According to Strategy Analytics, and a VentureBeat article, we have a pretty good view of what is happening in the mobile market with respect to smartphones and tablets. Growth continues in the market and Android continues to gain market share from Apple.

  • Global tablet shipments reached 24.7 million units in the third quarter of 2012
  • Apple iOS slipped to 57 percent global market share
  • Android captured a 41 percent global market share
  • Apple shipped 14.0 million iPads worldwide in Q3
  • Global Android tablet shipments doubled annually to 10.2 million units
  • Global tablet shipments grew just 43 percent annually in Q3 2012, compared with 289 percent annually in Q2 2011.
  • 162 million smartphones sold globally in the third quarter of 2012
  • While Samsung shipped 56.9 million smartphone units
  • Apple shipped 26.9 million iPhones

IHS iSuppli released new estimates on the install base of the Nintendo 3DS, citing a lower lifetime potential due to competition from iPhone and other devices that play games that weren’t present when the DS launched.

  • IHS forecasts a global installed base of 3DS devices at 11.6 million by the end of 2011
  • By 2015, IHS forecasts a global installed base of 70 million 3DS devices
  • This compares to total sales of DS/DS Lite of 91 million at a comparable point in its sales cycle



This week Nintendo announced that the Wii has sold more than 7 Million units for the third consecutive year. According to Nintendo’s internal sales figures:

  • The Nintendo DS™ family of portable video game systems has sold more than 47 million in the United States since the original model launched in November 2004
  • This Nintendo DS is now the best-selling video game system of all time in the U.S.
  • The Wii™  marked its third consecutive calendar year with U.S. sales of more than 7 million – a feat never before accomplished in the history of video games by a home console.
  • Nintendo has sold more than 34 million Wiis in the U.S. now

Nintendo today announced that they sold 2.7 million Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ systems in November. This includes:

  • 1.2 million Wii systems
  • More than 1.5 million Nintendo DS systems

“According to our internal numbers, Nintendo sold 600,000 Wii systems during Thanksgiving Week alone, an increase of 50,000 over 2009,” said Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America’s senior director of Corporate Communications.