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Smartphone sales globally accounted for 55% of all mobile phone sales in Q3

Research firm Gartner has published its latest report outlining the global mobile phone industry for Q3 2013. The report shows that smartphone sales accounted for 55% of the overall mobile phone market globally in Q3 -- the highest ever on record. Globally, 455.6 million mobile phones were sold in Q3 for an increase of 5.7% compared to Q3 of 2012.
 
The 55% of overall mobile phone sales that smartphones have achieved is the segments highest market share to date.
 
Gartner predicts that global mobile phone sales for 2013 will reach 1.81 billion units for an increase of 3.4% compared to 2012.

When it comes to smartphone OS share, Android is by far the most dominant player with 81.9% of the market. The next closest players are iOS with 12.1% and Windows Phone with 3.6%. 
 
Samsung's global market share remained flat during Q3 2013, but it maintained its lead with 32.1% of the global smartphone market compared to Apple's 12.1%. The third-place spot went to Lenovo with 5.1% of the market, while LG and Huawei followed closely with 4.8% and 4.7% of the market respectively.
 
Lenovo sold 12.9 million smartphones, an increase of 84.5% compared to the same quarter of last year. Apple sold 30.3 million units in Q3 of 2013 for an increase of 23.2% compared to last year.
 
“While the arrival of the new iPhones 5s and 5c had a positive impact on overall sales, such impact could have been greater had they not started shipping late in the quarter. While we saw some inventory built up for the iPhone 5c, there was good demand for iPhone 5s with stock out in many markets,” said Mr. Gupta.

Source: Gartner



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RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By TakinYourPoints on 11/14/2013 6:23:30 PM , Rating: 4
But it isn't a knock against it. Since when was reality a negative? I don't expect people who have a cheap Android phone to use it in the same way that someone uses an HTC One, a GS4, or an iPhone. The OP was made because some people equate marketshare with usage and the type of hardware being used, which is false given online/sales metrics and the niche sales numbers of high end Android hardware.

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Aside from fanbois like you, who cares about this?


It matters to me for the same reason that developers making more money on Windows than from Linux matters to me. The platform they make more money from means there will be a greater number of high quality apps. If developers made more money on a platform other than Windows (ie - Linux) then maybe I'd consider switching over.

I don't directly care that one platform is more profitable than the other. It is the indirect side effect of it being a primary developer target platform that matters to me.

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FTL is boring on the PC and it's probably boring on a phone. Who cares?


FTL is awesome, quiet you. Trading Swiftkey for many more practical apps and games is a fair one for me. Every platform is about tradeoffs. Swiftkey is also necessary on Android, given that the default Google keyboard is so much worse at prediction and spellcheck than the iOS one. It really is bad.

The specific example of FTL doesn't matter either way, it is one application out of dozens that are either iOS first or exclusive. Its like someone saying they don't like MS Word and that's why they're on Linux. Knocking one example that is one representative tip of the iceberg completely misses the point.

Unless games and apps don't matter to you then that argument is irrelevant, you can switch "I don't like FTL" with any other app to try and make your point.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Reclaimer77 on 11/14/2013 6:40:21 PM , Rating: 1
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I don't directly care that one platform is more profitable than the other. It is the indirect side effect of it being a primary developer target platform that matters to me.


You know it seems like the more ground Apple gives up to Google, the more you change what's "important" to you.

First it was marketshare, then Apple lost that. So it became not important.

Then it was number of apps. Well Android is pretty much on par, so we don't talk about that anymore.

Then it was Apple's stock price. Oh look, Google owns that. So it's no longer important.


There were more but I can't even keep all the goal-post movement in my head. So when Android climbs whatever newer artificial hurtle you throw at it, what will be the new talking point Takin?

quote:
It is the indirect side effect of it being a primary developer target platform that matters to me.


Guess what? If ~80% of the market is using Android, it DOESN'T MATTER what the "primary" developer platform is. Because even if they're all missing something, they won't ever know about it!

Apple is moving further and further into irrelevancy and you're harping on developer support and who had better apps. Hello?


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By retrospooty on 11/14/13, Rating: 0
RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By TakinYourPoints on 11/17/2013 3:23:07 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I recall how it was browsing on Wifi battery life was the most important


Actually it was LTE battery life, but it still stands.

