Sales of smartphones in the US grew by 19% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this growth was helped greatly by 5G offerings from Apple, Samsung and OnePlus.
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.
Despite the increasing American sanctions against it, Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies has retained its lead in the Chinese smartphone market with 45% share in the third quarter, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that there are signs a decline is setting in.
Analysts at tech research form Counterpoint Research expect Apple's iPhone sell-in volumes to grow 4% year-on-year in 2020, even though the global smartphone market is seen contracting by 10% for the year.
Demand for smartphones in Australia has declined marginally due to the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic and handset supply delays, with a 5% drop in sales of the phones in the first half of this year.
Data, insights and consulting firm Kantar says smartphone purchasing has shifted to online channels during the coronavirus pandemic, with nearly two-thirds of sales in the second quarter of 2020 coming from digital buys, up 11% year-on-year in Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy, France, the US and Japan.
Smartphone sales in the US have fallen by 21% year-on-year in the first quarter of the year, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this was driven by store closures and stay-at-home orders later in the quarter.
Smartphone sales in China during the first quarter of 2020 fell by 22% year-on-year, the biggest decline experienced by the country so far, but sales of 5G smartphones rose by 120%, the analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has taken the second spot in the global smartphone market again, achieving the highest year-on-year growth among the top five vendors in the first quarter of 2019, with sales rising 44.5%, the technology research firm Gartner says.
Smartphone sales in the US for the first quarter of 2018 fell by 11% year-on-year, the analyst firm Counterpoint says, quoting data from its Market Pulse program.
Global sales of smartphones to end users fell by 5.6% in the final quarter of 2017 compared to the corresponding quarter in the previous calendar year, the technology research firm Gartner says.
Kantar Worldpanel Comtech’s latest OS marketshare stats have arrived, revealing gains for iOS in most markets except China and Japan, where iOS fell, with a big gain for Android in China but a big loss in the US.
If you think the battle is still between Apple and Samsung, Kantar instead states that "Huawei and India loom as the next great challenges for the world’s largest smartphone vendors".
The ongoing OS wars between iOS and Android continues around the world, while Windows Mobile loses share in most territories.
Apple is on course for a record quarter with its massive iPhone 6 sales, seeing rising sales in the US, Australia, China, the UK and 5 other economies but falling in Japan, with Android’s commanding lead dropping slightly in 5 of the 10 major economies and even Windows Phone growing in 3 economies but steady in Australia and falling in the others.
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