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Android shows strong growth and has more than 50% market share in the US

Devices running Google’s Android mobile operating system encompassed more than half of all U.S. smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 according to market research firm NPD Group. Android increased its U.S. market share lead to 53 percent as 2010 closed, up 9 percentage points over Q3–Apple’s iOS slipped 4 percentage points to account for 19 percent of sales, tied with Research In Motion’s  BlackBerry (down 2 percentage points). NPD notes that Microsoft’s legacy Windows Mobile OS dropped 3 points to 4 percent of the U.S. market, while its new Windows Phone 7 debuted at 2 percent, deadlocked with Palm’s webOS. The firm adds that Windows Phone 7 claimed a smaller market share at launch than either Android or webOS during their respective debuts.

Apple’s iPhone 4 was the best-selling mobile phone in the U.S. during the fourth quarter, followed in descending order by Motorola’s Droid X, HTC’s Evo 4G, the iPhone 3GS and Motorola’s Droid 2. For the first time ever, NPD’s quarterly Top Five sales chart did not include a feature phone device.

Android is now the top-selling smartphone OS worldwide as well–Android unit shipments surpassed Symbian device shipments for the first time in the fourth quarter according to data issued technology analysis firm Canalys. Android shipments topped 33.3 million in Q4, translating to a 32.9 percent share of the global smartphone market, Canalys reports; a year earlier, Android shipments represented just 8.7 percent of the worldwide market, a 615.1 percent leap. Symbian shipments grew from 23.9 million in Q4 2009 to 31.0 million in the most recent quarter–however, its worldwide market share plummeted from 44.4 percent to 30.6 percent during that time.

iPhone shipments increased from 8.7 million in Q4 2009 to 16.2 million a year later–its smartphone market share slipped from 16.3 percent to 16.0 percent. BlackBerry fell from 20.0 percent market share to 14.4 percent as device shipments increased from 10.7 million to 14.6 million–Windows Phone also stumbled, w market share falling from 7.2 percent to 3.1 percent as smartphone shipments decreased from 3.9 million in Q4 2009 to 3.1 million a year later. Total worldwide smartphone shipments surpassed 101.2 million in the fourth quarter, up 89 percent year-over-year.

Source: FierceMobileContent

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Smartphones will drive growth of the mobile market

2010 will be the first year where as many smartphones will be sold as traditional mobile phones.

According to a study of Royal Bank of Scotland, the smartphone market will grow steadily with 19% per year until 2012. At that moment 2 out 3 telephones sold will be smartphones.

Traditional mobile phones will see their sales volumes drop at a yearly rate of 10% until 2012. The developing countries will most likely be the key drivers of sales volumes for these devices.

In last quarter of 2009, 324 million mobile phones have been sold, an increase of 10% on a year-by-year basis. The sales of smartphone has grown in the same period with 30% with 53 million devices sold (16% of sales). Nokia is still market leader in this segment with a market share of 39%, followed by RIM /BlackBerry (19,8%) and Apple (14,4%).

Source: Le Journal du Net

Mobile Internet use increases with 148% in 2009

In 2009, the use of the mobile internet has increased with 148% worldwide. 

Mobile devices now represent 1,3% of all web pageviews in North America, with Apple’s iPhone operating system accounting for 65,1% of mobile web traffic in the region.  Google’s Android OS is second at 12,4%, followed by Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS at 8,7%. 

These numbers come from a study of Quantcast, who predicts that the mobile web consumption the US will further increase towards 2,3% by the end of 2010.

Full report here 

Learnings from two years AdMob reports

AdMod, recently bought by Google, has released some interesting learnings, extracted from the data of the past two years. 

– The number of monthly ad requests in the AdMob network increased 6.3x over the past 2 years from 1.6 billion in September 2007 to 10.2 billion in September 2009.

– 64 countries sent more than 10 million requests in September 2009, compared to only 16 countries in September 2007.

– In September 2007, the top 10 mobile devices included 8 models by Nokia or Sony Ericsson.  In September 2009, these brands only have 3 models left in the top 10 (the N95, K800i and 5800 XpressMusic). The others have been replaced by phones from RIM (Blackberry), HTC and Apple (iPhone).

More details here

 

Top paid apps from Blackberry App World

Recently, we’ve discussed the 10 best iPhone apps and the 10 best Android apps.

Let’s now have a look at the top paid apps from Blackberry App World.

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Press release: DataNews chooses MobileWeb.be for its mobile offering

m.datanews.be, the recently launched mobile site of DataNews, was entirely developed by MobileWeb.be, Belgian specialist in Mobile Internet and SMS solutions. The site is optimized for iPhone, Blackberry and other smartphones. With the addition of Datanews’ mobile site, MobileWeb further grows its portfolio of mobile media, which also includes the mobile sites of De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad, Jobat, VDAB, Nikon and Stad Gent.

Belgian ICT magazine DataNews selected MobileWeb.be as their preferred partner to further build their mobile strategy. Since the target audience of DataNews is technologically advanced, it was important that different smartphone users can access the mobile site. MobileWeb’s Mobile Internet platform allows full compatibility with different types of mobile phones, which garantees a superior user experience on the iPhone and Blackberry, as well as other mobile devices with Internet access.

While m.datanews.be focuses on ICT news in Dutch and French, the mobile user can also consult ICT job offers, extensive product reviews and an agenda of ICT events.

With m.datanews.be, MobileWeb.be further builds its Mobile Internet portfolio, which includes the mobile sites for De Standaard (m.standaard.be), Het Nieuwsblad (m.nieuwsblad.be), Jobat (m.jobat.be) and VDAB (m.vdab.be). Several mobile marketing sites were created, among which are campaigns for Nikon and Stad Gent. Earlier this month, MobileWeb.be also presented the iPhone app for De Standaard, the first paying news application in the Benelux.

Wall Street Journal to charge for mobile news

The Wall Street Journal will begin charging consumers as much as $2 a week to access its news coverage via mobile device.

Rupert Murdoch, CEO of parent firm News Corp., said it will impose mobile fees within the next month or two. Murdoch did say that subscribers to the Journal’s print edition would only be charged $1 a week for mobile web access, with the $2 weekly fee applying to non-subscribers.

The Wall Street Journal is one of the few major U.S. newspapers requiring premium subscriptions for its online content – the publication currently boasts more than 1 million online subscribers. The Journal introduced a free mobile news application in February 2008, followed six months later by the WSJ.com Mobile Reader, a free app optimized for BlackBerry smartphones. The Journal’s free iPhone app debuted in April 2009.

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