RIM has always offered secure platform to the enterprise customers and maintained their status through the years. The survey by Trend Micro compares different mobile platforms to suggest that the Blackberry scores highest among all to meet the demands of use in the enterprise.

The test parameters include a combination of factors from built-in security to application security, authentication, virtualization, device wipe and firewall.

Blackberry stood victorious at the highest average score of 2.89, followed by iOS at 1.7. Windows Phone stood close at 1.61 and Android managed a score of 1.37.

Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro quoted:

Against the growing, unstoppable backdrop of consumerisation and BYOD, every mobile device is a risk to business. What is interesting in these results is that, whilst some mobile platforms have evolved very noticeably along enterprise lines, there is still a strong ‘consumer marketing’ legacy in some quarters and this is negating some of the progress made on the enterprise front. Indeed, some of the attributes we have examined in the report are still firmly ‘enterprise-unready’.

Trend Micro, Bloor Research and the researchers from Altimeter Group declared Blackberry as the best option for the most stringent mobile roles due to corporate-grade security and manageability.

Now that’s something no one can dare argue against…!!!

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Microsoft and Nokia have been pretty busy pushing the Windows Phone. With AT&T coming into the picture, the game was quite clear – Lumia 900 was to be AT&T’s new flagship.

We all know that a flagship is something which the carrier/store pushes with all it’s might. But this is not the case with AT&T. As an article points out on CNET, who conducted a secret shopper survey of 5 AT&T stores in Manhattan. They did not find the Nokia Lumia 900 high on the list of recommended handsets. Here is what happened

…But when I asked for advice on buying a new smartphone, sales associates in five different stores in Manhattan actually recommended the Apple iPhone and not the carrier’s latest "hero" device.

Even when I prompted them to tell me more about the Lumia 900, none was willing to recommend it to me for purchase.

"Windows Phone is alright," said an associate in a store on the Upper West Side. "But it’s no iPhone."

This became clear to me when I walked into the AT&T stores and told each associate I encountered that I had never owned a smartphone but was looking to buy my first one. I explained I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about which device I wanted to buy. I told them I was a PC user, who knew little about cell phones and was looking for something easy to use. My main objective for owning a smartphone was to access email, surf the Web and check Facebook.

While all these activities could be easily achieved with a Windows Phone, associate after associate first pushed me to toward an iPhone and then suggested an Android device as my second option.

"For your first smartphone, you should get an iPhone," an assistant manager at an AT&T store told me. "When you get bored with that, you should try an Android phone."

When I asked him about the Lumia 900 and the Windows Phone OS for someone such as myself who had never had a smartphone, he told me he thought it was too complicated. He admitted he hadn’t used the Lumia 900 much. He had only gotten the device a couple of days before the launch on Sunday.

No wonder we will see competition on the east coast between Android and iPhone only.

It’s that part of the month when we post the data for top selling smartphones for the previous month, courtesy of Krusell. The winners for February 2012 are

1. (1) Apple iPhone 4/4S
2. (2) Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
3. (5) Samsung Galaxy Nexus
4. (3) Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc/Arc S
5. (-) Samsung Galaxy Note
6. (-) Nokia Lumia 800
7. (6) Nokia C2-01
8. (9) HTC Sensation
9. (10) Sony Xperia S
10. (-) Sony Xperia Neo/Neo V
() = Last month’s position.

Ulf Sandberg, CEO at Krusell quoted

…the most interesting news are not shown in the top three, where normally all focus is…

…I would like to point out Nokia Lumia 800 which is new on the list and goes straight into 6th place which is an indication that Nokias new smartphone is well received in the market. I also would like to address Samsung’s Galaxy Note, that is representing a new segment for smartphones. Note’s size opens for interesting discussions on how phones and work tools will be designed size wise for the coming years. I can see that there is a lot of demand from the market for carrying solutions when the devices become larger, and that it also demands new innovative ideas.

Seems like Nokia is all up for a fight. Also, the Note, the strongest smartphone of em all is giving a tough fight to the top dogs. In my opinion, the Sammy Android lineup will occupy most of the positions in the coming months.

Stay tuned..!!

