According to IDC growth in smartphone shipments in 2014 will drop more steeply than ever before, leading to rapidly declining price points.
According to IDC smartphones outshipped feature phones for the first time in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13)
A surge of smaller, lower-priced handsets in the tablet market has led IDC to increase its 2013 forecast for the worldwide tablet market to 190.9 million, up from its previous forecast of 172.4 million units. One in every two tablets shipped this quarter was below 8 inches in screen size.
Research firm IDC reports that the worldwide mobile phone market grew 1.9% year over year in Q4 2012, boosted by strong holiday smartphone sales. IDC also reports that the high-growth smartphone market, was dominated by Samsung and Apple.
IDC has been surprised by surging Android tablet shipments and robust demand for Apple’s new iPad mini. As a result the IT analyst firm has had to increase its 2012 forecast for the worldwide tablet market.
According to IDC, the tablet market grew by 9.5% year over year in 3Q12. Android shipments, led by Samsung and Amazon, surged during the quarter, at the expense of Apple, which saw its share slip notably during the quarter.
The latest market research from IDC shows that Android powered smartphones were the most popular in Q1 2012, accounting for almost 60% of the 152.3 million world-wide unit sales.
Recent research from Strategy Analytics shows that Android owners download a higher proportion of free apps than Apple and Blackberry owners.
According to the latest research from International Data Corporation (IDC), the global cell phone market grew 6.1% year over year in Q4 of 2011, but the feature phone market declined faster than anticipated.
International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest research has identified six distinct types of consumer who download mobile apps – useful information if you’re in the business of selling mobile apps or using free apps as a marketing vehicle.