STATES CHRONICLE – While the competition is quite tight when it comes to popular devices such as smartphones, this year Apple won the race on Christmas sales.
Of course, some of you may argue that this isn’t so surprising given that iPhones or iPads are the best devices in the world, but I bet the ones saying this are not exactly Samsung users, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, lately, the best and most popular presents for Christmas are gadgets. Although they are mainly meant for adults, even more and more children are not content with an electrical train for Christmas and ask Santa for the latest smartphone or tablet.
A mobile analytics firm called Flurry issued an annual holiday report on device activations. Apparently a record was broken this year for activating devices and installing apps. Moreover, the report also showed an increase in the popularity of phablets.
In case you’re not familiar with the word, it is used to name the giant smartphones which are being launched every other day and which sort of makes a bridge between a phone and a PC or a tablet.
Compared to 2 years ago when only 4 percent of Christmas device activations were phablets, this year the number increased to 27 percent. Although the size of these devices was at first quite discouraging, the big displays are indeed helpful. Besides, there isn’t much we can do or much to choose from when more than 80% of the market offers gigantic phones.
Although sales in tablets have decreased it isn’t because of phablets’ popularity. This popularity actually affects only smartphone with 3.5 inch screens, which are obviously a lot smaller.
Despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones is gaining popularity the Apple devices are still on the top spot with almost 50 percent of the market share. Of course, we’re not talking about smartphones only but also about iPads and iMacs. Samsung took the second place in the race with almost 20 percent of the market share while Microsoft Nokia dropped in sales compared to last year and Sony was replaced in the top five by Xiaomi.
All in all, the trends show phablets are here to stay and Apple is not giving up soon its first place as the biggest seller of mobile devices in the U.S.
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