Its official, Nokia Lumia 800 is outselling the iPhone 4S in Finland, report Finland’s largest carrier – Elisa.

Elisa’s top 10 list for business as well as consumer devices is as follows

Elisa’s top 15 for February 2012:

  1. Nokia Lumia 800
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Nokia C2-01
  4. Samsung Galaxy Gio
  5. Samsung Galaxy Xcover
  6. Samsung Galaxy S II
  7. Nokia 300
  8. Nokia 500
  9. Nokia C5-00 5MP
  10. Nokia 7230
  11. Samsung Galaxy S+
  12. Nokia Lumia 710
  13. Nokia E7-00
  14. Apple iPhone 4
  15. Nokia N9-00

And the same list, but for business users:

  1. Nokia Lumia 800
  2. Nokia C2-01
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Nokia E7-00
  5. Samsung Galaxy Xcover
  6. Nokia C5-00 5MP
  7. Samsung Xcover 271
  8. Samsung Galaxy Gio
  9. Nokia E5-00
  10. Nokia C6-00
  11. Samsung Galaxy S II
  12. Nokia Lumia 710
  13. Nokia E52
  14. Nokia E6-00
  15. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10,1

According to the press release (read as rough translation)

Elisa’s February sales figures confirmed Snow Nokia 800 phone foreseen by the success of thousands of reservations. Both private and corporate customers bought Lumiaa raising its number one on both lists. This is a long time for a phone that has hit so well through both customer groups. Lumian and Elisa Office 365′s strong demand for companies’ needs to show a more flexible work possible, solutions.

Lumian sale has been remarkable by the fact that it was not just a sale to home, located in tine, but the sale has been going steady for a good month. Elisa has been able to prepare for high demand, and the phone’s availability has been very good with the exception of a momentary warehouse is empty, the very first days in advance due to the supply of reserves.
Was not until the end of February sales become less expensive, less than 300 euro priced Nokia 710 is Snow also attracted interest from both private and corporate customers. It is now in both customer groups, ranked 12, and it is expected to continue to rise to the list. Next summer will arrive in Finland for sale in Snow 900, where the family is the most powerful and biggest display and 4G support (Dual Carrier). In addition, family of the least expensive model, the compact Snow 610 comes in late spring sales of over EUR 200 price.

- We hold a positive Lumian product line expansion in different price categories. Elisha is important to be able to provide a wide range of phone to meet customers’ different needs so the price, as the character of the operating system. Lumian sales to date supports the fact that Windows Mobile will be one of the key operating systems, assesses customers’ personal voice accession Director Jan Virkki.
Elisa Entertainment Service Windows phone smartphone application has already been downloaded to date, significant amounts. Elisa Entertainment application with the TV program information and the provision of a video store browsing and recording opportunities are always there. Windows Phone platform will soon be published in the popular My Saunalahti self-service applications, which are expected to equally large bandwidth and active use. The application can access data will be able to manage their own phone.
Henkilöasiakkaissa iPhone 4S is back again after a short break close to the top and was placed second in the list. The tip of smartphones caste remain strong in the Samsung Galaxy S II, and the Nokia N9. Samsung’s strong position is based on three different-end phones. Meanwhile, Symbian phones still being sold a lot, and the most recent updates have brought clearly to the new improved features.
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Strong demand for both small and large companies also raised the Lumian Elisa’s corporate customers top-selling phone in February. Sized enterprises is particularly interested in integration with Microsoft’s back-end systems and the ability to use Microsoft’s cloud services directly from your smartphone.
Lumian contribute to the rapidly proliferating in the Office applications in the cloud. – Snow brings office in your pocket safely. Elisa Office 365′s introduction has been reflected in a clear spike Lumian time. For example, Lemminkainen took Elisa’s agreement in February with 3 000 on your purchase of a service and will make use of Microsoft programs, opportunities for mobile working. Smaller companies to facilitate nomadic calendar and e-mail applications, network drive sharing working documents SkyDrive, and OneNote notes of tasks with different devices, Anssi Okkonen says.
Developing a mobile work also reflects the increase in tablet computers to the list. They are going to step up its part, the use of video-conferencing mobiilipäätelaitteilta.
- Samsung has introduced a number of tablet models, which correspond to the needs of businesses. The operating system and user interface are the same as the phones, so their implementation is easy. For example, Vidyon through video conferencing is easy to start and the comfort is much better than on the phone, Okkonen continue.

