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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

Firefox Coming For iPhone And iPad

Firefox is one of the most popular browsers but it isn’t available for iOS. The reason is because Apple doesn’t allow Firefox to its own web engine, so the company has always said it would not release a Firefox version for iOS which would force them to run Apple’s engine instead.

Firefox manager Lukas Blakk wrote on Twitter “”we need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS”.

Chris Beard, the new CEO of Firefox, seems to be making a number of strategic changes, just last month it was announced that Yahoo will be the default search engine, replacing Google.

Facebook Announces Anonymous Chat App

Facebook has announced a new app called Rooms which allows users to create chat rooms, invite others to chat or share pictures and videos.

Each room is dedicated to a specific topic which is determined by the creator who can also control color schemes, change the text and emoji or ad a cover photo.

You can also chose your username, it doesn’t have to be your real name and you can have different names in different rooms.

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You can download Rooms for iPhone here.

Dropbox Touch ID Support

Dropbox has released an update for their iOS app which now includes Touch ID. You will need to download the Dropbox 3.5 and have Touch-ID enabled on your phone. It gives users an additional layer of protection and the new feature gives Dropbox some good publicity in regards to security which the company can need as it widely reported last week that 7 million Dropbox accounts had been hacked.

 

iPhone 6 Available In 36 More Countries This Month

The iPhone 6 has beating all records for Apple in terms of sales and the company is not intending to slow down. Within the first 24 hours 4 million devices were sold and the first weekend came in at a record 10 million. Apple is now making the new flagship smartphone available in 36 more countries (69 in total) and have set a target of 115 countries by the end of this year which would be the fastest country expansion of any iPhone device.

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Here are the dates for the expansion:

October 17: China, India and Monaco

October 23: Israel

October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa

October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait

October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Thailand

Apple Responds to Bending iPhone 6 Plus Devices

Earlier this week we reported on the first three users showing bent iPhone 6 Plus devices. It took social media by storm and the issues with iOS 8 completed the shitstorm for Apple.

It took Apple a few days to comment, today they released a statement and said that only nine customers have contacted them about a bent iPhone 6 Plus.

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“IPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus meet or exceed all of our high quality standards to endure everyday, real life use,” Apple said.

Apple also pointed out that they have done extensive testing which included bending, a certain amount of pressure and real life scenarios such as sitting.

Given the fact that Apple has seen record sales for the iPhone 6 series and only nine users have reported an issue so far, the whole things is being blown out of proportion. We have seen issues with many other smartphones but the hype surrounding an Apple launch is always unmatched – for better or worse.

Investors though were not to pleased with the recent developments as Apple took a hit during trading today and declined 3.81%.

 

New iPhone Sales Record – 10 Million Units in Three Days

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seems to be selling like hot cakes. Last week we reported that the company sold 4 million units on the first day. Now analysts are predicting that the new flagship device sold 10 million units over the first weekend when it went on sale in 10 countries.

When the iPhone 5 series went on sale, Apple sold 9 million units in the first three days but the difference this time around is that the iPhone 6 series is yet to go on sale in China. There is no confirmed launch date for the iPhone 6 in China as there are some regulatory issues.