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Photos, Maps and Games Are Mobile-First Content
While it is undisputed that mobile devices have changed the way we interact with online content, the degree to which content is consumed on mobile devices depends on the type of content. While photos, maps and games are mobile-first content, web portals are still used primarily on desktop PCs.
Comparison between the net profit of the top 10 consumer-facing companies operating in the mobile industry
Last quarter, we began a regular feature comparing the financial results of ten of the biggest companies currently operating in the mobile industry. With Q3’s results now behind us, we returned to see what’s changed, and what’s the same – and look at the where soon-to-be-public Twitter fits in.
The biggest earner, across the board, was Samsung, for the second quarter running. At 59 trillion Korean Won ($55.7bn, £34.7bn) its revenues were much higher than Apple’s ($37.5bn), but profits were just narrowly ahead ($7.8m, compared to $7.5m) – something which reflects the impressive margins on Apple’s devices. Revenues mostly remained steady in Q3, with only two companies dipping below their Q2 numbers: Microsoft (down seven per cent to $18.6bn) and BlackBerry (down 49 per cent, to $1.6bn). As in the previous quarter, BlackBerry was one of just two companies to report losses during the quarter – it made a loss of $965m, compared to $84m in Q2. The other was Amazon, with a loss of $47m, compared to $7m the previous quarter. Nokia had the fastest growth in revenues for the quarter, up 34 per cent on Q2 to €5.7m (£4.8m), but saw a shrink in profits, down 15 per cent to €241m. Facebook, meanwhile, had the fastest growth in terms of profit, rising 28 per cent quarter-on-quarter to $425m, while its revenues were up 11 per cent at $2bn.
BlackBerry Scraps Bid to Find Buyer, Replaces CEO Thorsten Heins, Gets $1 Billion Investment
BlackBerry is giving up its effort to sell itself to a large investor, and will replace CEO Thorsten Heins, the company said on Monday. The company said that, rather than bid for it, Fairfax Financial will lead a group of investors pouring $1 billion into the troubled handset maker, with Fairfax CEO Prem Watsa becoming lead director. Former Sybase CEO John Chen will serve as interim CEO and executive chairman once the investment is completed, which BlackBerry said should be within the next two weeks. The investment will come in the form of a debt sale, BlackBerry said, with Fairfax itself putting $250 million into the company.
Gamers Make Up Largest Tablet Content Audience in the US
This year, for the first time, the majority of US internet users will use a tablet. The number of individuals of any age who use a tablet at least once per month rose dramatically in 2012.
eMarketer expects adoption to remain steady into 2017 as tablet prices drop, though growth will not be as robust as in previous years, according to a new eMarketer report, “US Tablet Users: Q3 2013 Forecast and Comparative Estimates.” Tablets are commonly used around the home, and the larger screens they offer make them ideal for leisure activities like playing games, accessing social networks and watching videos.
Tablet adoption drives content consumption, and growth will slow significantly for all US tablet content audiences between 2013 and 2014. US tablet gamers will be the largest tablet content audience included in our forecast. Three-quarters of tablet users will play games regularly on such a device. eMarketer estimates that between 2013 and 2017, the number of tablet gamers will rise from 96.1 million to 143.0 million. Percentage gains will come in at 49.2% this year and will remain in the double-digits through 2015.
Tablet sales: Strong Growth for Android Tablets as Apple Stalls
Worldwide tablet shipments grew to 47.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13) according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. While slightly below the firm’s forecast, the number still represents 7.0% growth over the previous quarter and 36.7% growth compared to the third quarter of 2012.
Android products once again drove much of the shipment growth in the market as iOS growth stalled and Windows tablets continued to struggle to win over consumers. With no new iPad product launches in the second or third quarter to drive volume, Apple experienced a quarter-over-quarter decline in shipments from 14.6 million in 2Q13 to 14.1 million in 3Q13.
Year over year, iPad shipments grew less than one percent. Apple’s slowing growth—caused in part by its decision in late 2012 to move its product launches from earlier in the year to the fourth quarter—has caused the company’s tablet market share to slip to 29.6%, its lowest share to date. However, with the new iPad Air shipping November 1st and the refreshed iPad mini with Retina scheduled to roll out later in November, IDC expects Apple to enjoy robust shipment growth during the fourth quarter.