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February 15, 2017

after eight quarters apple, knocks out samsung, to emerge as no 1 smartphone oem

"after eight quarters apple, knocks out samsung, to emerge as no 1 smartphone marker"

Apple pipped Samsung to emerge as top smartphone vendor in the world with sale of 77038 thousand units compared to  76782 sold by Samsung in the last quarter of 2016 


 
Apple toppled Samsung as the number one global smartphone player with 17.9% marketshare  in last quarter  according to  Gartner . The Q4,2016 October-December quarter of last year  saw a  7 percent year-on-year growth in smartphone sales, with overall sales reaching 432 million smartphone units . However For 2016 overall, smartphone sales  totaled nearly 1.5 billion units, an increase of 5 percent from 2015. 

Last Quarter  saw Samsung finish second with a market share of 17.8 percent, just trailing Apple's 17.9% marketshare .However the difference between Apple and Samsung was too small for comfort with Apple just ahead  by  a marginal  0.1% 

"This is the second consecutive quarter in which Samsung has delivered falling quarterly smartphone sales. Samsung's smartphone sales declined 8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 and its share dropped by 2.9 percentage points year on year," 

Samsung's smartphone sales started to drop in the third quarter of 2016, and the decision to discontinue the Galaxy Note 7 slowed down sales of its smartphone portfolio in the fourth quarter, he added. Besides, Samsung is also facing growing competition in the mid-tier and entry-level smartphone segments from Huawei, Oppo, BBK and Gionee, which all saw their sales growing.The chinese invasion included smartphone brands like   Huawei, Oppo and BBK  which accounted for 9.5 percent, 6.2% and 6.2%  of smartphones sold to end users worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2016, respectively. 

It has taken eight quarters for Apple to regain the No 1 global smartphone vendor ranking, but the positions of the two leaders have never been so close, with a difference of only 256,000 units. "The last time Apple was in the leading position was in the fourth quarter of 2014, when its sales were driven by its first ever large-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.




December 7, 2016

great britain and united states sees iPhone 7 as the fastest selling smartphone device,


Despite predictions to the contrary, Apple's iPhone 7 emerges as the top smartphone selling brand spot in Great Britain

 
Data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that Apple's iPhone 7 has become the fastest selling and the highest selling smartphone device in Great Britain, and the US. Apple's iPhone 7 was the top selling device, pushing the previous top device (iPhone SE) to third, while iPhone 6s remained the second best-selling device for the 3 months ending October 2016

In the same period Japan stands at the top in the list of regions where iOS holds the greatest share, with 51.7% of smartphone sales,followed by 44% in Great Britain and 40.5% in the US. Meanwhile Android market share saw similar growth across a number of regions, declining only in the US (by 5.6 percentage points), and in Japan by less than a percent 

Europe's big five markets for android include Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. However with iPhone 7 launch, Apple's iOS achieved year-on-year growth across most regions in EU5 except Germany, where it fell 2.7% points to 16.5% of smartphone sales. iPhone 7 cracked the top 10 smartphones sold in all regions but Spain, which remains dominated by the Android ecosystem at 91.7% of all sales

This comes in-spite of projection by some reports that iPhone 7 might not be able to replicate its iPhone 6 success in United Kingdom as it did in 2015.The company reportedly sold 25% fewer iPhones during the weekend after its launch than it did during the same period in 2015, following the launch of the iPhone 6s .

Meanwhile, DigiTimes recently carried a report that chip orders for Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are likely to be 20% lower in the first quarter of 2017 than in the same period of 2016. The report further said that Apple reportedly asked manufacturing partners to carry chips for 50 million units of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in the third quarter of 2016, but only 45 million units in the fourth quarter.The unverified reports contrast with initial indications from mobile operators in the US, which said that first-day sales of the new iPhone 7 were better than expected.

