Nielsen: iPhone sales climb as Android sales flatten out By Casey Johnston
| Published 3 days ago Apple’s iPhone is back to driving the growth of smartphones in the US, according to a recent Nielsen study. In a survey of recent cell phone acquirers, the proportion of new iPhone owners has jumped to 17 percent from 10 percent at the beginning of the year, while percentages of new Android phone owners has plateaued at 27 percent. Those numbers show that Android still makes up the majority of new smartphone sales for customers who picked them up in the last three months, but interest in the platform has stopped growing for now. But Apple has managed to fight back: interest in iPhones has risen anew since January when iPhones sales had tapered off, while Android phones were climbing. The introduction of the Verizon iPhone likely had something to do with this swapping of roles, as analysts predicted shortly after its introduction. BlackBerry is still going downhill, and fell from 11 percent of new sales to 6 percent in the last few months. Windows phones are hovering at one percent, apparently little more than a blip on consumer radar. But all the brands together have made big strides for smartphone adoption as a whole: 55 percent of recent cell phone acquirers chose smartphones over feature phones, up from 34 percent a year ago.
Microsoft would buy RIM to bury down Apple(in dreams!!)
With its newly launched PlayBook tablet failing to make a splash and this week’s bold announcements about updating its aging smart phones not enthusing investors, speculation has begun that Microsoft may soon buy BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM).
The speculation has been triggered by the presence of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at RIM’s BlackBerry World annual conference of customers, developers and partners in Florida this week.
Though RIM unveiled new thinner BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smart phones, multi-platform BlackBerry enterprise solution, a new BlackBerry operating system and announced to update its aging handset line-up at the annual gathering, the gloom has not lifted from the Canadian wireless giant.
RIM stock, which started plunging after the company last week slashed its quarterly outlook on lower sales, has found few takers, prompting analysts to say that the company that virtually invented the smart phone is in terminal decline and ripe for takeover.
They cite the presence of the Microsoft CEO at BlackBerry World conference as a hint of the obvious happening in the next few months.
These analysts say that if market value of RIM - about $24 billion - keeps sliding at the current rate, the BlackBerry maker will soon be reduced to just $15 billion.
“Microsoft (currently) has $48 billion in cash. If RIM’s value drops to $15 billion, it will become an attractive target for Microsoft. Maybe Steve Ballmer was planting that seed during his keynote appearance at Blackberry World,” Harry Wang, director of mobile research at Parks Associates, told the premier PC Magazine.
Moreover, with its main rival Apple now worth over $320 billion, analysts say the economies of scale will make the BlackBerry maker just uncompetitive against the world’s largest technology company in terms of R&D spending.
Furthermore, as computing has moved from desktop to laptop and now to smart phones and tablets, Microsoft has realized that it has to enter the mobile space quickly if it has survive. Towards this goal, it has launched Windows 7 Phone and just entered into a strategic tie-up with global handset market leader Nokia which will now adopt Windows 7 Phone as its main smart phone strategy.
But if Microsoft ever have to take on Apple and Google in the mobile space, the software giant would need to target a hardware vendor giant like RIM which fits the bill because the BlackBerry maker will also bring its huge base of enterprise users to Microsoft.
RIM’s just announced partnership with Microsoft to adopt its Bing as the default search engine on its BlackBerries is an obvious hint of things to come in the next few months, say analysts.
Iphone On Verizon…Good Bye Att
Iphone is on Verizon atlast…More news here
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- It’s Official: The Verizon iPhone 4 Is Coming On February 10th
- So What’s So Special About The Verizon iPhone? Personal Hotspots.
- The Verizon iPhone Product Pages And More Are Alive For Your Ogling
- Hands On With the Verizon iPhone
- Bottom Line: Should You Buy The Verizon iPhone?
- One More Thing: The Verizon iPhone Runs iOS 4.2.5
- How Personal Hotspot Works On The Verizon iPhone (Pictures)
Mashable Awards 2010
Best New Gadget: iPad
It’s hard to believe that it hasn’t even been a year since Apple launched the iPad, a device that has turned the tablet form factor into a must-have. Apple is expected to sell 13.3 million iPads this year, up from… well, up from zero iPads in 2009. It’s not just the fact that Apple single handedly created a new multi-billion-dollar revenue stream, but that it’s redefining all of computing. Notebook sales have dropped since the iPad’s introduction. Apple accelerated the rise of HTML5 with its tablet device at the expense of Flash. Its influence isalready affecting countless web apps. Oh, and it’s redefining the meaning of “mobile.”