Apple (AAPL) and Research in Motion (RIMM) were the big winners in the first quarter of 2009, according to a report on the mobile phone industry issued by Gartner, Inc. on Wednesday.
Against a backdrop of weakening sales, smartphones -- and in particular, touchscreen smartphones -- were the exception.
According to Gartner, worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 269.1 million units in 2009 Q1, down 9.4% from 2008. But smartphone sales exceeded 36.4 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 20, 2009 11:22 AM ET
There were several $10,000 prizes at stake -- as well as some free mobile phones -- but at the end of the three-day Pwn2Own smartphone hacking contest at the big CamSecWest conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, which closed on Friday, none of the devices had been cracked.
The contest, sponsored by 3Com's (COMS) TippingPoint computer security division, pitted some of the world's sharpest hackers and computer security experts against five smartphones: MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 21, 2009 12:28 PM ET
Apple's (AAPL) iPhone was the fastest-growing smartphone of 2008, despite end-of-year sales that failed to maintain the blistering pace set in July with the launch of the iPhone 3G, Gartner researchers reported Wednesday.
"Apple's initial sell-through dropped significantly as sales fell during the fourth quarter," Gartner said. "Nevertheless, Apple maintained its third position in the global rankings."
Nokia (NOK) still dominates the worldwide smartphone market with a 43.7% share, but overall it MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 12, 2009 10:18 AM ET
There's good and slightly less good news for Apple (AAPL) in a report issued by iSuppli on Wednesday.
Against a backdrop of slowing sales growth in the overall mobile handset market, the El Segundo, Calif.-based research firm sees a bright spot in smartphones.
The report offers two scenarios for 2009 and beyond. Its best-case forecast calls for global smartphone unit shipments of 192.3 million units in 2009, up 11.1% from 173.6 million MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 4, 2009 9:34 AM ET
How secure is your smartphone? We may find out next month.
Hackers and computer security experts gathering on March 18 in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the third annual Pwn2Own contest will be targeting five smartphones: an Apple (AAPL) iPhone, a Research in Motion (RIMM) BlackBerry and phones running on Google's (GOOG) Android, Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Mobile and Nokia's (NOK) Symbian operating systems.
The contest, sponsored by 3Com's (COMS) TippingPoint computer security division, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 26, 2009 12:43 PM ET
Here's the risk you take holding the cellphone industry's annual gathering in Barcelona, a city famous for its world class pickpockets.
Only hours after Microsoft (MSFT) announced the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 -- the software giant's answer to Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android -- a prototype phone loaded with a top-secret copy of the new software was lifted from an executive's pocket, the London Telegraph reported Thursday.
Microsoft was MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 19, 2009 1:46 PM ET
If Apple (AAPL) is the elephant in the room this week in Barcelona, dominating the cellphone industry's annual showcase without having to show up (see here), Microsoft (MSFT) is the 800 pound gorilla -- throwing its weight around and scaring all manufacturers.
That's the conclusion of Daniel Eran Dilger in a long Roughly Drafted post entitled "Did Microsoft Kill Android at Mobile World Congress 2009?"
"How does one sell an aging mobile MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 18, 2009 12:50 PM ET
It's Mobile World Congress week in Barcelona, where the city's famous pickpockets have dozens of new gadgets to choose from, and the shadow of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone once again looms large.
Last year, rival cellphone manufacturers used the event to announce their own touchscreen smartphones.
This year, what's getting the love is the iTunes App Store, with its 20,000-plus applications and half a billion downloads.
Among the announcements making headlines this week:
Nokia's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 16, 2009 12:18 PM ET
Think of the jagged light blue line in the fever chart at right as the bubble of hype that keeps Apple's (AAPL) iPhone floating above of its competitors.
What you're looking at is a snapshot of a Google Trends chart comparing the number of times the word "iPhone" appears in a Google search request with the words "Palm" (PALM), Research in Motion's (RIMM) "BlackBerry," Microsoft's (MSFT) "Windows Mobile" and Google's (GOOG) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 15, 2009 9:47 AM ET
We've known since October, when Apple released its latest earnings report, that the iPhone had a bang-out summer - shipping nearly 7 million units in the quarter, up from just over 1.1 million the year before.
But it wasn't until Thursday, when Gartner Research issued its smartphone sales report for the third quarter of 2008, that we learned just how well the iPhone did vis-a-vis its competitors.
Apple's (AAPL) share of the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 5, 2008 11:58 AM ET
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