Apple gains platform market share, Android and iOS combines for 91% of smartphone user base

ComScore logoAlthough Google’s Android operating system remained the top smartphone platform, Apple once again gained market share, according to ComScore’s March 2013 Mobile Subscriber Market Share report. Also, the Android OS and Apple’s iOS combined for 91 percent of the U.S. smartphone user base of 136.7 million.

During the three month period from the end of December 2012 to the end of March 2013, the smartphone market penetration was up 9 percent to 58 percent, translating to 136.7 million users owning smartphones, with 71.1 million users who own Android smartphones and 53.5 million who own iPhones.ComScore top smartphone OEMs March 2013

The Reston, Va.-based analytics firm reported that Apple claimed the No. 1 spot as the top smartphone original equipment manufacture (OEM) with 39 percent — up 2.7 percent — of the U.S. smartphone OEM market share. Samsung nabbed the No. 2 position with a 21.7 percent market share, up 0.7 percent. Keep in mind that it won’t be another month or two before Samsung’s market share sees an effect from the recently launch Samsung Galaxy S4. Rounding out the bottom of the top smartphone OEMs chart was HTC with a 9 percent market share, Motorola with 8.5 percent and LG with 6.8 percent.

As per usual, the Android OS was the top smartphone platform with 52 percent market share, down 1.4 percent. Apple’s platform share rose once again, increasing 2.7 percent to 39 percent. BlackBerry came in at No. 3 with 5.2 percent share, falling 1.2 percent. Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS increased 0.1 percent to 3.0 percent and Accenture’s Symbian OS dropped 0.1 percent to 0.5 percent.ComScore top smartphone platforms March 2013

Animoca releases data on the most popular Android handsets in Germany, France and the U.K.

Animoca logoMobile game developer and publisher Animoca today released more region-specific data pertaining to the Android handset market share. The Android-focused game studio’s latest report broke down the Android smartphone market share in three leading European countries — Germany, France and the U.K.

Starting with trends Animoca saw in all three countries, Samsung occupied more than half of the top 10 spots in the U.K., France and Germany. A similar pattern was surfaced by Animoca in its previous reports for Hong Kong and India, Singapore and the U.S. — although Samsung’s share wasn’t quite as dominant in the U.S.

The South Korean-headquartered Samsung’s Galaxy S2 and S3, its leading line of smartphone devices, were at the top No. 1 and No. 2 spots in all three countries. In Animoca’s other reports, only India and Japan didn’t show the same amount of dominance for Samsung devices that was seen in other regions. In India, low-end devices were more popular, while in Japan, Samsung didn’t occupy at least half of the top 10 positions.Animoca UK

Sony’s Xperia series of handsets were the second most popular Android smartphones in the three key European markets. The mid-range Xperia U, which was launched around the globe in May 2012, was the only Sony device to appear in the top 10 of all three countries, making Sony the only OEM besides Samsung to chart in the top 10 in Germany, France and the U.K.

Lastly, the only other smartphone OEMs that appeared in the top 10 were HTC in the U.K. and Germany, and LG in France.

Data for this report was collected from individual Google Play users of Animoca games located in the specified European country, and who played an Animoca title between March 9 and April 8. (more…)

Animoca: 7-inch tablets dominate the Android tablet market, Samsung the leading manufacturer

Animoca logoAndroid-focused mobile game developer and publisher Animoca today released Android tablet data gathered from its network of users, which showed that four of the five most used tablets were of the 7-inch screen variety, and Samsung devices were the first and second most popular tablets overall.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 (includes p3100 and p3113) took an 11.8 percent share and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 grabbed an 8.3 percent share. Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices also faired well, coming in at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, with a 7.5 percent share for the standard Kindle Fire and a 4.9 percent share with the HD model. Another notable tablet was Asus’ Google Nexus 7, which generated a 3.8 percent share.

Beyond the No. 7  spot, the remaining tablets each claimed less than a one percent market share. So, given an error margin of 0.1 percent and the slight differences between the No. 8 tablet onward, Animoca says it couldn’t be sure of the correct ordering.

Developers should be creating mobile apps made for their target audience, and knowing which devices to develop for like tablets, in terms of screen size, hardware specifications, and platform market share, is important.

Animoca previously released similar data that analyzed for most used devices on its network, taking a look at the top Android smartphones in markets like the U.S., Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and India.

The Hong Kong-based game company collected data for this report from 978,000 users worldwide who used Google Play and played an Animoca game on a tablet device between February 18 to March 20.

