It’s that part of the month when we post the data for top selling smartphones for the previous month, courtesy of Krusell. The winners for February 2012 are

1. (1) Apple iPhone 4/4S
2. (2) Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
3. (5) Samsung Galaxy Nexus
4. (3) Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc/Arc S
5. (-) Samsung Galaxy Note
6. (-) Nokia Lumia 800
7. (6) Nokia C2-01
8. (9) HTC Sensation
9. (10) Sony Xperia S
10. (-) Sony Xperia Neo/Neo V
() = Last month’s position.

Ulf Sandberg, CEO at Krusell quoted

…the most interesting news are not shown in the top three, where normally all focus is…

…I would like to point out Nokia Lumia 800 which is new on the list and goes straight into 6th place which is an indication that Nokias new smartphone is well received in the market. I also would like to address Samsung’s Galaxy Note, that is representing a new segment for smartphones. Note’s size opens for interesting discussions on how phones and work tools will be designed size wise for the coming years. I can see that there is a lot of demand from the market for carrying solutions when the devices become larger, and that it also demands new innovative ideas.

Seems like Nokia is all up for a fight. Also, the Note, the strongest smartphone of em all is giving a tough fight to the top dogs. In my opinion, the Sammy Android lineup will occupy most of the positions in the coming months.

Stay tuned..!!

Apple surely has a brand loyalty that every CEO yearns for. According to a research published by GfK,

Some 84 percent of iPhone users said they would pick iPhone also when they replace their cellphone, while 60 percent of consumers who use smartphones running Google’s Android said they would stick with phones using the same software.

Only 48 percent of people using Research In Motion’s cellphones said they would stay loyal to their BlackBerrys, the study showed.

While Apple is the leader at present, the current development on Android, RIM’s BBX and Windows Phones from Nokia are all set to give Apple a tough challenge, according to the report.

The scope for brands to lure customers from rivals has diminished and the richest rewards will go to those providers that can create the most harmonious user experience and develop this brand loyalty

What is noteworthy here that 70 percent of consumers said they would stick with their phones due to their seamless integration of features and access to content. The present and future undoubtedly belongs to the Apps and Internet.

Though the firm interviewed around 4500 people in various countries, it never mentions anything about Symbian or Windows Phones. This is quite surprising as a certain percentage of these 4500 people must be carrying Symbian and Windows phones, which the report fails to mention.

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Apple surely has a brand loyalty that every CEO yearns for. According to a research published by GfK,

Some 84 percent of iPhone users said they would pick iPhone also when they replace their cellphone, while 60 percent of consumers who use smartphones running Google’s Android said they would stick with phones using the same software.

Only 48 percent of people using Research In Motion’s cellphones said they would stay loyal to their BlackBerrys, the study showed.

While Apple is the leader at present, the current development on Android, RIM’s BBX and Windows Phones from Nokia are all set to give Apple a tough challenge, according to the report.

The scope for brands to lure customers from rivals has diminished and the richest rewards will go to those providers that can create the most harmonious user experience and develop this brand loyalty

What is noteworthy here that 70 percent of consumers said they would stick with their phones due to their seamless integration of features and access to content. The present and future undoubtedly belongs to the Apps and Internet.

Though the firm interviewed around 4500 people in various countries, it never mentions anything about Symbian or Windows Phones. This is quite surprising as a certain percentage of these 4500 people must be carrying Symbian and Windows phones, which the report fails to mention.

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It’s confirmed ladies and gentlemen. Adobe has put an end to all the rumor mill by stamping the death certificate of Flash Player for mobiles.

This move comes from Adobe after it has decided to focus more on the ailing HTML5, a platform which is “more capable” than Flash. As per Engadget

Adobe will of course also be pushing developers to work in its AIR platform for a more native experience, and the company will continue to work on Flash Player for desktop operating systems, but one can’t help but see the platform as a whole standing on fairly shaky footing at this point.

RIP Flash, you were the sole weakness of Apple, an area where you kicked Apple right in the Hemorrhoids and showed it the finger. The scores now stand Apple – 1, Adobe – 0.

Beware, if you are planning to manufacture a tablet that is quadrilateral (read as rectangular) in shape, has buttons or touchscreen of a good finesse, then you might find Apple lawyers knocking at your doors.

The same happened with a small company called NT-K. It is a Spanish company making elegant, four smooth edged, touch tablets. Well Apple thinks this is a violation of their intellectual property and their ingenious designs.

