Over the past couple days, you may have read reports that suggest the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a flop because it has only sold 50,000 units. But in actual fact, it’s the complete opposite. In just two months, it has become the world’s most popular smartwatch with 800,000 sales worldwide.
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Android’s share of the worldwide smartphone market increased yet again during the second quarter of 2013, while the iPhone suffered a slight dip, according to the latest figures from IDC. But Research Manager Ramon Llamas is confident that Apple’s smartphone will recapture more users later this year when the Cupertino company launches the iPhone 5S.
The Sony Xperia Z may be struggling to compete with the Galaxy S4 in many markets, but in Japan, it’s a big seller, and its popularity has helped Sony’s smartphone sales grow. The Japanese company today revealed its fiscal Q1 2013 earnings, which include 9.6 million smartphone shipments — up from 7.4 million in Q1 2012.
Android has held a pretty sizable lead over the iPhone for a long time now, and in the United States, it would appear there’s little chance of that changing any time soon. But Apple’s smartphone is gaining ground on its rival, and it’s all thanks to T-Mobile.
HTC has today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter of 2013, and despite help from the widely-praised HTC One, they do not look good. The Taiwanese firm made just NT$1.25 billion ($41 million) after tax from NT$70.7 billion ($2.35 billion) revenue, which is a staggering 83% fall from the same quarter last year.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has reportedly surpassed 20 million sales following its release just over two months ago. In comparison, it took the handset’s predecessor, the Galaxy S III, 100 days to reach this milestone, and it was Samsung’s fastest-selling smartphone to date.
May was a great month for HTC, and more specifically its flagship HTC One. According to a report from CitiGroup Global Markets, the company’s sales doubled from April to May, with a total of 1.2 million units sold. However, that could all change by July 2013.
Google’s YouTube apps for Android and iOS have helped the company triple advertising sales on mobile in the past six months, the company has said. Mobile ads now contribute an estimated $350 million to YouTube’s revenue, with around a quarter of the site’s 1 billion users accessing videos on smartphones and tablets.
An HTC executive has confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that the company has sold 5 million HTC One handsets since the device went on sale back in March. That’s not quite the same level of demand Samsung has seen for the Galaxy S4, but it’s still a very good number.
Furthermore, the unnamed executive says demand is still so strong that it is struggling to keep up with orders.
Samsung CEO JK Shin expects the Samsung Galaxy S4 to surpass 10 million sales next week, less than a month after its debut. The milestone will make the new device the fastest-selling Samsung smartphone to date, a title that’s currently held by its predecessor, the Galaxy S III.