 



December 6, 2016

why samsung share price is trading at historic highs,in spite of its recall of 2.5million galaxy 7 smartphones

"mobile phones as a percentage  of Samsung's total product portfolio"

Samsung's Mobile Phone Business as a part of its entire product Portfolio



Compounded by exploding Samsung galaxy 7 phones,Samsung smartphones are making up lesser number of devices among its entire portfolio.Post recall of Samsung's 2.5 million Galaxy 7 phones has not done much to dent the Samsung success story. Samsung Electronics’ share price, but since then the stock has recovered, and is now trading at its historic high of 17,48,000.00 KRW .So what explains this amazing come back by Samsung and its resilient share price ?A recent report suggests that initial drop in revenue of about $1.5 billion from lost smartphone sales. But it still expects the company to bring in about $103 billion in smartphone sales in 2016, which means that Samsung as a company will have a minimum impact due to the recall of Samsung galaxy 7. This is because as a company smartphones are  just one way Samsung Electronics makes money. The listed company, which is part of the larger Samsung Group, consists of four main divisions:

1)IT and Mobile Communications, which includes mobile devices, desktops, laptops, digital cameras, and network equipment
2) Display, which makes screens for mobile devices, computers, and televisions sold by Samsung and other manufacturers 
3)Semiconductors 
4)Consumer electronics, which makes appliances like refrigerators washing machines,TV's
Selling Smartphones is just one of Samsung's portfolio. It acts as a OEM to many mobile manufacturers ranging from iPhone to Huawaei to Google and many other Mobile handset manufactures to whom it provides, mobile displays,

Samsung  provides some of the iPhone's most important components: the flash memory that holds the phone's apps, music and operating software; the working memory, or DRAM; and the applications processor that makes the whole thing work. Together " Samsung's products" account for 26% of the component cost of an iPhone.This puts Samsung in the somewhat unusual position of supplying a significant proportion of one of its main rival's products, since Samsung also makes smartphones and tablet computers of its own. Apple is one of Samsung's largest customers, and Samsung is one of Apple's biggest suppliers.


samsung share price is trading at historic highs inspite of recall of galaxy 7"

This is actually part of Samsung's business model: acting as a supplier of components for others gives it the scale to produce its own products more cheaply.Samsung is also a market leader in OLED screens, a superior and more sophisticated screen technology than the LCD screens most phones have now.In Q2 2016, Samsung had 22% of the global market share for shipped smartphones, and it was the the world leader in mobile shipments.Even if this number continues to fall, Samsung will continue to make money by providing most of the Mobile Components supplies to other Mobile OEM's and this way could continue to compensate its smartphone losses




November 24, 2016

top 10 cities which is home to highest mobile shoppers

"these 10 american cities has the highest number of mobile shoppers"

Houston,Seattle,San Francisco and Los Angeles are the top 5 american cities which has the highest number of mobile shoppers


 
For the second straight year Houston has claimed the No. 1 spot on the Interactive Advertising Bureau's U.S. Mobile Shopping Savvy Cities Index, which the IAB says is due to the city's mobile shopping versatility and dexterity. The rankings are determined by mobile usage patterns and the frequency of use among mobile shoppers in major U.S. cities. For the purposes of the index "mobile shopping" is defined as making purchases using a phone or tablet, and also using mobile devices to research products that are later bought at brick-and-mortar locations. Houston is followed on the list by three West Coast cities–Seattle-Tacoma, San Francisco and Los Angeles–with the highest-ranking East Coast market, New York, rounding out the top five.




November 21, 2016

consumption of global media share:tv vs tablet vs desktop vs smartphone

consumption of global media share::tv vs tablet vs desktop vs smartphone

consumption of global media share::tv vs tablet vs desktop vs smartphone 

 
According to recent data from InMobile on global media consumption,Mobile takes up a significant share of media time across markets and has surpassed time spent online in many markets.globally 26% of media share comes from Mobile( SMS or Voice calls).22% comes from online usage from desktop or laptop.22% media usage comes from TV.9% comes from tablet and 12% from radio and 8% from print media 


India and Japan leads mobile media usage with 28%, while . 34% Chinese users goes online usage via laptop or desktop while 25% users from singapore do likewise .

