Smartphones will make up more than half of all mobile phones shipped worldwide by the end of Quarter 1 this year.
Data from the 4th quarter of 2012 shows that smartphones shipments hit a record high of 44% of the overall mobile phone market of 472 million. With smartphone numbers growing by almost 40% year on year every quarter, while shipments of feature phones dropped by around 20% in the same period, this would put smartphones ahead of feature phones shipments (at 286 million vs. 211 million) during the first quarter of 2013.
Nokia has added two new phones to its mobile lineup, bringing social media and instant sharing to more mobile users. The Nokia Asha 205 and 206 were designed by the Finnish company to provide speedy Internet at affordable prices, as well as integrated social networking. The Asha 205, with a full QWERTY keyboard, is expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter in the US, with a price tag of $62, so expect a price point around the £40 – £50 mark when it hits the UK. The device comes in cyan, magenta and orange. Continue reading →
Sales of smart devices such as smartphones and tablets are poised to pass the one billion mark in 2013, as the consumerisation trend hits businesses with an “unstoppable force” according to a recent survey. Continue reading →
Samsung Electronics has become the first smartphone maker to release a device featuring Microsoft’s latest mobile software, beating Nokia to the crunch by a matter of days. The brief announcement on Wednesday at a Berlin electronics show comes amid expectations that smartphone makers may turn increasingly to Windows devices after a US jury decided many of Samsung’s Google Android-based phones infringed Apple patents. Continue reading →
Nokia is set to launch two new Windows devices at a joint event with Microsoft next month. Sources close to the Finnish company said that a joint event with Microsoft on September 5 will see the unveiling of devices codenamed “Arrow” and “Phi”. Continue reading →
After our news post on Wednesday, it has emerged that an invite has been received by members of the press to a joint Nokia and Windows media event in New York on 5th September. The event also coincides with the opening of Nokia World, Nokia’s major showcase in Helsinki. Continue reading →
The International Data Corporation’s (IDC) today released its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report for Q2 of 2012. The report shows the breakdown of smartphone operating systems (OS) in all handset worldwide shipments over the months April, May and June, covering Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, Windows 7/Windows mobile and Linux. Continue reading →