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Huawei shocks smartphone market with 3rd place finish in 2012: IDC

Huawei shocks smartphone market with 3rd place finish in 2012: IDC

This week we're having a bit of a double-take on the IDC's release outlining the fourth quarter mobile device market share breakdown for the end of 2012, with none other than Huawei taking third place. This is absolutely surprising as all get-out as Huawei has never before cracked the top 5 smartphone vendors in the world - it's only been inside the top 10 before now. Groups like LG, Motorola, and Nokia do not appear in the top 5 for smartphone sales in the quarter, while Nokia sits pretty in second place for total mobile phone "Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share" for 2012 (that includes non-smart phones).

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IDC: iOS and Android on 85% of shipped smartphones

IDC: iOS and Android on 85% of shipped smartphones

It shouldn’t come as any surprise to see iOS and Android dominating the mobile landscape, but new information from IDC confirms that to be the case. Both iOS and Android now account for 85% of smartphones shipped during the second quarter of 2012. Android is said to have around 68.1% market share, up from 46.9% in 2011, while iOS sits at 16.9%. All in all, around 154 million smartphones were shipped during the quarter.

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Android and iOS swallow global smart device market

Android and iOS swallow global smart device market

This week it's become apparent - if you're a follower of statistics from the analysts at IDC - that Android and Apple's iOS are very quickly eating the rest of the world's market share for mobile operating systems. Compared to last year's market share of just over 50% of the market belonging to the two titans together, this year is showing Apple and Google to be chomping off a much heavier portion with a massive 82%. Nokia's Symbian, BlackBerry, and all the rest (Linux-based and Windows Phone operating systems) are left grabbing what's left, holding on for dear life.

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IDC forecasts strong iPad growth at expense of Android

IDC forecasts strong iPad growth at expense of Android

According to new data from research firm IDC, it doesn't look like Android tablets will ever catch up to the iPad, at least not through 2016. IDC expects strong growth in the demand of tablets and has raised its forecast for the global tablet market to 107.4 million units this year, up from the previous forecast of 106.1 million units. However, Android's market share is expected to decline from 38.8 percent in 2011 to 36.5 percent in 2012.

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Android OS Apocalypse in 2012 predicted by IDC

Android OS Apocalypse in 2012 predicted by IDC

This week the analysts at IDC have predicted the end of the whole world - just so long as you consider Android smartphones and the rest of the mobile phone environment the bulk of that world. This revelation comes as the worldwide mobile phone market has been forecast by the group as growing just a bit more than 4% year over year in 2012, this the slowest rate of growth since 2009. The International Data Corporation have used their Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker to show 1.8 billion mobile phones shipped by the end of this year, with 1.7 billion being shipped throughout 2011. How does that all add up to the end - or at least the decline - of Android? Have a look!

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China to squash US for smartphone demand says IDC

China to squash US for smartphone demand says IDC

China is expected to take the smartphone top spot in market share this year, edging ahead of the US before extending its lead significantly over the next four years, according to researchers. Developing markets will significantly shake up the smart device status-quo this decade, IDC's figures indicate, with device-obsessed nations the US and UK sliding in the rankings as China, India and Brazil grow in importance. However, their rise will also demand a new breed of handsets, it's suggested.

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iPad dominance dips but Android still playing catch-up

iPad dominance dips but Android still playing catch-up

Apple's tablet market-share has dipped but the iPad looks set to continue dominating the segment over the next four years despite the best efforts of Android rivals, according to research firm predictions. The iPad held 54.7-percent of the worldwide tablet market-share in Q4 2011, IDC's figures suggest, down from 61.5-percent in the previous quarter, though those figures disguise the fact that Apple shipped more than 4m units more in Q4. By 2016, meanwhile, the iPad is set to ship 94.7m units per year, for 48-percent of the overall tablet market.

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