November 4, 2016

samsung,apple sees 18% decline after jointly selling 23% of global smartphones

"samsung,apple sees 18%  decline after jointly selling 23% of global smartphones"

 
Post Samsung halted production  of its Note 7 handsets and said it was scrapping the 4.3 million handsets it had already manufactured,the market for smartphones specially the Phablets phone have opened up. As smartphone  sales mature and reach reasonable volumes with lower churn rates, with users not changing their smartphones as frequently as they used too 2 to 3 years ago,bigger size screen size will be a norm rather a exception.

Meanwhile  also helping matters are that OEM's and Handset makers  have increasingly tried to offer a bigger and larger screen as an option,which seems to be paying off.With Samsung already facing a growing churn and growing dissatisfaction in the market and Apple reporting that it had underestimated demand for its largest model, the iPhone 7 Plus, leading to a backlog in orders.This market seemed to be wide open for a spectacular fight.Google Pixel and Huawei Mate 9 could provide a lot of choices this holiday season.However its reported that Google has locked itself into exclusive deals with single operators in the US, UK and Australia - struck before the Note 7 fiasco - which will limit sales.


Meanwhile Samsung has seen a 13% decline in its year to year smartphone sales July -September,2016 sales as compared to same time last year. Apple too has seen a 5% decline . However Samsung with 23% market share and Apple with 13% market share make up 130 million smartphones out of 360 million smartphones  sold in last quarter of 2016. This means that even after selling 23% of global smartphone last quarter,It has been loosing market share compared to a year ago.

Huawei mate 9 large screen smartphone battery to last for 48 hours with 30 mins of charging



Huawei has decided to take on Samsung's might as the  industry first smartphone which is competing directly with new large-screened smartphone ( 5.9 inc) in the wake of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 disaster. Huawei new large screen smartphone  called "The Mate 9" handsets are among the first to be powered by Android 7 and come in two designs: a model with a 1080p "full HD" display, and a Porsche-branded edition with nearly twice the resolution.The smartphone bears a dual rear camera setup designed in collaboration with Leica. Huawei Mate 9 smartphone will be available for sale presently in China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the UAE in the first wave of launches, with a suggested retail price of EUR 699 . Other countries will follow soon after, Huawei says. The company separately also unveiled the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9, with a EUR 1,395 price tag. The Huawei Fit activity tracker was also launched.


According to BBC Technology Like the Note 7, Huawei's new phones also feature a "supercharging" battery technology that promises to deliver a day's worth of power within 30 minutes and a full two-day charge in 90 minutes. The company's senior product manager, Michael Seitz, told the BBC that the system had been through a nine-month development and testing process and had been checked by an independent research lab. "It keeps really cool in your hand even while recharging," he said.

October 21, 2016

average cost of smartphones across regions : developing vs developed

"Cost of smartphone handset as a percentage  of Gross National Income compared  by developing vs developed nations"

Cost of smartphone handset as a percentage  of Gross National Income compared  by developing vs developed nations


 
The cost of mobile handsets over the years show a  perfect  illustration of demand supply economics in action.Global smartphones cost have come down dramatically over the years.The global average selling price of smartphones reached the highest in the year 2011 when the smartphone growth was at its highest. At that time mobile  devices were sold for an average of 348.6 USD. 
Since then, the average selling price of smartphones has constantly declined, going from 332.5USD .  2012 to 276 USD  in 2015. By 2019, the cost of an average smartphone is forecast to drop to $214
North America has the highest average selling price for smartphones.North American customers paid $531 for a smartphone in 2013. By 2017, the average selling price for smartphones in this region is forecast to increase to $567. Asia Pacific, on the other hand, has the most affordable average selling price $262. dollars in 2013, forecast to decrease to $215 by 2017.


