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.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi may have grabbed the international headlines, but another brand, vivo, owned by giant BBK Electronics, has quietly moved up to take the top spot in the Chinese market, the technology analyst company Counterpoint Research says.
Canalys' stats for Q1 2021 show Xiaomi in No.2 spot behind Samsung for the first time, pushing Apple to third, with the BKK-owned brands Oppo and Vivo in fourth and fifth spots, with Xiaomi's success at the expense of Huawei, but it's still Apple that makes the most money - and is BKK the real No.1?
Chinese phone company Xiaomi's latest video shows a phone charging to 100% in 8 minutes with a 200W wired charger, and 15 mins with a 120W wireless charger.
The iPhone 12 has dominated the best-sellers list for the first quarter of 2021, both in terms of volume and revenue, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Chipmaker Qualcomm Technologies has announced a new SoC, the 778G 5G, new reference designs to speed up 5G adoption across industry segments, and new features in its X65 5G Modem-RF systems that it claims will help expand 5G take-up across the globe.
Apple has opened up a possible new revenue stream that could be as much as US$60 billion (A$77.6 billion) through its new privacy narrative, a main part of which is its ad-tracking technology that in the iOS 14.5 update, technology analyst outfit Counterpoint Research claims.
A ban on US investment in the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been lifted, with the US Defence Department apparently unwilling to defend a Trump era action that claimed the company had ties to the Chinese military.
Production of the iPhone 12 at Foxconn's plant in India's Tamil Nadu state has fallen by more than half due to employees being hit by COVID-19, the British news agency Reuters reports.
A number of Chinese smartphone brands, which dominate the Indian market, may take a sharp hit due to the COVID-19 crisis that has engulfed the world's second largest phone market.
Smartphone sales in Europe grew by 6% in the first three months of 2021 following a difficult 2020, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research firm says, adding that despite this figures are still down due to ongoing COVID-19 challenges.
Foldable smartphones, not everyone's cup of tea after some models received a less than stellar welcome, are still expected to ship 18 million units by the end of 2022, the technology research firm Counterpoint Research says.
The exit of South Korean smartphone maker LG from the industry on 31 July will benefit at least four other players, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has seen its net profit grow by 36.7% in the final quarter of 2020 to 3.2 billion yuan (A$647 million), the company said, adding that revenue for the quarter was 70.5 billion yuan.
A federal judge in the US has prevented a ban on the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, put in place in January, from being enforced, calling the decision "deeply flawed".
OPPO, one of three smartphone brands owned by giant B.B.K. Electronics, has become the number one smartphone brand in China for the first time, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this was achieved in January. OPPO was also the top 5G brand in the sub-US$600 (A$780) price segment.
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