 

When CNET got their hands on Windows Phone (Nokia Lumia 800 to be precise), they were simply awestruck by the balance the platform had to offer. The UI was, well, slick, but was a lot less clunky, as per CNET.

According to the article:

The king is dead

Until not so long ago, that meant Apple. But something insane has happened. Something that we simply wouldn’t have countenanced just three short years ago.

One company makes a beautiful, intuitive, elegant interface, and the other makes a dated, clunky interface. But now it’s Microsoft showing off the thing of beauty, and Apple that’s behind the times. Microsoft is the underdog and Apple is the monolithic, restrictive monopoly. Has the world gone mad?

Sure, the iPhone and iPad interface is still slick and simple. But the shine is gone — iOS 5 looks almost exactly the same as iOS 4. Android showed what you can do when you can truly customise the look and feel of your phone, with its flexible home screens, handy widgets placing information right at your fingertips, and the capacity to alter any feature you like.

I seem to recall an old story, when the only smartphone OS of the time, Symbian, was bashed by everyone. People wanted behemoths of phones. They worshipped a large screen and a powerful processor, only to realise that the duo would eat battery faster. They demanded an app store like no other, only to trial a few apps and then delete them and move on to the next.

Nokia was undeniably the game setter, Apple was the game changer, Android was the turmoil that uprooted everyone, and yet RIM et al were wondering what just happened. This proves the age old proverb – The only thing which is constant is change.

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Apple surely has a brand loyalty that every CEO yearns for. According to a research published by GfK,

Some 84 percent of iPhone users said they would pick iPhone also when they replace their cellphone, while 60 percent of consumers who use smartphones running Google’s Android said they would stick with phones using the same software.

Only 48 percent of people using Research In Motion’s cellphones said they would stay loyal to their BlackBerrys, the study showed.

While Apple is the leader at present, the current development on Android, RIM’s BBX and Windows Phones from Nokia are all set to give Apple a tough challenge, according to the report.

The scope for brands to lure customers from rivals has diminished and the richest rewards will go to those providers that can create the most harmonious user experience and develop this brand loyalty

What is noteworthy here that 70 percent of consumers said they would stick with their phones due to their seamless integration of features and access to content. The present and future undoubtedly belongs to the Apps and Internet.

Though the firm interviewed around 4500 people in various countries, it never mentions anything about Symbian or Windows Phones. This is quite surprising as a certain percentage of these 4500 people must be carrying Symbian and Windows phones, which the report fails to mention.

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It’s confirmed ladies and gentlemen. Adobe has put an end to all the rumor mill by stamping the death certificate of Flash Player for mobiles.

This move comes from Adobe after it has decided to focus more on the ailing HTML5, a platform which is “more capable” than Flash. As per Engadget

Adobe will of course also be pushing developers to work in its AIR platform for a more native experience, and the company will continue to work on Flash Player for desktop operating systems, but one can’t help but see the platform as a whole standing on fairly shaky footing at this point.

RIP Flash, you were the sole weakness of Apple, an area where you kicked Apple right in the Hemorrhoids and showed it the finger. The scores now stand Apple – 1, Adobe – 0.

Beware, if you are planning to manufacture a tablet that is quadrilateral (read as rectangular) in shape, has buttons or touchscreen of a good finesse, then you might find Apple lawyers knocking at your doors.

The same happened with a small company called NT-K. It is a Spanish company making elegant, four smooth edged, touch tablets. Well Apple thinks this is a violation of their intellectual property and their ingenious designs.

Apparently, I fail to understand why an ergonomically sane company would make a device with  sharp corners. This could well harm the owner. But if we believe Apple, then the universal right to make such gadgets that don’t harm the owners reside with it. Hell what, even if your touch  is as good as their, and your UI as slick as theirs, you are a criminal to be damned for all eternity.

