Why Android Phones, And Not The iPhone, Will Capture The Business Market

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-financial-times-on-google-android-2012-12

There was time, not so long ago, when the innovative RIM device dominated the business market, but in today’s mobile-drive world, the Blackberry is being pushed out by more advanced smartphones.

The Financial Times recently switched their emailing system to Gmail, and managing director Rob Grimshaw gave up his Blackberry for an Android device that let him seamlessly transition his workflow.

During our IGNITION 2012 conference, Grimshaw explained why switching to a Google-powered phone has convinced him that Google is well positioned to take over the business market that Blackberry once held.

“Google are placing themselves very well within the business market because the combination of the email services and the Android devices is really very powerful and it’s perhaps something that Apple doesn’t have to the same extent.”

He goes on to explain how this impacts the mobile market for publishers: 

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012 news No Comments

‘We’ve made the princely sum of £52’

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/07/gaming-company-derides-microsoft-rt-marketplace-/

Gaming company derides Microsoft Store 'We've made the princely sum of 52'

UK gaming outfit Rubicon has castigated Microsoft after claiming a Windows RT port of its Great Big War Game made a meager £52 ($83) in its first week in the store. The company was particularly incensed at Redmond’s lack of promotional features to help the title’s visibility, claiming that “if you’re familiar with (its) new store, this means our app is forever consigned to the garbage bin.” The company added that the iOS, Android “and even RIM” stores have promoted the app, which it said was widely lauded, and felt that after investing £10,000 on the port, “we got spat on” by the software giant. The developer punctuated its blog statement by saying it won’t work with Microsoft again, and “that store is going to look mighty bleak for a long time to come” if it doesn’t change its policy. No doubt there’s some sour grapes getting squeezed here, but it’s fair to say that RT is much in need of some sweeter news.

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Friday, December 7th, 2012 news No Comments

RIM Just Lost Another BlackBerry Customer

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/rim-blackberry-mark-pincus-2012-11

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How did Zynga get so far behind in mobile?

Here’s one clue, from the Wall Street Journal’s report on CEO Mark Pincus’s troubled turnaround effort.

Until earlier this year, Pincus used a BlackBerry as his primary phone. He switched to the iPhone because that’s the primary phone that Zynga’s mobile users play its games on. (Zynga doesn’t make BlackBerry games.)

When Marissa Mayer took over as CEO of Yahoo, one of the first things she did was nix BlackBerrys as corporate devices. She got employees their choice of iPhones, Android phones, or Windows phones instead.

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Thursday, November 15th, 2012 news No Comments

Only Three Smartphone Companies Are Profitable (AAPL, GOOG, MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/only-three-smartphone-companies-are-profitable-2012-11

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Interesting tweet from analyst Horace Dediu, “Apple’s share of operating profits from global mobile phones dropped to 60% in Q3. Samsung now at 39% HTC 1%. No other companies profitable.”

A couple of thoughts on this:

  • How is this sustainable for all the other phone makers? What happens to Motorola, RIM, Nokia, LG, et al.? Do they go away?
  • If they go under what happens to Android? If you’re wondering why Google is trying to save Motorola, this could be a clue. It doesn’t want to be held hostage by Samsung, the only smartphone maker that’s profitable.
  • What happens to Windows Phone? If Nokia continues to lose money and market share, and HTC is just barely profitable, what happens to Microsoft’s mobile efforts?
  • Is this really a business Microsoft wants to enter? Microsoft is reportedly thinking about doing its own smartphone. Does it really think it can make money like Apple and Samsung, companies with years of manufacturing expertise?

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 news No Comments

Android And iOS Continue To Consolidate Hold On The U.S. Smartphone Market

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Android and iOS now account for more than 85 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, up from 69 percent a year prior. That is slightly above their combined global market share, which stood at 83 percent at the end of June.

According to ComScore’s latest smartphone market share numbers, Android notched a 0.6 percent increase from the previous month with a slew of big releases, including the Samsung Galaxy S III. Apple’s iOS—the iPhone’s operating system—did it one better, gaining 1 percent, even though its global market share has stumbled as consumers wait for the release of the new iPhone. RIM, meanwhile, fell below a 10 percent share of the U.S. market for the first time.

As of now, there is no third platform on the horizon to break their hold on the market. Windows Phone is basically dead in the water until the next generation of the platform is released, because many current models can’t be upgraded to the new Windows Phone 8 operating system. The other much-talked-about contender, the Amazon phone, is only an idea at this point.

