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drag2share: Samsung Is On Track To Spend ~$13 Billion In Marketing This Year (GOOG)

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Wondering how Samsung managed to quash Motorola, HTC, and just about every other major Android rival? Start with this chart from analyst Benedict Evans.

Evans notes that Samsung’s run-rate for marketing is $12.7 billion based on marketing tin Q2. That’s more than Google paid to buy all of Motorola. It’s 3X HTC’s entire market cap.

It’s just an insane budget that no other company can keep pace with. Samsung’s final bill could be higher. Evans says that based on historical patterns, it will spend $4.5 billion in the fourth quarter. (He also says that it tends to spend more in Q3, though less in Q1.)

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: MORGAN STANLEY: iPhone Sales Could Be Up 28% This Quarter (AAPL)

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Apple’s iPhone units could grow by 28% on a year-over-year basis this quarter, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.

Huberty’s “Alphawise Smartphone Tracker” suggests Apple sells 34.5 million phones in the September quarter. The Street consensus for iPhone sales is in the low thirty millions.

A 28% increase over a year ago would be good considering Apple will only be selling new iPhones for about a week in the quarter. It’s also good considering Apple’s growth was at single digit levels earlier in the year.

Apple’s will never post insane 80%+ growth for the iPhone again. The market is mature, and Apple already sells a lot of phones making mega-growth nearly impossible.

But 28% is a solid, growing number, if accurate.

Morgan Stanley’s Alphawise tracker uses web search analysis and Google Trends to make a forecast. It sounds a little goofy, but last quarter Alphawise predicted 31.3 million units. Apple sold 31.2 million.

While this is good news for Apple, there’s more to the story.

Alphawise predicts a relatively massive quarter for Samsung. It’s expected to sell 47 million Galaxy phones, which would blow Apple out of the water.

Here’s a chart from Huberty that compares Alphawise estimates to actual results”

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: The iPhone 5S Is By Far The Fastest Smartphone In The World, Smoking Samsung’s S4 (AAPL, GOOG)

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Apple’s iPhone 5S is seriously fast.

After the fingerprint scanning Touch ID, and the new camera, the speed of the 5S is the thing that is sticking out about the phone in reviews.

But how fast is fast?

Anand Lal Shimpi did some thorough testing of the 5S versus other smartphones, and even some tablets.

His results confirm that the iPhone is the fastest phone on the market by a long-shot.

Here’s the results of the SunSpider test, which is a fairly standard test companies try to optimize results for.

Head over to Shimpi’s site for more. He tested the 5S against four different benchmarks, and in each case the 5S was the clear winner >

iPhone 5S speed test


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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Android Users: Google Has ALL Your Wi-Fi Passwords (GOOG)

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Computerworld’s Michael Horowitz shares some news that will do little to alleviate worries about Google’s privacy policy:

If an Android device (phone or tablet) has ever logged on to a particular Wi-Fi network, then Google probably knows the Wi-Fi password. Considering how many Android devices there are, it is likely that Google can access most Wi-Fi passwords worldwide.

Some back-of-the-envelope math points us to the estimate that 748 million Android phones will ship this year. That’s phones alone – Android tablets add to that figure.

With this many of its own devices in the wild, it becomes easy to see that Google has access to all order of Wi-Fi passwords.

This is all possible because of a feature that lets you back up and save your data to Google’s servers. This includes the obvious, like backing up your phone book and calendar, but it also snags your Wi-Fi passwords in the process. The feature is presented as a good thing, and by and large it is – if you lose a phone and need to replace it, all your data is backed up thanks to Google. No obnoxious re-entering of all your friends’ and family’s phone numbers, no need to scrounge up the passwords for your various Wi-Fi networks.

If the privacy implications of this outweigh the convenience, you can opt out by unchecking the appropriate box in your settings. Horowitz offers the following instructions on how to navigate to the appropriate dialogue:

  • In A ndroid 2.3.4, go to Settings, then Privacy. On an HTC device, the option that gives Google your Wi-Fi password is “Back up my settings”. On a Samsung device, the option is called “Back up my data”. The only description is “Back up current settings and application data”. No mention is made of Wi-Fi passwords.
  • In Android 4.2, go to Settings, then “Backup and reset”. The option is called “Back up my data”. The description says “Back up application data, Wi-Fi passwords, and other settings to Google servers”.

It’s also worth noting that like all personal data stored in Google, humans aren’t looking at your Wi-Fi passwords. This tool is simply a convenient feature for Android users who don’t want to keep re-entering their passwords.


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Friday, September 13th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: CHART OF THE DAY: Phablet Shipments Are Exploding Across Asia, As Tablet Sales Stagnate

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Phablets have experienced phenomenal growth in shipments across the Asia-Pacific region.

Shipments increased by an average of 88 percent quarter-on-quarter between year-end 2011 and June 30 of this year, according to IDC.

Much of the growth can be attributed to emerging markets like China and India where there is now high consumer demand for phablets, devices that straddle the line between tablet and mobile phone.

It may be a sign of the phablet’s cannibalization of the tablet market (much as tablets took the air out of the PC market.)

