15 August 2013

Android Smartphones Replacing Dumbphones Globally

While Apple and Samsung fight over the high-end market for smartphones, Google, developer of Android, has been focused on having manufacturers use Android to make cheap smartphones that replace dumbphones -- and it looks like Google is winning --  IDC‘s recent market figures put Android on approaching 80% worldwide marketshare for Q2. Google’s mobile OS is clearly expanding its share by picking up former feature phone users.

Smartphones Finally Overtook Dumbphone Sales Globally In Q2, Android Now At 79%, Says Gartner | TechCrunchAnalyst Gartner has put out its latest smartphone market report, and the Q2 2013 numbers show the inevitable finally occurred: smartphone sales exceeded feature phone sales for the first time. Android has been strangling the life out of dumbphones for years, but it looks like the market tipping point is being reached.

Here’s Zynga’s New Executive Org Chart - Mike Isaac - Social - AllThingsD: " . . . Mattrick has split the management teams into three divisions — Studios; Functional; and Technology, Live Ops and Publishing — and will now have 13 managers, listed below, directly reporting to him in the new org structure. . . . Once the dominant force in online social gaming, the ailing company has been forced to deal with crises on all sides, including massive staff turnover, sunken employee morale and a strained partnership with once-close ally Facebook. Perhaps worst of all, Zynga has had to deal with the shock of a fleeing user base, which dropped to 187 million monthly active users from 306 million a year ago. This was caused, Zynga said, primarily by the massive consumer shift from desktop to mobile devices . . ."

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