IDC: Tablet Sales Drop to 206 Million, Down 10% From Last Year

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Holiday-season sales weren’t enough to avoid a disappointing 4Q 2015 for tablet shipments, which declined 13.7% year-over-year (YoY). Tablet shipments totaled 206.8 million for 2015 in its entirety, a 10.1% drop from 2014’s 230.1 million, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Global...Learn More

Flurry: Phablet Market Share Grows to 27% of New Activations

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Larger screen phablets have proved popular among consumers despite initial skepticism among industry pundits. To wit: phablets accounted for nearly 3 in 10 mobile device activations (27 percent) in the week prior to Christmas, according to the latest holiday season market data from mobile analytics...Learn More

Parks Finds 31 Percent of Broadband Homes With Streaming Media Players

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Streaming media players (SMPs) were present in 3 in 10 (31 percent) of U.S. broadband households as of end-3Q 2015, up from 27 percent at the start of the year. That’s poised to increase, as more than 14 percent of U.S. broadband households intend to...Learn More

Cyber Monday Smartphone Shopping Stats: Over One Quarter of Purchases Now by Mobile

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More people made Cyber Monday purchases via smartphones and tablets than ever before, according to market data from Branding Brand. Online purchases via smartphones and tablets accounted for 27 percent of the Cyber Monday total, up 10 percent from the year-ago period. Apple mobile devices...Learn More

Apple App Store Sales Forecast to Hit Nearly $30B by 2021

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By 2021, Apple will rake in nearly $30 billion in revenue from iOS App Store sales, according to Strategy Analytics. Furthermore, between 2008 and 2021 Apple will have paid iOS mobile app developers more than $440 billion. At present nearly 80 percent of the money...Learn More

IDC: Tablet Sales Decline 11% Since 2014

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The downward slide in consumer demand for tablets gained momentum in the third quarter (3Q’15), dropping 11.2 percent year-over-year to 49.4 million units shipped, according to the latest published market data from IDC. 3Q’s drop was the fourth consecutive quarterly decline in global tablet shipments,...Learn More

IDC: 3Q Global Smartphone Shipments Second-Highest Ever

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Global smartphone shipments totaled 355.2 million in 3Q 2015, the second highest quarterly total recorded, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. That’s up 6.8 percent from 332.6 million in 3Q’14. That said, IDC forecast 3Q’15 global smartphone shipments would increase to reach...Learn More

Report: Microsoft Mobile Satisfaction Sees Big Jump

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Apple, Samsung and Google continue to dominate markets for consumer connected devices, but Microsoft’s focus on improving the overall user experience is paying off, according to Argus Insights. Microsoft’s ¨Delight Index¨ – Argus Insights’ proprietary measure of user satisfaction – has been on the rise...Learn More

J.D. Power: Smartphone Satisfaction Rises with Screen Size

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Mobile subscribers’ satisfaction with large-screen (5¨-plus) smartphones has improved as they have bought more of them, according to highlights from the second installment of the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study. Overall satisfaction with large-screen smartphones, moreover, is typically higher than it is...Learn More

Report: U.S. Smartphone Penetration Hits 77.1%

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Apple garnered a 44.1 percent share and retained the top market position in the US smartphone OEM market in the three-month period to the end of August, increasing its lead 0.6 percentage points, according to data from comScore and Mobile Metrix. Google’s Android remained the...Learn More

Wireless Carriers Embrace Equipment Installment Plan Risk to Gain Benefits

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The wireless industry is undergoing a significant shift in the distribution of devices used on their networks. Equipment installment plans (EIPs) are taking hold, replacing the historical model of subsidizing devices with term contracts. Both carriers and equipment manufacturers are embracing the new EIP model,...Learn More

How Disruptive Are Apple EIPs? T-Mobile and Sprint React

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Updated September 25 with information about Verizon How big a threat are Apple’s new iPhone equipment installment plans to telecom carriers? The answer depends on who you ask. Apple’s new offerings let customers pay for their smartphones in 24 monthly installments beginning at $27 or...Learn More