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...Assuming Apple doesn't rollout an iPhone mini

Research firm Strategy Analytics has stated that it expects Samsung to widen the lead in the smartphone market over Apple during 2013. The research firm predicts Samsung will see 35% growth this year helped in part by a wider product line. The research firm also believes that to help counter the increased competition by Samsung that Apple might launch a smaller and cheaper “iPhone mini” next year.

A smaller-screened iPhone has been rumored for a number of years, but has never come to fruition. Apple addresses the “cheaper” bullet point by discounting previous generation iPhone models to selling alongside the current generation model. For example, the previous generation iPhone 4S is priced at $99 with a two-year contract, while the iPhone 4 is available for free with a two-year contract. The current generation iPhone 5 starts at $199.
However, with Apple finally rolling out a smaller iPad mini that has seen significant sales success, the market may be right for Apple to bring a pint-sized iPhone to the market.

The analytics firm believes that globally smartphone shipments will increase 27% during 2013 to 875,000,000 units. While 27% growth is a brisk pace, it is a significant decline from the 41% growth the smartphone market saw in 2012. Strategy Analytics blames slowing growth in North America, China, Asia, and Western Europe.

The research firm predicts that Samsung will sell 290 million smartphones in 2013, which is a significant increase from the estimated 215 million smartphones Samsung sold in 2012. It should be noted, however, that Samsung’s own internal numbers suggest that it will sell a more substantial 390 million smartphones for the year.
Apple is predicted to sell 180 million smartphones in 2013 for 33% increase from its 2012 sales numbers. If the research firm's predictions come true Samsung will hold 33% of the smartphone market with Apple a bit behind at 21%.

Source: Reuters

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RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/4/2013 7:40:14 PM , Rating: 2
They enjoy being under-featured

Man, features like the fastest hardware and the best apps sure are crummy. A cable is more than a worthwhile trade for that stuff!

RE: Um..
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/4/2013 7:57:12 PM , Rating: 2
Man, someone who sounds like a broken record and apple troll is a tool...

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/4/2013 8:06:25 PM , Rating: 2
Why are you always so mad? The best you ever manage to anyone here are ad hominem attacks. At least try and make some sad rebuttal to what I'm actually saying.

If big screens and a micro-USB adapter are your thing, great, I completely understand that, but the idea that these are "advanced" features over things like better hardware and better apps is laughable to me.

RE: Um..
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/4/13, Rating: 0
RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/4/2013 8:13:50 PM , Rating: 2
No, repetition isn't what bothers you, if it did then retrospooty's 1000th cut/paste from his .txt file of Android features would have sent you over the deep end eons ago.

Its because what I have to say makes you mad. You need to get laid or something, just chillax.

RE: Um..
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/4/2013 8:16:55 PM , Rating: 1
You need to quit being a tool, but you won't do that now will you?

What you have to say. Again, the same shit day in and day out.

RE: Um..
By xti on 1/4/2013 11:38:02 PM , Rating: 2
i really hate how google play store gets the good stuff months if not a year later :(

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/5/2013 2:39:56 AM , Rating: 2
Or never. It sucks but its one of those truths. Mobile developers have less incentive to port to Android given its smaller userbase using capable smartphones, on a platform with rampant piracy, with the worst SDK out there, on hardware that ranges wildly in hardware specs and OS versions (trash to merely "ok"), for customers that are largely accustomed to free apps or stealing paid versions.

Jumping through so many hoops to make a quarter on Android for every dollar they make on iOS is a huge reason why so many big developers, forget indies with more limited resources, either aren't making the move or take so long for a port.

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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