Smartphone Sales Increased 42 Percent

Worldwide sales of mobile devices totaled 440.5 million units in the third quarter of 2011, up 5.6 percent from the same period last year, according to Gartner, Inc. Non-smartphone devices performed well, driven by demand in emerging markets for low-cost devices from white-box manufacturers, and for dual-subscriber identity module (SIM) devices. Sales into the channel…

Android is Top Operating System, Apple is Top Manufacturer

According to June data from Nielsen, Google’s Android operating system (OS) now claims the largest share of the U.S. consumer smartphone market with 39 percent. Apple’s iOS is in second place with 28 percent, while RIM Blackberry is down to 20 percent. However, because Apple is the only company manufacturing smartphones with the iOS operating…

The State Of The Mobile App World

ShoutEm, creators of the popular Mobile App Builder for Android and iOS apps, has released a stylish infographic charting the current state of mobile apps, breaking down the top smartphone platforms, the most popular mobile phones and top mobile categories. It’s incredible to think that 21 billion apps will be downloaded by 2013 – that’s…

The iPhone Cash Machine

Apple doesn’t make the iPhone itself. It neither manufactures the components nor assembles them into a finished product. The components come from a variety of suppliers and the assembly is done by Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm, at its plant in Shenzhen, China. The “teardown” graphic below, based on data from iSuppli, a market-research firm, shows…

Stop & Shop iPhone app

Grocery retailer Stop & Shop is piloting a new mobile application from Modiv Media that enables iPhone users to check-in, receive targeted coupons and check out. The solution is similar to an earlier technology from Modiv that relied on a hand-held scanner for many of the same purposes. Stop & Shop rolled out the scanner…

Mobile by Numbers

Gartner’s mobile market report says 428 million mobile devices were sold in the first quarter of 2011, representing a 19% increase year-over-year. A lot of that growth is due to smartphone sales, which were at 100.7 million, a 85% year-over-year increase. The big winner in this quarter was Android, which soared past Symbian to capture…