Market Share

  • Apple is still sucking most of the profit out of the mobile phone business

    In the fourth quarter of 2010, the iPhone had 4.2% market share and took 51% of the profit

    On the same day that Canalys reported that Google's (GOOG) Android had become the world's leading smartphone platform in Q4 2010 -- with 33.3% of market share to Nokia's (NOK) 31% and Apple's (AAPL) 16.2% -- Asymco's Horace Dediu posted the chart at right that puts Android's growth in perspective.

    It shows the percentage MORE

    - Jan 31, 2011 9:50 AM ET
  • Asymco: Half of the U.S. will use smartphones by the end of 2011

    The data at left show phones in use (not phones sold) and come from Nielsen Co. The data at right are the projections of Asymco's Horace Dediu. If his forecasts are correct -- and they've been pretty good so far -- 50% of the U.S. population will be using smartphones by this time next year, up from less than 30% today and 18% a year ago. He estimates that one MORE

    - Dec 4, 2010 6:32 AM ET
  • Chrome closes in on 10% share (and new version 8 launched)

    Chrome almost doubled its market share this year taking percentage points from both Internet Explorer and Firefox

    Google's Chrome browser continues its steady upward climb in browser market share, according to a report published today by NetApplications.

    A big part of that share acceleration was Chrome 7, which registered strong growth since its launch a few months ago.

    Google Chrome 7.0 gained 5.64% global usage share in November, which is the second highest MORE

    - Dec 2, 2010 3:40 PM ET
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  • 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
  • Android growth continues in June

    The iPhone 4 launch doesn't seem to have slowed the growth of the AndroidOS.

    Quantcast released its June numbers yesterday, indicating that the Android platform continued to outgrow the other smartphone vendors in web traffic.  That's in line with last week's report from comScore.

    The growth was largely at the expense of Apple's iOS, which still has a sizeable lead on the rest of the mobile operating systems. Apple is at MORE

    - Jul 14, 2010 2:07 PM ET
  • Latest comScore data: Android market exploding

    According to the latest numbers from comScore, Android is the only major smartphoneOS that is growing, taking market from RIM, Apple, Microsoft and Palm.

    From February to May of this year, the Android platform grew an incredible 45%, from 9% of the total US smartphone market to 13%, according to comScore.  That share was pulled from the other four smartphone market leaders as shown by the chart at the right.

    Overall, the smartphone MORE

    - Jul 8, 2010 2:50 PM ET
  • Android demolishing iPhone in sales

    NPD says that in the first three months of 2010, Android captured 28% of the smartphone market, while Apple's iPhone grabbed only 21%.

    Google's army of Android phones managed to pass the iPhone in market share in the U.S. for the first time last quarter.  NPD analyst Ross Rubin attributed the strong sales to Verizon's buy-one-get-one deals.  Android phones have been discounted heavily as well.

    NPD's numbers come from self-reported online consumer MORE

    - May 10, 2010 11:00 AM ET
  • The magic of 285 Apple Stores

    How the company's growing retail presence is driving Mac market share gains

    In a report to clients issued overnight Monday about Apple's (AAPL) opportunities for growth in China, Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty adds, almost as a throwaway, the instructive charts at right (see also below the fold).

    They show what she calls the "Positive Correlation Between Apple Store Expansion and Mac Market Share."

    Correlation does not mean causation, of course, but the trends MORE

    - Mar 22, 2010 7:16 AM ET
  • Did Apple iPad hype turn off buyers?

    There's more than one way to look at a before-and-after survey

    "The more people know about the iPad," writes David Coursey in PC World, "the less they want to buy one."

    That's how Coursey interprets the results of a survey published Friday by Retrevo, an online electronics marketplace that polls its 4 million users from time to time on a variety of topical issues.

    "There was too much hoopla," co-founder Manish Rathi MORE

    - Feb 8, 2010 10:15 AM ET
  • The iPhone grabs/loses market share

    Apple's iconic smartphone is going gangbusters! No, it's suffering from "Razr burn"!

    Shortly before noon on Monday, James Rogers, writing for, reported that "Apple (AAPL) is grabbing market share from its smartphone rivals." His source: a Strategy Analytics report that showed Apple's market share growing to 16.4% in the fourth quarter of 2009, up from 10.8% a year earlier -- a 52% increase.

    A couple hours later, Niraj Sheth, writing for MORE

    - Feb 1, 2010 4:17 PM ET
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