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IPhone stays on top as mobile OS share stabilizes

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Android possess the largest mobile OS usage by share, based on ad impressions, with iOS coming in second and BlackBerry in third, according to Millenial Media’s just-released monthly Mobile Mixreport. The shares have not really shifted at all since last quarter, mentioning that mobile worker may be expecting the smartphone market entering into a period of relative stability, at least in terms of how the OS pie is divided.

Android stayed on top with 56 percent of the connected device and smartphone OS mix; Apple stood in the second place with 28 percent for iOS. BlackBerry possessed the next-most-significant ratio of share with 13 percent. All of these were exactly the same during Millenial’s third-quarter Mobile Mix report,  covering the period of July to September. This could be a good news for Apple, which is still standing high atop the device pile, for ad impressions among all manufacturers, with 23.5 percent of impressions among the top 15 device manufacturers and 12.53 percent of the top single-device impressions going to the iPhone.

Apple’s share grew slightly compared to the third quarter results, Samsung and HTC has also faced a lot of growth. Considering HTC, it has surpass Samsung and was able to score second spot among manufacturers of devices. As Kevin has noted previously, China’s Huawei has also been creeping up the charts. But the combat for the second seems to be one that mostly affects the distribution of Android sales; IOS, as per its relatively stable market share, doesn’t appear to be all that affected by power struggles among the Android hardware maker ranks, at least during the past few months.

Apple also continues to grab a large portion of mobile advertising spending compared with Android, covering 40 percent of application advertising dollars versus 50 percent for Android devices. Apple’s position slid one percentage point between last quarter and October, while Android ‘s rose one point. Rather interestingly, in the month of October, the gaming application slid from a long-held first place position among the categories of apps that get the most ad impressions, replaced by music and entertainment apps which were in second place during last quarter.

Source: gigaom

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Survey: For enterprise workers, iPhone beats BlackBerry

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Enterprise has long been the projecting part of RIM and its BlackBerry devices, but it has been infiltrated by Apple and its challenger, the iPhone. A quarterly survey of enterprise companies by commercial Wi-Fi provider iPass, the iPhone has a 45 percentage of market share of mobile employee usage, surpassing the undisputed king BlackBerry. This is the first time that BlackBerry has been overtaken.

IPass’s Mobile WorkForce Report was released on Wednesday. It has collected data from a survey of more than 2,300 mobile enterprise workers at 1,100 companies between the end of September and the end of October. Many of the world’s richest companies are on the iPhone vogue already. Apple said last month that “90 percent of Fortune 500 companies” are distributing iPhones for their workers. But the iPass’s report provides a bit of broader picture of differently sized companies that have iPhones on their network. The iPhones’ popularity for mobile workers is not the outcome of taking market share from RIM. It is also because of the expansion of market too. The report says,

Today 95 percent of mobile employees have smartphones, up from 85 percent in 2010, with 91 percent using their smartphone for work — a 26 percent rise compared to 2010.

At the Mobilize conference in September, a crew of mobile IT execs declared 2011 the year smartphones got their own reputed place in the enterprise. “2011 was the year mobile IT was born,” Bob Tinker, CEO of MobileIron, said at the time. “It was the year the IT industry figured out mobile, and it’s the year that mobile figured out IT … Every small, medium and large enterprise around the world is going to be deploying smartphones and tablets at scale over the next 12 to 18 months.”

Regarding tablets, iPass says that they are on the rise, but have a ways to go to be at the smartphone level of penetration in the enterprise, with 44 percent of those surveyed using an iPad at work, related to that of 33 percent in the second quarter of this year. The reason for the surge of mobile devices in adoption among enterprise workers is not necessarily because of the expansion of IT budgets. IPass states the reason as follows:

This is due in part to the adoption of “bring your own device” policies by enterprises. Currently 42 percent of mobile employees use individually-liable smartphones for work, up from 34 percent last year.

IT departments are being faced with people wanting to use their own iPhone or Android phone from home for work, something RIM never figured out.  “RIM never got people to want to pay for the device themselves,” Julie Palen, SVP of enterprise telecom expense management company Tangoe, said in September. “That’s what Apple brought. And Android and Google followed.”

Source: gigaom

U.S. Cellular: iPhone buy-in price too steep

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

According to U.S. Cellular’s CEO Mary Dillon, Apple’s iPhone could have been available on five carriers this fall instead of just four. Fierce Wireless first reported that Dillon exposed during the carrier’s quarterly earnings call that her company rebuffed the iPhone because Apple’s “terms were unacceptable form a risk and profitability standpoint”.

Apple’s demands from its carrier partners is not a surprise. When the information about Sprint getting the iPhone aboard the latest hardware refresh came out, it also spread out that the investment vows that Apple required of Sprint would be very considerable. Sprint said, in its recent earnings call that its investment was worth “every penny”. The total cost of that investment would be $7 billion, because the carrier would be paying 40 percent more than the industry average to finance each device sold to customers, says Reuters. Sprint had to perpetrate to a large minimum order of iPhone devices, either it could sell those onto consumers or not, and likely won’t reap the credits of the deal until 2015.

