If you’ve been following the trends, Gartner’s mobile phone market figures for the first quarter of 2013 won’t surprise. The research firm estimates that Android was on 74.4 percent of all smartphones sold in the period, with Samsung the key beneficiary of such dominance. While the Korean behemoth doesn’t release solid sales figures, Gartner believes its market-flooding strategy has paid off, topping the league with 30.8 percent market share — Apple has a firm grip on second place, with 18.2 percent, which is well ahead of LG, which has 4.8 percent. Samsung is also king of the mobile phone space, owning 23.6 percent of the market, ahead of Nokia, which has fallen to 14.8 percent share. Gartner’s research also found that feature phone sales are slowing, so we guess that it’s only a matter of time ! before t he humble candybar goes the way of the netbook.
Netflix announced its first quarter earnings this afternoon.
Revenue is inline with analyst’s expectations but EPS killed and the stock is up about 20% after-hours.
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The big numbers are:
- Revenue: $1.02 billion verses $1.02 billion
- EPS: $0.31 versus $0.20
- Earnings guidance: sees Q2 EPS $0.23-$0.48 versus expectations of $0.30 EPS
There are two pieces of good news for Microsoft out this morning.
The first is that, hello, Microsoft stock is up 8% so far this year.
The second is that Nokia reported decent sales of its Lumia smartphones, which are powered by Microsoft Windows Phone 8.
Nokia reported Lumia sales of 5.6 million units last quarter – right in line with estimates.
Asymco analyst Horace Dediu made a chart showing that, thanks to the Windows Phones, Nokia smartphone sales may have finally “bottomed” after years of decline.
ADP jobs report comes in at 192K, ahead of the 165K that were expected.
This is up from a downwardly revised 185K last month.
Remember, this is only private sector payrolls.
The one catch. Last month was revised down from 210K to 185K.
Overall, market not moving too much.
Growth in digital to remain in double digits through 2015
Worldwide, digital ad spending passed the $100-billion mark for the first time last year, according to new eMarketer estimates, and will increase by a further 15.1% in 2013 to $118.4 billion.
That will put worldwide digital ad spending levels—including online and mobile advertising spending, other than messaging-based formats—at 21.7% of the total spent on ads in all media this year, and on track to account for more than one-quarter of all ad spending by 2016.
Make no mistake about it, Apple is now the iPhone company.
This chart, based on information from Apple and estimates from our own Henry Blodget, shows how gross profit from the iPhone has exploded since it was introduced in 2007. It basically overshadows profits from all other divisions at Apple.
Blodget estimates gross profits will be $67 billion in 2014, up from an estimated $44 billion this year.
Dr. Augustine Fou is Digital Consigliere to marketing executives, advising them on digital strategy and Unified Marketing(tm). Dr Fou has over 17 years of in-the-trenches, hands-on experience, which enables him to provide objective, in-depth assessments of their current marketing programs and recommendations for improving business impact and ROI using digital insights.
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