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IDC: Samsung beating Apple in smartphones too

For mobile smartphone dominance, there's only two horses fighting for first: Apple and Samsung. After iSuppli estimated that Samsung now ships more total phones than the previous leader Nokia, IDC now claims that the South Korean company has ousted Apple from its perch atop smartphone shipments as well. They estimate that Samsung shipped 42.2 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2012, to Apple's 35.1 million iPhones. Technically Samsung also sells Windows Phone devices, but it's fair to say that they sold more Galaxy-brand Android phones in the last four months than Apple sold iPhones.

ComScore: Android passes 50% market share in the US

Surprisingly, the US doesn't have the highest per-capita Android ownership out there - at last count that goes to the UK, where one out of every four men, women and children owns an Android smartphone. But the US is catching up quickly. ComScore reports that Android accounted fora staggering 50.1% of smartphone owners in the United Stats as of February, a statistic that hasn't been matched since Blackberry and Palm OS were duking it out. ComScore's numbers show a 3.2% overall market share increase in the four-month period ending in February. Rival statistical firm NPD reached the same conclusion back in December.

Android most popular among first-time buyers in Q4, says NPD

Despite a strong 4th quarter showing for Apple thanks to the launch of the iPhone 4S, Android continues to kick digital butt all over the world. Contradicting earlier numbers, analytics firm NPD reports that Android is even more popular among first-time smartphone buyers. Among US buyers from October through December, 57% chose Android, 34% chose iOS and just under 10% chose something else. Android led the overall race as well, with 48% of sales as opposed to Apple's 43%. Android's total US market share, as reported by a handful of firms, remains in the 46-48% range.

ComScore: Android still dominates US, BlackBerry and Windows fall further behind

Remember those reports from last month that showed Apple beating out Android in the latter half of 2011? The ones that half the internet jumped on as proof that Android was "falling behind"? Yeah, not so much. Despite a massive rise in iPhone sales in the fourth quarter, Android is still way out in front of the mobile landscape with 47.3 % market share, according to ComScore. Their number crunchers say that's a 2.5 point increase since Q3 2011. Apple continues to rise at a slower pace, capturing 29.6% of the total smartphone market in the US.

Android tablets gain ground with 10.5 million sales in Q4 2011

Apple sells a lot of iPads - their recent financial disclosing leave no doubt about it. But looming behind the Cupertino giant is the specter of Android, ready to take over the tablet world as it already has the smartphone one. While Apple shipped more than 15 million iPads worldwide in the last three months of 2011, Android tablet shipments rose to 10.5 million, giving the two platforms a 57.6% and 39.1% share of the tablet market, respectively. Compared the the same quarter in 2010, Apple's market share dropped my more than 10 points while Android's rose by almost exactly the same amount. The latest numbers are according to Strategy Analytics.

US Android users prefer Samsung, says new study

Samsung's almost literally on top of the world when it comes to mobile phone sales, and apparently that's with good reason. Researcher iGR stated in its latest news release that among US Android buyers, Samsung was the most proffered brand, followed by Motorola and HTC. Among the top three, Samsung is the only brand with a positive outcome from the last quarter - while all are selling well, Samsung is far and away the most profitable at the moment, both in the US and abroad.

US tablet ownership almost doubles over the holidays

Tablets were the hot ticket item during the holiday season in the United States, and according to the Pew Research Center, the demand drove adoption to impressive new heights. The respected firm said today that US ownership of tablets jumped to 19% after Christmas, almost doubling the pre-December figure of 10%. The numbers  reflect adults only, but Pew also reported that e-readers had the same near 50% gain while being tabulated separately. While no specific model information was available, cheap tablets and e-readers from the competing Amazon and Barnes & Noble are thought to account for most of the increase.

Android adoption slows in Q4 2011, thanks to iPhone 4S

While Android's rise to the top of the smartphone world has been nothing short of meteoric, it looks like the gravy train slowed somewhat at the tail end of 2011. Despite high-profile phone releases like the Motorola DROID RAZR and the Galaxy Nexus, not to mention a wider and wider selection of Android devices across all price points, Android adoption by new users slowed considerably according to Nielsen. While 62% of first-time smartphone buyers chose Android in October, by December only 47% did.

Android activations, app downloads jump to massive levels on Christmas day

If Google saw three ships on Christmas day, on Christmas day in the morning, it might just need them to store all the cash it's going to make from a slew of new Android devices. Mobile analytics firm Flurry reports that combined activations for Android and iOS devices went from an average of 1.5 million a day (at least 700,000 Android smartphones, the rest divided among Android tablets, the iPhone, iPod and iPad) to almost 7 million on Christmas, making it easily the biggest day of the year for new smartphone and tablet users.

Low prices boost Android’s tablet market share to 40%

The free market, in all its terrible beauty, is Apple's most friendly enemy. After 18 months of being effectively the only tablet game in town (as a function of sales, anyway) the Cupertino giant's deathgrip on the slate market is starting to crack. According to IDC, Android's share of sales in the fourth quarter of 2011 will reach 40.3 percent of all tablet sales. That's up considerably since the third quarter, which has been variously projected as 20-30%.
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