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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 owns 84% of the smartphone market, Apple declines

Research firm IDC has released the smartphone numbers for Q2. Android is simply killing it, owning 84% of the total market while everyone else declined in market share.

Total Smartphone Sales:

300 million units – 25% increase from last year

Market Share Breakdown:

Android: 84%
Apple: 11.7% (-1.3%)
Microsoft: 2.5% (-0.9%)
BlackBerry: 0.5% (-1.3%)

The other good news for Google is that Samsung isn’t as dominant as they used to be. In the previous quarter they accounted for 29.3% of the Android sales, two years ago they had 40%.

The decline from Apple might look bad but once you peel back the numbers a bit more it isn’t. While Samsung is declining in both market share and units sold, Apple shipped a record number of iPhones last quarter – 35.2 million. In addition to that, a majority of the Android units (59%) sold during the quarter cost less than $200, a market segment Apple doesn’t play in.

Apple is also going to release the iPhone 6 on September 9th which is almost guaranteed to boost their numbers. Samsung has already announced their new flagship, the Galaxy Alpha which didn’t really impress us.

 

Blackberry Comeback?

BlackBerry has struggled in recent years and most recently the BlackBerry 10 product line which the company was betting big on flopped.

The CEO was replaced and the company has focused more on services to become profitable.

Today they announced their latest quarterly results and reported a net income of $23 million. In the same period last year the company lost $84 million. Revenue for the first quarter came in at $966 million.

BlackBerry still has a strong customer base in the enterprise space and earlier this week they announced their new instant messaging feature called BBM Protected which comes with several layers of encryption something which is obviously a desirable feature for customers in the government, financial and military customers.

The company also announced a partnership with Amazon to integrate the Appstore with their devices.

If Blackberry can continue to grow their revenue and profits in the service segment, continue to keep and increase their customer base in the enterprise space and on top of that make new smartphones more successful than recent launches we might just see a comeback of a giant that was already pronounced dead.