Samsung tops Apple in global mobile phone shipments

Samsung Galaxy S II.

Samsung Galaxy S II.

(Credit: Samsung)

Samsung’s smartphone shipments soared over the same period last year, allowing it to easily grab the lion’s share of the global market, while Nokia’s share plummeted, a market researcher said Thursday. Another market researcher put Samsung No.1 in the overall cell phone market.

The South Korean electronics giant’s share went from 12.2 percent in the first quarter of 2011 to a whopping 30.6 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to Strategy Analytics (see chart below).

Apple’s growth isn’t too shabby either: it jumped from an 18.1 percent share last year (which at that time was larger than Samsung’s) to 24.1 percent.

“Samsung and Apple are outcompeting most of their major rivals and the smartphone market is at risk of becoming a two-horse race,” Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement.Overall global smartphone shipments grew 41 percent annually to reach 145 million units in the first quarter of 2012. More than half of that being Samsung and Apple combined.

Samsung’s growth is coming from its Galaxy models, among other products. “Samsung’s global smartphone shipments rose 253 percent annually…as demand surged for its popular Galaxy models such as the Note, S2 and Y,” Strategy Analytics said.

(Credit: Strategy Analytics)

The loser in all of this is Nokia, whose share dropped like a rock from 23.5 percent in the first quarter of last year to 8.2 percent this year.

“This is Nokia’s lowest market share level in the smartphone category since 2002,” Tom Kang, director at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement. “Nokia’s new Microsoft Lumia portfolio has recently gotten off to an encouraging start in the critical United States market, but shipments there are not yet large enough to offset the firm’s tumbling Symbian volumes in the rest of the world.”

iSuppli puts Apple at No. 1 in smartphones but Samsung No. 1 in the larger cell phone market

A second market research firm, IHS iSuppli, ranks Apple No.1 in smartphone market, while placing Samsung in the No.1 spot for cell phones (see charts below).

In the “smartphone segment of the cell phone market,” iSuppli shows Apple shipping 35 million units in the first quarter, while Samsung shipped 32 million.

“Apple remained in the same position in smartphones that it captured in the fourth quarter of 2011 — at No. 1 –while Samsung held on to second place,” iSuppli said.

That said, iSuppli ranks Samsung No.1 overall in the cell phone market, with 92 million cell phones shipped in the first quarter, compared to Nokia’s 83 million.

Apple And Samsung Heading To Mediation, Finally Resolving Patent Issues

Following Judge Lucy Koh’s order for Samsung and Apple to enter mediation to resolve their patent infringement dispute, the dates have been set. According to FOSS Patents, Samsung and Apple will meet in San Francisco on May 21st and May 22nd in the hopes of resolving the dispute between the tech giants. Additionally, both companies have been asked to give statements to the Judge assessing how likely they believe they are to win the trial, should it continue.

The mediation was agreed to by both Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung’s Choi Gee-sung after the year-long court case in which both companies have traded barbs over who copied whose design. Apple filed the first salvo claiming that Samsung “slavishly” copied its designs, which led to Samsung’s countersuit accusing Apple and the iPhone infringing on 10 of their patents.

Unfortunately, at least for us in the cheap seats, Judge Joseph J. Petro, who is presiding over the settlement talks has ordered the mediation process and statements from both parties to stay completely confidential. Sad face, we’d love to be a fly on the wall for this one!

Is this RIM’s BlackBerry 10 development device?

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You know the drill — grab yourself a spoonful of Morton’s and get ready for another supposed leak of a gadget. This time around, you’re looking at what’s claimed as being one of Research In Motion’sBlackBerry 10 “Development Alpha” devices that’ll be handed out during next week’s BlackBerry Jam — just like the company promised a month ago. Images of the device first surfaced over at Crackberry’s forums and, as the site points out, the touchscreen candy bar seems to share its design DNA with thePlayBook. Keeping in mind that it’s likely to remain a testing device for devs, don’t bank on it ever hitting store shelves. That said, we’re now curious how pivotal a roll RIM’s famous tactile keyboards will play on its next-generation phones — if any. Head over to the source links below if you’d like to catch more photos from Mr. Blurrycam and extra information in the meantime.

