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In a new report from mobile ad platform Millennial Media, the company compiles its data on mobile device share across its network for all of 2012, revealing that tablets in particular accounted for a rising percentage of impressions, with Android devices stepping up their game considerably. The Kindle Fire and Samsung tablets were the big share winners, helping Android slates grab a considerable 41 percent of the tablet mix, compared to 58 percent for Apple.

Millennial didn’t actually break out the overall values of tablet traffic in its 2011 report, but you can see from its February 2011 snapshot that the tablet/e-reader and other category had iOS at 80 percent share, with Android at just 17 percent and other at 3 percent. Android has clearly gained a lot of ground, then, and the main OEMs reaping the benefits of that growth are Samsung, which has 45 percent of the Android tablet share, and Amazon, which managed to acquire 26 percent thanks to the release of the second-generation Kindle Fire line, representing over 500 percent growth from its share in 2011.

Smartphone share also grew during the year, up from 68 percent to 75 percent, with non-phone connected devices (including tablets) also growing considerably as well, from 15 to 25 percent. The feature phone category gave up tons of ground, going from 17 percent to 5 percent share. Overall OS mix, despite Android’s tablet gains, actually didn’t shift all that much, with Android gaining one percentage point overall in 2012 versus 2011, and iOS losing one. BlackBerry remained steady in third, and Windows Phone gained a single percentage point.

Millennial notes that Android continues to take up more places in the top 20 mobile phones list on its platform, while Apple continues to be the market leader with its devices in each respective category, generating an outsized helping of traffic share from just a few core devices. The iPhone ranks number one among mobile phones, growing its share from 14.67 percent in 2011 to 15.59 percent in 2012. Samsung took over the number two spot from BlackBerry with its Galaxy S line, with 4.24 percent of impressions for 2012, growing 182 percent year-over-year.

The iPad mini was among Apple’s strongest performers, growing its share of impressions at an average daily rate of 28 percent within just weeks of its initial launch. Millennial says that’s a new best for the 7-inch tablet category, eclipsing the rapid 19 percent daily average established by the original Kindle Fire during its launch back in 2011. Overall, the picture that’s shaping up looks like it will see smartphone share start to even out as they eclipse feature phones entirely, with tablets making up an increasingly important piece of the pie, if the trends Millennial is seeing continue.

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NVIDIA posts Q4 2013 earnings: $1.1 billion in revenue, $174 million in profit

Posted by wicked February - 14 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

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NVIDIA posts Q4 2013 earnings

Earnings may be down slightly sequentially for the graphics and mobile CPU powerhouse, but things are still looking good compared to the same period last year. For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 NVIDIA is reporting $1.1 billion in revenue, a small dip from last quarter’s record $1.2 billion, but up from 2012′s $950 million. That’s an increase of 16.1 percent year-over-year and, perhaps most importantly, net income was up 50 percent to $174 million. That does, however, mark a significant drop from Q3′s $209 million in profits. Still, while it didn’t offer specific numbers in its press release (those may come during the company’s earnings call later today), NVIDIA declared that its Tegra business was continuing to grow. And its GPU division continued to put up impressive numbers, raking in $3.2 billion for the year, despite a sagging PC market. If you’d like to dig into all the financial particulars check out the PR after the break.

Update: In its earnings call, NVIDIA said Tegra products for smartphones and tablets, which include recent Windows RT models, have risen 50 percent year-over-year to around $540 million. NVIDIA is also currently sampling 4G LTE modems with its Tegra 4 processor, which was announced at CES this year. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said that “LTE modems will allow Tegra to enter into new markets where LTE is necessary.” Later in the call, Huang gave praise to the much-hyped Project Shield, stating that the portable console will be a great companion device for GeForce, thus enhancing their case for the GPU. “We have more than just Android application processors,” he said. “We have Android, we have Windows RT, we have Shield. Tegra is not just for smartphones.”

Nicole Lee contributed to this report.

