Android makes gains, but iPad remains best-selling tablet of 2013

iPad Air sideAccording to research firm Gartner, the iPad remained the best-selling tablet in 2013 thanks to worldwide sales of approximately 70,400,159 units on the year. The latest figures aren’t all good news for Apple, however, as the iPad saw its market share dip from 52.8% in 2012 to just 36.0% percent in 2013…  (more…)

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iOS 7 adoption reaches 74% in North America

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iOS has long been an attractive mobile platform for developers because of its lack of fragmentation. When a new major version of iOS is released, a flock of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are always quick to update; as a result, Chitika reports that the number of iOS devices running iOS 7 or later has already reached 74.1 percent in North America.

Google doesn’t enjoy the same luxury, as 24.1 percent of all Android devices continue to run the three-year-old Gingerbread version. According to the study, the remaining 25.9 percent of iPhones continue to run an outdated iOS version: iOS 6 (22.4%), iOS 5 (2.6%), iOS 4 (0.9%) and iOS 3 (0.1%). Comparatively, 63.8 percent of iPads have been updated to iOS 7 so far.

[Chitika via TechnoBuffalo]

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Galaxy S III Tops iPhone 5 in Customer Satisfaction Survey

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Apple prides itself on offering award-winning customer service, with the iPhone alone having received nine straight J. D. Power and Associates awards for customer satisfaction. In a rather shocking turn of events, although, a new study shows that Apple has been dethroned from its position as number one in customer service.

The latest smartphone brand study by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) shows that Samsung has topped Apple, with strong performances from its Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II handsets. The aforementioned devices each received a score of 84 out of 100, while the iPhone 5 trailed closely behind at 82.  (more…)

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Verizon Activates 3.9 Million iPhones in Second Quarter

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Verizon Wireless announced its financial results for the second quarter on Thursday, adding 971,000 subscribers and activating 3.9 million iPhones between March and June. The mobile carrier posted $5.2 billion in profit on $29.8 billion in revenue, which is split almost evenly with Vodafone.

Verizon activated 7.5 million smartphones and 6.4 million LTE devices this quarter, meaning that the 3.9 million iPhones accounted for 51 percent of the carrier’s smartphone units sold. In other words, the Apple smartphone still plays a very significant role for the mobile provider.  (more…)

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Lifetime iPhone Sales Are About to Surpass iPod Sales

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As a testament to how far Apple has come since approaching bankruptcy just prior to the millennium, cumulative iPhone sales will soon pass the number of iPods sold since the portable media player was introduced in 2001. To put that in perspective, the iPhone wasn’t released until six years later.

Apple will announce its third quarter financial results on Tuesday, July 23, and it is expected that the number of iPhone sales will be enough for the handset to eclipse the iPod in terms of lifetime units sold. While it still accumulates millions of dollars in revenues, the iPod has been declining in units sold for several consecutive quarters. (more…)

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Jelly Bean Finally Eclipses Gingerbread as Most Used Android Version

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It may have taken over two-and-a-half years, but Gingerbread was finally surpassed today by Jelly Bean as the most used Android software version. The latest numbers for a two week period ending July 8th reveal that 37.9 percent of all Android smartphones and tablets that accessed Google Play were running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or newer, compared to 34.1 percent for Gingerbread.

This is an important milestone for Google, as fragmentation has often been highlighted as a major issue plaguing the Android platform. For years, the issue of having too many hardware manufacturers, carriers, screen sizes, software versions and so on has been a burden on Android developers. And despite the rise in adoption of Jelly Bean, over one-third of all Android devices are still running software that was released in December 2010 or earlier.

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Apple has even been using the fragmentation of Android to its advantage, promoting how 94 percent of its devices are running iOS 6 or later in a pie chart that looks eerily similar to the Android one. For developers, there is certainly an upside to having all users running on the same software and using one of the few iPhone models available.

Google recently announced versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One running stock Android, which will receive streamlined updates similar to the Nexus family of devices. Both devices hit the market last month, and should help further reduce Android fragmentation.

Additionally, experienced users have long bypassed the need to wait for software updates by rooting and flashing custom ROMs, such as CyanogenMod, to their Android devices. If you’re an Android user, let us know which device you have and if you’re part of the 37.9 percent running Jelly Bean.

[The Next Web]

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Android and Samsung Dominate European Market, iOS Remains Distant Second

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While the iPhone continues to be the top-selling smartphone in the United States, the situation is quite different across the pond. The latest numbers from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveal that Android accounted for 70.4 percent market share in Europe during a three month period ending May 2013. The report is based on five major European markets: Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Samsung smartphones, which represent nearly half of all Android-based handset sales in Europe, greatly contributed to the overall success of Android throughout the region. iOS held a meager 17.8 percent market share, comparatively, for a distant second place finish among mobile operating systems. Windows Phone ranked third with 6.8 percent market share.  (more…)

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New Chart Shows That Android Fragmentation Far Exceeds iOS

iOS version share June 3 2013Apple recently posted a chart to its Optimizing Apps for iOS 6 checklist page for developers, revealing that 93 percent of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices are running iOS 6 or later. An additional 6 percent of devices are running iOS 5, with the final 1 percent of devices running older iOS versions.

The chart is a subtle blow to Google, which has a pie chart of its own for tracking the usage of Android operating system versions. Fragmentation continues to remain an issue on Android, with the latest versions of Jelly Bean sitting at just 33 percent adoption. Gingerbread, released in December 2010, remains the most popular version of Android with 36.5 percent distribution.  (more…)

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HTC One Sales Near 5 Million

htc-one-m7Taiwanese handset maker HTC is in trouble, with declining revenues and internal struggles, but its flagship HTC One has been one bright spot for the ailing corporation.

HTC One shipments are now approaching 5 million since the smartphone was released in late April, an impressive number for a company that also has a dud called HTC First on its hands.

Despite its success, the HTC One isn’t the top-selling Android smartphone. That crown goes to the Galaxy S4, which is about to eclipse 10 million shipments according to Samsung.

Nevertheless, iFans strongly believes that the HTC One is the best Android smartphone released to date, outshining the Samsung Galaxy S4 in a number of areas: physical design, software features and low-light camera performance.

[CNET]

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Windows Phone Leapfrogs BlackBerry for Third Place in Mobile Space

Trio-Windows-Phone-8X-HTCWindows Phone is now the third-largest mobile platform worldwide, gaining more than triple its market share year-over-year and leapfrogging the recovering BlackBerry in the midst.

According to the latest numbers from IDC, a leading market research firm, 7 million Windows Phone units were shipped in the first quarter for 3.2 percent market share. BlackBerry moved 6.3 million units, but dropped to 2.9 percent market share.  (more…)

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