In two days, HTC will launch its number one smartphone, the HTC One and a black one is ready for offer, aside from the silver variant that is previously shown on released official HTC One photos.
One of the major changes in appearance includes the two-button controls on the bottom of the phone, which are not present on its predecessor. Also, since HTC will launch on different continents simultaneously, it seems to imply that the black HTC will be launched in the US and the silver one in London, at least judging by the press shot.
Furthermore, all major US carriers will offer HTC One on their smartphone line-up and Verizon is said to launch the latest HTC One version last. Prices will vary depending on the memory but must not extraordinarily go beyond $300. This is a 4.7-incher and runs on 1.7GHz quad core Snapdragon.
South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. regained its spot as No. In the U.S. handset market last month for the first time in a year on Brisk sales of its latest smartphones, a research firm said Sunday.
According to Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research, mobile phones by LG Electronics recorded a share of 13 percent in December in the United States, beating Apple Inc. with 12 percent. The No. 1 player was retained by Samsung Electronics Co. with 33 percent. Please note, it's "mobile" phones, not just smartphones.
LG Electronics had maintained the runner-up position until the third-quarter of 2011 but fell to third place after Apple's iPhone 4S hit the market.
Market Insiders attributed LG Electronics' sales growth to the popularity of its latest Optimus G handset , with over 1 million units sold across North America.
According to Reuters, Samsung Galaxy S3 became the world's best-selling smartphone model last quarter, pushing aside Apple Inc's iPhone, which has dominated the chart for more than two years, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Thursday.
Strategy Analytics estimated Samsung sold 18 million S3 models in the third quarter, compared with iPhone 4S sales of 16.2 million.
Strong sales of the flagship Galaxy S3 - which comes with a large 4.8 inch touchscreen - helped Samsung post a record $7.3 billion operating profit in the July-September quarter.
"Samsung's Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia," said analyst Neil Mawston, adding the new iPhone 5 would likely reclaim the top spot for Apple in the current quarter.
Samsung today announced a new android phone for its Chinese market. The phone is named as GT-I8262. The device runs on Android 4.1 jelly update and is another mid-range phone. The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core process and a 768 MB of RAM. Other features include a 5 Mega-pixel, camera, Bluetooth and wifi. A battery of 1700 mAh also comes with the phone, which allows longer charging times for the phone. The screen display of the phone is 480 by 800 and has dimensions of 68.2 x 128.9 x 10.7.
However, Samsung is unlikely to showcase this phone at upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, just due to the phone being an ordinary phone. Seems, Samsung Co. is warming up people for some bigger surprises at MWC. So, would be fascinating to see the mobile range Samsung unveils at MWC.
A study by a company called "Localytics" shows that Android by Google is undoubtedly one very successful operating system and it represents a big bulk of the smartphone market. However, although Android has broken grounds and is quite popular among many, Google's bane is that most of the time, the Android OS is more associated with carriers, rather than them.
For example, Samsung creates awesome smartphones with Android OS that they are almost synonymous with Android, as one study says. If someone hears Samsung Galaxy, chances are that they will think it's an Android phone, despite the presence of Google's Nexus phone (which is also a good smartphone). Unfortunately, only real enthusiasts know the might of the Nexus over more popular "Android" phones.
This study just goes to show that Samsung has conquered the Android smartphone market. Somehow, Google gets bypassed in terms of the popularity of their products.
This is why many of Samsung's competitors that also offer Android smartphones should step up their games and improve their designs and features. In today's age, although Samsung holds much of the market for Android, it is not yet too late for HTC, LG, Sony and the others to revert their fortunes and get a bigger share of the market than they actually have.
Samsung leads the pack of smartphone providers in the Chinese market, receiving 32.3% share of the mobile users, while Apple lags in far second place, garnering 14.3% of the market, according to iResearch. Samsung offers various mid-range smartphones that greatly boosted its sales in the region, such as the popular Galaxy Ace series.
On the other hand, Huawei and Lenovo, two of the top Chinese companies, only bagged the third and fourth places, with a combined market share of not more than 20%, which not really surprising, especially if their figures were compared with Apple's and Samsung's figures. However, this clearly shows that the Chinese market is also divided between buying home-grown brands and more popular ones.
Despite the huge difference between Samsung and Apple's lead, the report also shows that Apple represented the bulk of high-end smartphone sales, figuring 55.6% of the total, while only 9.2% preferred to buy high-end Samsung smartphones. This goes to show that Samsung excels in providing excellent mid-range smartphones as shown by data in the Chinese market.
Even though Valentine's day is behind us, it looks like Samsung are seeing the gizmo lust in feminine eyes with the Samsung Galaxy Note II, arriving in Korea, all dressed in pink.
This Pink-color Galaxy Note II will be arriving on all of South Korean carriers and will join the rest of the available colors, which comprised of White, Titanium Grey, Amber Brown and Ruby Wine.
The specifications are the same. The phone will be available from the 22nd of this month on all three carriers of the South Korean Market.
The India smartphones market during 2H 2012 saw a rise in shipments by 75.2% over and above the 1H 2012 number, taking the overall contribution of smartphones to 6.8% for the full year. In fact, during 2H 2012, smartphone shipments stood at 8.1% of the country's total mobile handset shipments. While BlackBerry was at third spot during 1H 2012, Sony Mobiles displaced the former if we examine numbers for the full CY 2012.
Table 3. India Mobile Handsets Market: Leading Smartphone Players, CY 2012
(in terms of % of unit shipments)
Share (% of unit shipments of smartphones)
It looks like Samsung has got its hands full with the newly announced Galaxy S 4. One might start to think that Samsung has only eyes for this new smartphone. However, this is not the case and with the release of the new Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Ace 2, which currently runs the Gingerbread app, things could just heat up with the Ace family. True enough, Samsung announces plans for a 3rd generation Galaxy Ace.
