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New Acer $400 PC Will Run Android (CNET)
This should give Microsoft pause: Acer’s new all-in-one PC, named the AIO, will run Android. Intel has dropped hints that more Android-powered low-cost PCs are on the way. Although Android chief Sundar Pichai threw water on the idea of connecting the Android and Chrome operating systems, it makes sense in a multi-device computing world to have the same operating system underpinning mobile-devices and low-powered laptops. Read >
The Average American Spends An Hour Of Quality Time With Their Smartphone (AllThingsD)
That’s according to a new study out by Experian. At least half that time is spent talking and texting. Read >
Apple’s iPhone Sales in India Up 400 Percent (Apple Insider)
It’s starting from a low base, but Apple is now moving 400,000 devices per month thanks to aggressive pricing strategies. However, some observers have penned articles with a contrarian take, saying that in fact, India has become a “dumping ground” for outdated iPhones 4 models. Read >
A Fun Take On Privacy In A World With Google Glass (Taptastic)
From pro-privacy haircuts, to portable anonymous lighting, to simply scaring off other Glass wearers with your own pair. A light-hearted take on a serious issue: what will happen to privacy in a world where no one knows whether you’re filming them or not? Read >
Is Silicon Valley An Echo Chamber, Or Can It Make Apps For The Rest Of The World? (The New York Times)
Nick Bilton of The New York Times muses about whether Silicon Valley creates many apps that just aren’t relevant to lifestyles outside of the privileged, engineer-choked world of Northern California. He analyzes success stories like Uber, and an a! pp calle d Twist as he considers this question. Read >
A Handy Infographic Outlining App Global Store Stats (Topapps.net)
Interesting to note that Microsoft’s store and the Amazon Appstore, the latter with only 16 million total downloads, are dwarfed by the competition. (See below.)
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That’s still down nearly 2 percentage points from Android’s market share peak in November and is only up 1 percentage point from a year ago.
Rival Apple continues to pick up market share on the back of a strong iPhone 5 release. At the end of March, Apple accounted for 39% of U.S. smartphone users, up from 31% a year ago.
comScore measures market share by installed base, not shipments. It looks at U.S. smartphone subscribers over the age of 13.
Given the healthy growth of the overall smartphone market, however, Android still has 17 million more net users in the U.S. than a year ago. Apple picked up 21 million net users in the same period.
Microsoft‘s Windows Phone 8 operating system has yet to gain traction. Its market share fell slightly to 3% last month, which means it actually shed 200,000 net users in March.
Since its introduction in late October, Windows Phone has only added 400,000 net American users. Nokia is expected to release the Lumia 928 this week in the U.S. market! , which may help Windows Phone a bit, but we don’t see evidence of a turnaround yet.
Meanwhile, the overall U.S. market continues to see robust penetration growth. Smartphone penetration is now 58 percent, a 13 percentage point increase over a year prior, and an acceleration of growth. However, we don’t believe the acceleration is sustainable. Eventually, penetration growth will slow.
It is important to remember that with the rapid emergence of China, the U.S. is no longer as central to the global smartphone market as it previously was.
Here’s a look at U.S. smartphone penetration growth: