Apple is continuing to make significant strides in the enterprise market and through the third quarter of this year (June 1 to September 30) the company was responsible for 66% of all enterprise devices activated. The company's iOS platform, which includes iPhones and iPads, led the way in the market and rose 2% compared to the 64% enterprise activations in the second quarters.
We are still waiting for Xiaomi to launch a replacement for the nearly 18 month old Mi 4 flagship, but while we are waiting for that handset the company has treated us to another high end device. The Redmi Note 3, in many ways, is a clear pointer to where the Chinese company is going with its next flagship as it comes with plenty of Xiaomi firsts. With a killer price and appealing specs, one may even wonder if we need the Mi 5 to launch.
Whenever smartphone sales figures are announced we of course discuss how Samsung is comfortably atop the pile and how Apple is second, and how the two companies are both doing very well for themselves. However, below Sammy and Apple there is a huge battle going on for third place in the market, and this folks is where the action is at.
Motorola has announced a special edition collaboration with New York based designer Jonathan Adler, and the result is the new Moto X Pure Collection. These three phones have been designed by Adler and brings a unique touch to Motorola's current flagship with three new designs that will not be available through the normal Moto Maker process.
YouTube Music launched today for users of Android and iOS, downloadable from those platforms respective app stores. This is the latest music streaming service that will be taking the fight to the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. Google's YouTube Music has a potential ace card in that it also delivers video content, building on the services roots as an online video portal.
Swiss based luxury watch maker TAG Heuer announced earlier this year that it would enter the wearable market with its first ever smartwatch. Not much else was revealed by the company, although we knew this was going to be an expensive entry in the market. That?s entirely true as the TAG Heuer Connected was unveiled today as the first truly luxurious smartwatch on the Android Wear platform.
Samsung received some huge news today as it was revealed the company's own Tizen platform as overtaken BlackBerry as the fourth largest mobile platform on the market. That is according to Strategy Analytics (which is always right by the way), with Samsung's OS apparently surpassing BlackBerry during the third quarter running June 1 through September 30.
Apple's tumbling iPad sales may have made Android fans happy, but the humor will not live long as the tablet market as a whole is in what is increasingly seeming like terminal decline. Digitimes Research and TrendForce say that all tablets will decline over the fourth quarter and through the first period of 2016, whether it is a slate from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, or the myriad other companies.
The BlackBerry Priv, the company's new flagship smartphone, is about to launch through AT&T in the United States. The second largest carrier in the land is unveiling BlackBerry's latest on Friday, November 6, meaning the priv will be with us in four days. The company has today announced what pricing plans will be available to consumers on launch day.
Samsung is continuing its expansion back to growth with another solid quarterly period. The company announced its third quarter results in which Samsung Electronics increased both revenue and profit year on year. Throughout 2015 the Korean giant has been trying to get back to growth after a poor 2014 dogged by a loss of market share and a decline in sales.