Apparently, I fail to understand why an ergonomically sane company would make a device with  sharp corners. This could well harm the owner. But if we believe Apple, then the universal right to make such gadgets that don’t harm the owners reside with it. Hell what, even if your touch  is as good as their, and your UI as slick as theirs, you are a criminal to be damned for all eternity.

Well let us get back to the topic, According to FOSS Patents,

Apple accused nt-k in November 2010 of "copying" the iPad and went straight for a customs ban. As a result, Spanish customs seized shipments from China containing nt-k’s Android-based tablet. The little company temporarily appeared on an EU-wide list of product pirates, but worst of all, after some correspondence between the two companies, Apple also brought criminal charges on December 9, 2010 (as it had previously threatened in writing).

The Spanish company’s blog suggests that other small companies got a similar treatment from Apple but gave in. nt-k, however, didn’t want to be bullied and decided to defend itself vigorously. Another company doing so against Apple is a small German device maker named JAY-tech.

This makes very clear that Apple uses it’s might,  not to create fair competition, but to subdue the smaller fish with sheer force.

What makes Apple’s lawyers insanely retard is

…In the meantime, the criminal lawsuit progressed, and based on the first-instance ruling, Apple’s charges were dismissed because the judge didn’t conclude that there was "sufficient justification" for a criminal case.

Even a blind imbecile knows when criminal charges are put on people, let alone corporations.

Well, NT-K, after kicking Apple lawyers right in the hemorrhoids, is now demanding compensation. It is asking for compensation for monetary damages, losses that NT-K has suffered, and the “moral damages” Apple has inflicted upon them and the whole small time OEMs.

We are hoping that other firms will take a cue from NT-K and will solidify their stance against Apple.

IDC has reveled the numbers for the Q3 mobile phone shipments. And as unexpected by few, Nokia is still numero uno.

According to the report

Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors

Nokia reversed a global market share on a sequential basis last quarter thanks to stronger feature phone sales in key regions as well as the clearing of inventory backlogs in traditional strongholds, namely China and Europe, which led to a sharp year-over-year shipment and share decline last quarter. Nokia’s smartphone fortunes could improve in quarters to come now that it has introduced the Nokia Lumia devices, powered by Windows Phone 7, to markets where its brand is still relatively strong and in areas where the company has lost share over the past two years.

Samsung registered double-digit growth compared to the third quarter a year ago and also outpaced the market. The company’s growth was again driven by smartphone sales, such as the Galaxy S2. Smartphone sales were notably higher in emerging markets including China. Samsung outpaced the feature phone market as well in terms of growth. The vendor didn’t close the market share gap on Nokia for the top mobile phone position, but it remains within striking distance.

LG Electronics maintained its position as the number 3 mobile vendor worldwide for the twelfth quarter in a row, but continued soft demand for both its feature phones and smartphones led to volume levels not seen since 2Q 2007. With only a few new devices launched and an aging feature phone portfolio, LG’s warnings of lower year-over-year shipment volume appears to have come to fruition. By the end of the year, LG’s grasp on the number 3 position may be loosened as Apple’s aggressive smartphone campaign takes hold in 4Q 2011.

ZTE jumped into the number 4 position thanks to momentum carried into 3Q 2011 with key devices shipping into strategic regions. In China, ZTE has nearly doubled its smartphone volumes from the previous quarter, while within North America, ZTE’s entry-level voice-centric phones at AT&T have gained greater depth. At the same time, ZTE’s target of 12 million smartphone shipments worldwide in 2011 became more of a reality with the introduction of two new Android-powered smartphones for the North American market.

Apple gained share and posted the third-highest growth rate of any Top 5 vendor but dropped to the number 5 position globally. Global iPhone shipments declined sequentially during the same quarter that company founder Steve Jobs handed the CEO reins to Tim Cook. The decline, not coincidentally, happened as Apple readied itself for the 4S launch, which many waited for. Apple’s ability to upgrade 3GS users to the 4S, for example, and make continued inroads into developing economies, where it has been less successful, will help dictate the company’s smartphone fortunes in the future.

The numbers speak for themselves. What should be noted in the chart below is that while LG is the biggest loser, the Biggest winner is ZTE,  thanks to it’s featurephones sales. If featurephones are removed, then the champ would be Samsung, thanks to its baffling smartphone sales.

IDC q3 stats thumb Q3 worldwide mobile phone numbers, Nokia still rules

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Sammy, aka Samsung, has been able to pull out the rabbit out of the hat. After burying Nokia under a pile of dirt, it has toppled Apple from the numero uno spot of smartphone manufacturers.

