GPU Shipments Fall 11% in Second Quarter

Jon Peddie Research has released a report outlining the declining shipments of GPUs in Q2 2015 which recorded a fairly significant drop of 11%. This figure accounts for discrete cards and APUs integrated into desktop and mobile form-factors. More specifically, dedicated GPUs performed quite poorly with a 16% reduction from the last quarter. According to the research, AMD’s shipments fell by 26% compared to NVIDIA which declined by 16%. Intel fared significantly better but still felt a hefty reduction at 7.4%.

However, there’s no immediate cause for alarm as the data reflects seasonal volume shifts. As a result, consumers could be waiting for the next line of budget GPUs such as the GTX 950 while high-end customers patiently save their money until HBM2 and 14nm products arrive.

Perhaps the most worrying statistic is AMD’s volume sales which reduced by 25.8% in the last quarter. The report says there was a 25% growth in APU volume but 53.3% decline in APU notebook deployment. Similarly, dedicated GPU sales fell by 33.3% whilst notebook GPU sales reported a 9.1% decline. In contrast to this, NVIDIA’s dedicated desktop GPU sales saw a quarterly decline of 12.03%, which indicates better performance during a difficult quarter.

Are you still holding out for the next GPU upgrade?

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Twitter Has User Growth for the Second Quarter in a Row

Twitter is looking like it’s on the up again for the second quarter in a row. The company posted figures that shows user growth  in Q2 of this year. The growth rate is helping the company get over concerns from its previous quarter that it had peaked for popularity. Twitter saw its shares surge in after hours trading to $49.62 each.

Twitter announced 16 million new users had signed up in the latest quarter, that number represents 6.3% more people around the world who logged in at least once a month. Twitter reported revenue of $312.2 million, more than double of what it took last quarter, unfortunately for Twitter, they still remain unprofitable with huge $144.6 million pound loss for the quarter. 

Personally, I don’t use Twitter all that often but others live on the site! I use it mostly to see what hardware manufactures are doing behind the scenes and enter comps, that kind of thing. I use it to get inside the industry, so to speak, not as a social platform. So what do you all use Twitter for these days?

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Freemium Apps Said to Generate 98% of Google Play’s Revenue in May

A study performed by App Annie is said to have revealed in a report that Google Play’s revenue in May was not made from paid applications. With over 1.5 million apps from the store platform, it appears that 98% of the revenue was generated from freemium applications.

The freemium applications, which are ‘free’ to download and play, but also provide ‘premium’ content which users can buy with real money, have proven to be the ‘gold mine’ for Google’s store platform. However, the reports also show that the majority of downloads from the store registered in May also indicated a decrease in freemium apps and an increase in free (no strings attached) applications.

App Annie apparently did not state the revenue spike from freemium apps in the given months, however downloads from previous months followed by content purchase later on might explain it since 90% of the revenue during the first quarter reportedly came from games.

The use of premium content inside games has been criticised for some time now, having gamers with more money be given an advantage over gamers who do not wish to invest in such applications. Nevertheless, data gathered by App Annie shows that while the jury decides whether or not freemium apps are unethical or not, the apps are currently deemed as commercially successful.

The study shows that the average application downloaded from Google Play earns roughly $1,150, while Apple’s App Store brings a figure of $4,000, followed by Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store bringing in only $625. Though there is a considerable gap between Apple and Google’s earnings, it is said that Google is quickly gaining some ground in markets from Asia, Russia, Mexico and Brazil.

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Graphics Card Sales Reported to have Dropped Significantly in Q2 2014

Graphics cards are apparently not on the list of shopping items for gamers or even cryptocurrency miners. Studies show that a decline in sales has been noticeable in Q2 this year. While graphics card sales have been going down for a long time, the aforementioned quarter seems to be the worst.

The reports show that sales in Q2 have dropped by 30-40% compared to the previous quarter and according to Jon Peddie Research, the Q1 total shipments of graphics cards dropped to 14 million units, it being a decline of 0.8% compared to the same quarter last year. The drop in sales is said to be the worst in recent years.

Sources from Taiwan have apparently noted that the drop in sales could be due to cryptocurrency miners who have previously used AMD Radeon cards to mine in recent years and have now turned to more advanced ASIC chips or gave up the mining business completely.

The consequences are then reflected in graphics card sales, having the previous users not purchasing new graphics cards and selling their old ones on eBay or similar auction websites.

In the meantime, graphics card manufacturers are said to have asked both AMD and NVIDIA to cut Radeon and GeForce GPU prices in order to make current graphics cards more competitive. However, the response gained from the GPU manufacturers consisted of simply reducing their shipments.

No confirmed figure of graphics cards is known to be on the market. If the figures prove to be high, local retailers are said to be expected to cut graphics card costs eventually. However, people who are thinking of buying a new graphics card in the near future should not rely on a price drop since retailers have a high chance of not cutting prices if the figures turn out to be in the supply demand balance range.

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