While Samsung still leads the Android market with 29.3 percent, emerging markets are seriously challenging this dominance. Samsung was at 40 percent two years ago, but Huawei, Lenovo, LG, ZTE, and others are now picking up customers. Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team, said in prepared remarks: "With many of its OEM partners focusing on the sub-$200 segments, Android has been reaping huge gains within emerging markets. During the second quarter, 58.6 percent of all Android smartphone shipments worldwide cost less than $200 off contract, making them very attractive compared to other devices.
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Galaxy Alpha Proves Samsung is Scared of iPhone 6 | Digital Trends
Thats about 25 million people looking to upgrade their iPhone in the U.S. alone, according to Quartz . But loyalty only goes so far to boost shipments and sales. Apple iPhone 6 sales are likely to come from the approximately 25 million existing iPhone users looking to upgrade in the next six months. ComScore Another place of growth for Apple may come from the emerging markets, which widely favor larger screen devices, according to market research Android Sentral Terpercaya firm Jana .
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Low-cost smartphones boost Android: survey - Yahoo News
Buy it, and youll be an iSheep by proxy. The droids at Amazon dont know any better Its not only Samsung making little puddles on the floor when it thinks about having to compete with a new iPhone. Amazon, a soulless corporation intent on looking hip, put some of its best robots on the job to designits first smartphone. Inevitably, after many hours of heavy computation, the bots came up with a device that lookslike the iPhone, except black. The Fire phone has a 4.7-inch, 720p screen; it also has a metal chassis, and a glass rear panel, plus the sleep/wake key on the top right, and the volume keys on the top left side.
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Apple Needs iPhone 6 To Stem Market Share Losses
"With many of its (manufacturing) partners focusing on the sub-$200 segments, Android has been reaping huge gains within emerging markets," says Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC. "During the second quarter, 58.6 percent of all Android smartphone shipments worldwide cost less than $200 off contract, making them very attractive compared to other devices." Sales of the Apple iPhone rose to 35.2 million units in the quarter, but with growth slower than Android, Apple's market share fell to 11.7 percent from 13 percent last year in the same period. Windows Phone sales meanwhile slipped more than nine percent from a year ago to 7.4 million units, while its market share dropped to 2.5 percent. BlackBerry's woes deepened despite modest gains from the first quarter of 2014.
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