Report: Apple-Samsung Tablet Market Share Drops to 43 Percent

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Apple and Samsung – the world’s two largest tablet vendors – aren’t dominating the global tablet market to the degree they are for smartphones. Apple and Samsung’s combined tablet market share dropped to 43 percent in 2014 while growth in shipment volume slowed to 6.6...Learn More

IDC: Android, iOS Market Share Dominance Increases

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Global market shares for Android and iOS smartphones edged even higher in both 4Q and all of 2014, moving Google and Apple closer to complete market domination, according to new market research from IDC. Taken together, Android and iOS smartphones accounted for 96.3 percent of...Learn More

Samsung LoopPay Purchase Seeks Leg Up in Mobile Wallet Market

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Samsung yesterday afternoon said it has reached an agreement to acquire LoopPay, developer of mobile payment technology that converts existing point-of-sale (POS) terminals into contactless receivers. LoopPay’s approach to mobile payment has the potential to work with approximately 90% of existing POS terminals, the companies...Learn More

IDC: Tablet Shipments Post 4Q Drop but 2014 Gain

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Worldwide tablet shipments posted a quarterly decline in 4Q 2014 – the first such drop since the first shipments were made back in 2010, according to the latest market data from IDC. Globally, shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices totaled 76.1 million in 4Q 2014,...Learn More

Smartphone Market Share: Report Finds Apple Gains

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More than 1 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 4Q 2014, with a record-setting total of 74.5 million iPhones contributing to 29 percent year-over-year growth, according to the latest market data from Juniper Research. Smartphone OEM leader Samsung reported a decline in earnings, even as...Learn More

Smartwatch Forecast Calls for 68% Annual Growth

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Allied Market Research is forecasting extraordinary growth for the global smartwatch market – 67.6 percent compound annual growth (CAGR) – from 2014-2020. That would bring smartwatch market revenue to $32.9 billion by the end of the decade, according to Allied’s “Global Smartwatch Market – Size,...Learn More

Study Finds 1.9 Connected TV Devices Per U.S. Home

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Americans’ ownership of connected TV devices grew 5 percent quarterly and 28 percent year-over-year (YoY) in 3Q 2014 to reach 168 million units, according to Strategy Analytics’ latest USA Connected TV Device Tracker. Researchers found nearly two (1.9) connected TV devices per U.S. home. That...Learn More

IDC: Smartphone Shipments to Grow 26.3% in 2014

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Worldwide smartphone shipments will increase 26.3 percent year-over-year in 2014, reaching nearly 1.3 billion units, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker market data service. Looking ahead to 2015, IDC expects worldwide smartphone shipments will increase another 12.2 percent as global shipments...Learn More

Parks: Streaming Media Players Will Be Popular Electronic Gifts

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Smart watches and connected consumer electronics (CE) entertainment devices, such as game consoles and streaming media devices, will be this holiday season’s most popular electronic gifts, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Surveying purchases of connected CE devices this year, Parks found that...Learn More

IHS iPhone 6 Tear-Down: Plus Model Costs Only $15.50 More to Build

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Investors in Apple’s shares have long cheered the company’s ability to command premium prices, and fanatic customer allegiance, for its sleekly designed consumer electronics (CE) products. Apple continues to pursue that strategy with the launch of the iPhone 6, and to an even greater degree,...Learn More

Apple Watch Requires an iPhone; iPhone 6 Carriers Include the Big Four

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Connected multi-purpose devices have been making strides toward obsoleting single-purpose products one by one (viz. cameras, CD players, radios, books and e-readers). The latest device in high-tech firms’ sights is the wristwatch — but if the launch of the Apple watch today is any indication,...Learn More

IDC: Smartphone Shipments Reach 300 Million-Unit Milestone

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Setting a new milestone in the worldwide market for smartphones, unit shipments surpassed 300 million in 2Q for the first time ever. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total 301.3 million units worldwide in 2Q, a year-over-year rise...Learn More