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Samsung Market Share Continues To Decline, Xiaomi Soars

Samsung continues to see their smartphone market share decline. The Galaxy S5 has sold well below expectations and the South Korean giant has also struggled in China where Xiaomi took the number 1 spot from Samsung earlier this year.

The latest numbers from research firm Gartner reveal that Samsung continues to struggle while the growth continues for Xiaomi.

In the third quarter of 2014 overall smartphone sales increased by 20% thanks to demand in emerging markets.

Smartphones which account for 66% of total mobile sales are gaining traction in emerging markets, especially since the price difference to feature phones continues to decrease.

Samsung is still the largest smartphone maker but has lost almost 8% within a year. Xiaomi has seen the largest growth and are now the 4th largest smartphone manufacturer as market share increased from 1.5% to 5.3%. Huawei holds the third spot but Xiaomi is expected to overtake Huawei as they are growing quicker and are only 0.1% behind. Considering Xiaomi is only for sale in a number of regions the future growth potential is enormous.

Apple sales grew 26% in the third quarter thanks to the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Gartner expects Apple to have the best quarter ever in terms of iPhone sales during the fourth quarter.

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 3Q14 (Thousands of Units)

Company

3Q14

Units

3Q14 Market Share (%)

3Q13

Units

3Q13 Market Share (%)

Samsung

73,212.4

24.4

80,356.8

32.1

Apple

38,186.6

12.7

30,330.0

12.1

Huawei

15,934.9

5.3

11,665.7

4.7

Xiaomi

15,772.5

5.2

3,617.5

1.5

Lenovo

15,011.9

5.0

12,882.0

5.2

Others

142,891.6

47.5

111,445.0

44.5

Total

301,009.9

100.0

250,297.0

100.0

Source: Gartner (December 2014)

“Over the holidays we expect record sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but we should not underestimate the Chinese vendors and local brands,” said Annette Zimmermann, research director at Gartner. “Chinese players will continue to look at expanding in overseas emerging markets. In Europe prepaid country markets and attractive lost-cost LTE phones will also offer key opportunities for these brands.” Gartner expects sales of smartphones to reach 1.2 billion units in 2014.

In terms of OS market share it is no surprise that Android is dominating with 83.1%. iOS holds 12.7% while both Windows and Blackberry declined.

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 3Q14 (Thousands of Units)

Operating System

3Q14

Units

3Q14 Market Share (%)

3Q13

Units

3Q13 Market Share (%)

Android

250,060.2

83.1

205,243

82.0

iOS

38,186.6

12.7

30,330

12.1

Windows

9,033.4

3.0

8,916

3.6

Blackberry

2,419.5

0.8

4,401

1.8

Other OS

1,310.2

0.4

1,407

0.6

Total

301,009.9

100.0

250,296.8

100.0

Android 5.0 Available For Samsung Galaxy S5

Users in Poland have reported that Samsung has started an over-the-air update of Galaxy S5 devices.

galaxy s5

It is not known when the update will be available in other regions.

Maybe the update will help Samsung to increase sales on the flagship smartphone as sales has been way below expectations so far.

LG was the first company to make the new Android OS available to G3 users, Motorola and Google have also offered Lollipop to their users.

Sony and HTC have announced that they are going to make the update available within shortly as well.

iPad Sales Will Continue To Decline, Android To Dominate Tablet Market For Years

While Apple had a record quarter last time around, iPad sales continued to disappoint and decreased by 13%.

According to market research firm IDC that trend is going to continue. For the first time since the launch of the iPad it will see a year over year decline which is not surprising if you look at the last few quarters.

Currently the iPad has 27.5% market share which is forecasted to decline to 24.5% by 2018. Android is dominating the space with 67.7% market share but will also experience a slight decrease to 64%.

What Apple and Google leave on the table will benefit Microsoft. During the last earnings we already pointed out that strong demand for the Surface Pro 3 has increased tablet revenues to almost $1 billion and if IDC is right that will multiply as they predict the market share to increase from 4.6% to 11.4%.

LG G3 Is The First Smartphone With ANDROID 5.0 LOLLIPOP UPGRADE

Android 5.0 Lollipop is one of the most anticipated Android updates as it comes with a number of new features and design.

LG has now announced that they are going to be the first company to make the upgrade available to LG G3 customers this week. It will first be rolled out in Poland, other regions will follow in the near future.

G3_Lollipop_C_500

“LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The new features and improvements in Android 5.0 will bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better than it already is.”

Other smartphone manufacturers have also announced they are going to make an upgrade available without providing an exact timeline:

Sony: all Xperia-Z devices

HTC: One M7 and M8

Motorola: Moto E, G and X

LG G3 and G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Coming

According to LG, the flagship smartphone G3 is going to get the latest Android OS within the next two month. The G2 is also going to get an update.

LG G3 Beat

The company did not make any comments in regards to updates coming to other devices such as the G3 Stylus, G2, L Bello and L Fino but we expect dates for these to come in the next few weeks as well.

LG L 3

Here are some highlights of the new OS:

  • You are always going to be connected with Android L.

“We want to know where you are, and we want to be voice enabled. It shouldn’t matter which device you are using, we should pick up where you left off.” Google said back in June when they first showcased Android L.

Calls, text messaging, notifications etc can all show up on your PC, your search history accounts and apps – everything is synchronized between all your devices.

  • Improved battery life

Google is going to give developers access to the battery use. A battery saver mode is also going to be integrated which can increase the battery life by up to 90 minutes per day.

  • A new design

The new OS is going to have the same look and feel across all platforms.

android l

The look and feel is clean, yet colorful, flat but also dimensional.

One of the biggest improvements that consumers are going to notice are the notifications which are much more user friendly in this version, can be viewed on the lockscreen and are customizable beyond that.

HTC One M8 Eye Appears On Chinese Website

HTC has a new flagship smartphone but surprisingly the company didn’t make an announcement. The HTC M8 Eye appears on the Chinese website of HTC.

M8 Eye

The design is identical to the regular M8, the only difference from what we can tell is the camera rear camera which now has 13 MP. There rear camera was the biggest issue with the original M8 as 4 MP just isn’t enough for a flagship smartphone.

HTC has given no details on availability of the M8 Eye for the US.

HTC One M8 Eye HTC One M8
5″ 1,080 x 1,920 5″ 1,080 x 1,920
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz
16 GB +microSD 16 GB +microSD
2 GB 2 GB
13 MP 4 MP
5 MP 5 MP