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Android to Outpace PC Units Shipped in 2012; Ditto for iOS in 2013

Asymco, has put together an interesting chart where they predict that both Android and iOS is set to overtake PC unit shipments soon. Android would do it in 2012, while iOS in 2013. It’s a mind-boggling chart as it traces the shipments of PCs from back in 1975, suddenly to be outdone by the meteoric rise of newer entrants in Android and iOS.

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16 Jan, 2012
Prashanth Shantharam
Fun Data Points on Tablets

This fun infographic encapsulates varied data points on tablets and how we use them. Stats include the amount of time we spend on the device each day, when and where we use the device to browse etc. Demographics, screen size preference, market projections and how much we spend on apps. Check them all out here!

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13 Jan, 2012
Prashanth Shantharam

1 Billion HTML5 Phones to be Sold Globally by 2013: Strategy Analytics

HTML5 adoption is already begun, and is about to explode. According to Strategy Analytics, HTML5 phones would surge from their current number of 336 M to 1 B units in 2013. SA states that HTML5 would enable many connected devices ‘to converge through cloud services’.

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07 Dec, 2011
Prashanth Shantharam
China Outpaces U.S as the Largest Smartphone Market in Q3, 2011: Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics’ research finds that smartphone shipments to China at the end of Q3, 2011 was nearly 24M, while U.S was at 23M; hence making China the No.1 smartphone market globally. This is the first time any county has overtaken the U.S in the smartphone market by volume.

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23 Nov, 2011
Prashanth Shantharam
Smartphones Propel Global Mobile Sales to Soar by 6% Y-O-Y: Gartner

Gartner finds that smartphone sales surged by 42%, year-over-year during Q3, 2011. Thus, contributing significantly to the 5.6% growth in mobile sales (smart + non smartphones), for the same period. From Q3, 2010 to Q3, 2011; 440.5M mobile phones were sold, with 115M of them being smartphones. 

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16 Nov, 2011
Prashanth Shantharam
Tablet Users Watch 30% More Video Than Desktops: Ooyala

Online video platform, Ooyala, published their new Video Index Report, which shines the light on the state of online video every quarter. Ooyala analyzes anonymized online video consumption patterns of 100M monthly unique users, globally. Their key find states that tablet users consume 30% more video than desktops.

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10 Nov, 2011
Prashanth Shantharam
iOS 5 Unleashed!

Apple iOS 5 is now available for download on iTunes 10.5. The iOS 5 was first unveiled in Apple’s WWDC, 2011 event in SanFrancisco in June. Apple’s latest version of its mobile operating system iOS 5 encapsulates a slew of new features such as enhanced browsing, notifications revamp, new messaging system etc to name a few.

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12 Oct, 2011
Prashanth Shantharam
Google Wallet Now Available to Select Users

Google, who unveiled their NFC product, Wallet, in May, is now making it available to the public. It’s currently only for Sprint Nexus S 4G owners via an over-the-air software update. Along with launch partners Citi and MasterCard that’s compatible with Wallet currently, Google adds Visa, Discover and American Express to future versions of Google Wallet.

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19 Sep, 2011
Prashanth Shantharam
Android & iOS Gain More Market-Share in Q2, 2011: NPD

Market research firm, NPD Group released stats of their Q2, 2011 from their ‘Mobile Phone Track’ report. According to them, Android solidified its lead to garner a 52% share of U.S smartphone market this quarter. iOS rose 29% year-over-year. Blackberry and Windows Mobile share were eaten away by Android and iOS.

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23 Aug, 2011
Prashanth Shantharam
Android Eats Away 20% of iPad’s Market Share in the Last Year: ABI Research

ABI Research released some of the findings from their “Media Tablets” study. The key one is that Android has taken away 20% of market share from the current Tablet leader iPad. But they also note that, no single Tablet OEM powered by Android has been able to rattle iPad on its own.

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13 Aug, 2011
Prashanth Shantharam

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    "Mobile is fundamentally reshaping how we as consumers spend from housing and healthcare to entertainment and travel, from food and drinks to communication and transportation. Mobile not only influences purchase behavior but also post purchase opinions. When the share button is literally a second away, consumers are willingly sharing more information than ever before. Mobile is thus helping close the nirvana gap for brands and advertisers who seek to connect advertising to actual transactions. The long-term battle is however for owning the context of the users. Having the best knowledge about the user to help drive the transaction is the simply the most valuable currency of commerce.” -- Chetan Sharma State of Global Mobile Industry Report1H, 2011



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    AdMob Witnesses 8 Billion Tablet Ad Requests In November, 2011. 700% y-o-y growth

    The Mobile industry will go from 6 Billion connections today to more than 12 Billion by 2020

    Public IT Cloud Services Spending to Reach $72.9 Billion in 2015

    Only 0.5% of advertising dollars goes to mobile phones even though people spend more than 8% of their media time using them

    428.7M mobile phones shipped in Q2, 2011


    74% of app downloads in the U.S are from iOS & Android Devices


    Mobile Search Advertising can be a $2 Billion to $3 Billion Market in 2012



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