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Apple Wins Class Action Law Suit – iPod Updates Were Genuin Improvements

Apple has won the class action law suit which could have resulted in the Cupertino company paying $1 billion.

The jury took only three hours to rule in favor of Apple. Consumers and retailers were looking for compensation as they claimed Apple abused their dominant position in the digital music space as they ensured iTunes music could only be played on the iPod and they also blocked other services with ongoing updates which Apple has said all along were simply updates to improve the iPod.

The jury agreed and also dismissed claims that the Apple strategy resulted in inflated prices for the iPod.

Apple said the following in a statement:

“We created iPod and iTunes to give our customers the world’s best way to listen to music,” Cupertino, California-based Apple said after today’s verdict. “Every time we’ve updated those products — and every Apple product over the years — we’ve done it to make the user experience even better.”

Samsung Market Share Continues To Decline, Xiaomi Soars

Samsung continues to see their smartphone market share decline. The Galaxy S5 has sold well below expectations and the South Korean giant has also struggled in China where Xiaomi took the number 1 spot from Samsung earlier this year.

The latest numbers from research firm Gartner reveal that Samsung continues to struggle while the growth continues for Xiaomi.

In the third quarter of 2014 overall smartphone sales increased by 20% thanks to demand in emerging markets.

Smartphones which account for 66% of total mobile sales are gaining traction in emerging markets, especially since the price difference to feature phones continues to decrease.

Samsung is still the largest smartphone maker but has lost almost 8% within a year. Xiaomi has seen the largest growth and are now the 4th largest smartphone manufacturer as market share increased from 1.5% to 5.3%. Huawei holds the third spot but Xiaomi is expected to overtake Huawei as they are growing quicker and are only 0.1% behind. Considering Xiaomi is only for sale in a number of regions the future growth potential is enormous.

Apple sales grew 26% in the third quarter thanks to the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Gartner expects Apple to have the best quarter ever in terms of iPhone sales during the fourth quarter.

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 3Q14 (Thousands of Units)

Company

3Q14

Units

3Q14 Market Share (%)

3Q13

Units

3Q13 Market Share (%)

Samsung

73,212.4

24.4

80,356.8

32.1

Apple

38,186.6

12.7

30,330.0

12.1

Huawei

15,934.9

5.3

11,665.7

4.7

Xiaomi

15,772.5

5.2

3,617.5

1.5

Lenovo

15,011.9

5.0

12,882.0

5.2

Others

142,891.6

47.5

111,445.0

44.5

Total

301,009.9

100.0

250,297.0

100.0

Source: Gartner (December 2014)

“Over the holidays we expect record sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but we should not underestimate the Chinese vendors and local brands,” said Annette Zimmermann, research director at Gartner. “Chinese players will continue to look at expanding in overseas emerging markets. In Europe prepaid country markets and attractive lost-cost LTE phones will also offer key opportunities for these brands.” Gartner expects sales of smartphones to reach 1.2 billion units in 2014.

In terms of OS market share it is no surprise that Android is dominating with 83.1%. iOS holds 12.7% while both Windows and Blackberry declined.

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 3Q14 (Thousands of Units)

Operating System

3Q14

Units

3Q14 Market Share (%)

3Q13

Units

3Q13 Market Share (%)

Android

250,060.2

83.1

205,243

82.0

iOS

38,186.6

12.7

30,330

12.1

Windows

9,033.4

3.0

8,916

3.6

Blackberry

2,419.5

0.8

4,401

1.8

Other OS

1,310.2

0.4

1,407

0.6

Total

301,009.9

100.0

250,296.8

100.0

iPhone Market Share More Than Triples

The iPhone 6 has given Apple a record third quarter but if we look at the latest research figures and taking into consideration that Apple has made it available in a lot more countries during this quarter, it is pretty certain that Apple is going to report record iPhone sales.

According to analyst firm Kantar Group, the iPhone has gained a lot of market share in the U.S., Japan, Germany and Great Britain.

In Great Britain the iPhone market share more than tripled from 8.5% to 31%. In Japan it also almost tripled from 17% to 48% while market share in the U.S. increased to 41.5%, up from 32.6%.

In Germany the market share was up 5.1% to 16.9%. According to the report some other regions in the EU decreased and so did the market share in China but could be down to the late launches and the fact that a majority of the market in those regions is in the entry level space.

Some positive news after the class action law suit has made headlines in the last few days.

Android 5.0 Available For Samsung Galaxy S5

Users in Poland have reported that Samsung has started an over-the-air update of Galaxy S5 devices.

galaxy s5

It is not known when the update will be available in other regions.

Maybe the update will help Samsung to increase sales on the flagship smartphone as sales has been way below expectations so far.

LG was the first company to make the new Android OS available to G3 users, Motorola and Google have also offered Lollipop to their users.

Sony and HTC have announced that they are going to make the update available within shortly as well.

Patent Drawing Reveals Next Generation Google Glass

Google Glass was the hit when it was showcased during the Google Developer Conference back in 2012. But the product has struggled recently both in terms of the image problem it has and general development making it a product that Google can bring to the masses.

Google doesn’t seem to be distracted by that though, just earlier this week it was reported that the next generation of Google Glass will feature an Intel processor which could result in improved efficiency and Intel is also said to be involved on the hardware side of things.

Google has filled for a patent which included a drawing of what could be the next generation Glass.

Glass2patent-580-90

What’s new / different:

  • The camera and screen has been shifted to the right eye
  • No large battery
  • Ear hooks (batteries?)
  • No nose support

Can Google make Google Glass a success after all with a new design, updated hardware and the Intel partnership?

Steve Jobs Emails Shown As Evidence In Class Action Law Suit

The class action law suit which could cost Apple $1 billion started yesterday and emails from Steve Jobs were used as evidence to show that Apple apparently abused the marketing leading position they had in the digital music space.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Patrick Coughlin showed an email from 2003 in which Steve Jobs wrote “We need to make sure that when Music Match launches their store, they cannot use iPod”.
In another email from 2005, Steve Jobs simply said “We need to change things here” when he became aware of a Real Player introducing a program which would enable users to buy music anywhere and play them on the iPod.

The attorneys argue that by locking the iPod, Apple was able to charge an unfair high price and it also stopped users from considering music players from other brands when upgrading as they could not move their purchased music with them.