Canalys: Verizon iPhone won’t slow Android growth even the slightest


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Today analyst firm Canalys asserted that Android handsets would grow at twice the rate of its major competitors during 2011. Canalys only named one, iPhone. The prediction comes two days after Verizon announced that it would carry iPhone 4 starting in early February. Since, and even before, numerous commentaries and punditries claimed victory for iPhone against Android. Absolutely not, says Canalys.

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January 14, 2011

It’s official, iPad sapped Windows PC shipments during Q4 2010, but Macs more

It's official, iPad sapped Windows PC shipments during Q4 2010, but Macs more

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Gartner and IDC both released fourth-quarter PC shipments this afternoon (PC here refers to Windows computers and Macs). While they didn’t agree on the actual numbers or year-over-year growth, both analyst firms cited iPad and other media tablets (What? There are others?) as displacing PC sales. Well, hell, no wonder every Tom, Dick, Harry and Jane with a manufacturing plant, or the funds to outsource one, showed off a tablet during last week’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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January 13, 2011

Soaring PC shipments: Good for Microsoft, not as much for Apple

Soaring PC shipments: Good for Microsoft, not as much for Apple

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

PC shipments are briskly growing again, in yet another small sign that economic recovery is possible. Today, Gartner and IDC both released preliminary shipments for first quarter. Gartner put shipment growth at 27.4 percent year over year, while IDC growth figures came in a little lower at 24 percent.

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April 15, 2010

Playing catch-up in 2010: Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and Symbian


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By Jacqueline Emigh, Betanews

With iPhone and Android picking up more popularity every day, it’s urgent for rival smartphones to enhance their mobile software environments, some analysts say. But while Microsoft, RIM, and Nokia are working on better user experiences, phones outfitted with new features aren’t likely to show up until way after CES 2010.

Microsoft has the longest way to go in playing catch-up in market share, said Matt Rosoff, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft, in an interview with Betanews.

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December 5, 2009

Dear AT&T: Don’t let Apple make you look bad any more


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By Tim Conneally, Betanews

ISuppli knows what’s going on with Apple and AT&T. Based upon its analysis of wireless technology deployments, the market research firm predicted today that Apple will keep its exclusive iPhone deal with AT&T when re-negotiation time comes around next June.

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September 12, 2009

Apple/iPhone Will Stick with AT&T Due to High HSPA, Says iSuppli

iSuppli Corp. believes that Apple Inc. will extend its exclusive iPhone service deal with AT&T, based on an analysis of wireless technology deployment. They however caution that it may not be the boon for AT&T that it appears to be, because AT&T’s image has been tarnished by network troubles due to huge iPhone data usage.

“Speculation is rife that Apple will end its exclusive U.S. iPhone service deal with AT&T when the current contract expires in June 2010 and begin to offer phones that work with the Verizon network,” said Francis Sideco, principal analyst, wireless communications, for iSuppli.

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September 11, 2009