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How Does Europe's Digital Future Score?

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How Does Europe's Digital Future Score?

comScore releases the 2013 Europe Digital Future in Focus report-- an overview of the European digital landscape providing a guide to current trends in web usage, online video, mobile and search.

"European consumers are more digitally-engaged than ever before and their usage of mobile, internet-enabled devices is re-defining the media landscape," the analyst says.

According to the report 408.3 million in Europe used the internet via either PC or laptop in December 2012, a 7% Y-o-Y increase.

Within the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK) 57% of mobile users owned a smartphone during Q4 2012, with Spain having the highest (66%) smartphone adoption rate. For the same period 23m EU5 users own both smartphone and tablet.

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IDC: Smart Connected Devices Reach 1 Billion in 2012

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IDC: Smart Connected Devices Reach 1 Billion in 2012

Global smart connected device (desktop and notebook PCs, tablets and smartphones) shipments reach 1 billion units in 2012 IDC reports, growing by 29.1% with revenues worth $576.9 billion.

Shipments in Q4 2012 amount to nearly 378m and revenues are over $168m as Apple closes in on market leader Samsung with 20.3% unit shipment share (versus 21.2% for Samsung) thanks to the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini.


Apple dominates Q4 2012 on a revenue basis, with 30.7% share versus 20.4% Samsung share.

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IDC: Further PC Market Declines in 2013

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IDC: Further PC Market Declines in 2013

IDC forecasts the PC market will decline for a second consecutive year in 2013, with global shipments to drop by -1.3% despite industry efforts to overcome current market inertia.

Overall 2012 sees global shipments decline by -3.7%, with volumes dropping even in emerging markets. According to the analyst 2012 ended on a particularly sour note, with Q4 2012 shipments shrinking by -8.3% due to an underwhelming Windows 8 launch, pressures from tablets and further economic woes hitting the market Continue reading...

IDC: Smartphones, Tablets Drive Connected Devices

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IDC: Smartphones, Tablets Drive Connected Devices

Smart connected device (desktop and portable PCs, tablets and smartphones) shipments total 367.7 million units in Q4 2012 with 28.3% Y-o-Y growth IDC reports-- with smartphones and tablets driving growth as PCs decline.

Overall 2012 shipments total 1.2 billion units.

According to the analyst PC shipments are down (desktops by -4.1% Y-o-Y, portables -3.4%), tablets show record 78.4% Y-o-Y growth and smartphones grow by 46.1% while accounting for 60.1% of all 2012 smart connected device shipments.

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iSuppli: Ultrabooks Drag NAND Flash Market

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iSuppli: Ultrabooks Drag NAND Flash Market

According to IHS iSuppli 2012 WW NAND flash memory revenues drop by -7% to $19.7 billion (down from $21.2bn in 2011) as ultrabook sales negate the impact of surging demand from Apple.

The analyst is still hopeful for the future though, and predicts 2013 revenues will rise to $22.4bn before expanding during the next few years.

“Because of its high-memory density, combined with high-volume shipments, Apple’s iPhone line in 2012 was the largest single consumer of NAND, helping to increase demand for the memory from the smartphone market,” iSuppli remarks. “However Ultrabook sales fell short of industry expectations, dragging down the overall NAND market for the year.”

Apple iPhones consume 10.5% of the total 2012 NAND flash supply-- while all other smartphones use just 10.4%. The iPhone has an average NAND flash density of 24.5GB, the highest in all smartphones according to the analyst.

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Canalys: Apple is Top PC Maker

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Canalys: Apple is Top PC Maker

Apple is the top Q4 2012 global PC maker according to Canalys, shipping 27 million units with over 20% share of the market as overall PC shipments reach 134m units with 12% Y-o-Y growth.

Samsung and Amazon also feature in the PC maker ranks, while Windows 8 has little effect on flat W. European notebook shipments.

Such numbers contrast sharply with those from Gartner and IDC, who paint a fair gloomier picture of the PC market-- but one has to keep in mind Canalys counts tablets as PCs in its totals, Continue reading...

IDC: Q4 Tablet Shipments Reach "Record"

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IDC: Q4 Tablet Shipments Reach

Global Q4 2012 tablet shipments outpace forecasts with "record" totals according to IDC, as the market grows by 75.3% Y-o-Y and shipments reach 52.5 million units, up from 29.9m in Q4 2011.

Catalysts for such growth include lower average selling prices (ASPs), a wider product range and increased holiday spending.

Of course, tablets are a stark contrast to PCs-- where shipments saw declines during the holiday season, a first in over 5 years.

Apple continues to lead the market, with shipments reaching 22.9m units (wih 48.1% Y-o-Y growth) thanks to the iPad mini and 4th generation iPad launches. However increasingly strong competition continues to cause decline in Apple tablet share, from 46.4% in Q3 2012 to 43.6% in Q4.

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Goldman Sachs: Windows Compute Market Share Down

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Goldman Sachs: Windows Compute Market Share Down

According to a Goldman Sachs report acquired by The Seattle Times, Windows lost massive share in the global compute market-- from being the OS of choice in 97% of all computing devices in 2000 to just 20% in 2012.

The reason for such a drop? The mobile device explosion, of course.

When one (as Goldman Sachs does) counts smartphones and tablets with laptops and PCs Google is 2012 platform leader-- Android OS resides in 42% of global computing devices.

Apple comes 2nd, with the combination of OSX and iOS taking over 24% share. Interestingly Apple share jumped massively during the 2004-2005 period (from 5% to 21%), a shift Goldman Sachs attributes to the "more mainstream adoption of non-PC consumer computing devices."

Microsoft follows with just 20% share.

Goldman Sachs describes 2012 as a "critical" year for Microsoft if the company wants to expand its share of the consumer compute market-- a market, one has to emphasise, is rather influential on an enterprise sphere in the days of the BYOD trend.

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IDC: Record Shipments for Connected Devices

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IDC: Record Shipments for Connected Devices

Global smart connected device (the combination of PCs, tablets and smartphones) shipments grow by 27.1% Y-o-Y during Q3 2012, with shipments reaching a record of 303.6 million units worth $140.4 billion, IDC reports.

The analyst has further positive forecasts for the segment-- Q4 2012 shipments will grow by 26.5% Y-o-Y (or 19.2% Q-o-Q) to 362m units as demand for tablets and smartphones fuels sales during the holidays.

According to the analyst Q4 2012 tablet Y-o-Y growth will reach 55.8%, while Continue reading...

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