Based on reliable sources, the GT-S7272 is a considerable upgrade of the former. It now packs a 4-inch screen, still with an unconfirmed resolution. It is also rumored to have a 1.2 dual core processor that will definitely rock the entry level mobile class. The only remnants of its Ace 2 heritage is its 5mp rear camera. It will have a 4GB storage. Hopefuls would also like to have a 1 gig of RAM. It is said to come in various colors- Black, Blue, White and Red.
The Galaxy Ace 3 will also purportedly be released sometime in June this year and might be priced around 300 Euros.
At the Mobile World Congress, Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and is now out in the US market for those who are willing to shell out $399.99 for the 16GB non-3G device. Many people think that this is a bit pricey but with its cool specs and features, some might just be coaxed to buying this latest 8-incher from Samsung.
The Note 8.0 runs on a quad-core Exynos CPU and has 2GB RAM. It also is capable of adjusting its backlight for a comfortable read with its Smart Reader mode and has a great display in general. Furthermore, Samsung integrates S-Pen technology, which is quite useful for people who like to read, write and even design graphics.
Overall the Galaxy Note 8.0 is very responsive and will surely be popular among those who want a more portable tablet. Hopefully the black 3G-capable version gets released soon, so users can enjoy this tablet with cellular capabilities.
According to DRAMeXchange, a division of global research firm TrendForce, in the first quarter of 2013 smartphone shipments increased steadily worldwide, with total shipments reaching 216.4 million units, 9.4% Quarter on Quarter growth. Since the beginning of 2012, smartphone shipment figures have been up every quarter despite seasonality, indication the electronic device is here to stay.
Looking at first-tier manufacturers' shipment volumes, Samsung continues to take the lead in the first quarter as the maker uses its vertically integrated supply chain, global marketing, and various sales channels to its advantage. Samsung's smartphones series is expected to see 65M units shipped this quarter, which accounts for 30% of the global market.
As for Apple, the iPhone 5 has been unable to satisfy consumers' desire for innovation, and shipments were unsatisfactory as Android manufacturers have stepped up to the plate. The Cupertino company shipped a mere 37.5 million units in the first quarter, giving them 17.3% market share, a decrease of 1.2% from the previous quarter. Currently, circumstances surrounding the announcement of Apple's new device are unclear, while Samsung, HTC, Sony, and other global corporations are planning product unveilings for the second quarter, which will likely lead to another dip in Apple's shipments.
Nokia and HTC are other companies who have found themselves having smaller shares in the beginning of this year, with Nokia down 0.9% and HTC down 0.4%. Sony and Lenovo seem to be among the few companies that have actually registered a growth. Sony, which recently launched its Xperia Z smartphone, has climbed all the way from 3.5% to... 3.8%, while Lenovo currently controls 3.9% of the market, up from 3.3% in 2012.
Samsung Electronics lost $12 billion in stock market value on Friday, hit by brokerage downgrades that have underscored concerns about slowing sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. Analysts say sales momentum for the high-end version of the S4, which became its fastest selling smartphone since its launch in late April, has slowed.
The share slide of more than 6 percent comes after it recently introduced two stripped-down versions of the S4, fanning worries that profit margins for its mobile business will suffer. It also follows a report that arch-rival Apple will begin a trade-in program for iPhones.
"Samsung has yet to prove its 'creative' innovation, that is, launching a product or a market segment that has not existed before in addition to prowess in manufacturing technology," Fitch said, from Ratings agency Fitch Ratings.
What do you think?
According to Korean site ET News, bothSamsung Display and LG Display will ship flexible displays this coming November, and they are considering expanding production capacity thereafter. As the first product will be introduced as an `unbreakable and light' concept phone, the production capacity of the current pilot lines of the two companies will be enough. However, if the response is good, the production capacity is so insufficient that it cannot handle a single mega-class model.
Besides being flexible, why should you be interested in this new display technology? The screens themselves are not made out of glass, they're made out of a plastic substrate that's far more resistant to damage. You'll hear the term "unbreakable" get thrown around a lot, and while I think that's pushing it, you'll definitely be able to drop your flexi-phone to the ground and not have to worry about it getting a nasty hairline fracture.
In addition to Samsung Display and LG Display, Japanese and Taiwanese companies are developing flexible OLED, but they seem to have a long way to go until mass production.
Samsung now holds 25.4 percent of the smartphone market, with an increase of 1.3 percent over the previous quarter, coming in behind Apple, which reigns supreme with a 40.6 share that was mostly stagnant compared over the course of three months.
Motorola made the leap to third with 7 percent (up 0.1 percentage points). HTC and LG followed with 6.7 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively.
Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in October with 52.2 percent market share (up 0.4 percentage points), followed by Apple with 40.6 percent (up 0.2 percentage points), BlackBerry with 3.6 percent, Microsoft with 3.2 percent (up 0.2 percentage points) and Symbian with 0.2 percent.
According to new figures from analyst Strategy Analytics. The analyst estimates that 152.1 million Android smartphones were shipped globally in the quarter, nearly double the amount shipped in the year ago quarter, around 80.6 million, bringing Android's global smartphone market share from 51% at the end of 2011 to 70% at the end of 2012.
iOS saw modest gains, with 47.8 million units shipped up from 37.0, but failed to top out at even one third of Android's marketshare. Every other platform barely registered. Symbian, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Bada struggled to hit 7.9 percent marketshare.
The global smartphone shipments for the full year 2012 reached a record 700.1 million units.
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