How the global smartphone market is breaking down by numbers according to two new reports.Samsung has extended its lead in the worldwide smartphone market over Apple in the second quarter of this year, due to better-than-expected Galaxy S7 sales, according to two separate reports.Research firm International Data Corporation IDC said that Samsung delivered 77 million smartphones in Q2, up 5.5% from a year ago, for a market share of 22.4%, compared with a 15% decline in sales for Apple's iPhones.Apple shipped 40.4 million units in Q2, which was the lowest quarterly volume in seven quarters, despite the mid-cycle introduction of the iPhone SE.Huawei stood at third place, with a 9.4% market share, catching up to Apple's 11.8% share.Oppo and Vivo stood at fourth and fifth places, with 6.6% and 4.8% market share, respectively.
The International Data Corporation IDC has released its latest quarterly figures showing the state of the global smartphone market, and for the second quarter in a row growth has been flat compared to the same period last year.Back in April, in the IDC reported that smartphone shipments for the first quarter of the 2016 had increased by just 0.2 percent compared to Q1 2015.And with the second quarter showing year-on-year growth of just 0.3 percent, it seems we ve hit a peak saturation point.Again, Samsung remains the top manufacturer with 77 million units shipped, a 5.5 percent increase from the 73 million units shipped during the same period last year.The Korean company moved more units than second-place Apple and third-placed Huawei combined.Samsung s overall market share has jumped 1.1 percentage points to 22.4 percent, almost double Apple s 11.8 percent share.
IDC's most recent smartphone shipment report suggests that as Apple's smartphone unit shipments decline, Huawei rises, and Samsung pulls further away from the pack.In the second quarter of the year 2016, Samsung is well ahead of the smartphone-selling group with an estimated 77-million units shipped over the past three months.Next is Apple with an estimated 40.4-million units shipped, then Huawei with 32.1-million units shipped.Huawei was in third place this past quarter as well according to IDC.The biggest growers on the list are the number 4 and 5 spots in OPPO and vivo.OPPO's estimated smartphone shipments grew a whopping 136.6% compared to this quarter last year, while vivo's shipments grew 80.2%.
A beta version of Huawei's new interface EMUI 5.0 has ended up online. The software is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Last fall, Huawei created a North American design studio to improve its interface, which according to rumors will be made about a lot. The screenshots and video show certainly beta software, but those who had hoped that Huawei would take a giant step closer to Google's Android seems to be disappointed. The interface looks like earlier versions of EMUI more than anything else. If the screen indicates EMUI 3.1 and Android 5.1, but according to the XDA usually Huawei entered incorrect version number in the beta software to deceive.
And Samsung will report the best quarter in two years. There is no giant leap upwards reported. Compared with the second quarter last year was one percent more phones in 2016, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. But with new product launches from both Samsung and Apple, it looks like the mobile market may grow during the next six months. Other analysts report a modest recovery after a first quarter that made analysts and manufacturers disappointed. Read also: How will Huawei be bigger than the Samsung and Apple smartphones - "We want to be number one"
There is no giant leap upwards reported. Compared with the second quarter last year was one percent more phones in 2016, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. But with new product launches from both Samsung and Apple, it looks like the mobile market may grow during the next six months. Other analysts report a modest recovery after a first quarter that made analysts and manufacturers disappointed. Read also: How will Huawei be bigger than the Samsung and Apple smartphones - "We want to be number one" In yesterday announced manufacturer Samsung the second quarter have gone to them.
Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 343.3 million smartphones worldwide last quarter.This figure is up just 0.3 percent from the 342.4 million units in Q2 2015.Yeah, that s because the previous quarter growth was just 0.2 percent.This isn t just a one-off anymore: Smartphones have hit a plateau.And also like the previous quarter, Samsung continues to dominate.In Q2 2016, the South Korean company shipped more smartphones than any other vendor, and once again out-shipped the next two smartphone makers — Apple and Huawei — combined.The latest quarterly figures come from IDC, which summarized its findings in the following chart:As you can see above, Samsung s market share increased 1.1 percentage points from 21.3 percent to 22.4 percent , and it shipped 4 million more smartphones 77.0 million .
For Samsung Electronics Co. SSNHZ 0.00 % , the world s biggest handset maker by shipments, smartphone sales have roared back to life after several years of struggles, fueling a 56% jump in mobile-division earnings and pushing profit margins back to their highest levels since 2013.The South Korean technology giant s earnings report on Thursday added more evidence of the tough competition that Apple Inc. AAPL 6.50 % faces as it prepares to introduce the latest refresh of its iPhone later this year.And in China, fast-rising domestic handset makers Oppo Electronics Corp. and Vivo Communication Technology Co., virtually unknown outside the country, have quickly, and quietly, surged to become the world s No.Taken together, these advances by makers of smartphones powered by Android, a unit of Alphabet Inc. GOOGL 0.57 % s Google, pose a formidable challenge to Apple, which has suffered two consecutive quarters of falling revenue and market-share decline as demand for its iPhones slows, especially in China.To be sure, companies like Samsung and Huawei aren t as profitable as Apple.The Cupertino, Calif., company reported a gross margin of 38%, lower than in recent quarters but still more than twice that of Samsung, which boasts the highest profit margin of any Android handset maker at 16.3%.
