 27, 2010 11:24 AM ET
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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 27, 2010 5:45 AM ET
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 MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 10, 2010 11:36 AM ET
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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 2, 2010 7:49 AM ET
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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 23, 2010 10:44 AM ET
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