Heavier is not the right direction for tablets, and this bucks the trend of competing Android models
, which keep shaving weight off of their previous heights of 1.
With its chips in the vast majority of the world's smartphones, including both Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) iOS and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android models
, Qualcomm's predictions of an especially strong current quarter are a bellwether.
Smartphone sales will account for 27% of total handset sell-through, with demand for inexpensive Android models
driving the majority of sales.
Smartphones will be a key growth area and are forecast to account for more than 50% of the US market handset sales for the first time in 2011, with Android models
the fastest growing handset market segment and accounting for the largest proportion of sales in 2011.
Eroded by Android models
, iPad's long-term market share will drop to around 50%.
Taiwanese firm launches two new Android models
in the region with added features
Smartphones will be a key growth area and are forecast to accounfor more than 50% of the US market handset sales for the first time in 2011, with Android models
the fastest growing handset market segment.
Still, RIM may have to sell itself, in part or total, for two reasons: It's not making money and it's losing market share in the smartphone wars to Apple and Android models
HTC will still be subject to royalty payments; this will add US$13 to the selling prices of the relevant Android models
in the U.
Dozens of Android models
distributed across multiple countries by numerous brands such as Samsung, Acer and others have been driving volumes.
The current iPhone portfolio is under-performing and Apple is at risk of being trapped in a pincer movement between rival 3-inch Android models
at the low-end and 5-inch Android models
at the high-end.
The iPhone 4 would outduel the remaining 2 Android models
with its 1.