The numbers are in and once again, they favor Intel in a big way. According to industry analyst firm Mercury Research, Intel continues to dominate the competition in the x86 space and controls an 81 percent share of the market. Rival AMD, meanwhile, held on to an 18.2 percent share, and like Intel, showed little change from the same time period in 2010.
Market research firm iSuppli declared a "microprocessor stalemate" between Intel and AMD, neither of which was able to wrestle any significant share from the other in the third quarter.
Intel's global microprocessor share dropped ever-so-slightly from 80.4 percent in the second quarter to 80.1 percent in the third, while AMD went from 11.5 percent to 11.3 percent. In other words, both chip makers barely budged.
"In reality, the share changes in the third quarter from the two incumbents were extremely small and not at all significant," said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms at iSuppli. "What is significant, however, is that neither company has been able to take any sizable share away from the other. One reason is that each company offers well-matched competitive product portfolios. Another reason is that end markets are not undergoing significant changes in market share of product lineup that would impact microprocessor market share."
AMD fans may want to delcare a tiny victory for the third quarter after having dropped its share 0.1 percent less than Intel, while Intel's fan base will point to the fact that AMD's share is down 0.8 percent from 2009, while Intel's is down just 0.1 percent.
Nothing to get excited about either way, though 2011 could be quite a different story.
"There remains a very competitive situation between the two dominant suppliers," Wilkins added. "In particular, we look forward to seeing the effect that AMD's forthcoming Fusion products might have on the share situation for these two mega-players."
Market analytics firm NPD has just finished culling the last quarter's data, and the results are great news for one search company out of Mountain View. Apparently, the Android operating system is now far and away, the fastest selling mobile platform for smart phones. In the third quarter, Android took a 44% share of all sales, Apple took 23%, and RIM only had 22%.
Just as startling as the current numbers, is the change from last year. Android was at a mere 3% in Q3 2009. Blackberry was at 45% and Apple was at 39%. Clearly, Android is taking off like a rocket, and the competition is feeling the hurt. RIM's once massive sales are slumping as users finish out their contracts and move to other platforms. Apple might not have taken a big hit, but the platform's growth has effectively been stopped.
Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S, Droid X and Evo 4G have been big sellers. Do you think a Verizon iPhone would turn the tables on the little green robot?
New numbers released by Techmeme today confirm what many have suspected. Google's Chrome browser has overtaken Firefox in usage among the tech savvy crowd. Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera shared the data that clearly shows their traffic has shifted dramatically in the last few months. Chrome now holds a 34% share of Techmeme traffic, whereas Firefox is down to only 30%. Safari is next at 21%, and Internet Explorer is down at 12%.
Granted, this is far from a comprehensive overview of the market, but it is clear that things are moving in the wrong direction for Firefox. Google has shown an ability to iterate their browser quickly, while Mozilla's notoriously long development cycle has stayed steady. According to Rivera, Chrome passed Firefox in September. We don't expect that momentum to change anything. Do you think Firefox 4 will change the game?
The latest browser market share statistics are out from Web analytics firm Net Applications, and of all the browsers, only Google's Chrome made any kind of notable gain.
Chrome bumped up its position from 7.52 percent in August to nearly 8 percent in September, which is more than twice the market share it held one year ago.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer continued to slip, dropping from 60.40 percent to 59.65 percent in that same time frame. Both Firefox and Opera held steady by increasing their share a nominal 0.03 and 0.02 percent, respectively, while Apple's Safari browser continued its slow but steady climb, rising from 5.16 percent to 5.27 percent.
Released in the middle of September, Microsoft's IE9 Beta accounted for 0.25 percent of browser usage in the last two weeks of the month.
Let's face it, no one's going to topple Google in the search game, at least not any time soon. That means the real race is for second place, and it's there that Microsoft's Bing and Yahoo's Yahoo Search run neck in neck.
Which search engine leads the pack from second place depends on who you ask, and if you put your faith in Nielsen's numbers, then Bing just inched ahead of Yahoo in the international search game.
"Nielsen's search data only counts genuine intentional searches that people type into a search box," Nielsen explains. "It does not include non-intended or 'contextual' searches that are automatically generated by search engines based on a person's browsing behavior."
With Nielsen's formula in place, the research firm says says Bing controlled 13.9 percent of the search market in August, up just barely from July. Yahoo, meanwhile, slid backwards 1.5 percentage points from 14.6 percent in July to 13.1 percent in August.
A new report from Gartner Research claims that Google's Android operating system will grow rapidly in the remaining months of 2010, passing both Apple and RIM. If you don't follow the smartphone world closely, you could be forgiven for forgetting Nokia is still number one worldwide. While their phones are rarely offered by US carriers, the market in other nations often encourages users to buy unlocked phones. Those are often Nokia handsets.
In late 2009, Android had only 3.9% of the market - Apple had three times more. Google is expected to hit about 17.7%, which will clobber Apple's iOS, and just edge out Blackberry. While iOS is still growing, Blackberry has been falling. The tepid response to the Blackberry Torch isn't helping matters.
Android has spread to all US carriers, and more manufacturers are getting in on the fun. It's impressive to see Google come from behind so quickly, especially considering the state Android was in before the release of the Motorola Droid.
For now, Google has nothing to worry about in the search market. Despite a 1 percent drop in month-on-month market share, Google is still crushing the competition with a 64.2 percent share, followed by Yahoo in a distant second at 14.3 percent. And what about Bing?
Yes, what about Bing. Microsoft's spunky search engine sits in third place with a 13.6 percent share of the market, and that alone doesn't sound particularly impressive. But make no mistake, Bing is on the up and up. While all but one other top five search engine showed a year-on-year drop in market share, Bing managed to move up by a whopping 51 percent. During that same period, Google moved backwards by 1 percent.
When you consider that Bing is now powering Yahoo's U.S. search operations, the market share outlook could look a whole lot more competitive this time next year. Google can afford to rest on its laurels for a little while longer, but after all this time at the top, we could soon be looking at a market share split.
AMD isn't about to concede an inch of its market share to Intel, not without an aggressive fight, anyway. Citing "sources from motherboard players," DigiTimes reports AMD has taken a hatchet to about 20 desktop processors in an attempt to defend against competition from its rival.
Some of the more enticing price cuts include AMD's quad-core Athlon II X4 640 chip, which was dropped from $122 to $99, the dual-core Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition, which slid from $105 to $93, and the quad-core Phenom II X4 955 and 965, both of which were cut by $26 to $145 and $165, respectively.
AMD now has a boat load of modern processors at sub-$100 price points, with many of its higher-end chips still only priced at under $200.
No one's under any impression that Apple's Mac OSX is on the way to beating out Windows in the market share department, but the July market share numbers still have to sting a little bit for Cupertino. The market share of OSX fell for the fourth straight month, landing at 5%. It's not like Apple is hurting for cash, they're selling more devices than ever before, thanks to the iPad and iPhone.
Windows 7 on the other hand, hit a milestone and is now running on more PCs (14.5%) than Windows Vista(14.3%). Microsoft has been talking a big game about their Windows 7 sales level, and this is just more proof. Vista numbers have fallen precipitously since Windows 7 was launched. Interestingly, the operating system stalwart, Windows XP still holds a 61.9% market share. XP has lost 5.9% this year though.
It will be interesting to see if Windows 7 can continue this trend, and if it ever makes a real dent in XP's market share. Also of note, is the continued move of Apple away from OSX, and toward vertically integrated platforms like the iPad. What do you think the future holds?