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Santa Clara, Calif. – Led by tablets, touch-enabled device shipments will more than double over the next four years, according to PD DisplaySearch.
The research firm’s latest report has 762.7 million mobile PC devices shipping worldwide by 2017, up from the 367.6 million that shipped in 2012.
The spike will be fueled by an increase in demand for tablets, primarily inexpensive, white-box models in China, said Richard Shim, senior analyst with NPD DisplaySearch.
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Washington D.C. – The growth rate of wireless-carrier revenues accelerated in 2012, CTIA-The Wireless Association found in its semi-annual carrier survey.
The CTIA said this was due to continued growth in cellular subscriber connections and because average revenues per unit rose following a four-year slide.
Hampshire, U.K. — Worldwide smartphone shipments jumped 30 percent in the first quarter of 2013, reaching almost 200 million, according to Juniper Research.
The analyst firm said Samsung accounted for 34 percent of all smartphones, with 68 million shipped in the quarter, while Apple shipped 37.4 million. LG shipped 10.3 million, its highest ever quarter, Juniper said.
Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics shipped 10.3 million smartphones and had higher company revenues, but profits declined for the first quarter, ended March 31.
The smartphone unit sales in the quarter were the highest for LG since it entered the category, the company said, and its better-than-expected performance in LG’s mobile operations offset weaker results in the home entertainment business.
New York — AT&T reported it added 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers, and the company’s net income rose 3.2 percent to $3.7 billion during its first quarter.
The company posted operating revenues of $31.4 billion for the three months, ended March 31, compared with the same period last year.
The 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers equated to 290,000 wireless postpaid net adds for the company, which resulted in a postpaid churn improvement to 1.04 percent, the company reported.
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New York — Gartner is forecasting double-digit worldwide growth for mobile phones, tablets and ultrathin laptops for the next four years.
The only category expected to decline during this period is desktop PCs and laptops.
The research firm reported that 2.4 billion connected devices will ship this year, up from 2.2 billion in 2012. This figure will climb to 2.6 billion by 2014 and hit 2.96 billion by 2017.
Framingham, Mass. — More than 1 billion smart connected devices shipped worldwide in 2012, a 29.1 percent increase, according to IDC’s “Smart Connected Device Tracker” report.
The category, which encompasses desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones, will continue its hockey-stick-growth curve with shipments hitting 2.2 billion by 2017. This is expected to generate about $814 billion in revenue, up from $576.9 billion in 2012.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Getting faster cellular-data speeds is the top reason cited by consumers who are buying a smartphone and considering a change of cellular carriers, an NPD Group survey found.
Network speed exceeded network reliability and better coverage for the first time as the top reasons for considering a carrier switch, the latest survey found.
Framingham, Mass. — The rest of the world with catch up with the U.S. in 2012 when global shipments of smartphones will exceed feature-phone shipments for the first time, IDC forecast.
In the U.S., smartphones first outsold feature phones in 2011, with the first quarter of that year marking the first quarter that smartphones dominated, the research and consulting company said.