There is little doubt in the mind of any observer of the smartphone industry that, after the disappearance of Huawei as a frontrunner, two Chinese brands — Oppo and Xiaomi — have been vying to take up the fight to market leaders Apple and Samsung.
Supply constraints have kept the Indian smartphone market to just 2% growth in the first quarter of the year, the technology analyst firm Canalys reports, adding that 38.0 million smartphones were shipped.
Global smartphone shipments fell by 11% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022 due to sluggish demand, the technology analyst company Canalys claims, but with no numbers to back it up.
Chinese smartphone brands OnePlus and Xiaomi have both been cited as wanting to aspire to the heights that Apple and Samsung have reached in the US, though the arguments mounted appear to be more in hope than anything else.
Sales of smartphones with an average selling price of more than US$400 (A$533) — a category that has been labelled premium — increased by 24% year-on-year, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this outpaced by far the growth for the overall smartphone market last year.
Apple has underlined its dominance of the global mobile market despite being well behind its Android competitors in overall sales, grabbing seven of the 10 top spots for top-selling models in 2021.
Global smartphone sales in 2021 grew by 6% year-on-year to 1.4 billion units, the technology analyst firm Gartner says, adding that this was mainly due to a rebound in the first half of the year after a 12.5% decline in 2020.
The Indian smartphone market shipped 162 million units in 2021, a rise of 12% year-on-year, the technology analyst firm Canalys says, adding that there was a strong comeback in the third and fourth quarters after a tough start to the year.
With smartphone shipments in total for Q4 2021 growing by just 1% in an era of supply chain issues and chip shortages, Apple has regained the top spot thanks to the iPhone 13 range, iOS and its unparalleled ecosystem of apps, accessories and hardware companions, such as Apple Watch, AirPods and more.
Smartphone sales around the globe fell by 6.8% in the third quarter year-on-year, the technology analyst firm Gartner says, adding that component shortages were primarily to blame.
Qualcomm Technologies introduced Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform, a headworn Augmented Reality (AR) developer kit to enable the creation of immersive experiences that seamlessly blur the lines between physical and digital realities.
India's Reliance Industries has launched the Jio Next, a cheap 4G smartphone that it hopes will give it dominance of the Indian market and overtake its Chinese competitors.
Smartphone sales in China increased by 3% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of 2021 but this represented a drop of 9% year-on-year, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO, part of the giant B.B.K. Electronics group, is set to start designing its own chips for its high-end smartphones, the Nikkei Asia website claims, adding that this was understood to be a bid to rid itself of dependence on suppliers like Qualcomm and MediaTek.
Smartphone shipments to India have fallen during the third quarter, by 5% year-on-year, to 47.5 million units, in keeping with the global trend, the technology analyst firm Canalys reports.
Component shortages have ensured that third-quarter global smartphone shipments would fall, with the technology analyst firm Canalys reporting a drop of 6% for the three months ending in September, according to preliminary figures issued on Friday. The second quarter had witnessed a drop of 20.4%.
Three Republican senators have called for blacklisting Honor Device, a low-budget smartphone firm that was formerly owned by Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies.
Smartphone shipments are set to drop globally due to semiconductor shortages, with technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research forecasting that the total units shipped for the calendar year would be about 1.41 billion, an increase of 6% year-on-year.
Honor, the budget smartphone line formerly owned by Huawei, has become the third highest selling device in China, overtaking Xiaomi, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Global shipments of wearable bands grew by 5.6% year-on-year with a total of 40.9 million units being shipped in the second quarter of 2021, the technology analyst firm Canalys says, adding that the decline of basic band shipments, which began in the final quarter of 2020, has extended into the second quarter this year.
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