ComScore’s January numbers are out today and they have Google (and everyone else) losing ground to Apple. Android dropped to 52.3% from 53.6 percent of US Smartphone subscribers while Apple climbed 3.5 points to 37.8%. Both OS’s are now over 90% of the base.
According to the latest research from our Handset Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Apple’s iPhone 5 overtook Samsung’s Galaxy S3 to become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S together accounted for 1 in 5 of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q4 2012. This was an impressive performance, given the iPhone portfolio’s premium pricing. We estimate Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was the world’s third best-selling smartphone model and it shipped 15.4 million units globally, capturing 7 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2012. (Emphasis mine)
So yes, the iPhone 5 is a piece of crap that isn’t selling.
An uptick in mobile web usage by iOS devices, matched by an even greater decline in Android web traffic since November, is calling into question figures from IDC that reported an apparent, significant slippage by Apple in global tablet market share.
Either these firms don’t know how to estimate these things, or Android users don’t know their devices have a browser.
The estimates from Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Device Strategies service saw Apple ship 17.7 million units accounting for a record 34 percent of the market during the three months ending in December, enough to squeeze by Samsung’s 32.3 percent share on 16.8 million shipments for the same period.
At 17.24 percent, Chrome is still just behind Firefox. This is the third month’s loss for Google’s browser, and right now it’s not looking as if it will pass Firefox this year.
I had been using Chrome for months, but recently it has become painfully slow on the Mac at least. It takes almost a minute between launching the app and it being usable. You can see the processor working to get Chrome up and running. Trying to make Chrome do as many tricks as possible has turned it into Firefox a while ago.
Firefox has become a piece of crap, some pages render horribly. Chrome has become bloated and slow because Google is putting everything but the kitchen sink in it. I have gone back to Safari, specially in iOS where is wicked fast in iOS 6.
Controlling all of the mobile market’s profits doesn’t appear to be enough for Apple and Samsung anymore. Now they’re actually generating more than 100 percent of the industry’s earnings — 106 percent, to be precise — according to a report from Canaccord Genuity.
That may seem impossible, but it’s largely because rivals — like Research In Motion, Nokia, and Motorola — posted operating losses during the September quarter, the firm said.
Well, it might seem impossible because of math and common sense, but who knows?
Ad network Chitika’s research arm, Chitika Insights, iOS 6 showed substantial adoption rates when the mobile operating system was first released on Sept. 19, and at one point represented over 16 percent of all iOS device web traffic after being available for only one day.
Verizon announced its quarterly earnings on Thursday, revealing that the nation’s largest carrier sold a total of 3.1 million iPhones in the three-month span, with 650,000 of those being the new iPhone 5.
The iPhone accounted for 46 percent of the 6.8 million smartphones Verizon sold in the quarter.
The total number of Android phones sold by Verizon in the quarter was 3.4 million.
The gap between iPhone and all of the Androids has been closing for almost a year now. We’ll have to wait until the next quarter to see what happens, when the iPhone 5 will have three full months of sales and the comparison is better.