There is a good reason people provide mobile browser statistics with a healthy sip of skepticism. Methodologies of several surveys any have their possess flaws and perplexing to extrapolate handset sales from browser trends can be formidable if third-party browsers like Obigo, Opera or UC Browser are carrying a vital marketplace share swing.
Nevertheless, browser statistics tend to lead tangible handset sales information recover by as many as 1-2 months, so perplexing to appreciate them is irresistible. One of a best outfits around is called Statcounter and their Nov numbers are fascinating.
My interpretation of Nov trends is that Blackberry share waste to Android in Latin America, a essential marketplace for RIM, demeanour really bad indeed. Oct and Nov demeanour distant weaker for RIM in Europe than Sep did. This is extraordinary deliberation how strongly Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange have been selling a new Blackberries. The new RIM inclination underline browsers that are distant higher to what prior Blackberries offered. Why hasn’t a browser use of Blackberry owners ticked adult in Nov in Europe? The Big Blackberry Outage strike EU in early October. There should have been a clever miscarry from Oct browsing levels in November.
Blackberry share waste in North America continue looking appalling deliberation a code new models arrived only months ago. This fits with a speculation that RIM might be stability to drain craving business in droves, even with a code new Blackberry Bold. The total North American, Latin American and EU trends demeanour really tough for Asia to offset. This is since a stream take-over hum around RIM is tough to believe.
The many notable trend in Latin America is a stability swell of Android marketplace share. This dovetails with a recent swell of Android models labelled next 500 reals in Brazil. Many of these models – such as Samsung Chat and Motorola Motokey – are unusually inexpensive and directed directly during Blackberry. They offer a Blackberry demeanour and feel for reduction than 250 reals. The new Blackberry Curve – a bill indication – is labelled during 1’000 reals. My discussions with dual Brazilian carriers supports a idea that RIM has effectively labelled itself out of Latin America. The new models should have been labelled distant some-more aggressively to blunt a Samsung/Motorola low-end surge. The iPhone is creation transparent progress, though is being left behind a super inexpensive Android rampage. It’s also value observant that Nokia has managed to hindrance a high decrease that bedeviled it final spring.
Europe looks mostly as expected. Opera continues gaining ground, substantially obscuring a share performances of several opposition camps a bit. It is engaging to note that a large gains iPhone is creation in North America are not clear in Europe in November. It’s s bit startling that a iPhone entrance seems to have strike Nokia harder than Android in Europe – Nokia competes some-more in a low-end smartphone marketplace than HTC or Samsung. It’s probable that Symbian sales are starting to erode during a faster shave now that consumers are focusing on Nokia’s new Lumia Windows phones – and a Lumia operation is rising in singular markets during comparatively late in a quarter. Even if a Lumia 800 is a estimable strike in a UK and Spain as now seems, a entertain could be a bit of a curveball. Much will count on how a earnest Asha bill operation does in Asia and EMEA markets.
North America is dominated by iPhones ongoing surge, that seems some-more convincing than in Europe or South America. Can we mark a launches of a new Blackberry models in a immature line of decline? No, we can’t. The decrease indeed seems to be accelerating given August. The new chronicle of a Bold has a browser that should have enticed Blackberry users into doing a lot some-more browsing. This is meaningful indeed.
Asian conditions is formidable to read, since a UC Browser has been creation clever gains and gets downloaded to handsets with opposite primary browsers. This has a sold impact on Nokia – so Nokia’s large browser share decrease in Asia is not indispensably attributable to hardware share losses. Much of it is browser share detriment to UC Browser. The clever opening of Opera and UC Broswer make interpreting Asian share series really difficult, if not wholly futile.
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