Report: 2016 Smartphone Shipments Reach Record High 1.5 Billion, Apple Overtakes Samsung in 4Q16

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Global 2016 smartphone shipments reached a record high 1.5 billion units, a 3 percent year-over-year increase, according to the latest market data from Strategy Analytics. Growth picked up in 4Q, rising 9 percent year-over-year, as 438.7 million smartphones were shipped worldwide – the fastest growth...Learn More

Smartphone Habits Survey: 75% of Americans Keep Them on All Day and Night

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Habitual smartphone use is now ingrained in societies worldwide. According to new smartphone habits survey results from ReportLinker nearly half – 46 percent – of Americans said they check their smartphones first thing in the morning while they’re still in bed. The early morning smartphone...Learn More

IDC: Smartphone Shipment Growth to Slow Sharply, Total 1.45 Billion in 2016

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Global smartphone shipment growth will be just 0.6% year-over-year (YoY) in 2016 to total 1.45 billion units, according to the latest from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. That’s down sharply from 10.4% YoY growth exhibited in 2015. Growth in developed markets, including the U.S.,...Learn More

Apple TV App Offers Single Sign-on Authentication, But One Major Player Says No Thank You

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A new Apple TV app unifies and stays in sync with Apple TV, iPhone and iPad apps and includes single sign-on authentication features. Apple announced the new TV app this week along with a new Siri feature and a single sign-on that enables iOS device...Learn More

J.D. Power: Smartphone Satisfaction Higher Among Full-Service Subscribers

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Smartphone satisfaction is higher for owners who contract with full-service wireless carriers than it is for those who purchase wireless service on a  non-contract basis, according to Vol. 2 of the J.D. Power 2016 Full-Service Smartphone Satisfaction Study. Satisfaction among smartphone owners who subscribe to...Learn More

iPhone 7 Audio and Camera Capabilities Are Its Chief Innovations

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The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, announced today and available this month, have a range of new capabilities. But the most impressive capabilities are not related to the products’ role as communications devices but instead pertain to the iPhone 7 audio and camera...Learn More

MSI Finds Increased Interest in iPhone Among Samsung Users

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Smartphone buyers are presenting Apple with an opportunity to gain market share at the expense of arch rival Samsung, according to Market Strategies International. Responses to an MSI survey conducted for the research firm’s ¨iPhone 7 Market Landscaper¨ revealed strong interest in iPhone offerings on...Learn More

DISH Smartphone Repair Highlights Need for Revenue Diversification Strategies

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Both the telecom and pay-TV industries have seen their share of disruption, forcing providers to adopt revenue diversification strategies to replace lost revenue from legacy services. In the latest example, satellite pay-TV provider DISH is getting into the smartphone repair business with an interesting model....Learn More

comScore: U.S. Smartphone Penetration Nears 80 Percent

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Nearly 200 million people across the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in January, a 79.1% U.S. smartphone penetration rate, according to comScore’s latest MobiLens and Mobile Metrix. Apple’s smartphones continued to be the leading brand, while Google’s Android remained the top smartphone...Learn More

Smartphone Upgrade Trends: Over 30% Keep Phones More Than Two Years

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Smartphones are now present in 86% of U.S. broadband households and have reached similar levels of penetration in mature Western European markets, according to new market research from Parks Associates released in advance of the Mobile World Congress, which will take place in Barcelona February...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

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