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The U.S. wireless data market grew 4 percent quarter over quarter 23 percent year over year to reach $15.4 billion in mobile data service revenues in the first quarter 2011 and is on course to increase year over year by 22 percent to $67 billion in 2011.
Microsoft Corp. and Skype Global S.à r.l have announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake.
Market researcher IHS iSuppli reported that Apple shipped 18.6 million smartphones in the first quarter, up from 16.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. That 14.9 percent increase marked the highest growth rate among the top five global smartphone vendors.
Now past the critical 50 percent threshold, analyst firm IDC Canada forecasts that smartphones could account for as much as 60 percent of mobile phone shipments by the end of the year.
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AAA TripTik Mobile is a GPS-based app with maps showing gas station locations and other points of interest, such as hotels, restaurants and attractions, near a user's location or any user-specified location. Gas station details include updated prices for all available grades of gasoline.
Angry Birds, created by the small Finnish company, Rovio, has been downloaded more than 140 million times, and at least 40 million people per month are playing. They're collectively spending more than 200 million minutes per day tapping and flinging birds across the screen, trying to knock down a series of structures built by obnoxious pigs.
Google's Android was the top smartphone operating system in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2011, overtaking the market share of Research In Motion's BlackBerry and keeping Apple's iPhone in the third position, according to ComScore.
Motorola Mobility recently released first quarter 2011 results, and noted that a higher smartphone mix is bolstering average mobile phone pricing. The smartphone mix increased to 44 percent in first quarter 2011 compared to 27 percent in the same quarter last year, and average mobile phone pricing accordingly jumped to $229 from $193 last year.
In a recent research note, comScore suggested that Microsoft’s percentage of the U.S. smartphone market dipped from 8.4 percent to 7.5 percent between December 2010 and March 2011. This places the company fourth behind Google, Research In Motion and Apple.
Combined revenues from the four major mobile application stores run by Apple Inc., Google Inc., Nokia Corp. and Research in Motion Ltd. will leap 77.7 percent in 2011 to $3.8 billion, with the Apple App Store projected to eat up a gargantuan three-quarters share of the total market, according to new IHS Screen Digest research.
The Infuse 4G is the first Android phone from AT&T to allow app installation from outside of the Android Market.
In the first three months of 2011, Microsoft’s average market share was 7.5 percent – a 0.9 point decrease from the company’s average share, 8.4 percent, in the final quarter of 2010, according to comScore data. However, this was the smallest decrease since the U.S. release of Windows Phone 7 in November.
Apple continues to sell more smartphones and gradually comes closer and closer to surpassing Nokia as the smartphone market leader, with the help of the iPhone. In the first quarter of 2011 Apple shipped 18.7 million iPhones, compared to only 8.7 million in the same period last year.
According to the latest reports, sales of mobile applications, including both entertainment content and mobile casino games are up 77 percent this year and will amount to roughly $3.8 billion. Apple’s App Store with nearly $3 billion snatched the biggest slice of that pie. The Android Market firmly holds the number two spot with over $420 million in sales.
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