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

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

Report: Apple Goes from Zero to Smartwatch Market Domination

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Demand for smartwatches picked up markedly in 2Q 2015, rising a record-high 457 percent annually, according to the latest market data report from Strategy Analytics. Unit volume totaled some 5.3 million, up from 1 million a year ago, according to Strategy Analytics’ WDE (Wearables) market...Learn More

ABI: Branded Tablet Shipments Drop 35% in One Quarter

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Branded tablet shipments posted a record-high 35 percent quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) decline in 2015’s first quarter (1Q’15). Year-over-year (YoY) they fell 16 percent, according to the latest tablet shipments’ market data from ABI Research. The latest statistics from ABI’s Media Tablets, Ultrabooks and eReaders market data...Learn More

ABI: iPad Market Share Drops Sharply

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The Apple iPad market share continued to slide in 4Q 2014 amid stagnating growth in the global tablet market overall, according to the latest market data from ABI Research. Totaling 21.42 million, shipments of Apple tablets fell 18 percent year-over-year in 4Q’14. Data for 1Q’15...Learn More

Strategy Analytics: Microsoft, Google Gain Tablet Market Share

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Tablet buyers appear to be demanding more Windows-based devices, according to new market research from Strategy Analytics. Microsoft’s share of global tablet shipments rose to 6.6 percent, up 1.1 percentage points from a year ago as overall tablet shipments fell 9 percent to total 51.8...Learn More