LAS VEGAS - When he took the stage to deliver the opening keynote for the Consumer Electronics Show, Steve Ballmer took a novel approach to the hype Apple and Google have generated in the mobile space:
He sidestepped it.
Instead of talking much about his own ambitions in smartphones and tablets, the two emerging platforms that are generating plenty of buzz at the annual gadgetfest, the Microsoft (MSFT) CEO focused on more MOREJon Fortt - Jan 7, 2010 6:00 AM ET
Interest in buying Google-powered smartphones soared in the latest ChangeWave survey
Take this with a grain of salt, because it's a survey of early adopters who were already planning to buy a smartphone. But when they were asked what kind of device they hoped to purchase in the next 90 days, 21% said they wanted one powered by Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. That's "a monstrous 15-pt jump" since a similar MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 4, 2010 1:47 PM ET
Apple's U.S. smartphone installed base has surpassed Microsoft's for the first time
Given that the iPhone has been outselling Windows Mobile devices in the U.S. for nearly two years, it comes as something of a surprise that Apple (AAPL) has only now caught up to Microsoft (MSFT) in terms of active smartphone users.
But that's what the latest data from comScore show. The bar graph at right, drawn from numbers obtained by MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 17, 2009 4:47 PM ET
The iPhone leads the pack, Android is gaining, everybody else is losing share
It's been a year since Google (GOOG) released Android OS, the open-source smartphone operating system widely perceived as the most likely to overtake Apple's (AAPL) iPhone in the long run.
As it happens, Google this month also purchased AdMob, the world's largest purveyor of mobile phone advertising. So this seemed as good a time as any to take a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 24, 2009 8:31 AM ET
IT departments are finally starting to buy Apple's smartphone, says a Deutsche Bank report
"There is growing evidence that the iPhone is making inroads into the Enterprise," writes Deutsche Bank research analyst Chris Whitmore in a report to clients Monday.
According to his estimates, Apple (AAPL) by the end of the year will have shipped about 2 million iPhones into corporate accounts through various routes, including internal IT department purchases and formal MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 2, 2009 1:05 PM ET
Both companies beat expectations last week, but only one of them was growing
A year ago we ran a bar graph similar to the one at right. It showed that Apple (AAPL), despite the Mac's tiny market share compared with Microsoft (MSFT) Windows, was gaining on the software giant. The main reason: revenue pouring in from the iPhone but hidden as deferred earnings in Apple's balance sheet. (That chart is posted MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 25, 2009 6:10 AM ET
Company wants to make its Flash technology available everywhere -- and that means penetrating mobile devices.
Flash is finally coming to your smartphone—and so is Adobe (ADBE). With today's launch of the newest version its software, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, the San Jose-based company is making an aggressive push to get its product onto any gadget that allows for web browsing--Blackberry devices, netbooks, increasingly even TVs.
Crucially, Adobe has signed on a MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Oct 5, 2009 12:01 AM ET
Sales of Nokia's (NOK) Symbian smartphones are drifting. Apple's (AAPL) iPhone is gaining on RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerry. Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Mobile is still sinking. And the launch of the Palm (PALM) Pre barely made a ripple in the gobal smartphone market.
Those were the headlines from the smartphone portion of Gartner's 2009 Q2 mobile phone report, which saw smartphone sales grow 27% even as overall mobile phone sales, feeling recessionary pressure, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 13, 2009 9:32 AM ET
Healthcare professionals would seem a natural market for smartphones, especially if the Obama administration makes good its campaign promise to computerize U.S. health care records.
But which smartphone will doctors and nurses be using?
Software Advice, an Austin-based resource for software buyers, tried to answer that question last week. In what it admits was not a "super-scientific" survey, it e-mailed a questionnaire to 700 healthcare professionals and processed 71 replies. The results, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 4, 2009 7:08 PM ET
Owners of Apple (AAPL) iPhones who hold down jobs -- as opposed, presumably, to those who go to school, are between jobs or live off the proceeds of their trust funds -- are more than twice as likely to access the Internet from their phone as working Americans who own Research in Motion (RIMM) BlackBerries, Palm (PALM), or Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Mobile devices, according to a report issued Friday by MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 12, 2009 12:55 PM ET
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