Business-minded HP ‘Slate 8’ tablet surfaces in leaked image

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This one is still very much unconfirmed, but a “trusted source” recently provided Neowin.net with the image you see above, which purports to be a mockup of a forthcoming business-minded tablet from HP dubbed the Slate 8. That’s obviously a Windows 8 tablet and, if the details are to be believed, you can expect a 10.1-inch display, eight to ten hours of battery life, optional pen-based input, a docking station of some sort, an outdoor viewing option and a number of business-friendly security measures — all in a package that’s 9.2mm thick and about 1.5 pounds. Adding some weight to leak is ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, who hasn’t been able to confirm it outright, but says that after a bit of investigation she is “inclined to believe this is a real mock-up and is part of HP’s line up of business desktops and laptops it will be touting this year.”

Google MapsGL updates 3D buildings, improves virtual tourism

Google MapsGL update adds parallax perspective, improves virtual tourism

Google’s been spending some quality time with its Maps offering of late. Most recently, it overhauled the3D buildings and landmarks to make them, well, better. This time, its Maps’ juiced up sibling MapsGL that’s been feeling the paternal love. The WebGL-based 3D renderings have been the same treatment, making your virtual aerial tours all the more realistic. Now, as you glide over the landscape, your view of the buildings is much more like real life. Or you could just take the lazy tourism one step further. Hit the source for examples.

Tickets for WWDC 2012 Now On Sale: June 11-15

With only a little over six weeks of lead time, Apple today officially announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from June 11-15 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Conference passes are on sale now for $1599, and come with a new restriction requiring that purchasers be members of one of the company’s developer programs. 


Tickets are expected to sell out quickly given past years’ trends. Last year, the conference sold out in under twelve hours.

“We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.”

Apple notes that it will hold over 100 technical sessions for developers, with over 1,000 Apple engineers on hand to provide support for attendees. 

This year’s conference again appears to be focused on both OS X and iOS developers equally, with OS X Mountain Lion set for public release later this summer and iOS 6 likely ready to enter developer testing at the conference ahead of an iPhone hardware update later in the year. 

The June 11-15 dates for WWDC 2012 are not particularly surprising, given that a generic “Corporate Meeting” event typical of Apple’s WWDC listing appeared on the Moscone Center’s calendar last year, and the timeframe also appeared as long ago as April 2010 in a tentative convention calendar listing WWDC dates through 2015. Nevertheless, developers able to secure passes to the conference will need to move quickly to obtain travel arrangements and may encounter high prices, as the U.S. Open golf championship is being held in San Francisco during the same week.

Apple’s earnings surprise: Strong iPhone sales

Apple once again topped Wall Street’s estimates with its second quarter earnings, bringing in strong profits and selling more iPhones than expected.

Apple reported revenue of $39.2 billion and earnings of $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per share, for the quarter ended March, 31, 2012. That was up from the $26.67 billion in revenue and $5.99 billion or $6.40 per share the company reported for the same quarter a year ago.

Analysts polled by FactSet Research Systems, on average, were expecting Apple to report earnings of $9.99 per share on $36.7 billion in revenue.

Apple’s own estimate for the quarter was $32.5 billion in revenue with earnings of $8.50 per share. For its current quarter, which ends in June, Apple said it expects revenue of $34 billion, and projected earnings of $8.68 per share.

Sales by device
Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones during the quarter, which was considerably higher than Wall Street’s estimate of 30.5 million. That’s an increase of 88 percent over the 18.65 million the company sold during the same quarter last year, but down from the massive 37 million handsets that fueled Apple’s record-breaking first quarter. This was the first full quarter with Apple’siPhone 4S on sale. The company also expanded the iPhone‘s availability into 22 additional countries, including China, in early January.

Trailing Apple’s handset sales was the iPad, which sold 11.8 million units, up 151 percent from the 4.69 million iPads it sold last year. As usual Apple did not provide a breakdown of how many of those sales were of its third-generation iPad model, which went on sale in mid-March and sold 3 million units in its opening weekend. Apple continues to sell the entry-level model of the iPad 2, which debuted last year.

“We’re thrilled with sales of over 35 million iPhones and almost 12 million iPads in the March quarter,” Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “The new iPad is off to a great start, and across the year you’re going to see a lot more of the kind of innovation that only Apple can deliver.”