Piddas21 launches RemotePlay for iOS, allows cross-platform content streaming

Piddas21 logoPiddas21’s today launched RemotePlay on iOS, an app that allows users to instantly stream and share videos, photos, music or documents in real-time with other users.

“We’re very excited about launching RemotePlay on iOS as it allows us to truly demonstrate how disruptive peer-to-peer broadcasting of content across multiple platforms can be,” said Piddas21 founder and CEO Joe Lin, in a statement. “RemotePlay gives people a new way to share their favorite content and dramatically enhances the way they interact socially through technology.”

Piddas21, a subsidiary of the worldwide leader in notebook original design manufacturing Quanta Computer, released the Android version of RemotePlay in early March. Now with the launch of the iOS version of RemotePlay, iOS users can automatically import their music and videos from iTunes as well as share content from third-party apps like Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Drive and others (including email attachments), with other users who also have the RemotePlay app installed on either an iOS or Android device.Piddas21 RemotePlay iOS screenshot

The Taipei-headquartered mobile app company Piddas21 claims RemotePlay is the first mobile app that allows users to instantly stream content to another user who also has RemotePlay installed on their device. Users can instantly stream content to one person at a time or multiple people at once. The app doesn’t allow for users to select a certain group of people — it’s either one person or everyone. Each user who’s a recipient of the shared content can independently pause, replay and view the content as they please.

For additional information about the app’s user interface, how users share content or the technology behind the app, refer to our previous coverage for the Android launch of RemotePlay.

RemotePlay is available now on the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and on Google Play for Android smartphones and tablets. The app will release for Windows Phone 8 in the coming months.

Apple increases lead as top U.S. smartphone manufacturer, Google’s platform market share falls again

ComScore logoOnce again, Apple increased its lead as the top original equipment manufacturer, while Google’s platform market share fell for a second month in a row, according to ComScore’s February 2013 Mobile Subscriber Market Share report.

Among the top smartphone OEMs, Apple held a 38.9 percent share of the U.S. mobile market, up 3.9 percent during a three-month period from November 2012 to February 2013. Samsung held down the No. 2 spot with a 21.3 percent market share, up 1 percent. With the imminent release of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the South Korean company’s market share could increase further in the coming months. HTC’s OEM market share dropped by 1.7 percent to 9.3 percent, but the launch of its HTC First handset on April 12, the first smartphone with Facebook Home baked into a device’s operating system, could turn around the company’s market share in the future. Motorola as well as LG saw its market share drop to 8.4 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively.ComScore February 2013 top smartphone OEMs

According to the analytics firm, 133.7 million U.S. citizens own smartphones, which translates to a mobile market penetration of 57 percent, up 8 percent since the three month average period ending February 2013.

Platform-wise, Google’s market share among the top smartphone platforms inches even closer to falling below 50 percent, dropping 2 percent from November 2012 to February 2013 to 51.7 percent. Apple, on the other hand, is closing the gap on Google, increasing its market share by 3.9 percent to 38.9 percent. BlackBerry, which probably hasn’t felt the full effect of the BlackBerry 10 OS and BlackBerry Z10 device releases yet, saw its market share fall 1.9 percent to 5.4 precent. Microsoft added 0.2 percent to its marketshare from 3 percent in November 2012 to 3.2 percent in February 2013. Lastly, Symbian’s market share remained stagnant at 0.5 percent.comscore-february-2013-top-smartphone-platforms

Animoca: Japanese Android smartphone market wide open, Jelly Bean OS not a factor

Animoca logoMobile game developer and publisher Animoca today revealed more data from its massive Android portfolio, focusing specifically on Japan. The company saw no dominant smartphone in the country and little usage from Android’s most recent OS version, Jelly Bean.

Since October. 2012, Japan is the leading country worldwide in revenue on Google Play, ahead of both the U.S. and South Korea, coming in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. The market is especially important for mobile game developers, where 88 percent of total revenues across all categories for Google Play came from the games category.

South Korean-headquartered Samsung had two of its handsets in the top three on Animoca’s chart of the top 10 Android smartphones in Japan. The Galaxy S3 ranked No. 1, with a 6.2 percent market share of smartphones, and the Galaxy S2 ranked No. 3, with a 4.45 percent. Animoca’s data showed the fragmentation of the Japanese market, with a wide-variety of brands in the top 10, including the likes of Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Sharp and more. Also, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S3 handset only nabbed the top spot by 0.1 percent over the Sony Xperia Acro HD, which had a 6.1 percent market share.Animoca Top Android phones in Japan

Moving on to the top Android OS versions in Japan, Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0.3 and 4.0.4 combined) was running on 48.3 percent of smartphones in the country. Interestingly, Google’s most recent Android OS version, Jelly Bean, didn’t event make the top five in Japan.

