The new Apple iPhone 5s, where S means “same” brings along faster, new camera and a clever fingerprint reader. But is it enough of an upgrade? The iPhone 5S: a phone that looks like the iPhone 5, but goes so much more under the hood. Is that going to be enough to impress the consumers?
Apple obviously is known of this change, be it the unibody of the HTC One, or the new fight into low-light cameras or the need for a strong processor as a headline to shout about. And to be fair, it’s addressed these needs to some degree or other on the new iPhone 5S.
The design of this new iPhone is almost same to the previous one. theres not much really new here that’s going to help you work out if the person sitting next to you on the train is rocking a new phone.
But on the other hand that’s not necessarily a bad thing either; just because it’s not an unique design, this doesn’t make the iPhone 5S any less premium. It’s still a great phone to hold, coming with great things like the all-aluminium-and-glass chassis. Great no?
Apple has launched the new iPhone with not one, but two, chips that will help it become one of the most powerful phones in the market. The A7 and M7 chip are the new and big thing.
So to say that this is the best iPhone yet is pointless, as of course it was going to be. But the combination of iOS 7 freshen things up with a powerful core and great camera mean that this phone should be considered on its own advantagets, and while the high price will continue to put many off, anyone already addicted to the iPhone bandwagon, or even if they’re just on the fence, will find a lot of joy in a phone that’s a lot more than the new update.
Recently Viber has grown a lot in popularity and has become the must have application for almost all platforms. Though most of the other platforms have had Viber for quite a while now, BlackBerry OS was among the unfortunate few that didn’t have the privilege of experiences Viber. However after releasing the application in major platforms such Android and iOS , Viber has finally started to pay some attention the Blackberry OS and as a result has finally launched the application for BlackBerry OS 5 and OS 7. Unfortunately BlackBerry OS will not receive this application due to technical problems, regardless the major reason why BlackBerry’s older OS are getting all the attention all of a sudden lies in their registration rates, as it turns out almost 15 thousand registrations are made through BlackBerry Smartphones per day, whic leads to an estimate 175 million users (globally) that are using Viber as their VoIP across all major platforms. This also means Viber has become one of the most successful VoIP of all time and are soon catching up to Skype which currently holds the number 1 VoIP spot, but if things keep going the way they have, it won’t be long before Viber dethrones Skype as the leading VoIP on mobile platforms. Also keep in mind Viber has a technical advantage over Skype as it can run silently without interrupting your daily work making it a better VoIP overall, so there is a high possibility that Skype will soon lose out to Viber unless they do something innovative.
The numbers come from research by IDC (a company specializing in market research), who calculated the market share of various mobile OS last year.
Android is still the undisputed master of the market, marking a record market share of 68.1% and 106.5% increase in one year.
Even iOS grows, although a slower main competitor. The market share in the second quarter of 2012 stood at a good 26%, with an annual growth of 27.5%.
BlackBerry and Symbian are confirmed in trouble and continue to lose large market shares, scoring 7.4% and 6.8% market share respectively. The drop in one year is embarrassing for both systems, amounting to a -40.9% to -62.9% for a BlackBerry and Symbian.
Good news however for Windows Phone, that despite modest numbers, it does mark a market share of 5.4% and the best growth year on year (115.3%).
All major OS have good cards to play for in the coming months.
Android 4.1 is already a reality and is being installed on all the latest smartphones. The iPhone OS 6 will come out in a few weeks and will launch the iPhone 5 in the moment of maximum visibility. Even the Windows Phone 8 is at the starting line and will focus on integration with the desktop operating system and the Xbox game console.
The BlackBerry 10 on the other hand, is a gamble. But, the foundations are good and can always count on a base of users are strongly linked to the brand.
A study once again demonstrates the dominance of Android smartphones, especially in Europe. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Android is almost everywhere above the 50% market share.
Warning to the data: There is no final sales figures or operators (such as Gartner or IDC) but market share from a representative panel of consumers regularly audits it.
In France, the market share of Android is well spent in one year from 37.5% to 58.8% (to June). Spain is even better with one hand who won almost 43 points to 84%.
iOS down in France
Italy is the country where Android’s market share would claim the “lowest” with 49.6% against 25.3% a year ago.
The side of its challenger is directly the iOS. It is a logical difference since the Google OS is installed on a multitude of terminals for all ranges against one or two for IOS.
It is in Britain that the iPhone OS is the most powerful with a share of 25.6% against 20% a year ago. In France, iOS would be down with a share that increased from 17.9% to 14.7%. In Spain, iOS would represent only 3.2% of the park.
RIM, the makers of BlackBerry is declining in all surveyed countries. Its share fell 9 points in Great Britain at 10.6%. It was in France that the decline is less pronounced with 0.4 points to 9.5%. In Germany, Blackberry accounted for only 0.8%.
There is a rise of Windows Phone across Europe, particularly in Britain where the Microsoft OS had 1.7% to 3.7% in market share. In Germany, this share rises to 5.4%. In France, the Windows Phone has gained 0.9 points in one year to 2.5%.
Finally, it should be noted that France is the largest market for Bada (Samsung) with a share of 8.4% (against 11.2% in June 2011).
Spanish users of smartphones seem to have it clear: Android is the platform of choice, winning over the iOS. Is this the general trend seen in Europe? No. The majority mobile operating system on the continent is Apple, however, with Android heels.
Thus, while in Spain, 42% of market share is already Android and Apple is situated far in 24%. In Europe things are more at odds. Apple has 33% share, while Android is at 31%. But, taking a look at the evolution of recent months, it is not unreasonable to expect Google to go to the top spot soon. In December 2011, Android was only at 24%.
Where are the other platforms? In Spain, it is noteworthy that the platform that occupies third place is still BlackBerry, with 16.4%. Symbian, meanwhile, managed to stay still in fourth place, but with a market share that is very low. Symbian is only at 4.1%.