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Akamai: Mobile data traffic doubled year-to-year in Q3, broadband adoption up

Posted by wicked January - 24 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

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Akamai: Mobile data traffic doubled year-to-year in Q3, broadband adoption up

Akamai’s served up its latest State of the Internet report, and data collected by Ericsson reveals some significant changes in terms of mobile internet usage. According to the firm’s figures, mobile data traffic doubled between the third quarters of 2011 and 2012, growing 16 percent since Q2 2012. In terms of browser marketshare over cellular networks, Android Webkit accounted for 37.6 percent of requests, while Mobile Safari netted 35.7 percent. Opera Mini hovered a tad below 20 percent, with RIM’s and Microsoft’s offerings duking it out below the 10 percent mark. However, when it comes to mobile devices across all networks (read: not just using cellular data), the gap between iOS and Android devices is far wider. In that scenario, Mobile Safari took the crown with 60.1 percent of browser requests, leaving Android Webkit with only 23.1 percent.

On the cyber attack front, Akamai reports that such traffic originating from China increased by 16 percent in Q3, making the country the source of roughly a third of attacks during the quarter. The number two spot was claimed by the United States with 13 percent, and Russia slid in at third place with 4.7 percent. While average broadband speeds didn’t see much in the way of landslide shifts, they were up globally by 11 percent year-over-year. Worldwide adoption of broadband 10Mbps or greater grew a sizable 22 percent between the third quarters of 2011 and 2012. If you’d like to pore over the statistic-filled tome yourself, hit the source link below.

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Android Dashboard update shows Jelly Bean on 10 percent of active hardware

Posted by wicked January - 4 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

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Android Dashboard update shows Jelly Bean on 10 percent of active hardware

The last time we checked out Google’s Android Device Dashboard, penetration of the latest version had reached 1.8 percent of active hardware. A couple of months later and Android 4.1 / 4.2 Jelly Bean is accounting for more than 10 percent of devices that accessed Google Play in the last 14 days. The share of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices also grew to represent 29.1 percent of active hardware, and while 2.3 Gingerbread still has the largest slice, it slid below half to 47.6 percent. That means developers can more confidently taking advantage of the latest APIs, but while the environment is much improved over when the dashboard launched in 2009, those fragments still mean some hard choices on exactly what to target with apps. Hit the source link for a larger look at the current numbers.

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China absolutely loves Android

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off

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There's a new report out today from informa, and it's about Android adoption rate and market share in China. We all know that Android has the lions share of the Chinese market, but now we have a bunch of numbers to tell us just how many phones we're talking about.

It's figured that 33-percent of all Android devices sold in 2012 were bought in China. This number is a bit skewed, and we'll get to that in a bit, but this is much higher that the 11-percent that were sold in the US — Android's second largest market. I'm curious how the numbers look if dealing with the EU as one entity, but that's neither here nor there.

We saw the 33-percent of all Android devices sold in 2012 we in China, but — and this is a big but — only 59-percent of those were using an "authentic" build of Android and use Google's services. That means that a full 41-percent of the zillions of Android phones sold in China aren't getting counted in activation numbers or that monthly OS chart we see from Google. They are phones running customized version, from the likes of Baidu or Alibaba. Let's get out our wizard hats and do a little math. 

  • There are approximately 1.5 million Android devices activated every single day.
  • A full third of that would be 500,000 phones and tablets.
  • 59-percent of that total would be 295,000.

So if 295,000 of the 1.5 million  phones activated daily (rounded up for easy math) are sold in China, that means that 20-percent (19.666-percent) of all the numbers you see getting thrown around come from one country. And that is a whole lot of smartphones.

Interesting aside — it also means that a full 13-percent of all "android devices" sold in China aren't even counted as Android activations by Google. 

These numbers are likely to grow, says Malik Saadi of informa. 

