Qualcomm and Apple competed fiercely for the top spots among chipset makers for smartphones and tablets in 2013, according to new reports from research firm Strategy Analytics. However, Qualcomm maintained its strong lead among baseband chip suppliers thanks to its dominant position in the LTE market, the research firm found.
Google's Android operating system (OS) is dominating more than just smartphone shipments, according to latest figures from Strategy Analytics.
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said he hopes the company's $2.91 billion purchase of Google's Motorola Mobile division will help it to pass smartphone market leaders Samsung Electronics and Apple, though he acknowledged that would take time.
Samsung Electronics and Apple maintained their stranglehold on the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter and for all of 2013, according to multiple research firms, but lower-end rivals are gaining market share at a faster pace. That may mean that over time the market for high-end, high-margin phones will erode, as average selling prices for smartphones worldwide fall.
The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the third quarter of 2013 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier.
The global smartphone market has calcified at the top, with Samsung Electronics and Apple continuing to lead the field by large margins, according to the latest reports from research firms Strategy Analytics and IDC. The fight is over which companies can clamor over each other to get to the No. 3 spot--and in the third quarter analysts concluded it was Chinese vendor Huawei.
According to research firm Strategy Analytics, the global smartphone applications processor market continued to boom, growing 44 percent year-over-year to reach $4.4 billion in the second quarter.
The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the second quarter of 2013 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier.
Although Samsung Electronics and Apple continued to lead the smartphone market in the second quarter, according to research firms, their dominance is coming under stronger pressure from smaller rivals, especially Chinese firms Huawei, Lenovo and ZTE.
With today's network capacity challenges, backhaul can no longer be an afterthought for wireless operators. In fact, backhaul is currently one of the biggest investments for carriers. In a recent study commissioned by Tellabs and conducted by Strategy Analytics, the firm predicted that by 2017 wireless network traffic will require more than $35 billion in annual backhaul investment worldwide, which is $9 billion more than what is currently planned.