Elie Chahine


Citing its industry sources in Taiwan, DigiTimes says that four major smartphone manufacturers plan on cutting back on the number of new models produced every year. HTC, Motorola, Sony and RIM( Blackberry) are trying to follow Apple’s game plan as the latter brings on only one new version of its Apple iPhone to the market each year.

 Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha announced that the company would be cutting back on phone releases in 2012, concentrating on marketing instead. DigiTimes’ sources said that the four smartphone manufacturers will be focusing on “designated models” instead of flooding the market with a seemingly never-ending supply of phones.

Concentrating on the Apple iPhone 4S, an incremental update from the prior year’s Apple iPhone 4, estimates are that Apple sold a record 30 million units of its phone in just the fourth calendar quarter of 2011. Apple’s share of smartphone sales in the U.S. went from 26% in the third quarter to 43% in October and November, according…

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