According to the research firm Strategy Analytics,

Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones in Q3 for a 24 percent market share, ahead of both Apple (17.1 million, 15 percent) and Nokia (16.8 million, 14 percent). Total global smartphone shipments grew 44 percent annually to reach a record 117 million. However, that growth is almost half that of a year ago, when smartphone growth during Q3 2010 was recorded at 78 percent.

image thumb Samsung confirmed as number one smartphone manufacturer

shipment share thumb Samsung confirmed as number one smartphone manufacturer

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics said

Apple’s global smartphone growth rate slowed to just 21 percent annually in Q3 2011, its lowest level for two years.

We believe Apple’s growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung’s popular Galaxy S2 model.

It is, however, interesting to  know that despite of getting it’s butt whipped by other players, Nokia is still the undisputed king of phones.

The top three overall spots belong to Nokia (106.6 million, 27% market share), Samsung (88 million, 23%) and LG (21.1 million, 5.4%).

Since the unveiling of Windows Phones, let us see what the “quarters” have up in their sleeves for Nokia.

App store content leaders of today are not those of tomorrow, is what the research firm Distimo believes. According to DIstimo

…within this year, Android Market will overtake Apple’s App Store for iPhone to become the largest content market – while both will see growth, Android Market currently has the momentum. There is also a significant shift underway among the smaller stores, with Nokia’s Ovi Store set to slip from fourth place to sixth place, while Microsoft’s WP7 Marketplace will move from sixth to fourth.

Apple’s App Store for iPad is currently holding its third place, while RIM’s BlackBerry App World is holding station in fifth.

Noticeably, 4 percent of products on the App Store for iPhone feature in-app purchases, these account for 76 percent of revenue. Free apps with in-app purchases account for 52 percent of the total revenue, with paid apps with in-app purchasing accounting for 24 percent. The remaining 24 percent is generated by traditional paid apps.

Android is not far behind in this model. Android in-app purchases were only introduced in March 2011. 76 percent of the top-25 grossing US apps are free titles monetised through in-app purchases.

The growth of tablets meant that the content has to be suited to the tablet form factor. Though the featurephones will never be extinct, the smartphone use is inarguably on the rise, and so is the number of apps downloaded. The research pointed that North America, Europe and Asia are now “almost equal in size” in download terms.

Research firm Berg Insight has claimed that the number of apps downloaded globally will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 56.6 percent between 2010 and 2015, taking the total to 98 billion at the end of the period.

….revenues from paid applications, in-app purchases and subscription services – so called direct revenues – reached € 1.6 billion in 2010.

…direct app store revenues to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40.7 percent to reach € 8.8 billion in 2015.

Apple’s App Store is forecast to remain at the Numero Uno spot during this period, followed by Android and Windows Phone.

Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst quoted

Even though the download numbers will increase during the forecast period, most apps are free to download and app monetisation will be a challenge for developers.

Free to download monetisation strategies such as in-app advertising and in-app purchasing will be increasingly important. This is especially true in the APAC region, which will account for over 40 percent of all mobile app downloads in 2015.

He said that the future belongs to new web technologies such as HTML5, which would replace the native apps. Developers should not see the web and native technologies as “mutual exclusives” and should target the web and mobile platforms logically and strategically.

The research firm Nielsen have recently revealed their numbers concerning the smartphone world. The results are not at all surprising.

Evidently, for every one iPhone user, there are two Android users. While the growth of iPhone has been stalled, there is a 13% increase in the Android user base.

NIELSEN OS Share released thumb Android user base surges up, dwarfs iPhone user base by 2:1

RIM’s share is dropping. We hope that the new gen QNX phones might be able to save it. What is interesting here is that the iPhone 5 will be released soon. So these numbers will be changed in the next report.

Source: Nielsen

Gartner, the analyst firm, has lowered it’s forecast for the number of Android tablets shipped since it’s last prediction in the previous quarter. The projection has been lowered by as much as 28%.

The global media tablet sales to end users are to amount to 63.6 million units this year, which is a staggering 261.4% increase from 2010 sales of 17.6 million.

Android tablets are forecast to ship 11 million units in 2011, accounting for 17.3 percent of total sales – up only slightly from Android’s 2010 market share of 14.3 percent.

