Apple climbs over Samsung to lead smartphone sales for Q4 2016 but Samsung is still number one

It has been a while, but Apple has finally become the world’s number one smartphone manufacturer. Well not exactly that, but as long as you only consider the three months in the fourth quarter of 2016, Apple managed to best Samsung’s 17.7% of the global smartphone market with 17.8% market share thanks to the Galaxy Note 7 drama. Apple sold a company record 78.3 million iPhone handsets during the fourth calendar quarter, topping the 77.5 million handsets shipped by Samsung during the same three months. Continue reading “Apple climbs over Samsung to lead smartphone sales for Q4 2016 but Samsung is still number one”

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Google Pixel trumps Apple iPhone in Black Friday popularity

Google’s new Pixel smartphones proved popular than Apple’s iPhone during the busy holiday shopping season between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Even the Samsung Galaxy S7 sold better than iPhone 7/Plus according to the data presented by Localytics.

Google Pixel device activations were up 112% compared to the smartphone’s average number of activations in four preceding weekends. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 saw activations grow by 36% while the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini 2 increased by 24 percent and 19 percent, respectively. At the bottom of the list is the iPhone 7, which saw a 13 percent bump in sales over Black Friday weekend, according to the research firm. Continue reading “Google Pixel trumps Apple iPhone in Black Friday popularity”

Google Pixel could generate over $5.8 billion in revenues for Google

Morgan Stanley, a financial firm, published a new report estimating that Google’s new premium smartphone, the Pixel (and Pixel XL), will sell 3 million units in the final three months of 2016, generating an estimated $2 billion in revenue for the company. The firm also forecast that the Pixel will sell between 5 million and 6 million units in 2017, generating an additional $3.8 billion in revenue for Google. The estimate is based on the expectation that Google Pixel will retail between $649 and $869 next year.  Continue reading “Google Pixel could generate over $5.8 billion in revenues for Google”

Xiaomi could sell 10 billion smartphones and not make a profit : Hugo Barra

Xiaomi is rapidly losing in smartphone sales and it seems like a cause for concern for the fans and industry watchers but the company is no more a startup, and apparently the declining sales won’t affect them according to Xiaomi global vp Hugo Barra.

Barra says, “We could sell 10 billion smartphones and we wouldn’t make a single dime in profits. Basically we’re giving them to you without making any money… we care about the recurring revenue streams over many years.”  Continue reading “Xiaomi could sell 10 billion smartphones and not make a profit : Hugo Barra”

Really Blue Pixel will be back for sale in the Google Store … sometime … but it’s coming

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL went for pre-orders on October 4th and both variants of the limited edition Really Blue Pixel got sold out really really fast. Since then the only Pixels available have been the Silver and Black ones which also got out of stock soon but they came back. The more in-demand Blue one however, never came back for sale It was a limited edition after all.

If you assumed they were never coming back however, like, almost everyone, and were disappointed, you’d be happy to know that the blue Pixel and Pixel XL are going to be restocked too. Continue reading “Really Blue Pixel will be back for sale in the Google Store … sometime … but it’s coming”

Android chips away the market from competing platforms to capture 88% of smartphone sales

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Steve Jobs famously claimed that Apple would “go thermonuclear” on the platform after he blamed Google for stealing his idea. Years from then, today in 2016, smartphone shipments report from Strategy Analytics, Android’s share of global smartphone sales reached an impressive 88% – taking market share from Apple iOS, BlackBerry 10 and Microsoft Windows Phone, amongst others. This is an increase of 2% from the previous quarter.
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Google Pixel XL adoption rate twice of Nexus 6P : But is it really a surprise?

The Pixel and the Pixel XL are not only two of the newest smartphones on the market, but they are also two smartphones that mark a departure away from the usual way Google does things. As a result, many will be watching the initial launch period of the Pixel and the Pixel XL to see how they perform. As this will be thought of as a large indicator of how Google is actually performing, now that it has joined the smartphone market in an official capacity.

Mobile marketing company Appboy claims that the week-one adoption rate of both the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones are greater than that of the Nexus 6P. Continue reading “Google Pixel XL adoption rate twice of Nexus 6P : But is it really a surprise?”

LG V20 available in Canada now, U.S. getting the unlocked version in November

The LG V20 is now available for purchase in in the Great White North, where carriers Videotron and Wind Mobile are currently offering the device while an unlocked version is soon coming to the southern neighbor. The LG V20 isn’t widely available in Canada, and wouldn’t be available on the big three carriers, you will still be able to find it in almost every province, on the two aforementioned regional carriers. Wind Mobile operates in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta, while Videotron has an extensive network in Quebec. Continue reading “LG V20 available in Canada now, U.S. getting the unlocked version in November”

Samsung still leading but Apple closes in while Huawei closes in on Apple

As is the case every three months, IDC (International Data Corporation) releases quarterly figures for top smartphone manufacturers in the world (along with some additional info). IDC is back with it’s numbers for Q3 2016 and all one can say is that the Galaxy Note 7 did indeed damage Samsung a lot. It had a serious impact on the company’s profits in the third quarter of this year, as Samsung managed to produce the worst results in the last 8 years.

But still, that wasn’t enough to bring Samsung down from the number one spot. Although, it previously out-shipped the next two smartphone makers — Apple and Huawei — combined, that lead did not hold this time around. Because of the iPhone 7 doing well, and the Note 7 not, Apple has closed in on the gap a whole lot. That doesn’t necessarily mean Apple’s declining iPhone sales have started showing signs of recovery though because Huawei, is now closer than ever to Apple.
Continue reading “Samsung still leading but Apple closes in while Huawei closes in on Apple”

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