Low-cost phablet alternatives have also removed price barriers to device adoption.

In fact, the rise of low-cost phablets has ended Samsung’s dominance of this market. Samsung, maker of premium phablets like the Samsung Note, was responsible for 90 percent of phablet shipments in the fourth quarter of 2011, but the company’s share had shrunk to less than 50 percent by the second quarter of this year, according to IDC.

On average, low-cost phablets are priced at around $220, compared to $560 for Samsung devices.

IDC’s data excludes Japan but covers the entire Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, China and India. The research firm defines phablets as having a screen size of five to just under seven inches.

IDC groups phablets with tablets and laptop PCs into a market for “portable devices,” and in fact phablets are the only device category in the group that’s experiencing growth. Over the first half of this year, tablet shipments have decreased quarter-on-quarter, and laptop growth has been flat.

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 news No Comments

Smartphone Penetration Hits 60% of the US Mobile Market; Facebook Top App

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Comparing the latest figures to the Q2 average (ending in June), Apple’s gain was 0.5% points, while Android’s dip was 0.2% points.

Although Apple continues to hold the lead among smartphone manufacturers, Samsung has been enjoying some movement of late. Compared to the period ending in April, these latest figures show Samsung’s share up 2.1% points to 24.1%, still trailing Apple (40.4%) by a considerable margin of course.

HTC (-0.9% points to 8%), Motorola (-1.4% points to 6.9%) and LG (+0.1% points to 6.8%) are further behind.

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Monday, September 9th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: The Cheap Chinese Smartphone Makers Are Eating Apple And Samsung’s Lunch (AAPL, GOOG)

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Here’s the latest trend in the smartphone market.

The high-end players like Apple and Samsung are losing share to Chinese smartphone makers, and no-name brands willing to make super cheap smartphones. As you can see here, Apple and Samsung lost share on a year over year basis as those lesser known groups rose up to take share.

This is worse for Samsung than Apple. At least Apple has something that makes it unique with iOS. Samsung just runs on Android, which is what these Chinese companies are using.

This chart is from BI Intelligence, our paid tech research service.

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Friday, July 26th, 2013 news No Comments

Apple hits three-year low in smartphone marketshare, shipment figures reveal

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/26/apple-three-year-low-smartphone-marketshare/

Apple hits three-year low in smartphone marketshare, shipment figures reveal

Fresh reports on the state of the cellphone market during Q2 2013 have blown through the barn door, and industry analysts are flaunting some fairly impressive figures. Smartphones have outsold their less-intelligent brethren for the second quarter in a row, and Strategy Analytics says shipments hit a record-breaking 237.9 million. According to IDC, Samsung managed to ship a total of 72.4 million smartphones during Q2 — a 43.9% boost year-over-year — with help of the Galaxy S 4 and price cuts to the GS3. To put that in perspective, that’s more than double the 31.2 million iPhones Apple managed to ship, and Strategy Analytics claims this marks a three-year low in Cook and Co.’s marketshare. While LG and ZTE each occupy third and fifth place, respectively, Lenovo pushed Huawei out of the number four slot by sending out 11.3 million handsets. If you’re craving for more stats, hit the break for a trio of press releases.

Source: IDC, ABI Research

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Friday, July 26th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Android Smartphone Users Are Upgrading To Larger Screens, Mostly Because Of Samsung

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For further perspective, let’s look at trends in the phablet category.

Click here to see a larger version of this chart.

Phablets

Here, we can see the quick rise of 5-inch and 5.55-inch phablet devices.

Those screen sizes correspond to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note II, respectively.

Both devices are billed by Samsung as smartphones, although even some adult users find them too unwieldy to hold comfortably in one hand.

These two Samsung products combine for just over 7% of the entire Android smartphone market, which is significantly greater than the share now held by smartphones with 3.2-inch screens.

Samsung has clearly been the driver and the beneficiary of the trend toward larger screens in the Android smartphone world.


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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 news No Comments

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review: a messy marriage of smartphone and camera

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/12/samsung-galaxy-s4-zoom-review/

DNP Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review the crowning achievement of Androidpowered mediocrity

Android on a point-and-shoot? Last year we learned that it could be done. But with some features that duplicate the functionality of a smartphone without an ability to make calls, Samsung’s Galaxy Camera was a confusing mix of form and function. It was very much a first-generation device, and while they may have regretted it later, some curious early adopters did drop $500 for the soon-to-be-obsolete hybrid. The cumbersome compact, with its massive 21x lens and power-hungry 4.8-inch touchscreen, may not have won over the photography community, but Samsung’s 2013 approach has a much better chance at success.

With a design that’s based on the Galaxy S4 Mini, the Galaxy S4 Zoom adds a fair amount of heft to accommodate the feature that sets it apart from every other smartphone on the market: a 10x 24-240mm optically stabilized lens. But it’s still pocketable, believe it or not, and it functions quite well as a phone. While the Galaxy Camera was first and foremost a camera, the Zoom’s primary function is as an ordinary Android smartphone — albeit one with a larger sensor and a powerful lens. Can it replace both devices? And will you want it to? Shoot past the break for our take.

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Friday, July 12th, 2013 news No Comments

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