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Apple said revenue from the iPhone jumped 28 percent during the crucial holiday shopping season. The results arrived with an unusual level of anticipation, even for a company as high-profile as Apple, because of anxiety among some investors about Apple's ability to sustain its growth and create new hit products. Apple's stock has lost about a quarter of its value since September, erasing more than $170 billion of its market value.

 

Apple said its net income for its fiscal first quarter ending Dec. 29 was $13.1 billion, or $13.81 a share, compared with $13.1 billion, or $13.87 a share, in the same period a year earlier.


The company's revenue was $54.5 billion, up from $46.33 billion a year ago.


Shares of Apple fell almost 10% in after-hours trading.


Sourc: Reuters

 



Obama administration vetoed a U.S. trade panel's ban on the import and sale of some older iPhones and iPads, reversing a ruling that had favored South Korea's Samsung over Apple in their long-running patent battle. The move was vehemently criticized by the South Korean media as "protectionism."


"We express concerns about the negative impact that such a decision would have on the protection of patent rights," the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, said in a statement.


Apple and Samsung, the world's top two smartphones makers, have been waging a global patent war since 2011, filing multiple lawsuits against each other over the design, interface and technology of their devices.


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in June banned the import and sale of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G distributed by AT&T Inc (T.N), saying the devices infringed on one patent owned by the South Korean electronics giant.


Samsung had also accused Apple of infringing on three other patents, but the ITC found that Apple did not infringe those. A Samsung spokesman said on Monday the electronics giant in July appealed the ITC decision on the three patents.


 


 

LG Display is looking to get a ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet in South Korea, claiming that it violates three of their patents covering the display.  LG Display can also be seeking damages of US$933,000 daily for ongoing infractions while Samsung continues to sell named device. The most recent move is surely an escalation in a patent dispute involving the two companies over display patents.


Back in September, LG Display filed a patent lawsuit against numerous Samung smartphones citing OLED related patents. Samsung denies the claims, and possesses previously noted that it holds more display related patents than LG Display - so a tit-for-tat dispute could escalate even further if the two sides cannot agree funds.


In November, Samsung retaliated by filing its own suit against LG seeking to invalidate the patents in question on the grounds that they "lack innovation."

 


 

 

Yesterday Samsung added the iPhone 5 to the patent lawsuit against Apple as well as other manufacturers. This comes Apple was awarded $1 billion for Samsung's infringements. But sales of Samsung's flagship Samsung galaxy s III haven't been hurt and appearance to have been helped by the news. The powerhouse Android device saw average growth of 9% in new devices every week since August 1st, with huge spikes in Galaxy S III adoption occurring following your Apple lawsuit verdict and after the iPhone 5 announcement.

 

The first spike in weekly growth coincides with the exact same week that a jury awarded Apple $1 billion for Samsung infringing on Apple's patents. The deluge of post-litigation press coverage both drove general focus on Samsung and suggested that Samsung devices were similar enough to iPhones to be an option for many consumers.

 

The 2nd spike started the week of September 12, when Apple announced the brand new iPhone 5. Apple's announcement was quickly accompanied by hundreds of stories comparing the 2 phones, most of which again suggested these folks were similarly capable. That with the slowdown in new Galaxy S3 growth seen leading up to Apple's announcement (week-over-week new devices were the same as the previous week, leading to 0% growth) suggest that many consumers were waiting to listen to about the new iPhone prior to making a decision.

 

Note that the typical week-over-week growth of 9% means that weekly 9% more Galaxy S3 handsets were added compared to week before. This means that the growth effects are cumulative, so as the Samsung device's weekly new device growth slowed some weeks, it is still adding handsets at a remarkable rate.

 

 

 


 


Samsung will likely increase its lead over Apple in smartphone sales in 2013. According to Reuters, who said the Korean company will achieve 35% year-on year growth in smartphones, 2 percent more than Apple's smartphone sales.


"We expect Samsung to slightly extend its lead over Apple this year because of its larger multitier product portfolio," Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, said in an e-mail interview with Reuters.


The analyst is projecting global smartphone market growth will slow in 2013 from its very rapid rate of expansion last year, with shipments projected to rise 27% to 875 million this year, projected to be slowing from last year's 41% growth. Strategy Analytics said this is due to growth easing in many "key" markets such as North America, China, the developed economies of Asia, and Western Europe.


This will give Samsung a 33 percent share of the 2013 smartphone market, up from last year's estimated 31 percent, while Apple will hold 21 percent, versus last year's 20 percent.


Full story here:

Reuters

 



According to uSwitch, the Samsung Galaxy S III continued its reign on top of the best-selling smartphone charts, topping iPhone 5, LG Nexus 4 and other highly-rated smart devices. Last month, it also held its number 1 position on its ninth consecutive month and it does not show signs of stopping. Quite possibly, this will carry on until the Samsung Galaxy S IV gets launched in the market.


However, what's more surprising is that Samsung Galaxy Ace, which is a favorite among mid-range customers and is one of the longest-living in the Galaxy series, is at number 2. This just goes to show that a smartphone need not have super stellar specs to gain a top sales spot and is the reason why Samsung continues to improve this unit.


Samsung is truly making its waves in the smartphone market-something that other players such as Apple, Google, LG, HTC, and Sony should definitely watch out for.


