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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

iPhone Market Share More Than Triples

The iPhone 6 has given Apple a record third quarter but if we look at the latest research figures and taking into consideration that Apple has made it available in a lot more countries during this quarter, it is pretty certain that Apple is going to report record iPhone sales.

According to analyst firm Kantar Group, the iPhone has gained a lot of market share in the U.S., Japan, Germany and Great Britain.

In Great Britain the iPhone market share more than tripled from 8.5% to 31%. In Japan it also almost tripled from 17% to 48% while market share in the U.S. increased to 41.5%, up from 32.6%.

In Germany the market share was up 5.1% to 16.9%. According to the report some other regions in the EU decreased and so did the market share in China but could be down to the late launches and the fact that a majority of the market in those regions is in the entry level space.

Some positive news after the class action law suit has made headlines in the last few days.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Way Below Expectations

Overall results for Samsung have not been impressive lately, as the electronics giant saw both revenue and profit decrease as the overall smartphone market share dropped from 32% to 25%. In China Xiaomi has taken the top spot and competition is increasing from all sides not just Apple with Motorola, LG and Huawei increasing their market share.

So while the iPhone 6 gave Apple a record quarter and 4 million devices were sold the first day and 10 million over the first weekend, Samsung is struggling with sales of the flagship Galaxy S5.

galaxy s5

According to the Wall Street Journal, a big reason for the bad numbers of the mobile division is the fact that the flagship Galaxy S5 is selling well below expectations. Sales for the last three month came in at 12 million units, 40% below what the company had forecasted. The Galaxy S4 sold 16 million units in the same time period.

According to WSJ, sales in China has declined by 50%, the only market which remains stable is the U.S.

Samsung is now increasing their marketing spend and plan to offer more discounts during the holiday season in an attempt to win back market share and clear warehouses.

Will The iPhone 7 Feature Two Cameras?

According to John Gruber who is known for having good connections at Apple, the iPhone 7 is going to feature two cameras to enhance picture quality. Insiders apparently told him we would be seeing “the biggest ever camera jump” and the image quality would rival that of a DSLR camera.

The iPhone 6 camera was already a big step forward compared to older models with the image stabilizer, 240fps video capability and a better auto focus.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be released in September.

WhatsApp Update For iPhone 6 (Plus)

It has taken WhatsApp about two month to come up with an update for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Until now the messaging service looked blurry as it was not made for the larger screens. Now it finally supports the native resolution of 1,335 x 750 and 1,920 x 1,080.

The 35 MB update requires iOS 4.3 and up.

iPhone 6 Was Launched 3 Years Too Late, Apple Watch is Not Exciting, Says Steve Wozniak

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in an interview with CNN that Apple launched the iPhone 6 three years too late and that he is not excited about the upcoming Apple Watch.

“Apple could have had a much bigger share of the smartphone market if it had a larger-screen iPhone for the past three years,” Wozniak said.

He looks back and thinks Apple could have been in a stronger position especially when it comes to competing with Samsung which has twice the market share, 24% vs 12% for Apple.

Wozniak isn’t too excited about the Apple Watch. He said he has bought a number of smartwatches but quickly ditched them. He called the Apple Watch a luxury fitness band but he was still going to give it a try when it comes out. He does however think it will sell well.

Source: CNN

iOS 8.1 – Overview of What’s New

Apple has released iOS 8.1 and it has some pretty big new features.

Here is what’s new:

  • Apple Pay – the mobile payment system which was showcased during the September 19th iPhone 6 launch is now officially available
  • Ability to send and receive phone calls and texts from your phone on your Mac
  • iCloud Photo Library
  • Camera Roll is back
  • Instant Hotspot allows you to connect any Apple device to your iPhone via the Wi-Fi settings

So far no major bugs have made the round, a lot of iOS 8.1 users took to social media to report on their experience with Apple Pay.