Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2012 10:10 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In case you were still doubting whether or not Apple's lawsuits against Samsung were a case of 'if you can't compete, litigate', Samsung's financial results should seal the deal. The company shipped round and about 50 million smartphones, twice as many smartphones as Apple shipped. So, not only is Android doing better on smartphones than iOS, there's now also a single manufacturer outselling Apple. Oh, the next avenue for de-emphasizing this achievement has already reared its head: Samsung has a wider portfolio, and as such, the comparison isn't fair. Nonsense, of course - Volkswagen sells lots more models than, say, Mazda, but that doesn't mean you can't compare them. Maybe, just maybe, having a wide portfolio of devices to meet the various different needs of the market is simply a very good strategy. It'll be interesting to see just how much Apple can take back with the next iPhone, especially since the full potential of the Galaxy SIII hasn't been realised yet and will be accounted for in Samsung's next quarter as well. Fun, such a fight between titans. Just too bad one of the two titans plays dirty by opting for the courtroom.
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RE[2]: Player OS stats?
by ilovebeer on Sun 29th Jul 2012 03:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Player OS stats?"
ilovebeer
Member since:
2011-08-08

"Does anyone track the OS stats for portable media players, the iPad Touch vs. Galaxy Player for example? It is even possible to track OS usage on those devices?

Not knowing much about iOS or Android, nor modern Apple quality or Samsung quality, I compared the features and costs of various models and went with the Galaxy Player 5.0. Built-in GPS, built-in FM radio, expandable memory, no special computer software required for transferring files, larger screen... and less $$.

Just wondering where the player market fits into the story...


I don't have enough data to justify what I'm about to say; however, from my own observations, I see very few people using standalone media players like the iPod anymore. Most people carry around a phone, and it's a little too klunky to have to carry around a separate gadget to play music when the phone will perform the same task; hence, I think that the iPhone and Android phones are essentially cannibalizing the media player market over time. Furthermore, a lot of music is delivered via streaming versus individual MP3 files, and iPod-type devices often don't have the necessary kind of connectivity beyond WiFi. I'd be surprised if there's even a standalone media player category in 5 years. So, nobody seems to pay that much attention to that market anymore.
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I tend to agree with you with one exception. There is still a large market for portable players and I don't believe it will ever be replaced by cell phones. Not everybody needs or wants a cell phone and the price tag + financial commitment that comes with it. I know many people who own both.

As with tablets vs. desktops.. While each may share some common tasks, they're not the same thing and cater to different types of users.

Edited 2012-07-29 03:47 UTC

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RE[3]: Player OS stats?
by cdude on Sun 29th Jul 2012 06:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Player OS stats?"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

You do not need any longer a smartphone to play music, download music from a music store or transfer your mp3's to. Today even the most cheap dumphones like Nokia Asha have all that integrated and, that are strong points, are very cheap, available everywhere and have all the gimmics like bluetooth integrated to easily transfer music between devices without computer.

Monthly bills are rather uncommon in most parts of our world. So are stupid requirements like itunes or Zune to transfer music.

Edited 2012-07-29 06:37 UTC

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RE[4]: Player OS stats?
by tomcat on Mon 30th Jul 2012 18:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Player OS stats?"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

You do not need any longer a smartphone to play music, download music from a music store or transfer your mp3's to. Today even the most cheap dumphones like Nokia Asha have all that integrated and, that are strong points, are very cheap, available everywhere and have all the gimmics like bluetooth integrated to easily transfer music between devices without computer.

Monthly bills are rather uncommon in most parts of our world. So are stupid requirements like itunes or Zune to transfer music.


That's true. The cost of smartphones has gotten to the point where I'm seriously thinking about getting an unlocked phone next time, and shopping for the lowest possible plan on a month to month basis.

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