Well let us get back to the topic, According to FOSS Patents,

Apple accused nt-k in November 2010 of "copying" the iPad and went straight for a customs ban. As a result, Spanish customs seized shipments from China containing nt-k’s Android-based tablet. The little company temporarily appeared on an EU-wide list of product pirates, but worst of all, after some correspondence between the two companies, Apple also brought criminal charges on December 9, 2010 (as it had previously threatened in writing).

The Spanish company’s blog suggests that other small companies got a similar treatment from Apple but gave in. nt-k, however, didn’t want to be bullied and decided to defend itself vigorously. Another company doing so against Apple is a small German device maker named JAY-tech.

This makes very clear that Apple uses it’s might,  not to create fair competition, but to subdue the smaller fish with sheer force.

What makes Apple’s lawyers insanely retard is

…In the meantime, the criminal lawsuit progressed, and based on the first-instance ruling, Apple’s charges were dismissed because the judge didn’t conclude that there was "sufficient justification" for a criminal case.

Even a blind imbecile knows when criminal charges are put on people, let alone corporations.

Well, NT-K, after kicking Apple lawyers right in the hemorrhoids, is now demanding compensation. It is asking for compensation for monetary damages, losses that NT-K has suffered, and the “moral damages” Apple has inflicted upon them and the whole small time OEMs.

We are hoping that other firms will take a cue from NT-K and will solidify their stance against Apple.

IDC has reveled the numbers for the Q3 mobile phone shipments. And as unexpected by few, Nokia is still numero uno.

According to the report

Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors

Nokia reversed a global market share on a sequential basis last quarter thanks to stronger feature phone sales in key regions as well as the clearing of inventory backlogs in traditional strongholds, namely China and Europe, which led to a sharp year-over-year shipment and share decline last quarter. Nokia’s smartphone fortunes could improve in quarters to come now that it has introduced the Nokia Lumia devices, powered by Windows Phone 7, to markets where its brand is still relatively strong and in areas where the company has lost share over the past two years.

Samsung registered double-digit growth compared to the third quarter a year ago and also outpaced the market. The company’s growth was again driven by smartphone sales, such as the Galaxy S2. Smartphone sales were notably higher in emerging markets including China. Samsung outpaced the feature phone market as well in terms of growth. The vendor didn’t close the market share gap on Nokia for the top mobile phone position, but it remains within striking distance.

LG Electronics maintained its position as the number 3 mobile vendor worldwide for the twelfth quarter in a row, but continued soft demand for both its feature phones and smartphones led to volume levels not seen since 2Q 2007. With only a few new devices launched and an aging feature phone portfolio, LG’s warnings of lower year-over-year shipment volume appears to have come to fruition. By the end of the year, LG’s grasp on the number 3 position may be loosened as Apple’s aggressive smartphone campaign takes hold in 4Q 2011.

ZTE jumped into the number 4 position thanks to momentum carried into 3Q 2011 with key devices shipping into strategic regions. In China, ZTE has nearly doubled its smartphone volumes from the previous quarter, while within North America, ZTE’s entry-level voice-centric phones at AT&T have gained greater depth. At the same time, ZTE’s target of 12 million smartphone shipments worldwide in 2011 became more of a reality with the introduction of two new Android-powered smartphones for the North American market.

Apple gained share and posted the third-highest growth rate of any Top 5 vendor but dropped to the number 5 position globally. Global iPhone shipments declined sequentially during the same quarter that company founder Steve Jobs handed the CEO reins to Tim Cook. The decline, not coincidentally, happened as Apple readied itself for the 4S launch, which many waited for. Apple’s ability to upgrade 3GS users to the 4S, for example, and make continued inroads into developing economies, where it has been less successful, will help dictate the company’s smartphone fortunes in the future.

The numbers speak for themselves. What should be noted in the chart below is that while LG is the biggest loser, the Biggest winner is ZTE,  thanks to it’s featurephones sales. If featurephones are removed, then the champ would be Samsung, thanks to its baffling smartphone sales.

IDC q3 stats thumb Q3 worldwide mobile phone numbers, Nokia still rules

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Sammy, aka Samsung, has been able to pull the rabbit out of the hat. After burying Nokia under a pile of dirt, it has toppled Apple from the numero uno spot of smartphone manufacturers.

