FORTUNE -- ComScore released dozens of useful slides in its Mobile Future in Focus "webinar" Wednesday. The one above shows that not once since the iPhone was introduced in 2007 has Apple's (AAPL) platform had the largest share of the U.S. smartphone market.
StatCounter's number is lower, but shows Apple's mobile share surging 33.6% since July
The presence of Apple's (AAPL) mobile devices on the Web surged this summer and early fall according to Net Applications and StatCounter, two leading mobile analytics services, although the two firms draw very different conclusions about where that leaves competing platforms.
Net Applications, which monitors hits on its 40,000 client sites and weighs the results based on population statistics, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 1, 2011 7:59 AM ET
Perhaps not surprisingly, because they were all at an Apple conference, 100% prefer iOS
Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster attended Apple's (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference last week and spent some time buttonholing attendees for a follow-up survey he was conducting.
He published the results Monday in a note to clients that compared the responses of the 45 developers he spoke to last week to 20 he surveyed at the same event three years MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 13, 2011 7:07 AM ET
As the high end of the smartphone market becomes saturated, all of the growth will come from the low end.
A report today from Taiwanese Digitimes shows some explosive estimates for $150 and cheaper, contract free Android phones. Specifically, the paper says it expects to see 20-25 million entry level Android devices ship in 2011, up from 2.5-3 million in 2010.
Global smartphone sales will hike 54.5% from 2010 to 445 million units in 2011, MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 7, 2011 3:14 PM ET
Hindsight isn't too kind to the leadership of Symbian and Microsoft.
Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer is (in)famous for laughing off the potential of the iPhone after its announcement in January of 2007. However, as the video below (via Asymco) from IDG News Service in November of that same year shows, he didn't reserve his Nostradamus-like prognosticating for Apple (AAPL). With the benefit of having watched the iPhone's early success, he also lobbed the same logic at MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 7, 2011 10:55 AM ET
Who remembers Maemo, imode, MeeGo or, for that matter, Windows Mobile?
To counter Stephen Elop's remark that by joining forces, Nokia (NOK) and Microsoft (MSFT) were going to make it a "three horse race" -- implying that Apple's (AAPL) iOS and Google's (GOOG) Android were the only other viable mobile ecosystems in the running -- Asymco's Horace Dediu did some digging and produced the chart at right.
It shows the lifespan of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 19, 2011 5:26 PM ET
A simple patent dispute has escalated into a legal contest of Dickensian complexity
In Oct. 2009, when Nokia (NOK) first complained in a U.S. federal court that Apple (AAPL) had infringed on 10 of its telecommunications patents, the case could be summarized in a fairly simple chart like the one at right created by FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller.
Fourteen months later, that relatively straightforward patent dispute has escalated through suits and countersuits MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 27, 2010 10:13 AM ET
Google may, paradoxically, be making the world a better place to sell iPhones
You might think that the almost viral spread of Google's (GOOG) free and open-source Android operating system would eventually drive down smartphone prices and put pressure on Apple's (AAPL) proprietary iOS -- and on Steve Jobs' enviable profit margins.
But an analysis of the eight largest mobile vendors' average selling prices posted overnight Monday by Asymco's Horace Dediu suggests MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 20, 2010 7:34 AM ET
A round-up of the companies, deals, and trends that made headlines.
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.
"In my opinion, your motives are driven by self-serving factors around ego satisfaction and 'making a buck.'" -- Angel investor Ron Conway to a group of super MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 27, 2010 7:00 AM ET
Informa is bullish on Android expansion.
In March of last year, business information specialist, Informa predicted that Android would outsell iPhone by 2012. Depending who you ask, that may have happened already, two years early.
With that in mind, Informa this week predicts that Android will pass Nokia (NOK) to become the biggest smartphone platform on earth in 2012. And Android won't stop growing there. Informa expects the Android platform to top half a MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 26, 2010 12:25 AM ET
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