Currently Smartphones in the mid-range price  that is, with a retail price between 150 USD dollars and 550 USD  accounted for 40% of all smartphone shipments across the world.According to statista the mid price range will increase to about 48% of total smartphone shipments by 2019

September 10, 2016

iPhone 7 cost by country breakdown

" The iphone 7 costs around the world"

European countries citizens have to shell out the highest cost among all the countries when it comes to buying the iPhone 7 . Citizens of Hungary, Italy and Norway have to pay the highest amount in Europe to buy the latest iPhone 7 . Apple's latest iPhone will cost  256,058.64 Ft (£700) in Hungary, followed by Italy and Norway. European nations will have to pay almost 100 pounds more than the equivalent costs of the price of iPhone in the United States .
In the US, the same 32GB model starts at $649 (£487.75) and in Canada at $899 (£521.75).However taxation plays another big part in deciding the MRP to consumers
Apple's iPhone 7 prices for the UK and other nations in Europe includes  sales tax, but prices in the US and Canada don't include it due to state-by-state variations. In New York, for example the iphone 7 attracts a 8% sales tax  which makes the cost of iPhone  7 over $700 in NY. However in other states there is no sales tax.The iPhone 7 in  Germany costs Euro 583 , while costing Euro 699 in France. In Russia  Apple's latest piece of gizmo costs above 60,000 roubles in Russia . In Hong Kong consumers have to shell out  5,500 Hong Kong dollar to get the  iPhone 7. For Ireland and  Spanish consumers  their  iPhone 7 will come at a price of  Euro 650.
"iPhone 7 costs of smartphone in Europe"






However New Zealand and Australia will pay a similar price  of around  900 Aus and NewZ dollars . Japanese users have to shell out over 60,000 yen  to get their hand on their iPhone 7 The iPhone 7  would cost Rs 54,000 in India .

August 5, 2016

5 things to keep in mind while designing mobile ads

1. Avoid using an image that is long shot or has been shot too close up and use your brand colors in an solid background 2.Avoid using headline that is more than 60 characters, including spaces 3.Use  a call to action like  “click here “send a request ,get it touch. 4. If you’re a ecommerce retailers , then you might  want to showcase a new product, use words like explore our latest additions, 5. If your aim is to” acquire subscribers, your call to action can be “ join our mailing list”  likewise , you can use “ find a store nearest to you".Don't expect mobile users to spend time look for alphabets or  searching for drop down forms
" best practices in designing  mobile ads"


 
Best Practices in Mobile ad design

Best Practices in Call to action :The call to action should be just a one click away . Don’t force uses and take them to a page that is more than 1 or 2 click away Design your banner from left to right, or top to bottom as the highest visibility of a human eyes starts from the left side and scrolls vertically. Ideally your call to action should be at the bottom or lower right corner . Avoid heavy and too dense landing page with too many words.For most mobile users, their attention is more focused on images rather than text. Highlight “what you think is the core product proposition 





Avoid heavy animated and flash.. At times the internet connectivity is not strong enough to support fancy banners and flash. While designing the ad banners, use minimum file size .Instead of making users go round and round clicking on hyperlinks, use “ catalogue of products or connect with us .Avoid making the form fields to large. Users hesitate to fill up large drawn out form fields

August 2, 2016

how blackberry founders sabotaged their first tablet "playbook"


 
By the spring of 2010, when the iPad was sweeping across the world ,Mike Lazaridis was swept with the urgency to keep up with the tablet craze .The smartphone maker initially  tinkered with the possibility of producing a handheld computer larger that the PDA nut smaller than a PC. However it decided to  launch a 7 inches screen tablet.As the  iPad threatened RIM's  positioning and dominance of its enterprise wireless hand held wireless market, it had to react to iPad. 
With the purchase of   technology company, RIM had a secret weapon, QNX. The QNX OS specialty was creating microkernels , which was a building block of OS ,but not the complete OS . However it  wasn’t efficient on the battery front, which was one of blackberry’s core strength.Compounding the problems was the deadline which was set to the new Playbook launch. This mean that there wasn’t enough time to get the blackberry email on the playbook.For this the email application had to be rewritten as RIM wanted to provide one corporate email from both devices which meant that it also had to update its enterprise software which was deployed with over 25,000 of enterprise customers.Given the deadline to launch the tablet to take on iPad, this was impossible


