Apple’s smartphone shipments increased by 128% year-on-year in Q4, meaning that it has now jumped to third overall in worldwide mobile phone shipments.
The report from the International Data Corporation shows that Nokia and Samsung maintained their positions as one and two in the table, with 113.5m and 97.6m units shipped respectively. For now, Apple is still some way behind with 37m units shipped.
There are a lot of words and phrases that could be used to describe Apple's fiscal first quarter financial results. Amongst them: incredible, unbelievable, record-breaking and earth-shattering.
Strong (to put it modestly) sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs produced over $46bn in revenue and a mind-boggling net profit of more than $13bn.
When it came to the iPhone, the company's latest, the iPhone 4S, proved to be a winner, with more than 37m units sold in the quarter, which covered the all-important holiday shopping season.
Asda has today launched a transactional iPhone app that allows users to purchase groceries from the supermarket, and run price comparisons against its competitors.
This comes more than a year since the launch of Tesco’s m-commerce iPhone app, reviewed on Econsultancy in September 2010.
According to figures released today, Android has doubled its market share of worldwide smartphone sales in Q3 of 2011.
The stats from Gartner show quite astonishing growth, as 52.5% of all smartphones sold in this period were built on the Android OS, up from just over 25% in the same period a year ago.
Wine Demon is a new venture from the Naked Wines team. and its first release is an iPhone app which provides ratings and recommendations for wines.
The iPhone app launched yesterday, with an Android version planned for the new year.
I've been asking Chief Demon Greg Banbury about Wine Demon...
Wearing a fedora, bespoke Hong Kong suit, and
shirts with “007” embroidered on the breast pocket, Tomi Ahonen stands out in a
A former Nokia executive, and almost certainly the
most prolific business writer to fixate on monetizing mobile technology, Tomi
has been writing about mobile marketing since 2002.
He has written the first
business book on 3G: m-Profits: Making Money from 3G Services,
more recently The Insiders Guide to Mobile.
Tomi explains why mobile marketers shouldn't obsess over apps, but start with the basics...
When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S last week, reaction from the media was generally mixed. With many anticipating the launch of the iPhone 5, many pundits quickly labeled the 4S a disappointment.
But don't tell that to consumers. The iPhone 4S is selling like hotcakes. In the first 12 hours of taking pre-orders, AT&T had already sold 200,000 units.
By the end of the day Friday, pre-order stocks were sold out across all three carriers in the U.S. offering the iPhone, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. The same thing reportedly happened in other countries where 4S pre-orders were being accepted.
For Adobe, the rise of mobile, and the iPhone and iPad in particular, has been bittersweet.
Yes, the company most recognizable to consumers for its Reader and Flash products, has plenty of new opportunities thanks to mobile, but exploiting them has required the company to look at a number of Plan Bs.
The primary reason: Apple doesn't like Flash. Adobe tried to persuade Apple that Flash isn't so bad, but that wasn't going anywhere, so the company has been increasingly betting its mobile future on other technologies, like HTML5.
Apple is arguably the most dominant company in the mobile market today, but its dominance doesn't depend on market share. Indeed, America's most valuable company doesn't dominate mobile market share, but it does reap the majority of the profit.
That's obviously not what Apple's competitors want to hear, but it gets worse: Apple is far, far better at keeping its customers, and will increasingly have the opportunity to poach theirs.
When it comes to mobile apps and app stores, two names stand out: Apple's App Store, and Google's Android Market.
In fact, for many developers, these two app stores are the only game in town.
But is ignoring other app stores, like Nokia's OVI Store, a mistake? According to research firm research2guidance, the answer may be 'yes'.