Not only has Samsung overtaken Apple in smartphones, it's overtaken Google in income
FORTUNE -- The chart at right, from Asymco's Horace Dediu, shows Samsung's "spectacular" success in smartphone shipments -- success that Dediu attributes to the company's 2010 decision to shift its mobile portfolio to Android smartphones and to build a large variety of them.
In two years Samsung has gone from shipping almost no smartphones to shipping 50 million per MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 14, 2012 10:27 AM ET
The backstory of the struggling cellphone maker's newest devices - and the unlikely executive leading the charge.
FORTUNE -- Since Stephen Elop became CEO of Nokia in 2010 he has made a series of bold moves, from releasing a rally-the-troops memo comparing the flailing mobile-phone maker to a man on a burning platform to hitching the company's future to Microsoft's Windows operating system. His other daring deed? Assigning the crucial task MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Sep 5, 2012 10:35 AM ET
Among ethnic groups, Asian Americans are the most likely to pack a smartphone
FORTUNE -- The move from so-called feature phones to smartphones continues apace.
As of March 2012, 50.4% of U.S. mobile subscribers owned smartphones, up from 47.8% in December 2011, according to a Nielsen survey released Monday. Google's (GOOG) Android was the most popular smartphone operating system (48.5%), while Apple (AAPL) was the No. 1 manufacturer (32%).
No surprises there.
It's when the data are broken MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 7, 2012 11:00 AM ET
Strategy Analytics says yes. iSuppli says no. Samsung, once again, isn't saying.
FORTUNE -- We know how many smartphones Apple (AAPL) sold last quarter: 35,064,000. It's right there in their press release and in their SEC Form 10-Q.
We can only guess how many Samsung sold because although they released their quarterly earnings Friday, the company -- continuing a policy it adopted last year -- no longer shares that kind of information.
For that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 27, 2012 6:31 AM ET
Between December and February, Android captured 48% and iOS 43% of the U.S. market
The thrust of the Nielsen report issued Thursday morning is that nearly half (49.7%) of U.S mobile phone owners now carry smartphones.
But what interests me, as usual, is how that market is being divvied up among Google (GOOG) Android phones, Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerries and the diminishing Others.
The chart at right tells the story. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 29, 2012 10:00 AM ET
Unless something changes fast, they're all going to be Androids and iPhones
ComScore issued its January snapshot of the U.S. mobile phone market Tuesday -- with accompanying pie chart here -- but if you want to understand what the numbers mean you should check out Horace Dediu's Wednesday morning report on Asymco.com.
Dediu seems to be the only analyst who tracks these monthly reports over time. Graphing two years of comScore data MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 7, 2012 8:26 AM ET
Apple's iPhone almost singlehandedly saved AT&T and Sprint. But it come at a steep price, one that the mobile carriers will be paying for years.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE – The iPhone has been, by many measures, one of the most successful products in business history. Nearly 200 million iPhones have been sold in four and a half years, 37 million of them in the last three months of 2011. Apple's MOREFeb 22, 2012 6:08 AM ET
But 55- to 64-year olds who make more than $100,000 a year are big buyers too
"Whether or not you have a smartphone is closely related to both how old you are and how much money you make," finds a Nielsen survey of 20,000 Americans with mobile phones conducted in January. I quote:
While overall smartphone penetration stood at 48 percent in January, those in the 24-34 age group showed the greatest MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 20, 2012 9:00 AM ET
Between October and Christmas, Apple's U.S. sales nearly caught up to Android's
Three findings stand out in Nielsen's December survey of the U.S. mobile phone market, released Wednesday:
Among recent smartphone buyers, 44.5% of those surveyed in December bought an Apple (AAPL) iPhone, up from 25.1% in October
57% of new iPhone buyers said they chose the iPhone 4S over the less expensive iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS
Android's lead among recent buyers nearly MORE
Google's U.S. market share continues to grow against Apple, but at a much slower pace
"In case you needed more proof that Android is walloping iOS," writes Steve Kovach in Thursday's Business Insider, "ComScore's three-month report on mobile subscribers (ending in November) is out."
He points out, as others have, that Apple's (AAPL) smartphone market share grew a bit, from 27.3% to 28.7% over the past three months. But, he writes, "Google's Android platform is MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 30, 2011 6:42 AM ET
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