Android doesn’t look like it’s about to lose any of its market share to competing platforms any time soon. During the first quarter of 2013, Google’s platform powered a whipping 59.9% of all smart mobile devices sold as total shipments hit 308.7 million units.
Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, was installed on just 19.3% of devices — despite the success of its iPhones and iPads.
While smartphone have really taken off since Apple launched the iPhone back in 2007, believe it or not, traditional feature phones have remained the biggest sellers worldwide. That was until the first quarter of 2013, when smartphones out-shipped feature phones for the first time ever.
Of the 418.6 million cellphones sold during the first three months of the year, 51.6% of them were smartphones, according to new figures from IDC.
I’ll bet that ever since the unveiling of Samsung’s latest flagship phone, competitors have been hard at work on developing new devices that can beat it — at least in terms of features and specifications. One of those competitors could be Huawei, who is rumored to be working on a new flagship phone specifically to compete with Samsung’s latest offering.
BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — After ZTE unveiled the ZTE Open, the world’s first commercially available Firefox OS smartphone at Mobile World Congress on Monday, other manufacturers are pledging their support for Mozilla’s new open platform. Sony Mobile has now confirmed that it has “an ambition” to launch its first Firefox OS smartphones in 2014 under a new partnership with Telefonica.
BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — The Huawei Ascend P2 has appeared in a number of leaked photos in previous weeks, but at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, the device finally got its official unveiling. I got my mitts on the device as soon as I spotted it, and I was instantly impressed. Here’s why.
Cult of Android will soon be on its way to Barcelona for this year’s Mobile World Congress — which kicks off Sunday, February 24 — where we’re expecting a whole host of announcements regarding new smartphones, tablets, apps, and accessories. More than 65,000 people will attend the event, and they’re all there for one thing: to see what’s on the horizon in the world of mobile for 2013.
We’re expecting new devices from Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Nokia, Asus, and more — and you can follow all of our coverage from here. In the meantime, here’s what you can look forward to.
The Huawei Ascend P2 has already shown its face once ahead of its Mobile World Congress unveiling later this month, and now it’s been pictured out in the wild. The new pictures dismiss any doubts about the previous leaked press shot, which surfaced late last month.
The Huawei Ascend P2, a new high-end Android smartphone that’s expected to get its grand unveiling at Mobile World Congress next month, has already shown its face in a leaked press shot. A previous rumor claimed the device would be more of a midrange handset than a high-end contender, but according to the latest information, there’s nothing midrange about this device.
Despite announcing a number of new smartphones at CES just two weeks ago, Huawei has more handsets up its sleeve. In Germany today, the company announced the Ascend G615, another high-end smartphone with a 4.5-inch 720p display, a quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Huawei unveiled a number of new smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, but it appears the Chinese company may have another device to bring us in the coming months. A press photo, including specifications, has been leaked for the Ascend P2. While it’s not the flagship Ascend D2, it still looks to be a very impressive handset.