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The Changing Shape of the Smartphone Market and What it Means for Samsung and Apple

When I study data and trends in every major smartphone market in the world several points stand out. The first is the dramatic rise of regional smartphone players. Most of these players are coming from Asian markets due to regional …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   April 22nd, 2014
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Tech History is Being Made Not Repeated

I’m not going to try to convince you that, in the case of the tech industry, history does not repeat itself. In some cases, it does and it will. Rather, I’m going to tell you why any claim, or any …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 15th, 2014
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Chart: How’s the iPhone Doing in China?

About a month ago, I went into detail on Apple’s presence in China. Since then I have been tracking and plotting the iPhone’s presence on Umeng’s app and device usage analytics network since 2012. If you recall Umeng’s latest report, …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   April 11th, 2014
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What Mobile Can Learn from the PC Industry

The PC industries doldrums continue yet many seem to be scratching their head as to why. The common answer is to blame tablets. While there is truth to that statement, some important context is still missing from this puzzle. What …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 11th, 2014
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A New Way to Think About Apple’s Hardware Business

I have been thinking quite a bit about Apple’s hardware business. As many readers know, I believe Apple is equally a hardware and software company. I also believe they will naturally evolve into a services company wherein they will become …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   April 8th, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit: Better Together

For the past week I have been using the Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and the Gear Fit health and fitness wearable. Both the Samsung GS5 and the Gear Fit highlight some of the ways Samsung is continuing to evolve. The biggest …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 7th, 2014
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Microsoft’s Two Big Announcements and Their Future Impact

Microsoft made a number of announcements at their Build conference this morning. While many were related to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, most feature announcements were simply playing catch up. But they did announce a few things I think …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   April 2nd, 2014
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Mobile Changed Everything

When I first started doing industry analysis in 2000, my focus was heavily on mobile computing. Our firm has a legacy of PC industry analysis and, at the time I joined, we were embarking on the major shift from desktop …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 2nd, 2014
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Why the Next Apple is…Apple

“Apple doesn’t need to be viewed as different. Apple needs to be viewed as much better.” — Steve Jobs at Macworld in 1997 I get a specific question frequently these days – “Who will be the next Apple?” When …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   March 26th, 2014
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Is There Value in Smart Glass on My Wrist?

Last week I talked about health and fitness wearables and my failure to see how they appeal to a broader market. This week I want to talk about the potentially lucrative category of smart watches. If we count Microsoft’s Smart …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 26th, 2014
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Why Should I Care About Wearables?

I’m as early an adopter as they come. I have about every health and fitness wearable on the market. However, if you ran into me on the street today I wouldn’t have a single one on me. Why? I simply …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 19th, 2014
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Data on China: Apple’s Biggest iPhone Market

We have always known China was going to be a key market for Apple. The only question was when. Our research has continually turned up evidence China was a booming iPhone market. iPhones were coming through the secondary market or …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   March 17th, 2014
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Big Questions about the Big iPhone

I have stated publicly I believed Apple would launch a larger screen iPhone than the current 4″ model this year. The market is simply at the point of its maturity where options are necessary. As markets mature, consumers become more …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   March 12th, 2014
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Why China is More Strategic to Apple Than India

There has been a good discussion recently on our site about Apple and India. I try to maintain as global a perspective as possible. I study in depth markets like China, India, Latin America, and more. I look for data …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   March 10th, 2014
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Milk: Samsung Shows its Software Chops

Samsung is introducing a new Internet Radio service called Milk. I had the opportunity to get some hands on time with the service and speak with Samsung executives about the new product and strategy. There are a number of important …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 7th, 2014
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In iCloud I Trust

Given the beating Apple’s cloud services often take, I am sure you will be surprised at what I am about to say. I like iCloud. I rely on it quite a bit. What’s more, I trust iCloud. My expectations for …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 7th, 2014
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Chart: Android Install Base

Google recently released their latest platform numbers for each version of Android. This chart shows what percent of each platform is still in use on an Android device in the market. A couple of things are worth pointing out regarding …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   March 5th, 2014
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Report: Smart Devices and E-Commerce

E-commerce has been a buzzword in the industry for more than a decade. I have come across some interesting data points that paint a new picture of the e-commerce marketplace than one that has previously existed. Not surprisingly, this shift …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   March 3rd, 2014
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A Technological Worldview

Webster’s dictionary defines a worldview as the way someone thinks about the world. Everyone has a worldview whether they know it or not. This word came up often during many of my sociology and psychology classes. It came up even …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 26th, 2014
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Why Nokia is Better Positioned Than Samsung

I wrote today about why Nokia’s move to support Android is bold, risky, but also filled with potential. As I watched Samsung’s press conference, the stark contrast between the big news items of both companies was evident. Samsung chose to …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   February 24th, 2014
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Nokia’s Bold Move Supporting Android

Today at Mobile World Congress, Nokia announced a new family of affordable smartphones called the Nokia X. What is notable is that these devices are not coming from Nokia’s Smart Devices group which creates the Lumia and ships Windows Phone …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 24th, 2014
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Samsung and their Fragile Relationship with Google

For Insiders I wrote a while back about Samsung’s precarious position in the market place. Samsung finds themselves between a rock and a hard place. It is not surprising that a bit of news surfaced stating that the next version …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   February 20th, 2014
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Facebook, WhatsApp, and the New Era of Platforms

What is happening with messaging apps is a big deal. In fact it is probably the biggest thing that is happening that is underestimated and has implications on many. Facebook just announced that they have acquired WhatsApp for what …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   February 19th, 2014
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Google, Android, AOSP, iOS and the Global Smartphone Market

Hopefully you have read several posts I have posted this week. This one on Microsoft and Android and this one on Google vs. Android. These posts are building blocks for a foundation I am laying to help our readers …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   February 13th, 2014
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Google vs. Android

One of the more interesting narratives that is starting to become mainstream is the knowledge that there are versions of Google’s Android operating system which compete directly with Google’s Android operating system. Google offers to the world a clean, and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 12th, 2014