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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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Apple Now Number One Mobile Brand In Australia

Apple Now Number One Mobile Brand In Australia

The Apple brand continues to surge when it comes to mobile devices despite the growing competition. According to a new report from IDC, the first quarter 2011 results show that Apple has become the number one mobile brand in Australia for the very first time. The market there has mainly been dominated by Nokia, but this year the Symbian platform has seen a huge tumble along with a dip in demand for feature phones.

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IDC Report: Apple 2nd Place In Smartphones Worldwide

IDC Report: Apple 2nd Place In Smartphones Worldwide

According to a new report from research firm IDC, the worldwide shipment of smartphones has increased almost 80 percent when comparing the first quarter of 2011 with the same quarter in 2010. Vendors have shipped a total of almost 100 million units in Q1 of this year, nearly double from 55 million units in the same quarter last year. And, now Apple sits in second place just behind Nokia on the list of top five smartphone vendors in the world.

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PC Market Not Looking Pretty for Q1 2011

PC Market Not Looking Pretty for Q1 2011

Research firms Gartner and IDC have come out with their quarterly look at the PC market in the US and worldwide. With some exceptions, the results are not good. Only three companies, Lenovo, Apple, and to a lesser extent, Toshiba, posted gains for PC sales in Q1. The two reports differ on how large the decline in the total market is, and also on the cause. Is it tablets? Lack of innovation in PCs? Or just a lingering hangover from big Q4 spending? See all the numbers after the cut.

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