Looking forward, Android is expected to continue gaining market share globally and, by 2015, one in every two handsets sold worldwide will be powered by it. However, according to Informa Telecoms & Media, the market share of this platform could potentially peak – or even decline – after 2016 owing to a more aggressive penetration of the alternative OSs, most notably Windows Phone

One of every two phones (not smartphones) sold is a pretty lofty goal. If things continue as they are in China, it very well could happen.

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IDC: tablet shipments up 6.7 percent in Q3 2012, Apple's market share drops to 50.4 percent

Samsung may dominate Apple in smartphone market share, but the opposite is true for tablets. Third quarter figures from IDC suggest the tablet market grew by 6.7 percent during those three months, and 49.5 percent since the same period last year. Apple was responsible for over half of the 27.8 million shipments worldwide, but lost a significant amount of market share, dropping to 50.4 percent from 65.5 percent in the second quarter. IDC attributes this to consumers holding off for the iPad mini, but expects some of these procrastinators will choose Android tablets due to the relatively high entry price of $329 for the mini. Samsung was second on the leaderboard, shipping over five million tablets and increasing its market share to 18.4 percent, mainly driven by Galaxy Tab and Note 10.1 sales. Amazon and ASUS also had a solid quarter thanks to the Kindle Fires and Nexus 7, respectively, shipping around 2.5 million tablets a piece. Lenovo’s presence in China meant it closed out the top five, with modest growth from the same period last year. Apple may still be the biggest player in the tablet market thanks to the iPad brand, but with the significant decline in market share this quarter, it seems IDC’s predictions might slowly be coming true.

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IDC: tablet shipments up 6.7 percent in Q3 2012, Apple’s market share drops to 50.4 percent originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Nov 2012 03:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This week’s sidebar poll: Are you buying a new Nexus?

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2012 - Tuesday Comments Off

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It's Nexus day, and the Internet is ablaze with chatter about the merits and failure of a series of devices nobody has touched. If you haven't been paying attention, a quick recap.

  • The LG Nexus 4 — the new Nexus phone, priced at $299 for the 8GB version and $349 for the 16GB version. It's pentaband unlocked GSM, with an HSPA+42 radio. 
  • The Nexus 7 refresh — the 8GB version has been dropped. We'll see the 32GB version shortly for $249, and the 16GB version is a cool $199. The HSPA+ unlocked GSM version will chime in at 32GB and sell for $299
  • The Samsung Nexus 10 — a 10-inch tablet built by Samsung with a ultra-high-resolution screen (2560×1600). The 16GB version is $399, and the 32GB version is $499.
  • None of the devices come with removable batteries, an SDcard slot, or with CDMA or LTE radios.

It's the last line that seemingly has everyone in a tizzy. There's reasons why Google is doing it this way — namely the LTE frequencies aren't very standard and not everything is licensed in a friendly way — and we never should have expected a micro SDcard slot in a new Nexus device. As far as the radios, We've also known since we first saw the phone at the FCC that there would be no LTE at launch. But when it becomes official, that's when it's time to consider all the options.

Hit the break and check the poll, or look to the right and see it in the sidebar. Let us know what your plans are, and if you're interested in one of today's new devices. Use the comments to express it all. We'll hash it all out next week.

Speaking of which, here's the results of last week's poll.

What has you excited for the October 29 event?

  • The next version of Android — 39.46-percent
  • The Nexus 4 — 28.84-percent
  • A 10-inch Nexus tablet — 27.04-percent
  • Other — 4.66-percent

It's a shame that the weather didn't cooperate and the even had to get canceled (we certainly don't blame them — stay safe) because a lot of folks were looking forward to seeing all there is to see about Android 4.2.

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Strategy Analytics claims Android is up to 41 percent of tablets in Q3, iPad may feel the heat

Three months can make all the difference, at least if you’re drafting estimates at Strategy Analytics. Now that we know 14 million iPads shipped in the third quarter, the analyst group believes that Apple’s tablet market share dropped from 68.3 percent in the spring to 56.7 percent in the summer. All of the shift is attributed to Android — researchers think that shipments of Google-based tablets surged from 7.3 million to 10.2 million, handing the platform 41 percent of an increasingly crowded space. It’s the “collective weight” of so many Android-reliant companies leaping into the market rather than any one of them pulling ahead, Strategy Analytics says. We wouldn’t be shocked if a few Kindle Fire HD sales played a part.

