Nearly Three In Every Four Smartphones Sold Are Running Android [Report]

Nearly three in every four smartphones sold during the first quarter of 2013 were running Android, according to the latest statistics from the analysts at Gartner. Google’s operating system grabbed a whopping 74% of the market share during the three-month period, while Apple’s iOS came in second with 18.2%.

Companies choosing to build Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Symbian powered devices might want to look away now.

Having said that, BlackBerry will take comfort in the fact that it came third, narrowly beating Windows Phone’s 2.9% share with a 3% share. Samsung’s Bada operating system came fifth with 0.7%, while the dying Symbian platform came sixth with 0.3%.

Android did remarkably well during the first quarter, especially when you consider that its latest flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One weren’t on sale during this period, with over 156,000 devices sold altogether.

Not even Apple’s iOS — which powers the hugely popular iPhone and iPad — came close to that, with just over 38,000 iOS devices sold. What’s more, Android share grew from 56.9% to 74.4% in comparison with the same quarter last year, while iOS’s share fell from 22.5% to 18.2%.

This may emphasize the absence of a cheaper iPhone to compete with the plethora of budget Android devices that are available today. But rumor has it Apple is working on that.

Gartner’s figures also showed that smartphones in general are becoming increasingly popular. Out of the 426 million cellphones sold during Q1 2013, 210 million were classified as smartphones, up from 147 million a year ago.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung is seeing most of those sales, with 65 million units moved. Apple saw just 38 million units sold.

Source: Gartner


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WhatsApp Dismisses Google Buyout Rumors

WhatsApp has denied that it is holding sales talks with Google following reports that the company is on the verge of a $1 billion buyout. One source claimed last week that the hugely popular cross-platform messaging service has been in talks with Google for the last 4-5 weeks, but WhatsApp’s business development lead, Neeraj Arora, denies any discussions.

AllThingsD reports:

Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s business development head, told AllThingsDigital today that the company is not holding sales talks with Google.

Arora declined to add any further comment.

This is the second time WhatsApp has been the subject of takeover talks. Last December, “sources close to the matter” claimed that the service was close to reaching a deal with Facebook as the social network looked to expand its mobile presence. But WhatsApp also denied that deal, saying the reports were “not factually accurate.”

WhatsApp, which was founded in 2009 by two Yahoo! veterans, has become the most popular cross-platform messenger in the world, serving 10 billion messages per day as of August 2012. The service is available on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian, and Windows Phone devices.

Source: AllThingsD

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Android On The Rise During Record Quarter For Ad Impressions, But iOS Still On Top

Ad impressions reached a record high during the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data from Opera’s latest State of Mobile Advertising report, with revenue to publishers more than twice that of any previous quarter throughout the year. The figures show that Android continues to increase its share of the market, but it’s got a long way to go before it topples iOS, which boasts a whopping 41.91% share.

Opera’s mobile advertising platform serves more than 50 billion ad impressions every month, spread across 12,000 mobile sites and applications — so it’s a great snapshot at the state of the mobile market. The surge in fourth quarter traffic has been attributed to the holiday shopping season, which is a big boost for smartphone and tablet sales.

Android claimed 30.94% of that share, accounting for 29.97% of ad revenue, according to Opera. Amazingly, the Samsung Galaxy S III accounts for a full 9% of that share. iOS still leads with a 41.91% share, which accounts for 51.02% of the revenue.

Opera has broken the iOS share down into different devices. Unsurprisingly, the most popular iOS device, the iPhone, accounts for most of it with 29.08%, while the iPad accounts for just 5.82%. The iPod touch accounts for 7.01%, which doesn’t seem like much, until you compare it to the others in the chart.

BlackBerry, then named RIM, claimed a 3.74% share of the market, accounting for 4.12% of the revenue. That means that the iPod touch — all by itself — provided more ad impressions than the entire lineup of BlackBerry smartphones. That’s incredible. Even the dying Symbian platform gave more than BlackBerry did, with a 9.01% share.

Music, video & media is the category that saw the largest share (21.4%) of mobile ad impressions, but arts & entertainment generates the most revenue (17.18%). A full 63.69% of total ad impressions came from North America, while 14.61% came from Europe. Asia was in third with 14.40%.

Source: Opera

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