Xiaomi has become the larger smartphone vendor in China, accounting for 14 percent of handset shipments in Q2 2014.
Research conducted by IDC shows a decline in Samsung’s global smartphone shipments in Q2 2014, as emerging markets show a preference for lower-cost Chinese vendors.
As market saturation bites hard and the smartphone ASP falls ever lower, how are the big Android OEMs going to cope? Declining profits and a push for a more uniform experience from Google could present a real problem.
Data collected by Kantar Worldpanel reveals that global Android smartphone sales continue to grow, whileiPhone sales fall in China and the US.
With the HTC One (M8) flying off the shelves in Taiwan in the first week of sales, analysts expect HTC could sell as many as 4.2 million of their flagship device this quarter. To do so would boost their global market share to about 3% and possibly mark a turnaround from 3 years of near-continual losses for the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer.
Google has updated the Android platform distribution numbers, providing developers with an idea of which versions of Android are most commonly in use. We see no real surprises as Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean gain ground, and all the others either hold steady or drop in use.
Mobile devices are in, traditional computing and television service are out according to the February Nielson Digital Consumer Report. At an average of 4 portable web enabled devices per person, the US has three times more smartphone owners per-capita than the global average.
According to the latest market data, Samsung Electronics is quickly catching up with Apple Inc in the global tablet market, and has already overtaken its rival in emerging regions.
Global smartphone shipments surpassed the one billion unit milestone last year. Surprisingly, Lenovo, LG, and Huawei were some of the best performing manufacturers, while Apple failed to keep the pace.
While the outlook for Android in general is positive, there is less impressive news for some handset manufacturers.