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iPad keeps riding high in Q2 tablet market share, Android doesn’t budge

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/25/strategy-analytics-ipad-keeps-riding-high-in-q2-tablet-market/

Strategy Analytics iPad keeps riding high in Q2 tablet market share, Android stalls

The Apple iPad may as well be called the Teflon Tablet for now, since challengers can’t quite stick. Thanks to those 17 million iPads shipped in the second quarter, Strategy Analytics estimates that Apple held on to the 68 percent of tablet market share that IDC credited to the company in the previous season. That may not sound like a change in the status quo, but it’s a significant jump from the 62 percent Apple had a year ago — and not very good news for anyone else. Android is still holding on at 29.3 percent, although that’s slightly underwhelming given the surge of extra devices in that time frame. The real hurt was dished out to Windows 7 tablets and “others” like RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook, both of whom were cut down to just 1.2 points of share each in the spring. We’ll see if the newer crowd moves the needle for Android in the summer, although the well-received Nexus 7’s current scarcity won’t help its chances — and both Microsoft as well as RIM are in holding patterns for the next several months.

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Another Nail In RIM’s Coffin

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RIM continued its downward slide yesterday. In the quarter ended May 31, it shipped shipped only 7.8 million smartphones, which was the same amount they shipped in the second quarter of 2009 three years ago. Global smartphone shipments have tripled over this same period.

Its market share, meanwhile, has slid from a high of 21 percent in 2009 to 7 percent in the first quarter. We don’t know what its market share will be in the second quarter yet, but given the huge slide in shipments we would expect it to drop farther.    

Compounding its woes, Blackberry delayed the release of its latest smartphone platform until 2013. A sale or breakup of RIM seems inevitable at this point. While RIM is undeniably maimed, the sale of a company shipping 40 million smartphones per year will have a significant impact on the mobile industry.

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Friday, June 29th, 2012 news No Comments

Why Windows Phone 8 Means The Blackberry Is Doomed

Source: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/06/why-windows-phone-8-means-the-blackberry-is-doomed/

As Microsoft Corporate VP for Windows Phone Terry Myerson and others from Microsoft and Nokia took the stage at the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco, it’s certain that there were nervous eyes watching the video stream from somewhere in Waterloo, Ontario.

While Microsoft is clearly targeting Google and Apple as its primary competitors with the Windows 8 phone features announced today, the company that has the most to lose with Microsoft’s full entrance into the enterprise mobile business is Research in Motion. Now in fourth place behind Android, iOS, and Symbian in market share, and with Microsoft starting to catch up, RIM was laying off thousands of employees just as Microsoft announced the enterprise-readiness of its next phone OS. And regardless of how rapidly enterprises embrace Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s other mobile moves could deliver a knockout blow to RIM’s dominance of the enterprise.

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Thursday, June 21st, 2012 news No Comments

Lots Of U.S. Customers Are Still Buying ‘Dumb’ Phones

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Android and iOS dominate the smartphone landscape in the U.S., but a lot of customers are not buying smartphones at all. In fact, 37% of phones sold during the first quarter of 2012 were feature phones running older platforms.

That’s according to comScore MobiLens, which released the figures as part of comScore’s state of the Internet report last week.

Android also made up 37% of all phones sold during the quarter, with iOS trailing well behind at 16%. RIM and Microsoft took up the rear. But with all those customers still buying feature phones, Microsoft and other competitors still have time to make up the gap.

Note that these are new phone sales during the quarter, not market share. Overall, non-smart phones are over 50% of the installed base.

Comscore U.S. phone sales by platform Q1 2012

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 news No Comments

Clash of the troubled titans

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/20/clash-of-the-troubled-titans/

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.


Fans of the Lincoln-Kennedy coincidences can appreciate similarly contrived dynamics in comparing Nokia and RIM (neither of which, contrary to the occasionally expressed opinion, has been murdered despite “Apple and Android” consisting of three words and 15 letters). Both companies are former smartphone market share leaders — RIM in North America, Nokia globally. Both have had success in developing economies with efficient operating systems that they plan to support indefinitely. Both developed reputations for high build quality and good antenna design, and both were initially dismissive of the iPhone as they continue to see Android as the path to commoditization. And after precipitous market share declines, both hired new CEOs. Nokia, a European company, hired a CEO raised in Canada. RIM, a Canadian company, hired a CEO raised in Europe. These men now struggle with keeping their companies part of a viable alternative to the two dominant marketplace offerings.

Since embarking on their new operating system strategies, though, there have been many contrasts. While Nokia hired an outsider as a CEO, RIM hired an insider. Nokia decided to adopt a licensed OS; RIM decided to build its own (based largely on acquisitions). And now that both the 2012 Nokia World and BlackBerry World conferences have passed, there’s an opportunity to assess their comeback progress.

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