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph7335/58202...

The reason it hasn't come up is because nobody has mentioned it. It isn't something I've backed down from either, simply because it still has amazing battery life for something so small and powerful.

Would you like me to bring up battery life stats in a conversation about software ecosystem? I know going way off subject is standard for you. I can do that more if you'd like.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By retrospooty on 11/17/2013 8:10:08 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... You are hilarious... Absolutely a lying sack o poo.

1. It was Wifi, you said it a hundred times. Wifi and LTE
2. You conveniently managed to find the one benchmark on that review (we all saw it) at Anandtech that or whatever reason they didn't include the LG G2 in the test (the one that is smoking it).

Whatever though, the iPhone is certainly good. The point is you change the goalposts when the platform you are here to defend loses its advantage. He has you nailed right there.

What you have now with the iPhone is a very slight speed difference, so slight its meaningless. And a better app catalog, by a slim margin, again, not an extremely meaningful one. I do agree with what you say about trade-offs... It's just that the list of "pro's" for the iPhone get smaller and smaller every year and your goalposts DO move with it.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By TakinYourPoints on 12/3/2013 1:30:05 AM , Rating: 2
Since when was about double the performance meaningless? Since when was half the input lag meaningless? Since when was either getting exclusive apps or (at best) leading in app exclusivity by months or even years meaningless?

I get that you appreciate bigger screens and changing batteries and widgets. I respect that! Its the childish denial of where "your team" lags that's weird.

Seriously man, I know exactly where iOS falls short. You can't seem to sleep at night unless you know that Android leads in categories that it objectively doesn't.

Rational people accept the negatives are tradeoffs for the positives.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By retrospooty on 12/3/2013 9:30:12 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... I just accidentally clicked on my history looking for a previous post and saw this... Here is a point you need to get. After 1-2 days the conversation is over. If you need to come back 2-3 weeks after to get the last word in you already lost, as everyone else moved on from this thread 2-3 weeks ago.

But since you posted "Since when was about double the performance meaningless? "

Now THAT would be something. If you look at ALL of the benchies between the iPhone 5s and any given Snapdragon 800, the difference is a few percent. Totally meaningless. As I have said a dozen times, a few extra "marks" on a synthetic test and a few extra frames on a game is meaningless on a smartphone.

" Since when was either getting exclusive apps or (at best) leading in app exclusivity by months or even years meaningless?"

Since both have exlusive apps and most top apps are available on both... Duh. You dont have enough info on Androids apps to make a qualified statement. We have proven that time and time again. You know jack.

"Rational people accept the negatives are tradeoffs for the positives."

Rational people dont come to the internet to defend a companies products like you. Rational people don't make up rediculously fake stats like "double the performance" Rational people dont come back 3 weeks late to try and win a debnate they already lost.

/drops the mic and walks off


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By TakinYourPoints on 12/3/2013 3:37:59 PM , Rating: 2
I was away for a few weeks, I don't literally live here to get the last word in like you do. Sorry!

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Since both have exlusive apps and most top apps are available on both


The best apps are either cross-platform or are iOS exclusive, and the better versions are almost always on iOS with the inferior port on Android. Losing Alien Blue, Reeder, Playdek games, XCom, and the upcoming Hearthstone by going to Android would suck, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Even most Android fanatics realize what they're giving up in app selection and quality. They understand that at best they have to wait for a port, if a port arrives at all. This even applies to Google apps! Whenever I bring up specific examples you just ignore it. If you happen to find one app where this wasn't the case (and it was literally ONE app) you jump all over it like its a victory.

You're in more denial than the Iraqi Information Minister, really funny.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By retrospooty on 12/3/2013 4:47:57 PM , Rating: 2
"The best apps are either cross-platform or are iOS exclusive, and the better versions are almost always on iOS with the inferior port on Android. Losing Alien Blue, Reeder, Playdek games, XCom, and the upcoming Hearthstone by going to Android would suck, and that's just the tip of the iceberg."

OMG it gets old listening to this silly crap. I don't care about phone or tablet games, so I wont even bother to comment, but come on Reeder? Press or Feedly are great alternatives and you would be missing nothing. I repeat, you dont know what you are talking about here. You might want to start paying more attention as every month that goes by you are more wrong than you were the previous month. At this point its just laughable listening to you go on and on about something that just isnt the case anymore. My god man, its almost 2014, not 2011 anymore.