 
The result was that Playbook’s customers also had to own the blackberry if they had to access corporate email, making the device as a accessory to blackberry, which was its Flagship device rather than a standalone tablet. What this  meant  for consumers  to access email at Playbook was perplexing .Among the series of  steps to access corporate email 1)They had to download a bridge software app to their devices.2)set up to pair with the smartphone to its playbook 3)Then users had to wait for several minutes for the bridged email box on their playbook to fill up with their blackberry smartphone email.This had to be repeated every time since the email box vanished from the playbook as soon as the connection was cut If the kept both the devices, bridged for long, the wireless activity drained very quickly


For consumer this was  ridiculous as  in comparison ,the ipad enabled user to access their personal as well as corporate email, at a touch of the screen .What was more perplexing was that “ why did RIM take these cumbersome steps, instead of just giving access to hotmail or Gmail In the book “ "Loosing the connection" which chronicles the fall of blackberry, author Sean Silcof , states that Mike Lazaridis was so enamored with the Bridge concept theta RIM dint bother to develop the capability in time for the launch As apposed to this,the ipad came with the email box. The fascination of the founders with technology without understanding consumers preferences sounded the final obituary of the company

April 1, 2016

1 billion mobile subscribers,with 10 times mobile traffic being added every 6 month

"global mobile trafic growing by 1 billion  in 6 months "

By the end of 2015 half of the world’s population had at least one mobile subscription, totaling over 3.6 billion unique mobile subscribers. By 2020, around three-fifths of the global population will have a mobile subscription with 4.6 billion users with a growth of 4% CAGR with close to one billion new subscribers being added in 6 months




 At the end of 2015 half of the world’s population had at least one mobile subscription, totaling over 3.6 billion unique mobile subscribers. By 2020, around three-fifths of the global population will have a mobile subscription with 4.6 billion users with a growth of 4% CAGR  with close to one billion new subscribers being added in 6 months  



Developed markets are growing more slowly as penetration rates approach levels close to saturation. For example, in Europe and North America, unique subscriber growth was below 1% in 2015. At the other end of the spectrum, Sub-Saharan Africa was still the world’s most under-penetrated region with subscriber growth at nearly 12%. 

GLOBAL MOBILE  PENETRATION:: From 50% in 2015 ,,penetration will  exceed 59% by 2020
3G/4G MOBILE CONNECTIONS : 3G and 4g connections across the world  will exceed 69% in 2020  from 39% in 2015
NUMBER OF SMARTPHONES: Number from Smartphones across the world will reach 5.9billion by 2020 compared to 2.6 billion as of 2015
MOBILE TRAFFIC" set to grow 10 fold by 2019   



GLOBAL SIM CONNECTIONS :.Global SIM Connections  is set to reach 10 billion from 7.3 billion by 2020 Mobile operator revenues will growth from $1.15 trillion to $1.40 trillion, which is a growth of 3.1% CAGR 

February 28, 2016

comparison faceoff between LG 5 vs Samsung 7



LG5 and Samsung S 7 compared and reviewed by features





January 27, 2016

for the first time in a decade apple's iphone sales hits speedbreaker

"iphone hits speed breakers "

Apple announced a sharp slowdown in sales growth for its iPhone


Apple's  honeymoon period with its most successful product, iPhone  seems to be finally over, with the company reporting " flat sales in a clear indication of  iPhone's  slowest growth since the product's 2007 launch  as Apple  warned investors that "sales will fall for the first time later this year.


