Google’s Android platform was used on four out of five smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter. This means that Android’s market share rose to 81 percent, extending its lead over Apple’s iOS, used on its iPhones, according to the IDC survey. Android’s global market share a year ago was 74.9 percent, a 6% increase over a year period.
Surprisingly Microsoft’s Windows Phone showed strong gains, up to 3.6 percent global market share from 2% a year earlier.
Even though iPhone sales grew 25.6 percent from a year earlier, the growth was slower than the overall market and Apple’s global market share fell to 12.9 percent from 14.4 percent in the same period last year.
BlackBerry, meanwhile, saw its troubles deepen, as its global market share fell to 1.7 percent from 4.1 percent a year ago. BlackBerry sales fell 41.6 percent from a year ago despite the introduction of the new BlackBerry 10 operating system.
The overall global market for smartphones grew 39.9 percent year-over-year in the quarter, to 261 million units.
IDC’s latest research shows that Apple’s iOS is now far behind Android in the race to be the world’s most-used tablet operating system. Wow, who would have thought as just 1 year ago, the iPad running iOS was the leader by a wide margin.
According to IDC, Apple shipped 14.6 million iPads in the second quarter of 2013, a 14% drop from the 17 million tablets it shipped in Q2 2013. Over that same time, Android tablet shipments surged from 10.7 million in Q2 2012 to 28.2 million in Q2 2013, an increase of just under 163%. These reverse trajectories caused iOS and Android’s market shares to essentially flip over the past year: While Apple held a 60.3% market share and Android held a 38% market share in Q2 2012, Android now holds a 62.6% market share and Apple holds a 32.5% market share.
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Samsung’s new smaller lower end version of the S4, the S4 mini was released today. The new model will ensure Samsung a place in the market for more cost-conscious buyers, though the company hasn’t yet said how much the device will cost or when it will go on sale.
The Galaxy S line has become not just the top contender in the Android phone market, but also the top rival to Apple’s influential and profitable iPhone line.
Although the new phone has many of the S4’s software features, tools to take and organize photos, share content, translate text, and get travel assistance, the hardware is a step down. The Mini model is lighter, at 3.8 ounces compared to 4.6 ounces for the S4 and packs a 1.7GHz dual-core processor instead of a 1.9GHz quad-core model. Its battery is rated at 1,900mAh instead of 2,600.
In addition, the S4 Mini has an 8-megapixel camera versus the S4’s 13 megapixels, although obviously there’s a lot more to image quality than just pixel count.
The phone will come in two colors, black and white.
The Proofreaders’ Proofreader who recently redesigned their website at www.proofreadersproofreader.com now also have a Professional QR Code to use for their online and offline marketing as a ‘get more information’ QR Code for users to scan with their mobile device such as a Smartphone. Once scanned, the user now has a mobile optimized menu navigation to call, text,email, visit the website and social media channels right from their Smartphone.