Apple sold 4 million Macs during the quarter, which was under the 4.1 to 4.4 million expected in an estimate released last week by the NPD Group. By comparison, the company sold 3.76 million Macs during the same quarter last year, representing a 7 percent increase. Analysts were expecting softened numbers here, due to a longer than usual wait between refreshed Mac models. The assumption so far has been that Apple’s waiting for Intel’s next-generation chips to arrive, or pushing back new hardware to coincide with its Mountain Lion OS X release, due out “this summer.”

Last and mostly least, Apple said it sold 7.7 million iPods during the quarter, a decline of 15 percent from the same quarter last year. Sales of the gadget family, which paved the way for the iPhone and iPad, have been on a decline since 2008.

Market impact
In after-hours trading, Apple was up $33.53, or 5.97 percent. That’s good news for Apple investors. Ahead of today’s earnings, shares of Apple’s stock were on an 11-day price decline. Analysts have pointed to a number of potential reasons for that, including possible scale backs in carrier subsidies, expectations of softer Mac sales and investors simply selling off their stock.

Adding to those considerations were AT&T’s first-quarter sales, which were announced earlier today. The carrier said it activated 4.3 million iPhones during the quarter. That figure is up from the 3.6 million it sold the same quarter last year, but down considerably from last quarter’s 7.6 million, fueled by the release of Apple’s iPhone 4S. Apple’s stock price dropped by double digits on the news, bringing shares down as much as 2 percent.

Following the release of its results last quarter, Apple’s stock shot up by more than 44 percent and pushing it to beyond a $600 billion market cap. Before beginning the drop, Apple looked to be on its way to knocking off Microsoft’s last 1999 market cap record of $619 billion.

Apple’s holding a call with analysts at 2 p.m. Pacific to discuss the results and hold a question and answer session. You can follow along with a loose transcript of that here.

How To Install FULLY Working Siri On ALL iDevices

This is how to install a fully working Siri on your iDevice in a few easy steps. If you need help check out my walk through video. Enjoy!

Step 1: Add the Source iHacksRepo.com to Cydia

Step 2: Download Spire

Step 3: Download AssistantServer Installer

Step 4: Make sure your Device is rebooted and go into your Spire settings. Settings>Spire

Step 5: Add the proxy https://localhost:4443

Step 6: Head into your AssistantServer settings (Settings>SiriServer) and click install certificate.

Step 7: Once installed your Siri should be ready to go! **Note** Make sure your siri language settings are set to English (US)

Pod2g Has Bypassed ASLR, One Step Closer to the Jailbreak

In an exciting bit of news earlier today, pod2g announced that he has overcome yet another barrier that was preventing him from finishing the jailbreak. ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) is a security measure introduced by Apple in recent versions of iOS. One result of this new method of security is difficulty in developing jailbreaks. Therefore, since Apple has begun implementing this new feature, it has been the effort of jailbreakers to bypass it.

Now, the battle has been won, and we are moving forward to another untethered jailbreak. We still don’t have an ETA, but this has been a long awaited step in the jailbreak community, and will hopefully make future jailbreaks that much easier.

Unlock Your Jailbroken iPhone With SAM

A new unlock method for jailbroken iPhones has just been announced and released, for those of you still in contract that can’t yet take advantage of AT&T’s unlock offer. This method uses Sam Binger’s Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM) package in Cydia. By following the steps below, you can unlock your phone (as confirmed by Musclenerd).

1. Download and install Sam Bingner’s SAM (Subscriber Artificial Module). You should add the repo “repo.bingner.com”.

2. Locate the SAMPrefs icon on your Springboard and open it.

3. Enter utilities ad choose to “De-Activate iPhone”.

4. Go to the “Method” section, select “By Country and Carrier”, and choose your carrier.

5. Tap “More Information”, and taking note of your IMSI in the “SAM Details” section, continue to “Spoof Real SIM to SAM”.

6. Go back to the main screen and change the “Method” to manual. Then enter the IMSI from step 5.

7. Plug your phone into iTunes and double click on “Phone Number” to make sure that the ICCID matches that of your SIM card, then unplug your iPhone.

8. Disable SAM.

9. Plug your iPhone back in, and restart iTunes if it says your phone cannot be activated.

10. Thats it! If you have issues with push notifications just use the “Clear Push” utility in SAM and reconnect to iTunes.

Following those steps above, you should be able to unlock your phone to work on any GSM network. Leave a comment if it worked for you!