According to Gartner’s Carolina Milanesi

Google will address the fragmentation of Android across smartphone and tablet form factors within the next Android release [the Ice Cream Sandwich], which we expect to see in the fourth quarter of 2011…

…“Android can count on strong support from key OEMs, and has a sizeable developer community.

She also commented on the holistic picture

…We expect Apple to maintain a market share lead throughout our forecast period by commanding more than 50 percent of the market until 2014…

…This is because Apple delivers a superior and unified user experience across its hardware, software and services. Unless competitors can respond with a similar approach, challenges to Apple’s position will be minimal.

The data released by Gartner is as follows.

gartner tablet forecast

Worldwide Sales of Media Tablets to End Users by OS (Thousands of Units, September 2011)

The demand for MeeGo anad webOS is clearly out of proportions (pun intended). And QNX is also predicted not to sell well, adding to the woes of the already troubled RIM.

Since the demand for the tablets is very high, this makes me think about the future of laptops, netbooks and desktops.

Source: Gartner

Given the absurdly high prices for a limited set of features, the iPhone, according to me, is a sheer wastage of money. In India, it costs INR 32,000-37,000, depending upon the retailer. This money is surely big money, in many cases it is more than the monthly income of the buyer.

That is why, Apple, despite it’s efforts, has not been able to penetrate into the Indian market as other manufacturers.

I interviewed 45 people while travelling in the Delhi Metro who had some or the other sort of iPhone. The only questions I asked were the following:

1. From where did you buy the iPhone?

2. Why did you buy the iPhone?

3. Do you also own any other Apple product?

And the answers baffled me. 31 people said that they had got the iPhone from out of India through their friends and relatives. Out of these 31, only 8 paid the actual price. The rest were gifts. Also, out of these 31, only 16 people had the iPhone 4. All of the others had lower versions of the device.

The remaining 14 purchased their iPhones from the Indian Market. And out of these 14, 8 were purchased from the second hand market. The rest 6 were purchased brand new. Out of these 14, only 7 were the iPhone 4 and the rest were the lower variants.

Surprisingly, when asked why they chose an iPhone, 42 said because it’s the iPhone and it’s a status symbol. It’s touch is amazing. and only 3 had chosen it after thorough research.

One guy even said that he had purchased an iPhone because Steve Jobs is GOD… Open-mouthed smile

Surprisingly, only 1 of the entire 45 had a Mac with her and 5 had iPod shuffle.

Though we understand that these number are not credible enough as the number of people interviewed is too less. But it took me 11 whopping days to cover the nose to tail of Delhi Metro (except the 1st compartment, it’s reserved for ladies) to find these 45 iPhone “carriers”.

For a sensible man, these numbers quite point to the right direction as why Apple has decided to launch cheaper variants of the iPhones for the APAC region.

Enter the Dragon…!!!!

When Nokia was regarded as the undisputed champ of phones (smart as well as featurephones) in India, there was a small company who identifies the loopholes in the market which Nokia couldn’t plug in time. Those were the days  when a small time company called Micromax was formed. It not only identified the needs of the Indian market, but it also offered cutting edge “cheap” mobiles that were revolutionary at that time. What Nokia offered for INR 12,000+, Micromax was offering the similar specc’d phones for INR 5,000. It ate the market of Nokia like anything.

Last year, it was the third largest Mobile handset compnay in India. I still have to ask them for the data of the last fiscal year. They were the pioneers of bringing the cheapest Android in the world. The first Dual SIm phones. And they have grown. Every third or fourth person I see is either carrying a Nokia or a Micromax,

And yesterday, while I was de-boarding the Delhi Metro after the trip to the doc, I found this:

30082011035 thumb Micromax challenges iPhone in a visual add, price is what matters in the end

While the biggest carriers in India have not been able to sell the iPhone, given the additional discounts that they offer, Micromax has slowly but steadily eaten up everything.

A flagship doesn’t have to have a high price tag, as we have seen the disastrous Nokia N97, a true flagship something that carries your flag into the customers’ hearts. Something that everyone should buy. Something like the Sony PS3. Sony made a huge loss initially when it offered the behemoth at the extremely low price. But the PS3 paid Sony well off in the end. Sony earned from services and accessories. Something which The Mobile phone giants are not doing today. Something which Samsung has started with the Wave 2.

What is the point of selling something that the masses  can not afford? I call it absurdity….!!!

Do share your views on this article.

Given the absurdly high prices for a limited set of features, the iPhone, according to me, is a sheer wastage of money. In India, it costs INR 32,000-37,000, depending upon the retailer. This money is surely big money, in many cases it is more than the monthly income of the buyer.

