Apple, Google winning smartphone race

Apple and Google extended their dominance in the US smartphone market as 2012 neared its close

By - January 4, 2013 Share on LinkedIn
Happy Android

Apple and Google extended their dominance in the US smartphone market as 2012 neared its close, industry tracker comScore said on Thursday.

The share of smartphone service subscribers relying on Google’s Android software inched up to 53.7 percent in the three months leading up to December, while Apple’s portion grew to 35 percent from 34.3 percent, comScore reported.

The most popular mobile phones were made by South Korean consumer electronics titan Samsung, whose handsets were used by 26.9 percent of US telecom service subscribers, according to comScore.

Apple’s coveted iPhones accounted for 18.5 percent of subscribers in the overall mobile phone market, up from 17.1 percent at the end of August.

Figures showing that the California companies are tightening their grips on the smartphone market were released as London-based Canonical weighed in with a business-oriented smartphone platform.

Canonical announced a smartphone interface version of its Ubuntu desktop computer operating system based on open-source Linux code.

Ubuntu smartphones will be able to dock with keyboards and monitors to provide personal computer capabilities, according to Canonical.

Ubuntu for phones - phone design hero shot

Ubuntu for phones

“We expect Ubuntu to be popular in the enterprise market, enabling customers to provision a single secure device for all PC, thin client and phone functions,” Canonical chief executive Jane Silber said in a release.

“We also see an opportunity in basic smartphones that are used for the phone, SMS, web and email.”

Dell, Lenovo, and Hewlett Packard are listed among computer makers who build Ubuntu into machines for the global market. Ubuntu runs on more than 20 million desktop computers, according to Canonical.

Smartphones powered by Ubuntu are not expected to be available until late this year or early next year.

Related Articles

Ubuntu for phones announced

Ubuntu for Android announced

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal launch day

What’s new with Ubuntu?

Ubuntu on mobile devices – Shuttleworth

Share your thoughts

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Have you ever had one of your passwords leaked online?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

This is why fibre is expensive and being rolled out slowly in South Africa

Broadband speed

Fibre-to-the-home installations are not happening as fast or as cheaply as they should, the FTTH Council Africa has said.

Buying and selling passwords online

Crime money

Data breaches are a regular part of the cyberthreat landscape.

This is who will win the Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

A South African bookmaker has revealed who its money is on to eventually sit on the Iron Throne.

SABC cameramen must be retrained because they make Hlaudi Motsoeneng look short

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

According to a report by the City Press, Motsoeneng has given new orders as part of his bid to change how the SABC operates.

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
×