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
It could, in theory, acquire every cellphone vendor except Samsung with cash alone
Asymco's Horace Dediu has been tracking Apple's (AAPL) growing liquid assets and the shrinking valuations of its mobile competitors, and he estimates that they soon will cross.
Apple's third fiscal quarter closes next week, and when it does, Dediu is pretty sure that Apple will have amassed more than $70 billion in cash, cash equivalents, short-term marketable securities and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 17, 2011 10:26 AM ET
Visualizing Apple's share of the worldwide mobile phone market in the first quarter of 2011
On Monday, we reproduced a pair of charts from Asymco's Horace Dediu showing how Apple (AAPL) overtook Nokia (NOK) in less than four years to become the world's No. 1 maker of mobile phones -- smart or otherwise -- in terms of revenue. See here.
In the charts at right, which Dediu posted Tuesday, he takes two MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 17, 2011 7:20 AM ET
The deal it announced with Nokia is hardly its first. Here's how the others turned out.
Early Friday morning, Microsoft (MSFT) and Nokia (NOK) announced a strategic partnership to answer the challenge posed by Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) smartphone platforms.
Tech watchers with long memories -- like Asymco's Horace Dediu -- will recall that this is not the first time Microsoft has found a partner willing to help it try to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 11, 2011 10:54 AM ET
The fastest selling phone in LG's history is a mid-range Android slider.
LG hasn't exactly been hitting smartphone home runs lately and is known more for (LG Optronics) supplying the 'Retina Display' of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 4 than its own products (especially here in the US). It does however, seem to have at least one hit on its hands. The LG Optimus One phone which is a lower-tier candy bar form MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 16, 2010 3:49 PM 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
It's getting hard to tell the litigants without an infographic. Here's the best one we've seen.
Note that the companies whose revenue is decreasing, such as Nokia (NOK) and Kodak (EK), tend to launch more lawsuits than those that are growing, such as Apple (AAPL) and LG.
[Follow Philip Elmer-DeWitt on Twitter @philiped]Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 12, 2010 8:58 AM ET
If this reboot of the Microsoft phone platform underwhelms, CEO Steve Ballmer might have to open the purse strings and make an acquisition. (Hello, BlackBerry!)
One thing the new Microsoft Windows Phone 7 has going for it is that no one's expecting much. The company's last mobile operating system was clunky, antiquated, and subsequently retired. The Kin One and Two, those smartphone-like pair of devices that Microsoft launched for youngsters earlier MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Oct 11, 2010 12:39 PM ET
Three years of pitched battle for share and profit reduced to a set of vectors
Asymco's Horace Dediu is a master of the art of turning bland data into eye-opening visualizations.
His latest, posted Tuesday afternoon, starts with two sets of data in two points of time -- market share and share of profit in 2007 and 2010 -- for eight vendors in the mobile phone space, from Apple (AAPL), the smallest MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 5, 2010 3:58 PM ET
The iPhone's growing share of the spoils could spell bad news for Google's partners
On Tuesday we posted a pair of pie charts that showed Apple (AAPL) selling 3% of the world's mobile phones in the first half of 2010 and taking 39% of the industry's profits. (See Apple's outrageous share of the mobile industry's profits.)
Asymco's Horace Dediu, however, did us one better. He published the graph above charting MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 24, 2010 5:45 AM ET
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