As if to confirm this, global electronics firm Samsung reported a record 88.4 million smartphone shipments during the third quarter, and its market share grew to 35.2 percent from 32.9 percent for the same period last year, the company said.
Although Samsung, a South Korean firm, launched its own operating platform for smartphones, Bada, in 2009, it dominates Android, an open source platform that was established in 2003.
International speculation is that Samsung, the largest manufacturer of Android hardware, may own Android in future as the incremental differentiation of its products from other manufacturers running on the platform makes an intriguing story.
Besides the Android platform,
BlackBerry seems to be growing but it appears to be the older and cheaper Curve model that still appeals to many South African consumers.
Apple is choking on its own bite of the apple as it maintains a share of less than 10 percent of the smartphone market. The company has one model, a top-of-the-range device. Apple continues to sell older versions of the model but when it releases the iPhone 5s here, the device will not be much cheaper.
Beneath that is a tier of sophisticated, cheaper but under-the-radar options such as
About 1 000 new aircraft will be needed to meet growth in demand for passenger and cargo flights in
Referring to the increasing number of foreign airlines flying in to benefit from the growth in the continent's markets, Airbus spokesman
"How the market is shared among airlines flying to and within
"This in itself will be determined by the regulatory framework that defines market access and ownership."
Airbus and its US rival,
An interdict obtained in the
But Skywise, a domestic airline that is preparing to launch, has leased
Meanwhile, Airbus's newest long-haul aircraft, the extra-wide-bodied A350, which is being flight testing and has been competing with the Boeing Dreamliner for an order from SAA, is to be shown today to a party of South African journalists, including Donwald Pressly, Cape editor and parliamentary correspondent of Business Report, in
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