"You're in more denial than the Iraqi Information Minister, really funny."

Funny coming from you, captain of 2 year old info, but whatever.

"I was away for a few weeks, I don't literally live here"

Nothing wrong with that, just understand that you don't respond within a day or two, the conversation is over . It makes me laugh to see you coming back weeks later and pasting as if you think anyone is still looking. I have seen it with you more than a few times when I go looking for old quotes, and there you are a week or more later posting back as if you think someone will see it. They wont. Like I said, it was by accident I even saw this. 2 days later, its off the front page and the thread is over.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By TakinYourPoints on 12/3/2013 10:35:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
just understand that you don't respond within a day or two, the conversation is over


Yes, which is why you "happened" to return to comment the moment I posted a response.

Hypocrite. At least accept that you're the pot calling the kettle black.

Oh who am I kidding, you actually believe that a Moto G with slower hardware and inferior software does more than a top of the line iOS device because it has a removable battery and SD card slot.

If you can't see how objectively asinine that is when you're beyond zealotry.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By retrospooty on 12/4/2013 12:16:13 AM , Rating: 2
"you actually believe that a Moto G with slower hardware and inferior software does more than a top of the line iOS device because it has a removable battery and SD card slot."

Yawn. Your twisting of words is tiresome. Note, I didnt say it was a better phone, nor faster, I said it "does more" and that is definitely correct. Any Android, even crappy 3 year old Gingerbread models "do more" than the iPhone 5, so the $179 G is no exception ( and the G doesnt even have SD or removeable battery btw) That is due to the huge list of missing functions from the iPhone. Like I always say, the iPhone is a high end phone with regards to speed, build, and apps and a very low end as far as features. Not sure why that fact bothers you so much, its not like both platforms features are a mystery, its all clearly listed in every spec sheet as I am sure you are aware. It obviously bugs you, but that is your issue, not mine.

As for posting back, I do regret it. I am done with your dumb on this thread. See you the next thread where the iPhone is mentioned in a negative light and you are compelled to defend it.


By TakinYourPoints on 12/5/2013 2:44:40 AM , Rating: 2
Apps are features. Software defines functionality.

SD card slots and removable batteries are casual low end features in comparison.

A Nintendo DS has those things, by your logic it has more features. Ridiculous.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Kiffberet on 11/15/2013 8:39:09 AM , Rating: 2
We all know you're an iHater, on a Apple Hatin' crusade and every single one of your posts spreads a bit more hate, but you still think Android, with 80% of the market, is a good thing?!?



By Cheesew1z69 on 11/15/2013 8:53:31 AM , Rating: 1
And we all know you are an iTroll..


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By retrospooty on 11/15/2013 11:13:44 AM , Rating: 1
"you still think Android, with 80% of the market, is a good thing?!?"

Whether its 82% or 2 % of the market, its still beats the crap out of the iPhone. The iPhone is a high end phone with regards to price, speed and apps and a low end bargain basement POS with regards to features supported. The $179 Moxo G does a ton more than the $650 iPhone 5.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Wazza1234 on 11/16/2013 7:25:03 AM , Rating: 2
You're like a teen troll on Yahoo comments.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/16/2013 8:24:39 AM , Rating: 1
Says the Apple troll....


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Wazza1234 on 11/16/2013 4:42:32 PM , Rating: 2
Is your purpose on Dailytech simply to call everyone who writes normal, non-Apple hating comments a troll?

Where have I trolled about anything? You're a child.


By Cheesew1z69 on 11/16/2013 4:51:49 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
You're a child.
Um, yes, that must be it....


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By retrospooty on 11/17/2013 8:22:00 AM , Rating: 2
"Is your purpose on Dailytech simply to call everyone who writes normal, non-Apple hating comments a troll?"

I am pretty sure what he calls troll is people who come here to AT/DT to defend a company, like you, and angrily and aggressively defend everything a companies says, does and makes. That is a troll, and that is YOU.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/17/2013 8:31:01 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
You're like a teen troll on Yahoo comments.
And he says that after this...LOL


By Wazza1234 on 11/20/2013 8:03:31 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah because:

a) You actually trolled.
b) I contributed more than calling you a troll. You didn't.

