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August 21, 2014


Mus'ab Samara

That's really a good article about Smartphone statistics which vary between the countries around the world . Smartphone manufacturers would get many benefits of these stats.

Good Job tomi.

abdul muis


Phablets Are So Yesterday: More Users in Asia Now Hold Tablets to Their Faces to Make Calls, IDC Reports

20 Aug 2014

Singapore and Hong Kong, August 20, 2014 – Large smartphones (otherwise known as phablets), are already a growing trend in Asia, having outshipped notebooks and tablets last year. But IDC finds that now even larger devices, tablets of 7” screen sizes and above, are increasingly shipping with cellular voice capabilities, and such devices are getting more traction in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) region, breaching the 25% mark in the second quarter of 2014.

According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker report, about 13.8 million units of tablets were shipped in the APeJ region in Q2 2014, of which nearly 25% (around 3.5 million units) had voice calling over cellular networks as an option built-in to the device. This translates to more than 60% growth on a year-on-year basis in unit terms for this category of tablets, which also incidentally happen to be 100% Android-based.

“Tablets that allow voice calls over cell networks have been around for a while now, as the first generation of Samsung Tabs did have that option, albeit only activated through a Bluetooth headset,” says Avinash K. Sundaram, Senior Market Analyst of Client Devices team at IDC Asia/Pacific.

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I jumped at the site right after reading the introduction, and after a moment of awe started to have strong misgivings: China at 70% smartphone ownership and 66% PC ownership? Colombia 45% smartphone and 75% PC?

As you state, these stats are very heavily skewed. I am not sure we get that consistent a result by replacing figures by the stats from other sources for a selected group of countries.

"But by the strict definition of what is a smartphone"

And what would that "strict" definition be?


"during the Nokia mess, many loyal Nokia consumers in Finland preferred the 'real Nokia' Asha featurephones than the Windows Phone based Lumia smartphones, and thus Finland has regressed"

Seriously Tomi, visit Finland. You have no clue what you are talking about. Most sold phones since 2010 have been cheap Androids, not Ashas.


FYI, An interesting analysis of some very recent microsoft propaganda. It clearly demonstrates that microsoft is a company that can not be trusted. Nothing has changed!


"It clearly demonstrates that microsoft is a company that can not be trusted. Nothing has changed! "

MS marketing (just MS?) does not use the concept of "true" or "false" as they are part of a larger abstraction called "reality". MS have found that "reality" has never been helpful in selling MS products.

Therefore, MS does not use any concept related to "reality" in any of its marketing material.


Seriously: Microsoft has been caught in the act.

Now please point to some big corporation that doesn't employ such misleading antics to prettify its numbers, especially when it comes to marketing, as this is generally aimed at people who have to make important decisions and often lack the common sense to see through such schemes.


@abdul muis

Thats an amazing bad article. Out of air they draw the conclusion that because tablets have phone-units buildin and this are sold that people make calls with tablets. Unbelievable bad article.

Context is mobile internet via prepaid phone cards. That you can use this setup also to make voice calls doesn't mean its the driving force.

This is the case since many many years. And now IDC finally notices it too and then they draw that conclkusion? Serious? That is so bad it hurts.



I really don't get it why you did not include Croatia in:

I made graph from same source, for some of countries you selected, but I just took few EU countries that are in the neighbourhood. Some are bigger, but some are also smaller then Cro, so "Very small countries are not included" is not a valid argument.

Pitty, because you have a great influence at Croatia, because of MS-Nokia case: I suppose that Croatia was planned to be Microsoft's test market for Win-Phone platform... it did not happened because people started to link real facts from your blog (instead MS propaganda).

Kind regards anyway :-)


WP continues with the walking dead - but the WP carcass is looking worse and worse :-)

Obviously the market speaks but microsoft does not listen ...NO ONE WANTS A WINDOWS PHONE!


No one wants a Tizen phone either.


That's true according to the article too! So it is more than NO ONE WANTS A WINDOWS PHONE! :-)


...BTW the parade of "disastrous Windows versions" is expected to continue... I found the article title very informative.

telemall pakistan

good sharing nice job


is there a way to extract the raw data ? @ author: did you copy paste the numbers ? Thanks!

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