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Stamford, Conn. – Gartner is estimating that 2.32 billion tablets, PCs and mobile phones will ship worldwide this year, a 4.5 percent increase over 2012.
The report, issued today, did not contain any surprises. Tablet shipments are expected to jump 53.4 percent to 184.4 million and mobile phones will grow at a much slower 3.7 percent with 1.8 billion units shipped.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Cellular carriers have long contended, at least in public, that they want more choices among operating systems and handset makers than those afforded by the near-duopoly of Android-iOS and Apple-Samsung.
Stamford, Conn. – About 102 billion mobile apps will be downloaded this year, with total revenue generated at $26 billion, according to a Gartner study.
The 2013 figure is up from the 64 billion downloaded in 2012, and Gartner is forecasting yearly downloads of 268.7 billion by 2017. The iOS and Android ecosystems now account for 90 percent of all apps downloaded.
In 2013, 91 percent of the apps downloaded were free; this figure will climb in small increments until it reaches 94.5 percent in 2017.
Arlington, Va. – Smartphone users average almost two hours per day on their device, according to a Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) report.
The CEA’s Smartphones: Consumer Behavioral Trends found people spending 114 minutes per day on their smartphone.
Talking remains the top activity with owners chatting for about 23 minutes per day, followed by texting 20 minutes; writing and reading email, 18 minutes; surfing the web, 16 minutes; and social networking 11 minutes.
Framingham, Mass. – Stockings will be stuffed with tablets this Christmas, according to IDC.
The research firm expects tablet shipments to surpass the combined total of laptops and desktops for the fourth quarter of 2013. PCs will retain their leadership position for the full year and 2014, but IDC is forecasting that tablets will surpass PCs on an annual basis by 2015.
Nearly one third of college students and recent grads have either broken or had their mobile devices stolen, a new Google Survey shows.
The poll, conducted on behalf of extended warranty provider ProtectYourBubble, also indicates that the mobile mishaps occurred most often while at a party or a bar.
New York –Apple lost worldwide smartphone market share in the second quarter compared to the year ago quarter despite posting double-digit unit-sales gains, research companies IDC and Strategy Analytics found.
Strategy Analytics determined that Apple's market share fell to its lowest level in three years.
The two research companies diverged over their estimates of Samsung share, with IDC saying Samsung lost share and Strategy Analytics saying the opposite.
Here are four scary factoids.
*About 25 percent of the 4 million Android apps currently available pose a security threat.
*About 40 percent of all smartphone owners have no idea that mobile security software exists.
*Smartphones do not ship with any security software installed.
*There is little effort on the part of, phone manufacturers, the carriers or retailers to inform consumers of the threat or security available.
El Segundo, Calif. – IHS iSuppli is estimating smartphone shipments will double from 2012 to 2017.
The research firm cited the introduction of new flagship models by the top vendors for the continued growth.
Overall, smartphone shipments will rise to 897 million units, up from 712 million in 2012. Going forward unit shipments will grow to 1.1 billion in 2014, 1.2 billion in 2015 and 1.4 billion in 2016 and 1.5 billion in 2017.
Santa Clara, Calif. – A wide-ranging study by NPD DisplaySearch has found the majority of smartphone and tablet owners watch TV on the devices, but this habit is not crimping TV sales.
The Quarterly Multi-Screen Usage Study noted that 85 percent of tablet and 65 percent of smartphone users view online content via their device, instead of their TV, at least some of the time. However, this trend is not having a negative impact on larger-screen TV sales.