Not difficult...

Still waiting for you t show me where I trolled...


By Wazza1234 on 11/20/2013 8:05:13 AM , Rating: 2
Huh? Which company did I defend? And where is your evidence for that?

You're the one hating companies, not me.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By TakinYourPoints on 11/17/2013 3:32:55 AM , Rating: 2
Software is features, this isn't brain surgery. That you'd compare a low end smartphone running second rate apps against one of the best smartphones and mobile ecosystems on the market speaks volumes about your hilariously outrageous bias.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By retrospooty on 11/17/2013 8:12:07 AM , Rating: 2
I am not saying its a better phone, but the $179 Moto G does do more than a $650 iPhone 5s. You can't deny it. You want the list again? I can post it if it makes you happy! ;)


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By Kiffberet on 11/18/2013 8:52:58 AM , Rating: 2
Whats a Moto G got? Changeable battery, SD card?


By TakinYourPoints on 12/3/2013 1:32:05 AM , Rating: 2
Yes. Both of which are better than silly things like faster hardware and better software.

You know. Silly things.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By TakinYourPoints on 11/17/2013 3:55:03 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
You know it seems like the more ground Apple gives up to Google, the more you change what's "important" to you.


Nope, the same things have always mattered to me: horsepower and software library.

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Then it was number of apps. Well Android is pretty much on par, so we don't talk about that anymore.


Oh no, I still talk about that a lot. I'm surprised that Android's software still lags behind iOS so significantly. All of next quarter are highly anticipated iOS apps that either aren't announced for Android or won't be getting a port until the end of the year at the soonest. Then again, I also expected high end Android hardware to surpass iOS this year, not stall out in the way that it has.

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Then it was Apple's stock price. Oh look, Google owns that. So it's no longer important.


You're confusing me with someone else, I was never on the "AAPL to $1000" train. One of my best trades last year was selling call options against AAPL when it was between $650-$700, so again, no idea what you're on about.

And to be pedantic, you're actually wrong about stock price, AAPL's market cap is about $130 billion higher than GOOG's.

quote:
Guess what? If ~80% of the market is using Android, it DOESN'T MATTER what the "primary" developer platform is. Because even if they're all missing something, they won't ever know about it!


Tell that to all the Android users on forums and Youtube asking when the latest games, apps, even Google software, will get ported over from iOS. If something isn't exclusive then its usually a 6-12 month delay, and it sucks.

People know and they want to be better taken care of. They will be once revenue really starts to justify it.

Excusing away a lagging library is weird, it says a lot about all the mental hoops you're willing to jump through. I understand acknowledging this lag as a lame fact of life, but basically saying "software doesn't matter because screw Apple" is just as bizarre to me as a Linux zealot saying "screw software because eff Windows".

Platform zealotry is so weird. Pluses and minuses for everything, pick your poison, that's what I say.


RE: iOS Is For Revenue, Android Is For Ads
By retrospooty on 11/17/2013 8:19:07 AM , Rating: 3
"Platform zealotry is so weird. Pluses and minuses for everything, pick your poison, that's what I say."

Such an ironically conflicting statement coming from you. "pick your poison" a very true comment the way you frame it, yet you are all over this site being one of the HUGEST Apple zealots I have ever seen. You move the goalposts to whatever the "apple advantage of the day" is, and defend them as if your life depends on it and then at the end of every argument , come down of your soapbox and say something fair like " Pluses and minuses for everything, pick your poison, that's what I say." as if the one fair and unbiased sentence makes your constant bias go away.

Whatever... It's all good and we like what we like, but lets not play games and pretend you are something you arent.


By TakinYourPoints on 12/3/2013 1:36:53 AM , Rating: 2
Ah yes, the Apple zealot with the Haswell i7, 1TB SSD, and SLI GTX 680 PC that I assembled myself, just as I have for almost 20 years.

What a mactard! :p

I just go with the best hardware and software, that's it. There's no moving of goalposts here, I'm very consistent. You guys, like most forum "techies", seem to have a huge irrational problem with anything that has an Apple logo on it, even if they do a great job.

They can have the fastest mobile hardware with the best software (and what a coincidence, they do), but that doesn't matter because that irrational emotional switch in your head prevents any rational and objective thought because "hurr apple bad".

Forget about brands and free your mind dude


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