On Tuesday, the Hong Kong-based company released similar data for the U.S. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 handset was the No. 1 Android smartphone in the states as well, based on usage of Animoca’s games between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15, with an 8.8 percent market share. Ice Cream Sandwich was also the top version of the Android platform in both the U.S. and Japan, grabbing a 33.5 percent market share among the top Android OS versions in the U.S. Although, Jelly Bean did rank in the top five in the U.S. at theNo. 3 spot, grabbing a 15.4 percent of devices running the Android OS.

Animoca collected data for today’s report between Feb. 4 and March 6 from Japanese users of Animoca’s Android smartphone games downloaded through Google Play — tablets excluded.

Quanta Computer subsidiary Piddas21 launches RemotePlay app, allows instant peer-to-peer streaming of content

Piddas21 logoNew mobile app startup Piddas21 today launched Piddas21 RemotePlay, an app that allows users to instantly share videos, photos, music and documents in real-time across multiple mobile platforms with any other user.

“We like that people can interact on their mobile phone or tablet,” says Joe Lin, founder and CEO of Piddas21, a subsidiary of the world’s largest notebook original design manufacturer (ODM) Quanta Computer. “You can instantly broadcast any media [type], and then you could push it to other devices instantly.”

Piddas21’s RemotePlay app is said to be the first mobile app to allow users to instantly stream content to another user that has the app installed, Lin says. He adds that a few scenarios where RemotePlay is useful includes sharing a video with friends at a cafe, a document between students in a college lecture hall or a family expense document between a husband and wife. The content a user can share can come from photos and videos on their device’s camera roll as well as from other apps like documents stored on Dropbox or a pictures stored on Facebook.

Breaking down the app’s UI, at the top, a user will see a list of devices that are connected on the same Wi-Fi connection. On the bottom, users will see a breakdown of the different media types such as pictures, videos, music, Flickr pictures and documents that can be shared instantly. To share content, users simply drag-and-drop the content either to one person at a time or multiple people simultaneously. Once content is shared, a control panel pops up, which allows each user to play, pause, replay or sync the content in real-time on all devices.Piddas21 RemotePlay screenshot 1

The app also enables users to see what apps and devices other users are using. Piddas21 calls this “presencing information.” Once a user is done sharing a piece of content through RemotePlay, it disappears from the recipient’s device, which keeps the original content in the possession of the sender while not taking up any storage space on the recipient’s mobile device. There are privacy settings implemented into the app so a user can specify whether or not they want to be promoted if someone requests to share content with them.

The technology behind the app allowing the Taipei-headquartered Piddas21 to identify devices who are using RemotePlay on the same Wi-Fi network is a lightweight protocol with HTTP. RemotePlay doesn’t use existing media sharing standards like DLNA or UPnP because those standards can’t discover devices well, Lin says.

RemotePlay is offered in two flavors — free with ads and a pro version for $1.99 with no ads. The app is available now for Android, in a few days for iOS and in a few weeks for Windows Phone 8.Piddas21 RemotePlay screenshot 2

Apple increases lead as top smartphone manufacturer

ComScore logoApple continues to increase its lead as the top smartphone manufacturer over the South Korean-based conglomerate Samsung, according to ComScore’s latest Mobile Subscriber Market Share report.

Apple’s market share among the top smartphone manufactures increased 3.5 percent to 37.8 percent from Oct. 2012 to Jan. 2013. No. 2 ranked Samsung also grew its market share by 1.9 percent from 19.5 percent to 21.4 percent over the the three-month period. Taiwan-based HTC’s smartphone OEM market share declined 1.7 percent to 9.7 percent, Motorola fell 1.4 percent to 8.6 percent and LG slightly increased its share by 0.3 percent to 7.0 percent.ComScore top smartphone OEMs January 2013

Smartphone market penetration was up 7 percent since October 2012, which now stands at 55 percent, translating to 129.4 million people in the U.S. owning smartphones. Google’s Android platform continued to hold more than 50 percent of the smartphone platform market share, although it’s share was down 1.3 percent from 53.6 percent of handsets running Android to 52.3 percent of handsets. Apple’s iOS platform showed the most growth, adding 3.5 percent to its market share from 34.3 percent to 37.8 percent. BlackBerry saw its market share decline 1.9 percent to 5.9 percent. Microsoft’s market share came in second to last, with a marginal decrease of 0.1 percent to 3.1 percent, and Symbian also fell 0.1 percent for a 0.5 percent share of handsets running Accenture’s operating system.ComScore top smartphone platforms January 2013

Animoca releases data on the top Android handsets and OS versions in the U.S.

