Apple and Google dominate smartphone market

There used to be a time where Windows Mobile and RIM’s BlackBerry dominated the smartphone market, fast forward to 2011 however and Windows Mobile’s share has dropped to a mere 3% and RIM currently only hold 10% of the market share, so what happened?

Simple, throughout the past few years Android and iOS handsets have taken over the market, currently the who giants hold a combined 82% of the market.

According to data released on Tuesday by market research firm The NPD Group, “The competitive landscape for smartphones, which has been reshaped by Apple and Google, has ultimately forced every major handset provider through a major transition,” Furthermore more Ross Rubin, executive director adds “For many of them, 2012 will be a critical year in assessing how effective their responses have been.”

BlackBerry devices comprised half of all smartphone sales in Q2 2006, but have since seen a steep decline, ending the third quarter of 2011 with just 8 percent market share.

While Nokia remains the top handset vendor in the world, it has suffered a major blow in smartphone sales during the transition from Symbian to Windows Phone, seeing a decline from a 33 percent share in 2010 to 14 percent in 2011.

During the three months ending in September, Apple held its title as America’s top smartphone maker with a 28.3 percent share followed by HTC and RIM with 20.3 percent and 17.8 percent, respectively, according to Nielsen. Android phones as a whole dominated the market, however, garnering a 42.8 percent share.

If you would like to read the whole press release it can be found here.

What do you think, will Nokia and RIM be able to regain their market share?

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Students can now rent Textbooks for the Kindle

For the students among us this is great news, according to  Amazon, “You can now save up to 80 percent off the list price of the print textbook by renting Kindle Textbooks on the Kindle or Kindle-compliant devices such as Windows and OS X PCs, iPads, iPhones and BlackBerry, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices”. In other words this means that students will get access to “Tens of thousands of textbooks” are available for rent across those platforms, You can choose a rental length between 30 and 360 days and extend your rental for as little as one day. What’s best, regardless of your chosen rental period, Amazon will charge you only for the exact time you need a book. From Amazon:

Kindle Textbook Rental is a flexible and affordable way to read textbooks. You can rent for the minimum length, typically 30 days, and save up to 80% off the print list price. If you find you need your textbook longer, you can extend your rental by as little as 1 day as many times as you want and just pay for the added days.

You can tell whether  a Kindle edition is available for rent in the Textbooks Store section of the Kindle app or from the search bar.

Developer interest in iOS keeps growing!

A survey by Appcelerator with help from IDC says that developers still favor iOS for making their mobile apps. 91% of devs surveyed said that they were “very interested” in making apps for iPhone, and 86% of those surveyed would like to make apps for iPad.

Developers in the survey said that Android fragmentation among devices as well as multiple app stores are keeping them away from projects on that platform.

Microsoft and RIM, on the other hand, are still waiting on customer adoption — the new BlackBerry Playbook is at 20% interest among developers, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform is only a little higher than that. At this point in time, Apple has everything developers want: a developer toolkit that’s powerful and relatively easy to use, lots of customers ready to spend money on apps, and a big install base with a solid future. It’s no wonder devs like iOS so much.

A quarter of all apps are only used once.

Apps

This is interesting news, especially for the developers among our readers, according to Localytics, Mobile device users are becoming more picky about the Apps they use, with 28 percent of Apps only ever getting used once after being downloaded.

Analytics firm Localytics makes the claims in a report they released recently, furthermore they stress that developers must focus on first impressions within pleasing user exeperiences.

Localytics studied the thousands of Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 apps using its real-time app analytics service. It found one-time use rose considerably across 2010, from 22 percent in Q1 to 28 percent in Q4.

How about you? Do you download apps and then only use them once? Leave a comment below.

More people browse the web with iPads than with Android devices!

We knew that the iPad was becoming more and more popular for browsing the web however latest reports on monthly browser usage data state that the iPad is becoming more popular than Android-powered devices.

According to the report since being released in April the Apple device already represents 0.17% of all Web browser traffic tracked by Net Applications. Then in June the iPad finally managed to do the amazing of beating Android driven devices which only represent 0.14 percent of all Web browsing traffic. The iPod touch gained 0.14% of the shares.

Net Applications

It is also interesting to note that during June Apple’s most high-profile iOS device, the iPhone, was revealed by Net Applications to carry a 33 percent share of all mobile browsers. Which seems pretty awesome when compared to 14 percent for Nokia’s Symbian, 6 percent for Google Android, 4 percent for BlackBerry, and a mere 3 percent for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.

iPhone users download the most mobile apps by far!

In the recently released report “State of Mobile Apps,” Nielsen write that more and more people are switching to smartphones in order to use the apps that these offer, and that Apple leads the pack of apps. The company surveyed more than 4,000 people on the US, and found that “21% of US wireless subscribers had a smartphone by the end of 2009, up from just 14% a year ago.

Of the 4200 cellphone users who were surveyed, 14% of all users had downloaded some form of mobile app within the past month. Those who had smartphones such as the iPhone however were reporting much higher numbers, they averaged 22 apps, compared to 10 for those with “normal” phones.

The research showed that, users with iPhone reported an average of 37 apps,which in total was the same as the number of apps on BlackBerry (10), Palm (14), and Windows Mobile (13) users’ phones combined, and still much higher than the 22 apps that Android users claimed to have downloaded.

As the graph below shows, games played a large part of apps users were downloading, with 65%, of the surveyed answering they had downloaded a game, more than 50%  said they had downloaded social networking, news and weather, and maps or navigation apps within the past month.

Nielsen

According to Nielsen, there are differences in which apps are being downloaded by which smartphone owner: iPhone users frequently used iPod and iTunes, while BlackBerry users were unique in accessing ESPN and Android users were using Google Search. Furthermore Nielsen predicts that smartphones will take over the market for simpler feature phones next year, which means that the popularity of mobile apps will only continue to grow in the next few years.

(Article source: Appleinsider.com)

iPhone is the most popular phone for Opera Mini

Since the launch barely 20 days ago, the Opera Mini version for the iPhone has soared up the charts. On the first day it was already downloaded over a million times. By now, the iPhone version is the third most popular for Opera Mini downloads worldwide, and number one in the US.

In the US the iPhone has already taken away the top position from BlackBerry for US phone downloads. Worldwide however, the iPhone still needs to take on Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets, who have both dominated the the top 20 lists for a while now.