"sales of ihome was at roughly 74.6 and 74.8 million in Q3 2014 and Q32015"


The company sold 74.8m of its flagship devices in the final three months of 2015, compared to  74.46m iPhones  it told during the same period in 2014.. which points to the fact that : iPhone sales has now plateaued 

Apple's fundamentalas as a company is beyond comparison and its  one of the most cash rich company in the world with assets totalling $293bn, with $205bn of that in cash.
However the worrying point for apple, is that the company is dependent on the iPhone magic wand more than it should do as it created more volatility and risk for the company something that wall street will not like 


  • Apple's ipads meanwhile have been shrinking for more than 18 months. Apple sold 16.1million iPads in the last three months of 2015, down from 21.4m tablets in the same quarter last year.
  • Mac sales too, declined  with Apple selling 4% fewer  ending up with 5.3 million sales (YoY)
  • Apple Watch, grew sharply to $4.4bn, up from $2.6bn in the third quarter of 2015 (when the company first reported Watch sales). 
  • Other products in the category include Beats accessories, Apple Pay and Apple TV 


January 21, 2016

cost per installs across iOS device lowest across north america

"mobile app downloads across north america"

 Mobile app downloads across North America

US and Canada  mobile users  lead in gaming app downloads , while cost per installs across iOS device is lowest in United states





January 13, 2016

3 riders about AT & T new unlimited data plan

AT&T New unlimited data plan comes at a time when most wireless carriers have either eliminated or raised the price of unlimited data plans. Sprint and T-Mobile, the only two carriers that still offer unlimited data to new customers, have bumped up prices.



"AT&T new unlimited data plan with riders"

AT&T's unlimited data plan is back, with strings attached. The first rider is  that to  get this unlimited data plan, consumers should also  subscribe to its TV service (only for customers who also subscribe to its DirecTV or U-Verse TV services. Enrollment began Tuesday.)

So does it technically offer unlimited data : Rider 2  .AT &T will only slow the connection for any customer who is in a data-congested area and who in a given month exceeds 22 gigabytes of data. This is equivalent to someone streaming 50 hours of video and 250 hours of music and then spending another 220 hours on the Internet each month.

Rider 3 : How much is the actual cost :The monthly cost for the data is $60, plus $40 for each line. The fourth line is free. This means one line costs $100 a month, two lines are $140, and then three or four lines cost $180. .

Who should go for this plan :This is a pretty good deal for anyone who needs a paid TV service and is a heavy user of wireless data. Specifically, it's best for individuals who use more than 10GB to 15GB of data per month
 know more on the details of AT &T new unlimited plan here

January 12, 2016

comparison of apple iOS 8 vs iOS9 by consumer adoption




changes in iOS 8 vs iOS 9.adoption
" apple mobile OS adoption rate"
Apple iOS9 has seen an unprecedented adoption by apple consumers.This chart shows how apple Mobile OS.. their iOS version 8 has been  downloaded as compared to iOS9 downloads. In just 2 months  iOS9 saw a 75% jump in adoption rate while iOS8 downloads declined and slipped under 25% mark

December 5, 2015

the price of a smartphone : china vs india

HOW MUCH DOES A SMARTPHONE COST IN CHINA  AND INDIA


the price of a smartphone : china vs india"
India is among the countries with lowest price of smartphones,The chart shows the difference in price of a smartphone in india vs china. While china  smartphone prices have been driven by additional features  with the price dropping to $210 in 2013. In 2015 it reached $255

However India has seen a drastic fall in smartphone prices . In 2012, a smartphone cost $230 .India 2013 it fell to $165. And in 205, it hit a rock bottom price  of $130.





November 9, 2015

Android is now ahead of iOS by 6 times




The Global Smartphone OS Market Share since 2011 onwards
"android is ahead of iOS by 6 times"



Smartphone OS Market Sales by Quarter: Android vs iOS 




November 5, 2015

UK Counties mobile web download speeds :Glasgow vs Edinburgh vs Manchester vs Liverpool



Mobile web download speeds compared : Glasgow vs Edinburgh v Manchester vs Liverpool vs Bristol vs Leicester vs Birmingham vs London vs Nottingham