Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 Edge is winning the hearts and minds of smartphone consumers. While both Samsung and Apple’s flagship phones are adored by consumers, the delight score for the S7 Edge surpassed that of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Happy consumers at Sprint and TMobile are contributing greatly to the positive reception of Samsung’s new flagships. However, as delight is flourishing for the Galaxy S7 Edge, it is falling off for the S7 model.
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Argus Insights has been tracking all social conversation about Mobile World Congress, and is ready to reveal some of the most popular brands of the show. Our winners secured the most mindshare in their category, prompting continued engagement and conversation.
And the winner is… Cloud: Ericsson NFV: HP Smartphones: Apple Wearables: Huawei
With cloud related announcements ranging from an Industrial Cloud partnership with Intel to a Connected Traffic Cloud to introducing a Volvo cloud platform, Ericsson gave MWC followers a lot to talk about
HP was driving interest in NFV through their proof of concept with Orange, OpenNFV partnership with Telefonica, and targeted comments from their CEO about improving infrastructure with virtualization.
Though the smartphone giant was not actually present at the show, Apple dominated mindshare and the iPhone 6 was awarded ‘Best Mobile of the Year’ along with the LG G3
Huawei got people talking with the early announcement of the round, Android Wear enabled Huawei Watch.
For more details about why and how these brands won mindshare during the show, and an outline of overall trends plus winners and losers in several more categories, request a copy of our Mobile World Congress 2015 Report. Typically a $3,000 value, we are offering this report to our readers for free.
Gone are the days of fighting over the television remote. Now, you use your giant smartphone to keep up on emails while watching House of Cards on your tablet as your kids enjoy their own cartoons on Netflix or entertain themselves playing Temple Run on their own devices. The use of personal electronics for content consumption has taken off, and users are migrating away from large, communal televisions and small smartphones toward the happy middle ground of phablets and tablets to entertain themselves.
Large screens brought large mindshare for Apple smartphones and tablets
In the midst of this large screen, small device trend, Apple has stalled the production of their new iPad to produce a larger device. Their iPad sales have been suffering, and they plan to target the cooperate market with these larger devices. A 12.9 inch screen and alleged plans to add USB ports and an optional attachable mouse and/or keyboard are blurring the lines between tablet and laptop. A similar phenomenon occurred when Apple released the larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets. Sales of the big smartphones have “been cannibalizing…iPad sales.” Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has been quoted to say that this is a good problem to have, as the company is merely making competition for itself. 
Small & large Apple tablets see more consumer feedback than Samsung’s Pro Tab line
Apple smartphones are competing with Apple tablets, while those same tablets have the potential to compete with Apple laptops, but consumers are far more interested in Apple tablets than those made by Samsung. Big or small, Apple’s devices see more consumer reviews.
Although they are outshining the competition, Apple must compete with themselves as growing screen sizes shift usage expectations. With the introduction of their larger, more cooperate focused tablets, Apple is beginning a targeted, niche enterprise in which iPad users can easily crunch numbers on a spreadsheet and compose documents, or watch Netflix and play games.
Argus Insights will continue to track consumer engagement in the tablet and smartphone markets. Check back to hear more about the progression of user experience as it pertains to screen size and to follow the launch of new products. We monitor various consumer electronics markets as well as B2B infrastructure conversation. Please contact us with any questions or business inquiries.
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Mobile World Congress begins in Barcelona today, and Argus Insights is tracking which brands and products people are interested in at the show. We determined the most popular links shared about smartphones and wearables in social conversation about MWC in the week leading up to the show, to discover major interest in Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy phones and HTC’s Grip Wearable.
Samsung’s announcement of their most recent Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones monopolized mindshare, as people shared the NYT blog reviewing the phones and CNET’s coverage of their MWC reveal. While Samsung is gaining attention for their high-end flagship phones, LG and French manufacturer Archos, both developed interest as they revealed 4 midrange smartphones, surprisingly generating more interest than flagship models from HTC and other major brands. Ikea’s wireless smartphone charging furniture was the only non-handset related news to make major waves in MWC conversation leading to the show.
Popular Shared Links about Smartphones at MWC on Social Media 2/23-3/1
Wearables conversation was driven by device announcements from HTC, Haier, and Acer. HTC unveiled their HTC Grip wearable, a device optimized for use by serious athletes, and Acer vaguely teased a mysterious new wearable device. Haier sparked interest in their line of smartwatches aimed at children and senior citizen, along with smart pet collars.
Popular Shared Links about Wearables at MWC on Social Media 2/23-3/1
As a category, wearables are beginning to encroach on the traditional interest in smartphones around MWC, as major companies are also focusing on the wrist. Mobile World Congress smartphone conversation, however, remains vast, and was heavily focused on Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but people were also interested in the midrange handset lines released by LG and Archos, and Ikea’s innovative wireless charging furniture.
Argus Insights will continue to track Mobile World Congress mindshare, so keep an eye on our blog, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. If you are interested in a comprehensive report of who and what won at MWC 2015, we are happy to send you the Argus Insights complete MWC 2015 Report when the show is over.