According to the research firm Strategy Analytics,

Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones in Q3 for a 24 percent market share, ahead of both Apple (17.1 million, 15 percent) and Nokia (16.8 million, 14 percent). Total global smartphone shipments grew 44 percent annually to reach a record 117 million. However, that growth is almost half that of a year ago, when smartphone growth during Q3 2010 was recorded at 78 percent.

image thumb Samsung confirmed as number one smartphone manufacturer

shipment share thumb Samsung confirmed as number one smartphone manufacturer

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics said

Apple’s global smartphone growth rate slowed to just 21 percent annually in Q3 2011, its lowest level for two years.

We believe Apple’s growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung’s popular Galaxy S2 model.

It is, however, interesting to  know that despite of getting it’s butt whipped by other players, Nokia is still the undisputed king of phones.

The top three overall spots belong to Nokia (106.6 million, 27% market share), Samsung (88 million, 23%) and LG (21.1 million, 5.4%).

Since the unveiling of Windows Phones, let us see what the “quarters” have up in their sleeves for Nokia.

Analyst firm research2guidance has a published a report according to which, while the number of apps submitted to Android Market has passed the 500,000 mark, compared with 600,000 for Apple’s App Store, more than 37 percent of these have subsequently been removed – compared with just 24 percent removed from the App Store.

The report is as follows

The actual total number of applications published on the Android Market leapt to over 500,000 in September 2011. In the meantime, the Apple App Store stands at just over 600,000 successful submissions: just 20% more. But over 37% of the applications published were later removed from the Android Market for various reasons, whereas the Apple App Store has removed just 24% of published apps in comparison, as of the end of September.

Although Apple regularly cleans up its store from inappropriate or outdated content, its active application share still exceeds that of Android. It is likely that the more rigid application submission requirements prevent developers from publishing multiple trial or low quality applications whereas publishers in the Android Market place a lot of market testing, trials, demo and malware content. Over 78% of the apps removed from the Android Market were free, which could mean that publishers put more effort into the applications they place with the pay-per-download business model, thus ensuring that it is kept longer in store.

Android developers are significantly more productive than Apple’s. The average publisher on Android has placed more than 6 applications in the Market since launch, compared to just over 4 apps on average that have been published by iOS developers.

Over the past few months, the Android Market has been maintaining an exponential growth, but is still lagging behind the app store market leader, Apple. In Q3 of 2011, the number of active mobile applications in the Android Market stood at 319,161 compared to 459,589 in Apple App store.

Share of apps removed from application stores thumb More than 30 percent apps pulled down from Android Market, Windows Marketplace continues to be exploited

Regarding the Windows Marketplace, the report stated

The share of deactivated apps in the WP7 Marketplace today stands at just 13%. However WP7 Marketplace is a comparably young store and many publishers are still exploring its potential. Fifteen months after its launch (comparable to the WP7 store now), the Android Market similarly had 86% of its apps active and a significant application store clean-up didn’t get started until the end of 2010.

Though there is no mention of the Nokia Store (previously known as the OVI STORE), we can assure you that there are a lot of useless/rogue/low quality apps in it, and the removal percentage of apps from the Nokia Store is very less, when compared to Windows Marketplace.

You read it correct ladies and gentlemen. Andy Lees, President of Microsoft’s Mobile unit, in an interview with the Seattle Times, thinks that iOS and Android are making users to go in and out of the apps, but Windows Phones aims at a flowing, almost singular experience.

His views on the iPhone 4S

Q: Do you think the iPhone 4S (running on iOS 5) gives you an opening? Do you think they missed an opportunity there?

A: Yes I do. I think, from an end user’s experience on the software, there’s a lot of interesting reviews written comparing us to iOS 5 and the amount that we’ve got done in 11 months — so some people (are) making comparisons of pace.

Perhaps the biggest comparisons people are making is our people-centricity. The more capabilities we add into our phone, the more delightful it becomes to use because you seem to have more at your fingertips without this clutter and confusion of the other platforms.

From a pure hardware perspective, I was surprised they’re not giving the consumer more choice. People want a variety of different things.

