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Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) Being Squeezed Out of Smartphone Market By Apple (NASDAQ:APPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) has seen it’s share of the smartphone market sliding south the past few years but has recently been pushed to single digit market shares.  According to a research firm IDC, Research In Motion had a small 9.7 million Blackberry phones shipped out in the first quarter of 2012.  That may sound like a lot of phones but it’s actually good for only 6.4% of the smartphone market share.  Compare that to the first quarter of 2011 which showed that 13.8 million Blackberry phones shipped out for 13.6% market share and you can see a huge slide.

The Canadian smartphone manufacturer main 2 competitors are Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:APPL).  Both of those companies combined for over 80% of the smartphone market share in the 1st quarter of 2012.  Google owns the Android operating system and Apple of course owns the iOS operating system on their iPhones.  Android phones captured 59% of the smartphone market share and Apple grabbed 23%.

Research In Motion is getting ready to launch it’s latest version of Blackberry phones with their newest operating system version 10.  It’s a completely new OS that RIMM hopes to use to climb back into the smartphone market.  You can checkout a preview video here.  It’s features include flowing from task to task easier without having to open and close apps, keyboard that will predict your next word to improve writing speed, and all new gesture controls.  As you can tell from the video the new OS 10 makes it look much less like previous Blackberry phones.

The new Blackberry phones are expected to be released later this year.  Unfortunately for RIMM, Apple is also expected to release their highly rumored iPhone 5 (also known as iPhone 4G).  Latest rumors point to Apple increasing the size of the iPhone screen for the first time along with finally adding 4G capabilities.  Also, Research in Motion won’t find it any easier going next year when Facebook is rumored to be coming out with their own smartphone or smartphone software.  Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)  recently went public with it’s stock and is seeking new markets to grow their balance sheets.

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Android and iPhone Possibly Getting New Smartphone Competition

When it comes to the smartphone arena you think of Android, iPhone, or Blackberry.  However, social network giant Facebook, which recently has just come off a mixed result IPO, may actually be jumping into the smartphone arena soon.  According to a recent report in the New York Times, unnamed sources and even potential Facebook recruits were told that the company will soon be coming out with their own smartphone.

Facebook, which was a privately held company for many years recently opened up it’s stock to the public launching a huge IPO on May 18th 2012.  It had a bag of mixed results, with most analysts calling the stock underachieved.  Most analysts will agree that Facebook should have launched an IPO much sooner, bringing it’s social network popularity with them to the table.  That brings us back to new growth arenas for Facebook which might be under more stress now then ever before to jump into new sectors to continue building the company.

Android like the Apple iPhone, have been flourishing in the smartphone business raking in customers and profits.  Samsung, one of the leaders in Android powered smartphones, recently released news of their latest phone with a larger screen.  Apple has been rumored recently to be working with Asian manufacturers to design a 4 inch screen for their soon to be released  iPhone 5.   Speaking of Apple, according to the New York Times, Facebook has been hiring or at least tried to hire experts who had worked on the iPhone previously.

Rumors that Facebook has been working on a smartphone have been circulating since 2010 when Techcrunch reported they were privately planning and designing a smartphone in the future.  Facebook, when asked about these rumors, responded with

Our mobile strategy is simple:  we think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social.

So with the debut of the latest iPhone rumored to be occurring later this year, and with Samsung and HTC releasing powerful Android powered smartphones, is there room for yet another smartphone?  Considering smartphones are a multi-billion dollar industry in the US, there is plenty of room for more iPhone and Android competition.

 

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Apple iPhone 5 Has New Screen With Release In Fall Analysts Say

The next Apple iPhone, whether you call it the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4G, has been a magnet for rumors.  Whatever you want to call it almost everyone agree that the next version will come out this fall.  Almost all analysts agree with that.  Apple has been working with Asian suppliers for their iPhone screens and other related Apple products such as the iPad which is a fact.  However, a report in the WSJ recently states that people close to the situation reported that Apple is purchasing larger screens from their Asian manufacturers.

Apple has yet to officially confirm that the new iPhone will have a larger screen or not.  That is not uncommon since Apple never comments on products that are yet to be released.  The WSJ report states that Apple is working with South Korea’s LG Display Co., Japan’s Sharp Corp., and Japan Display Inc.  The Japan Display Inc. was just recently created last month by three different Japanese companies and the government combined.

What many speculate is causing Apple to rethink the size of the upcoming iPhone 5 is the competition being caused by Samsung Electronics.  Samsung recently unveiled their newest smartphone with a 4.8 inch display.  This makes it one of the largest smartphone screens on the market today.  Apple has stuck to the 3.5 inch display ever since it first came out in 2007.  Many tests prove that for the average persons hand a 3.5 inch phone actually fits best in the palm of their hands.

Most analysts will agree that the next iPhone, whatever size display it has, will begin production soon as potentially next month.  This would put it on pace to be released to the public in the Fall just in time for the holidays.

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