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Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share and OS Installed Base Statistics

I’ve updated our global smartphone statistics and installed base estimates up to Q1 2014. There are several important observations to call out in the following graphs. First, let’s take a look at the market share of each smartphone vendor going back …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   June 8th, 2014
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Whither Apple Or Wither Apple?

“Whither” means “to what place or state: whither are we bound?” Wither means “dry up; wilt, droop, go limp, fade, perish; shrink, waste away, atrophy.” Following Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), we now know “whither” Apple is headed. Their …

by John Kirk   |   June 7th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple WWDC, Samsung Tizen, Amazon Smartphone

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Tim Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell, and Ben Bajarin discuss the announcements from Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) and Samsung’s Tizen Developer Conference and debate the opportunities for Amazon’s rumored smartphone.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   June 7th, 2014
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Google, Microsoft, Apple, and the Divergence of Computing Philosophies

When it comes to computing platforms, the dominant leaders of today — Apple, Google, Microsoft — have embarked down three fundamentally different paths. Debating the superiority of these philosophies is not only premature, it is futile. The market is the …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 6th, 2014

Reviewing my WWDC wish list

A few days before WWDC, my weekly Tech.pinions column focused on my personal wish list for what I’d like to see announced at the conference as a user of Apple products. I thought it would be good to return to …

by Jan Dawson   |   June 5th, 2014

Why Microsoft Should be Worried About Chromebooks

For more than 30 years, the Wintel consortium ruled the world of personal computers. This consortium was made up of a partnership between Intel and Microsoft joined at the hip when it came to creating PCs. But about three years …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 4th, 2014

Apple Drives Vision of Seamless Multi-Device Computing

Having attended a large number of Apple events over the years—from new product introductions to WWDC keynotes—I’ve learned to expect impressive demos of new features and new products. In the long run, we often find out that some of those …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   June 3rd, 2014
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WWDC 2014 Observations: It’s all About the Ecosystem

Much was released today at the 2014 WWDC Keynote that I feel is impactful for Apple’s customers, developers, and the Apple ecosystem. More was released than I have time to get to in this analysis but I want to focus …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 2nd, 2014
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Losing My Apple Religion. Seeking Salvation At WWDC.

I have crazy-high expectations for Apple’s worldwide developer conference. I expect, at minimum:

An iPhone phablet
iPad split-screen multi-tasking, necessary for the enterprise, awesome for gaming
Touch ID APIs to support mobile payments
Seamless inter-app communications
Apps that can actually push data onto the home …

by Brian S Hall   |   June 2nd, 2014
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I Know What The Next Hit Product from Apple Is

It’s been four years since Apple released the first iPad and tech watchers are getting restless. When will Apple release another hit product? Where’s the Apple TV? Where’s the iWatch? Has the company lost its nerve post-Steve Jobs?

Don’t worry, Tim …

by David Needle   |   May 31st, 2014

The Terrible Tablet Tantrum: Part 1

In the first quarter of 2014, Apple sold 16.4 million iPads, a 16% drop compared to the number of units sold in the same quarter one year ago. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, explained the news away, but the tech press …

by John Kirk   |   May 31st, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple/Beats, Dell PCs, Intel/Rockchip

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Tim Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell, and Ben Bajarin comment on the Apple/Beats deal, talk about Dell and the state of the PC industry, and analyze the recent partnership announcement between Intel and Rockchip.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   May 31st, 2014

My Webinar On the Internet of Things

I wanted to let our readers know that I am co-hosting a webinar on the Internet of Things. The subject will be focused on the business impact of IoT. It is free to attend and if you are interested you …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 30th, 2014
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When Worlds Collide

After reading Ben Thompson’s recent blog post titled “The Net Neutrality Wake Up Call,” I couldn’t help but shake my head a little.

This is not a knock on Thompson; his article was well written and his qualitative analysis of the tech …

by James King   |   May 30th, 2014
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My Wish List for WWDC

With WWDC coming up next week and many rumors and reports about what we’re likely to see, not the least of which is more detail on the Beats deal, Healthbook and a smart home solution, I thought I’d take a …

by Jan Dawson   |   May 29th, 2014

Apple, Beats, and Content as Differentiation

Moment’s ago, Apple confirmed they are acquiring Beats Electronics and, once the acquisition is approved, they will begin working on a roadmap together. In this Insider analysis, I share some perspective on the hardware side of the company. At the …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 28th, 2014
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Defending the Surface Pro 3

In the days since Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 3, there has, unsurprisingly, been a variety of mixed opinions. While many thoughtful and important points are brought up in articles from Ben Thompson and Tim Bajarin, I’d like to offer …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 28th, 2014

Check Out Mary Meeker’s Annual Forecast

Mary Meeker has a very checkered record as an analyst during the boom days, but her recent record as a forecaster and industry analyst is hard to challenge. Attendees at the Code conference, the reborn version of the D: …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 28th, 2014

Windows vs Chrome: Prospects for the Future

A year or so ago, clients first started asking me what I thought of the prospects for Chrome OS. What I told them was this: if you want to know about Chrome’s chances, then find out what Microsoft is up …

by Mike Feibus   |   May 28th, 2014

Surface Pro 3: The Future of PCs?

I attended the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 launch in New York last week and it got me thinking. After spending some time with the device and contemplating its potential impact, I realized it was time to take a fresh look …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   May 27th, 2014

The One Where Brian Is Wrong About Everything

Please allow me to introduce myself…

You likely don’t care and would not believe the volume of blog posts, research reports, technical writings and analyst studies I sift through on a daily basis.

This is necessary both to stay informed and to …

by Brian S Hall   |   May 26th, 2014

Microsoft Is At War With Itself

On Tuesday, May 20, Microsoft held an event to unveil the Surface Pro 3 Tablet. You can view the webcast here.1 NOTE: The quotes, below, are time stamped so you can locate them on the video.

I am breaking my coverage …

by John Kirk   |   May 24th, 2014

The Tech.pinions Podcast: Microsoft Surface Pro 3, HP Tablet, Google Ads

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Tim Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell, and John Kirk debate the pros and cons of Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3, discuss the potential impact of HP’s new $99 7″ Android tablet, and ponder Google’s announced …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   May 24th, 2014

Why the Surface Pro 3 is a Problem for Microsoft’s Partners

I watched the launch of Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 this week with great interest. Microsoft’s decision to enter the hardware business has been a double edged sword for them. On the one hand, they were able to use the …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 23rd, 2014
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The Tension Between Apple’s Customers and Shareholders

Apple has been a phenomenally successful company over the past 15 years, releasing three new product lines which revolutionized the markets they entered and drove enormous growth and profits for the company. Shareholders have benefited enormously too, as revenues and …

by Jan Dawson   |   May 22nd, 2014