 


 

Company

2012

Units

2012 Market Share (%)

2011

Units

2011 Market Share (%)

Samsung

384,631.2

22.0

315,052.2

17.7

Nokia

333,938.0

19.1

422,478.3

23.8

Apple

130,133.2

7.5

89,263.2

5.0

ZTE

67,344.4

3.9

56,881.8

3.2

LG Electronics

58,015.9

3.3

86,370.9

4.9

Huawei Technologies

47,288.3

2.7

40,663.4

2.3

TCL Communication

37,176.6

2.1

34,037.5

1.9

Research In Motion

34,210.3

2.0

51,541.9

2.9

Motorola

33,916.3

1.9

40,269.1

2.3

HTC

32,121.8

1.8

43,266.9

2.4

Others

587399.6

33.6

595886.9

33.6

Total

1,746,175.6

100.0

1,775,712.0

100.0

 

According to the latest numbers from Gartner, Samsung and Apple combined accounted for 52% of all smartphone sales around the world in the fourth quarter of 2012. That's up from 46.4% in the third quarter.


When you look at the global mobile phone sales numbers, Samsung is still in first place with a 22% market share in 2012. Surprisingly, in second place is Nokia. Because of heavy sales of Nokia's Asha featurephones in developing nations, the Finnish handset maker accounted for 19.1% of global phone sales - down nearly 5% from the previous year. In third place was Apple, with 7.5% overall.


ZTE took fourth place with 3.9% and LG accounted for 3.3%, while Huawei was 2.7%. TCL was in seventh place with 2.1%, closely followed by BlackBerry with 2% and Motorola with 1.9%. HTC rounded out the top ten with 1.8%.


Source: http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2335616



Based on a report by DigiTimes, Samsung targets about 1 million sales a month for its 8-inch phablet. By saying this, the company assumes that it will surpass the success the Galaxy Note 5.0, which sold for an average of 900,000 units a month. Although this objective sounds feasible, we will still wait and see what consumers think about the 8-inch display, which many say is quite too big for a phablet.


Furthermore, although very few address this fact, Samsung devices may actually be competing with each other. People will more likely have to choose between a Galaxy Note II and a Galaxy Note 8.0. It is only very rarely that someone will buy both devices at once. If both devices become successful and Samsung reaches its goals for each, then it means different markets exist for the 5- and 8-inchers.


Finally, to achieve 1 million monthly sales, Samsung also has to consider if the future Galaxy Note III will affect sales of the Note 8.0. Only time will tell.


Source: digitimes




Apple is not the only rival that Samsung has to watch out for. When you've got everything going on for you, expect even the tiniest the unlikeliest opponent to go after you. As Samsung continues to dominate the market, disputes over patent and market share do emerge between various Android OEMs. HTC and LG recently released jabs against the recently-launched Galaxy S 4, saying that its features, while there are plenty, are mediocre and not what they actually expected.


HTC even decided to display the HTC One outside where the S 4 event was held last March 14th. On the other hand, LG mimicked the S4 pre-launch teaser in a parody to stir interest on its Optimus G Pro.


On more serious notes, according to Yonhap News, LG wants to sue Samsung for using the eye-tracking technology that it introduced as one of the main features of the S 4. LG is now claiming that they have patented this technology as early as August 2009. As of moment, the company is waiting for the S 4 to be delivered in stores worldwide, to verify their chances with the patent infringement issue with Samsung S 4. These two companies had similar issues with their display screens before but looked to have settled out of court.


Source: Bloomberg

 

 


 

Samsung announced just a few days ago it has shipped 10 million Galaxy S4 units globally. It is an impressive milestone achieved in less than a month.


According to RBC Captial Markets analyst Mark Sue, Galaxy S4 sales will reach 80 million units in 2013


"Galaxy S-4 demand in the first month of availability has been incrementally better than our estimate of 10M units," Sue wrote in a note to clients on Thursday. "In comparison, the S-III took nearly 2 months (50 days) to achieve the 10M units mark. Our broad-based channel checks at U.S. stores indicate that demand for the 16G S-4 devices remains strong with 32G Black devices mostly sold-out and 32G White devices yet to make it to the stores."

He continued, "At this pace, the GS-4 is likely to cross 20M shipments in 2Q13, potentially reaching 80M S-4 unit shipments in CY13. We expect the new version of Samsung's Note (III) to hit retail shelves in September. We expect Apple to have an updated multi-device smartphone portolio [sic] with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPhone mini this year.


The Samsung Galaxy S4 momentum is far from over and Samsung is doing everything to maximize its potential. It has already announced the Galaxy S4 mini, but we expect the Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphones to join the lineup very soon.



Worldwide mobile phones sales to customers totaled 455 million within the third quarter of 2013, a rise of 5.7 percent in the same period this past year, according to Gartner. Sales of smartphones paid for for 55 percent of overall cell phone sales within the third quarter of 2013, and reached at their highest share up to now.


Samsung extended its lead in the overall mobile phone market, as its market share totaled 25.7 percent in the third quarter of 2013 "While Samsung has started to address its user experience, better design is another area where Samsung needs to focus," said Mr. Gupta. "Samsung's recent joint venture with carbon fiber company SGL Group could bring improvements in this area in future products."


While Samsung's share was flat in the third quarter of 2013, Samsung increased its lead over Apple in the global smartphone market. The launch of the Samsung Note 3 helped reaffirm Samsung as the clear leader in the large display smartphone market, which it pioneered.


Hit the source link for all the details on Gartner's market share figures.


Source: Gartner

 

 


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