Thursday, December 22, 2011

Apple and Google Score in the Holiday Season

The battle in the smartphone market during the Christmas season seems to have come down to a two-horse race between the iPhone from Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and smartphones with the Android operating system developed by Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).

In the third quarter of 2011, the number of Android-powered smartphones knocked the iPhone into second place overall with Korea's Samsung overtaking Apple to become the world's largest seller of smartphones.

However, analysts have expected Apple to bounce back smartly in the fourth quarter following the launch of its iPhone 4S in October. And the analysts may be right. In the U.S., the iPhone 4S has been the best selling phone in the run-up to the Christmas holiday.

The success of the iPhone and Samsung's line of Android-powered smartphones seems to have pushed aside the competitors this holiday season. Competitors such as HTC and Research in Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) have warned of very weak holiday sales.

An analyst an Bernstein, Pierre Ferragu, said this about Apple and Android-based smartphones: “We now have a strong conviction that the two ecosystems won't leave much room for any alternatives.”

It remains to be seen though whether this will continue to be true in the months ahead.

1 comment:

  1. I think clearly that the late steve jobs and google have outdone bill gates microsoft.