Earlier this week,  Telefonica, one of the Apple’s Czech carrier partners, took the decision to drop the 4S and including all iPhone models because of Apple’s terms. It is apparent that it is not a price of just, despite the fact that Apple continues to break records for device sales. U.S. Cellular positions the sixth place and exists as the sixth largest network operator in the U.S. It serves around 6.1 million customers, particularly this covers people in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest and New England. It utilizes CDMA technology for its network. This technology is something the latest models iPhones support since the introduction of the Verizon iPhone 4 early this year.

C Spire consists of customers which covers the U.S south and has approximately 900,000 subscribers. In spite of getting more customers than C Spire, U.S. Cellular seems to be not interested in making the same investment in Apple that the smaller carrier announced in October. C Spire starts the sale of the iPhone on Nov. 11.

Apple has a track record that allows it to make demands of carrier partners that many of its competitors could not, and even though it’s losing some potential subscribers by not being flexible enough to satisfy everyone, it has the luxury of being able to do so. Apple was capable of making an estimated 52 percent of the mobile phone industry’s profits, though it has only 4.2 percent market share. With these numbers, it can render to leave some deals on the table. Also, U.S. Cellular could come back to that table too. According to Dillon, the company remains open to carrying the iPhone if the deal makes more sense in the future.

Source: gigaom

Apple: Over a million iPhone 4S pre-orders in the first 24 hours

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Apple announced today that within the first 24 hrs more than a million pre-orders for its new iPhone 4S were taken after making them available through the Apple online store and wireless carriers. Just after the opening of pre-orders, Apple has completely sold through its stock of new iPhone 4S devices for its Oct. 14 U.S. launch day.

Apple ushered in the latest model of its iPhone, the iPhone 4S, last week with much expectation. The new model features raised its grade with the phone’s processor, camera and a new personal voice assistant called Siri.

The time frame for getting the new phone on the day of launch have ended and the pre-ordered phone’s shipping expects to take 1-2 weeks. Apple has never experienced such a highest pre-order numbers with iPhone, according to Apple SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller. Apple has already experienced insane demand for the new iPhone, with U.S. wireless carrier AT&T reporting that it had already taken well over 200,000 orders just 12 hours after making the phone eligible on its website, according to Reuters — which would indicate that the company probably had comparable numbers from the other two carriers offering the iPhone (Sprint and Verizon). And now we have confirmation. Analysts expect that Apple will sell close to 27 million phones in the October-December quarter, according to the report from Reuters.

The iPhone 4S will be launched worldwide on October 14 in United States, Australia, Japan, Canada, France, Germany and the U.K.

Source: venturebeat

iPhone 4S Test Notes: Data Speed (It’s Slow)

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The new iPhone 4S is here. A re-spiffed antenna, and stuffed inside the AT&T 4S, new guts that (should) mean faster data speeds. But theoretical max speeds are not real world experiences. Here comes the comparison among AT&T, Sprint and Verizon for the fastest iPhone. Does 4S measure up against the most jacked Android phones?

The reports after the test of the iPhone 4S on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon; the iPhone 4 on Verizon and AT&T; the Samsung Galaxy S II on Sprint and T-Mobile; the Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon, and the HTC Amaze on Sprint, are as follow:

None of the iPhones proclaim to work at “4G” speeds, even though AT&T has billed mobiles with the same potential data speed as the 4S as “4G.” Verizon and Sprint’s iPhones use CDMA EV-DO Rev A, which has a theoretical max download speed of 3.1Mbps. The old AT&T iPhone 4 was technically capable of hitting 7.2Mbps downstream. AT&T’s iPhone 4S uses a version of HSPA+ with a max speed of 14.4Mbps downstream. Regarding non-iPhones, the Amaze 4G and Galaxy S II on T-Mobile also run on HSPA+, but a version that theoretically allows a peak downstream speed of 42Mbps. The Galaxy S II on Sprint uses WiMax for 4G speeds, while Verizon’s Droid Bionic runs on its LTE network, which claims speeds of up to 12Mbps (though we’ve seen them go well above 20Mbps). Obviously, theoretical max speeds are not real world speeds.

Every phone displayed max bars with pretty strong signal.

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Numbers of People consider download a significant factor. No wonder, may be, the 4G phones massacred the iPhones, beating them by nearly 1000 percent. AT&T’s faster theoretical speeds with its iPhone 4S are faster in real life, overthrowing Verizon and Sprint on the iPhone 4S. No real gain for Verizon—  it is that Verizon iPhone 4 already had a tweaked antenna design, so it had less to gain.

 

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Upload speeds are equally important, considering how many of us are now syncing our high-res photos and HD videos back to the cloud. The iPhone 4Ses’ speeds was not much better, particularly AT&T’s. Sprint’s iPhone 4S gave the best upload speed at 0.89 Mbps,among of those compared phones.

Overall, Sprint seems to average out the best of the iPhone 4Ses, with the second fastest downloads and fastest upload. Addition to that, one can get unlimited data. iPhones are officially slowwwww when it comes to raw data speeds.

 

Source: gizmodo