Pertaining to Android, he thinks that

…Android is heading down this chaotic phase. We want to enable OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), we want to enable operators, but we don’t want chaos.

If you’ve used some of the (Android) phones, some of them are great, but some of them are not great. But it’s random. And it feels like, with some of them, that you’ve had several cooks in the kitchen trying to bake different things with the same thing. Whereas we have much more coherency in the totality of what somebody gets when they buy our phone.

Quite interestingly, on the $100 phone option, his views are as follows

Q: Do you expect consumers to be able to walk in this holiday season and see some nice options for Windows Phone for around $100?

A: Or below. The strategy I’m talking about here is choice, different price points, different geographies.

The other thing that people ask about is what’s happening in terms of the level of commitment that (manufacturers) have to promoting or marketing phones. (In terms of Nokia, which will be using Windows Phone exclusively on all its smartphones), they’re 100 percent betting on Windows Phone. They have more reach than anybody else in terms of selling phones. They directly and indirectly manage over 600,000 retail outlets.

Having them so committed to Windows Phone is going to be a fundamental element for us to not only have great hardware but also huge reach and breakthrough with the customer.

We think it’s (also) going to be an accelerant for other OEMs (including Samsung, which reached an agreement with Microsoft recently to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone, and HTC, which is increasing its sales and marketing commitment).

From whatever Mr Lees said, Windows Phone is definitely going to be the third ecosystem.

App store content leaders of today are not those of tomorrow, is what the research firm Distimo believes. According to DIstimo

…within this year, Android Market will overtake Apple’s App Store for iPhone to become the largest content market – while both will see growth, Android Market currently has the momentum. There is also a significant shift underway among the smaller stores, with Nokia’s Ovi Store set to slip from fourth place to sixth place, while Microsoft’s WP7 Marketplace will move from sixth to fourth.

Apple’s App Store for iPad is currently holding its third place, while RIM’s BlackBerry App World is holding station in fifth.

Noticeably, 4 percent of products on the App Store for iPhone feature in-app purchases, these account for 76 percent of revenue. Free apps with in-app purchases account for 52 percent of the total revenue, with paid apps with in-app purchasing accounting for 24 percent. The remaining 24 percent is generated by traditional paid apps.

Android is not far behind in this model. Android in-app purchases were only introduced in March 2011. 76 percent of the top-25 grossing US apps are free titles monetised through in-app purchases.

The growth of tablets meant that the content has to be suited to the tablet form factor. Though the featurephones will never be extinct, the smartphone use is inarguably on the rise, and so is the number of apps downloaded. The research pointed that North America, Europe and Asia are now “almost equal in size” in download terms.

Research firm Berg Insight has claimed that the number of apps downloaded globally will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 56.6 percent between 2010 and 2015, taking the total to 98 billion at the end of the period.

….revenues from paid applications, in-app purchases and subscription services – so called direct revenues – reached € 1.6 billion in 2010.

…direct app store revenues to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40.7 percent to reach € 8.8 billion in 2015.

Apple’s App Store is forecast to remain at the Numero Uno spot during this period, followed by Android and Windows Phone.

Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst quoted

Even though the download numbers will increase during the forecast period, most apps are free to download and app monetisation will be a challenge for developers.

Free to download monetisation strategies such as in-app advertising and in-app purchasing will be increasingly important. This is especially true in the APAC region, which will account for over 40 percent of all mobile app downloads in 2015.

He said that the future belongs to new web technologies such as HTML5, which would replace the native apps. Developers should not see the web and native technologies as “mutual exclusives” and should target the web and mobile platforms logically and strategically.

The research firm Nielsen have recently revealed their numbers concerning the smartphone world. The results are not at all surprising.

Evidently, for every one iPhone user, there are two Android users. While the growth of iPhone has been stalled, there is a 13% increase in the Android user base.

NIELSEN OS Share released thumb Android user base surges up, dwarfs iPhone user base by 2:1

RIM’s share is dropping. We hope that the new gen QNX phones might be able to save it. What is interesting here is that the iPhone 5 will be released soon. So these numbers will be changed in the next report.

Source: Nielsen

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