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Android-focused mobile game developer and publisher Animoca released data showing the Samsung Galaxy S3 as the top Android handset in the U.S. and Ice Cream Sandwich as the top version of the Android platform.

Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3, grabbed an 8.8 share among the top Android smartphones in the U.S. The Galaxy S2 landed at the No. 2 spot, with a 6.1 percent share. In total, five of the top 10 Android phones in the U.S. were manufactured by Samsung. It should come as no surprise that the South Korean conglomerate is the top Android smartphone manufacturer in the U.S., with data from both mobile ad network Millennial Media and analytics firm ComScore showing the same result. Korean manufacturers, in general, dominated the top three spots, with the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2 and the LG Motion 4G MS770 accounting for 19.7 percent of U.S. Android phones.Animoca top Android smartphones

What’s interesting about Animoca’s data is how much different its Android platform data varies when compared to Google’s developer dashboard, which breaks down the Android platform usage on devices by version. Animoca showed Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0.4) as the top Android version, with a 33.5 percent share of devices running Android. Comparatively, Google showed Ice Cream Sandwich taking a 29.0 percent share (version 4.0.3 and 4.0.4 combined). According to Animoca’s data, Gingerbread (both version 2.3.4 and 2.3.6) only grabbed a 22.9 percent share at the No. 2 and No. 5 spots, while Google’s data showed Gingerbread (versions 2.3 to 2.3.2 and 2.3.3 to 2.3.7) leading all versions with a 45.6 percent share.Animoca top Android versions

Animoca released a similar report that showed its findings on the top U.S. Android handsets and platforms back in Nov. 2012. Android devices running Jelly Bean or higher accounted for a 46.1 percent of the overall share back in Nov. 2012, but it’s now up to 61.5 percent in its most recent report.

The Hong Kong-based game company collected data for this report between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15 from users of Animoca’s Android smartphone games downloaded through Google Play — tablets excluded — in the U.S.

UPDATE: Shortly after publishing, Google updated its developer dashboard. Below are Google’s updated market share figures of the Android platform usage on devices for Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread and Jelly Bean:

  • Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0.3 and 4.0.4 combined): 28.6 percent
  • Gingerbread (versions 2.3 to 2.3.2 and 2.3.3 to 2.3.7): 44.2 percent
  • Jelly Bean (Both versions 4.1 and 4.2): 16.5

Mobile apps news roundup: Mobile World Congress 2013 edition

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Waze wins ‘Best Overall Mobile App’ award – The GSM Association (GSMA) announced at this week’s Mobile World Conference, which it organizes, in Barcelona that social navigation app Waze took home the Global Mobile Awards “Best Overall Mobile App” award.


Device manufactures pledge support for Firefox operating system – Device manufactures LG, ZTE, Huawei and TCL (aka Alcatel) all pledged its support to build devices that will run the upcoming open-source Firefox mobile OS, which supports web-based programming languages like HTML5 and JavaScript.


Intel lifts the lid off Atom processor for mobile – Intel lifted the lid off its dual-core Atom processor, which it has developed for mainstream smartphones and Android tablets. The world’s largest chip maker will be throwing its hat in the mobile processor ring, which is already filled with the likes of Qualcomm, Nvidia, Samsung, Marvell and more.


Samsung sets Galaxy S IV unveiling for March 14 – Although the announcement was made just before the Mobile World Congress event, Samsung announced that it will hold an event in New York City on March 14 to unveil the Galaxy S IV smartphone.


Nokia and Samsung reveal budget phones – Finnish-based Nokia and Samsung both revealed new budget phones. First, Samsung’s Galaxy Fame budget phone packs a single-core 1GHz processor and runs the latest version of Android Jelly Bean, while the Nokia 520 is a Windows Phone 8 that features a 4-inch screen and five megapixel camera.


Samsung reveals Galaxy Not 8.0 – Samsung revealed the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet at the MWC this week. The tablet, which features an 8-inch screen, a 1.6GHz quad-core process and 2GB of RAM, looks to compete with Apple’s iPad Mini tablet for the mid-sized tablet market crown.

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