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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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IDC confirms Apple now surpassed by Samsung in smartphones

IDC confirms Apple now surpassed by Samsung in smartphones

Research firm IDC has issued new data today further confirming recent reports that Samsung has overtaken Apple in worldwide smartphone shipments. Samsung is said to have shipped 23.6 million smartphones during the summer, which puts it in the lead with a 20 percent share of the global smartphone market. The wait and anticipation for the iPhone 4S drove Apple's iPhone shipments down to second place.

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IDC: Tablets beat estimates, Android down, iOS up, Amazon’s tablet is actually an e-reader

IDC: Tablets beat estimates, Android down, iOS up, Amazon’s tablet is actually an e-reader

Research firm IDC released some interesting data this morning regarding tablet shipments for Q2 of 2011 as well as predictions for the second half of the year. Beating estimates, tablet shipments are now expected to reach 62.5 million in 2011, up from the original forecast of 53.5 million units. Apple's iPad 2 shipments continue to surge as Android slips and RIM enters. WebOS share will disappear by Q1 of 2011 and the much anticipated Amazon tablet is actually an e-reader.

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IDC: tablets, smartphones to surpass PCs in internet use by 2015

IDC: tablets, smartphones to surpass PCs in internet use by 2015

According to a new report from market research firm IDC, mobile internet usage on smartphones and tablets will surpass internet usage on PCs by 2015. The firm predicts that devices like the iPad, iPhone, and Android phones and tablets would grow at an average of 16.6 percent annually, while PC use would eventually decline as the tablet market picks up.

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Chinese geeks buy more PCs than Americans do

Chinese geeks buy more PCs than Americans do

We know that sales of the typical sort of notebooks, netbooks, and desktop computers are sagging while the sale of tablets is booming in the US and other parts of the world. The numbers look good for PC shipments in part because tablets are figured into those figures. IDC has announced that in Q2 2011 Chinese consumers purchased more PCs than Americans did. We also mentioned not long ago that Apple had passed Lenovo for the top spot in sales inside China.

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