That is why, Apple, despite it’s efforts, has not been able to penetrate into the Indian market as other manufacturers.

I interviewed 45 people while travelling in the Delhi Metro who had some or the other sort of iPhone. The only questions I asked were the following:

1. From where did you buy the iPhone?

2. Why did you buy the iPhone?

3. Do you also own any other Apple product?

And the answers baffled me. 31 people said that they had got the iPhone from out of India through their friends and relatives. Out of these 31, only 8 paid the actual price. The rest were gifts. Also, out of these 31, only 16 people had the iPhone 4. All of the others had lower versions of the device.

The remaining 14 purchased their iPhones from the Indian Market. And out of these 14, 8 were purchased from the second hand market. The rest 6 were purchased brand new. Out of these 14, only 7 were the iPhone 4 and the rest were the lower variants.

Surprisingly, when asked why they chose an iPhone, 42 said because it’s the iPhone and it’s a status symbol. It’s touch is amazing. and only 3 had chosen it after thorough research.

One guy even said that he had purchased an iPhone because Steve Jobs is GOD… Open-mouthed smile

Surprisingly, only 1 of the entire 45 had a Mac with her and 5 had iPod shuffle.

Though we understand that these number are not credible enough as the number of people interviewed is too less. But it took me 11 whopping days to cover the nose to tail of Delhi Metro (except the 1st compartment, it’s reserved for ladies) to find these 45 iPhone “carriers”.

For a sensible man, these numbers quite point to the right direction as why Apple has decided to launch cheaper variants of the iPhones for the APAC region.

Enter the Dragon…!!!!

When Nokia was regarded as the undisputed champ of phones (smart as well as featurephones) in India, there was a small company who identifies the loopholes in the market which Nokia couldn’t plug in time. Those were the days  when a small time company called Micromax was formed. It not only identified the needs of the Indian market, but it also offered cutting edge “cheap” mobiles that were revolutionary at that time. What Nokia offered for INR 12,000+, Micromax was offering the similar specc’d phones for INR 5,000. It ate the market of Nokia like anything.

Last year, it was the third largest Mobile handset compnay in India. I still have to ask them for the data of the last fiscal year. They were the pioneers of bringing the cheapest Android in the world. The first Dual SIm phones. And they have grown. Every third or fourth person I see is either carrying a Nokia or a Micromax,

And yesterday, while I was de-boarding the Delhi Metro after the trip to the doc, I found this:

30082011035 thumb Micromax challenges iPhone in a visual add, price is what matters in the end

While the biggest carriers in India have not been able to sell the iPhone, given the additional discounts that they offer, Micromax has slowly but steadily eaten up everything.

A flagship doesn’t have to have a high price tag, as we have seen the disastrous Nokia N97, a true flagship something that carries your flag into the customers’ hearts. Something that everyone should buy. Something like the Sony PS3. Sony made a huge loss initially when it offered the behemoth at the extremely low price. But the PS3 paid Sony well off in the end. Sony earned from services and accessories. Something which The Mobile phone giants are not doing today. Something which Samsung has started with the Wave 2.

What is the point of selling something that the masses  can not afford? I call it absurdity….!!!

Do share your views on this article.

Two weeks have passed this month. And that means its time for Krusell’s monthly sales report. For those of you new to the topic: Krusell is a highly “prominent” case manufacturer which is popular among non-techies and has a very strong retail presence.

The sales figures for July 2011 have been released. And the winner is:

Samsung Galaxy S2

1. (2) Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
2. (1) Apple iPhone 4
3. (3) HTC Sensation
4. (4) Nokia 3720 Classic
5. (10) HTC Desire S
6. (-) Nokia 6303 Classic
7. (9) Nokia C5
8. (-) HTC Wildfire S
9. (8) HTC Desire HD
10. (-) Samsung B2100
() = Last month’s position.

Samsung Galaxy S II is the sales champ for Krusell this July.

Two months ago I predicted that we would see this Samsung model as the number one selling case, says Ulf Sandberg CEO at Krusell. I was a bit too hot on the trigger, since I was wrong two times before it became reality. I expect us to see the same results, with minor changes, for the list of August but I can be wrong again of course he ends.

For the new readers – The list is based on the number of pieces of custom made mobile-, smartphone cases ordered from Krusell during July 2011. Krusell’s list is unique due to the fact that it reflects the sales of phones on six continents and in more than 70 countries around the globe.

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