Who is winning the smartphone race?


Is it about the phone or the platform?



2013 marked a pivotal year in smartphone sales. Surpassing all other mobile device sales for the first time. So who is winning the race? First lets look at the platforms leading the pack.

The Android platform still holds the market around the world. In fact it doubled in 2 years. While Apple holds the spotlight for creativeness, Android surpasses the market as a platform.

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When it comes to carriers the numbers are staggering.

Big red revealed during its earning conference call that it activated 8.8 million smartphones in the 4th quarter of 2013, down approximately 10 percent from the 9.8 million smartphones the carrier activated a year previous. The carrier activated 625,000 tablets in the quarter and now has 3.6 million tablets on its network.

Sprint announced that it sold 5.6 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 20.5 million smartphones for the year. It is unclear how many of those smartphones were iPhones as the carrier is following Verizon Wireless and AT&T in not breaking down its smartphone sales or activations by platform.


AT&T announced that it sold over 10 million smartphones in the December quarter. This is about one million more smartphones than was alluded to when AT&T’s mobility CEO.
 
Mobile Phone Sales Will Hit 1.86 Billion in 2013 as Strong Smartphone Growth Continues. While we are all locked into data plans it is no surprise that voice and text are becoming cheaper. On average a person uses 3 GB of data month. And on average you pay $40 a month for that usage or $480 per year. Does that seem reasonable?


The business of smartphones is huge. But it is storage and streaming that make them money. Hardware is relatively cheap and will be even cheaper.


Google will bring smartphones for $50 by 2015

With its Nexus series and Android OS, Google is already ruling the smartphone world. the The U.S.-based tech giant is working on a $50-smartphone that is expected to hit the market in 2015. The difference will be that phones will be modular.
Project Ara will also allow you to change parts of the phone with ease. Google wants to do to hardware what Android has done to software. Get ready to customize your smartphone.



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