By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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.
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.
New York – There are a variety of ways tablets and smartphones can and should interact with a home’s main TV, and those mobile devices can also help in selling the experience at retail.
That was the consensus of a panel called “Selling The Second Screen at Retail,” held Thursday morning during the 2nd Screen Summit here, produced by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, and New Bay Media’s TWICE, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.
San Francisco — Leef Technology unveiled a portable flash drive that can be used with smartphones, tablets and computers.
The Leef Bridge has a slide-and-lock tray design with a full-sized USB connector on one side and a MicroUSB connector on the other. It is compatible with devices operating Android 4.1 or higher and can also be used with Macs.
It’s currently available in 16GB and 32GB capacities for $17.99 and $28.99 suggested retails, respectively. A 64GB version will ship in July at pricing to be announced.
Stamford, Conn. – Gartner became the latest research firm to forecast a double-digit drop in shipments and massive tablet growth for 2013.
Desktop and notebook computer shipments are set to decline 10.6 percent to 305.2 million units worldwide this year and continue falling another 5.3 percent to 289.2 million in 2014.
Meanwhile tablet shipments will grow 67.9 percent to 201.8 million in 2013 and 36.8 percent to 276.2 million next year.
Framingham, Mass. — Almost 2 billion connected devices will ship worldwide next year, according to an IDC report.
The company’s “Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker” report stated that 1.7 billion connected devices (smartphones, tablets and computers) will ship by 2014. The majority of the devices, about 650 million, will ship to the BRIC nations — Brazil, Russia, India and China — while the developed markets that include the United States, U.K. and Japan will account for 400 million units.
New York — Windows and iOS-based smartphones are gaining sales share at a faster pace than Android smartphones, said research company Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
In addition, the research firm reported that Verizon Wireless and Sprint are gaining smartphone sales share at the expense of their two rivals.
Reston, Va. – The Android OS lost share among U.S. smartphone users in the three months ending March compared to the previous three-month period, and Apple gained share at a faster rate than Samsung, a comScore consumer survey found.
For the three-month period ending in March, Android’s share of smartphones in use slipped on a sequential basis by 1.4 percentage points to 52 percent while Apple’s iOS share gained 2.7 percentage points to 39 percent.