While one Japanese electronics giant sees mobile handset business profits in smartphones, another makes a peculiar announcement - NEC quits its smartphone business - but continues with dumbphones (??) and tablets. Note, Japanese dumbphones are more capable than most non-Japanese mid-range smartphones, so these are not really dumb, dumbphones, but its an interesting development in Japan. All while we expect Nikon to enter the smartphone space in the next year or so, and HP returning to smartphones after prematurely departing the industry under the previous CEO and even Nintendo whispering that it might consider a gaming phone haha..
And then the surprising news. Latest consumer survey from the USA, an annual satisfaction survey of 6,000 US mobile phone owners by ACSI found that for the first time since they measured, the iPhone is no longer the phone with the highest satisfaction. Who took Apple's pie? Sammy the Samsung cat snatched it.. Ouch! Yes, the difference is only 2 points on a 100 point scale, but its still a first over at Apple-landia, and that really hurts. It was not supposed to be possible that the Koreans could somehow create hardware with better user satisfaction than the gods of hardware design at Apple.
Congrats Samsung, yet another astonishing feat, in a path where Samsung has just doggedly pursued mobile excellence. Balli-balli, they just move faster than anyone else. (So are you seriously still betting against Tizen, from this powerhouse company? We should get to see the first launch Tizen phone soon, maybe next month or so, and sold by end of year)
Ok, we have the industry stats from Strategy Analytics and from IDC, I am still awaiting the smartphone Q2 total market count from the other 2 of the big 4, ie Canalys and Gartner, when we get those, I can do the full analysis of the Q2 results. Most of the relevant data points are now in that we expected to get...