According to Strategy Analytics, mobile phone shipments grew 4 percent annually to reach 52 million units in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2012. Apple leads the pack with its 34% followed by Samsung and its 32.3%.
As far as the entire last year is concerned, Samsung is in the lead accounting for 31.8% of the US market followed by Apple with its own 26.2%.
LG managed to grab the third spot position both in units shipped and market share. LG shipped 4.7 million mobile phones for 9 percent share of the United States market in Q4 2012, dipping from 6.9 million units and 14 percent share a year earlier.
Check out the following link for the complete numbers.
HTC One is currently available in grey, black and red. some also have seen it in 24-carat gold. But now you can get it in blue, if press images leaked out by @evleaks are to be believed, a blue variant of the HTC One will be hitting store shelves some time this year.
Last week we heard that Verizon may get an exclusive on this particular hue in the United States which still seems odd, as we would have expected the carrier nicknamed Big Red to go for, you know, the red One as an exclusive - but alas that seems to have been grabbed by Sprint.
As you can see above the phone looks no different than your standard HTC One, but all of its aluminum is now a fine matte blue color with black plastic accents and a silver "Beats Audio" branding on the bottom. We personally think it looks quite stylish, but who knows where or when it will be made available.
Tizen is a Linux-based operating system that emerged from the death of Nokia's MeeGo. Intel, which originally worked with Nokia on MeeGo, and Samsung took over the development of the operating system, which is also overseen by the Linux Foundation. It is seen as more open than Google's Android, which despite its claims of openness, has irked some partners with certain restrictions, including the inability to make massive changes to the underlying platform.
Samsung is the biggest backer of the open source Tizen OS and according to Daily Yomiuri, Tizen-powered devices will likely to be on the market next year sold by Samsung. While the newspaper didn't divulge any more details, NTT Docomo is said to be the carrier in Japan who'll carry Tizen running phone manufactured by Samsung.
The OS that Docomo and its partners are developing is named Tizen. Samsung will probably begin selling the smartphones next year and they are likely to be released in Japan and other countries at around the same time, according to sources.
We'll hear more about Tizen at the expo in February at Mobile World Congress event in Spain.
451Research on consumer smart phone survey shows an explosive wave of momentum is catapulting Samsung to its all-time high in a ChangeWave survey, even as Apple demand remains strong three months after the iPhone 5 release. The December 11-27, 2012 survey took a close-up look at North American smart phone trends, with 88% of the 4,061 respondents residing in the US.
The survey indicates that Samsung sales could see strong early gains in 2013, while interest in Apple's iPhone takes a hit. Samsung's Galaxy Note II in particular made a promising showing, meaning consumers are eager to wrap their hands around big screen devices.
Samsung posted an 8 percentage point game, bringing anticipated demand from 13 to 21 percent overall, much of a climb is "unprecedented" in their survey history. The Samsung Galaxy S III was the most desirable of Samsung handsets, with 69 percent of overall demand, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was a surprise hit, with 23 percent of all Samsung consumer interest. Overall, consumers reported considerable interest in "phablet" devices, with 27 percent reporting they wanted a screen that's at least 5-inches. The 4 to 4.9-inch category still rules with 52 percent of interest, but clearly, consumers are liking the idea of big screen phones.
A bigger smartphone will apparently come out this year from Samsung, that is according toa report from the Korean media. The phone is said to be almost 6 inches and it will either be a Note 3 or possibly even an entirely new model for Samsung.
Many people complain about bigger phones and how they seem awkward to use for calling and sending text messages, however, they have actually gained a huge following. Just take a look at Samsung's popular phablet, the Note 2. Every month since September, Samsung has sold over 1M units of this device and with the updates from Android, it looks like the figure will just go higher.
Furthermore, many are speculating that the potential 5.9-in device will also feature Samsung's processor, the Exynos Octa. Whatever happens, Samsung already got its hands full with their goal of selling 100M units of S IV that is due to come out on March 14th.
People are really rooting for the Samsung S IV to be the best smartphone to come out this year and rightfully so. It seems that Samsung has already perfected their formula for making hit devices like the Galaxy Note and Note II. However, companies like HTC and Apple, never fail to spoil the fun. For example, currently, the iPhone series is still the most popular smartphone in the US.
The S series is responsible for Samsung's rapid increase in Android users share. And Samsung has earned the loyalty of these consumers despite many complaints of the S III's plastic-y feel. The company has already reached a high level of popularity, even surpassing its main rival, Apple. People now commonly have two choices. Should I go with iPhone or Samsung? All of a sudden LG or HTC seem to be far options even though devices like HTC One or the Optimus G Pro could compete with these devices.
The success of the previous S series along with Samsung's huge slice of the Android pie can almost ascertain that the S IV will be the best selling S series phone this year.
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.
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 introduced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA last year, and said it would release a second generation of the device along the Galaxy S5 this spring.
This year, Samsung has been rumored to be working on wearable glasses similar to Google Glass, supposedly under the Gear Glass name, and according to a report from The Korea Times, Samsung will unveil Gear Glass this year at IFA in September.
The new smart glass to be introduced by Samsung is a new concept of wearable device that can lead to an exciting culture of communication. The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability. Wearable devices can't generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as a leader in new markets.
The report suggests that functionality will be similar to that of the Galaxy Gear, allowing smartphone users to view notifications, take phone calls, shoot pictures and control and listen to music, though hopefully, it will be compatible with more devices out of the box than Samsung's first smartwatch.
A report by strategy analytics today confirms a shipment of about 1.6 billion mobiles in the year 2012. An increase of two percent from the numbers shipped last year. Samsung was the top brand to be shipped all around the world with nearly 400 million phones shipped during the year, 396.5 million to exact. 1 of the 4 mobiles shipped was relating to Samsung, which allowed them to snatch 25 percent market share in the world of cell phones.
The main reason behind Samsung's successful campaign in 2012 was its beautifully designed Galaxy series. Nokia was the second best brand of 2012 shipping 20 percent of total mobile phones shipped. Nokia was 2011's number one brand but due to Samsung's Galaxy series the demand for its handsets went down during the year. Strategy analytics declared Samsung, Nokia and Apple the top cellular brands of 2012 which was quite obvious after high demands were observed throughout the 2012 for the brands.
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.
Source: Android And Me
A few months back, China acknowledged that it largely depends on Android for its mobile communications needs. It even expressed concern over the consistently growing influence of Google and Android in its society and by year end last year, it is home to approximately 224M Android users and the numbers just keep on growing.
By end of 2013, this number could easily reach 300M owing to the sale of lower-end devices that use Android as their operating system. According to Wandoujia, a staggering 86% of smartphones in China run on Android. This very little differentiation has initially made experts anxious about Google's impact on their system. Also, this anxiety stems from China's bitter relationship with Google. This just goes to show how universal Android is. It goes beyond boundaries and even its opponents recognize that it as a good platform.