More than a few wildcards still surround the figures and their long-term impact. First is that these are estimates, not concrete results: companies like Amazon steadfastly refuse to provide shipment numbers and leave most of the final tally beyond Apple to educated guesswork. It’s also an understatement to say that the market will change dramatically before 2012 is over. Between Windows 8′s launch, possible Nexus 7 upgrades and two new iPads, there are a lot of pieces moving on the chessboard.

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Strategy Analytics claims Android reached 41 percent of tablets in Q3, iPad may have felt the heat originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android based tablets make huge gains in market share says Strategy Analytics

Posted by wicked October - 26 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off

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According to the folks at Strategy Analytics, market share for Android based tablets has risen to 41-percent of the total, or just shy of 25 million units. This growth means that double the number of Android-based tablets were sold compared to the same time last year, and market share has risen by 12-percent. This growth comes completely at the expense of iOS, whose market share has dropped from 65-pecent of the market to 56-percent. Tablets are clearly a two-horse race, at least for now.

But (there's always a but) a huge number of these tablets sold were from Amazon — a fact overlooked by most analysts when determining these sort of numbers. In the tablet space, Amazon is a competitor to Google, not a vendor. Of course it's not surprising to see market share be divided up between the two three tablet giants, and fierce competition can only lead to better products. 

In the end, I don't care how many tablets any company sells. I only care that the one I'm buying (or have bought) is the best it can be.

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Fact Check: Is the Web Really 67 Percent Larger on the iPad Mini?

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Bigger is better. Photo: John Bradley/Wired

Apple’s Phil Schiller threw some pretty impressive numbers around at Tuesday’s event concerning the viewable area of the iPad mini versus an unidentified competitor. According to Apple, in landscape mode the iPad mini has a whopping 67 percent larger viewing space than a 7-inch Android tablet while browsing the web. The truth is a bit more complicated.

Schiller used the Android-based Nexus 7 to show the world how much more spacious the iPad mini is compared to “the latest, greatest, most favorably reviewed new [Android] device.” He started off by pointing out that the mini’s display has 35 percent more space.

That’s true. But there’s more to the story.

The Nexus 7 has a 16:10 aspect ratio on a screen measuring 5.94 inches × 3.71 inches. In contrast, the iPad mini’s 4:3 aspect ratio measures in at 6.32 inches × 4.74 inches. So in landscape mode, the iPad mini is taller because of its larger size, but also because its display is more square than the Android tablet. It’s shaped like the old TV you threw out five years ago, instead of the HDTV in your living room right now.

So if you’re watching last season’s Breaking Bad finale in HD, you’ll wind up with thick black bands at the bottom and top of the screen on the mini, but not on the Nexus 7. Mind you, even letter-boxed, the HD video will be larger on the mini, by 13 percent — on a device with an 11.5 percent larger footprint.

To make the more dramatic claim that the browser surface is 67 percent larger on the mini, Apple relied in part on the design of the Android browser. The navigation elements at the bottom of the screen take up space, and on the Nexus 7, there’s no way to make them disappear.

That’s clearly a problem for landscape browsing on the Nexus 7. But some tablets on the market don’t have such issues. If Schiller had used Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD in his comparison, he’d have lost the 67 percent figure.

The Kindle Fire is Android-based, and a leader in the 7-inch tablet market. It has the same screen size as the Nexus 7. But the Silk browser, like the Safari browser, has a full-screen mode. Both the mini and the Fire HD use the entire screen for surfing the web. That would have left Apple with its base 35 percent screen advantage — a less dramatic difference.

Verdict: The onstage 67 percent claim was true, but in part because Apple chose the Nexus 7 instead of the Kindle Fire HD for comparison.

This story was updated to correct some of the math.

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