Posts Tagged ‘ US ’

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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1 out of 4 Americans gets news via mobile

26% of American adults now reads news on their mobile handsets, says a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Of all the users using the mobile internet for information, there is
– 72% checking for weather forecasts
– 68% checking news headlines and current events
– 44% checking sport results and news
– 35% checking traffic reports
– 32% checking financial info and updates

Also interesting to know is that almost 1 out of 2 smartphone users (49%) has downloaded a mobile app to access headlines, weather, sports or other information.  Almost 1 out of 3 (31%) gets news alerts via SMS or e-mail.

Demographics

The study also finds that a person younger than 50 years is 3 times more likely to access news via their mobile than a person above 50.  The average mobile news consumer is a white male, age 34, with a college degree and a full-time job.

More details here

Google Maps for mobile expands traffic coverage

Google announced it will extend its Maps for mobile traffic coverage to include all U.S. highways and arterials as part of an ambitious crowdsourcing effort to help drivers more efficiently reach their destination and influence legislative road planning decisions. According to Google, mobile users who choose to enable Google Maps with My Location send anonymous bits of data relaying updates on how fast they’re moving – Google combines that information with the speed of other phones on the road, collecting information from thousands of devices in the vicinity to create a portrait of live traffic conditions. That information is continuously combined and transmitted back to users in the Google Maps traffic layers. (more at Fierce Mobile)

I’ve been testing Google Maps while travelling in France, and it was pretty accurate in giving traffic conditions for the main axes.

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Estimate of iPhones sold per country

Here’s an estimate from AdMob of the amount of Apple iPhones sold by June 2009.
Half of all iPhones (some 13 million) were sold in the USA.
Germany and France are both good for almost 2 million pieces.
For Belgium, there is no estimate, but I think the number should be between 50.000 and 100.000 units.

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1 out of 5 Americans surf daily on mobile

Almost 1 out of every 5 Americans surfs the mobile internet on a daily basis.

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the daily visitors rate of the mobile web currently counts 19% of the population, compared to only 11% in December 2007.

32% of Americans use a mobile device to check e-mails, IM or information search, compared to 24% in late 2007.

African Americans are the most active and fastest-growing segment of mobile web users.

Send mobile greeting with Hallmark

Hallmark, the world famous provider of greeting cards, has launched a mobile application, allowing to send a greeting with your smartphone.   Users of the app can select a greeting card from one of the many categories and add a personalised text message.  The recipient first receives a link to download the Hallmark Mobile application, which is necessary to view the greeting card.   For every card sent and opened,  the sender is charged 99 dollarcent on his mobile subscription bill. 

For the moment, the app is only available for subscribers of certain US providers, but it’s expected to be extended soon.

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Napster Mobile available to more than 13 million AT&T clients

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Last year, Napster teamed up with US mobile provider AT&T to offer a mobile music download service. This service has now been expanded to more than 13 million AT&T mobile subscribers.

Napster Mobile lets music fans use their handsets to search, browse and download music from Napster’s collection of more than 6 million songs.  A full-length song can be downloaded at the cost of $ 1,99, which includes a copy that is automatically delivered to the customer’s PC.

The service is now available on more than 25 AT&T smartphones and handsets, including BlackBerry Bold, AT&T Quickfire, Pantech Matrix and Samsung Propel. The expansion was made possible by less restrictive digital rights management (DRM) requirements from the labels and Napster’s adoption of more flexible technology.