Could Meizu be planning to launch a smartwatch of their own?Well new leaks certainly suggest that it could be a possibility.Over the past few days Meizu have been posting teasers of a smartwatch.The first teaser was of some pencil drawn artwork of a device that could be called the Meizu Run while the second teaser today shows a small square box suitable for a watch.In the past Meizu had teamed up with InWatch to release the Pi, but that deal didn t really pan out for the company and the two brands stopped working with each other.Perhaps the reason for that was the development of Meizu s own watch?So far the only Chinese brand with a real Android Wear wearable is Huawei, which is to be expected as Huawei and Google have a close relationship, however it seems very unlikely that Meizu would be given the same cooperation to build an Android Wear device.Instead whatever the watch might be it will either be based on a full Android build, perhaps a lite version of Flyme, or be a much more simple wearable like the Mi Band.As Meizu are already teasing boxes for the product, and the fact the brand always seems to be launching something, then expect the final release of this mystery device to come in a few weeks.
From having around 1% of Swedish smartphone market a year ago, Huawei's share has now grown to 5.7%. If we look only to the Swedish Android market, Huawei has 10% of the pie. Huawei has provided figures for According to Huawei's models P9 and Honor 7 explanation for the increase and we suppose that even the Nexus 6P helped some. Globally, sales revenue for H12016 increased by 41% compared to the same period last year. Shipments of smartphones has increased by 25%, up to 60.56 million copies.
Apple's falling finances needs more than the iPhone 7 to be a successThe hole Apple finds itself in, the hole I described as relatively small after its first financial stumble for 13 years was recorded back in April, is growing.Apple is still in a very healthy financial position, having sold 40.3 million iPhones in three months or over 300 every minute , earning a total profit of $7.8bn £6bn on $42.4bn of revenue.But the tide is turning against it nonetheless, and its best-selling iPhone, from which the majority of its revenue comes from, is not the money-printing machine it once was.A new iPhone is coming in September.Customers whose two-year iPhone 6 contracts are drawing to a close may well think twice about upgrading to the 7, especially given the slim pickings of new technologies it is tipped to feature.
A supervisor holds an Apple iPad as he checks an employee's badge during roll call at a Pegatron Corp. factory in Shanghai, China, on April 15, 2016.Sales of technology giant Apple in China, its second-largest geographic market, fell for the second consecutive quarter in the three months to June as iPhone demand remained sluggish worldwide.We face some challenges in Greater China, as the economic environment has slowed down since the beginning of the year, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a conference call with analysts Tuesday afternoon in the United States.Apple reported a 33 per cent drop in combined revenue from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan to US$8.85 billion in its third fiscal quarter ended June 25, down from US$13.23 billion in the same period last year.That represented a wider year on year decline compared with the previous quarter.Apple s greater China revenue in its fiscal second quarter ended March 26 saw a 26 per cent decrease to US$12.49 billion.
Xiaomi Corp. s brand-new laptops are embracing the same strategy that worked so well for its smartphones: target buyers who want Apple Inc. s designs but find the products beyond their reach.Xiaomi, the company valued at $46 billion that took the Chinese market by storm with cheap customizable phones, unveiled the Mi Notebook Air Wednesday.The high-end gaming-ready model goes on sale on Aug. 2 for 4,999 yuan $749 and up, while the 13-inch MacBook Air starts at 6,988 yuan.China s second-most valuable startup is exploring new businesses from smart devices to TVs as its smartphones begin to get crowded out of the domestic market by Huawei Technologies Co., Oppo and other aggressive local brands.Its second-quarter shipments slid 20 percent, according to Tim Coulling, an analyst at research firm Canalys.Apple built some great laptops, so did home-grown Lenovo.But the top laptops on the market are either light in weight or good in performance.We want make something that is both light and super-fast, Lei Jun, Xiaomi s billionaire co-founder, told a launch audience at Beijing s National Convention Center.At 1.28 kilograms or 2.8 pounds, the larger Mi Air is lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Air s 1.35 kg.
Dual cameras are certainly one of the biggest smartphone trends this year, with Huawei and LG already in on the game, and even Apple rumored to be following in the near future.However, it s Chinese brand Xiaomi that s next in line with a dual-lens cam, which is the standout feature on its new Redmi Pro smartphone.The two lenses perform different tasks on the Redmi Pro.The top lens, which is a 13-megapixel Sony supplied IMX258 sensor, takes still images as usual, while a 5-megapixel Samsung lens underneath takes in depth of field information.The background in your pictures can be blurred out, to give that cool bokeh effect that s usually reserved for DSLR cameras with special lenses.Xiaomi has left the depth of field processing down to a dedicated ImagiQ image processor, and clever software lets you mess around with focal points on the picture, so you can get exactly the look you want after taking the shot.
Sales in Greater China, which includes mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, fell 33% to $8.8 billion in the quarter ending in June, compared with 112% growth a year earlier.It was Apple s steepest regional drop, and helped drag global revenue down 14.6%—a second consecutive quarter of decline.Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in an interview that after taking out currency impacts, sales in mainland China were only down 2% for the quarter.But Apple is facing growing challenges in China, a key market contributing a fifth of its revenue.Local rivals including Huawei Technologies Co., Xiaomi Corp. and Oppo Electronics Corp. are increasingly moving from the budget phone market to the high-end segment.In recent months, Chinese smartphone makers have scrambled to pre-empt the next iPhone by beating Apple to the punch on features such as dual-lens cameras and brighter organic light-emitting diode or OLED screens.
Some of the largest smartphone vendors and mobile carriers in the US say they have hit a milestone in the use of privacy-friendly anti-theft tools.The 16 members of the Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Committee said Tuesday that as of the end of the month, all smartphones they ship and activate in the US will not only be pre-installed with anti-theft options including remote wipe, remote lock, and restore-on-recovery, but will also give owners the option to disable those tracking and anti-theft tools if desired.The group, backed by the CTIA, includes Apple, Google, Microsoft, Motorola, LG, Samsung, HTC and Huawei, as well as AT, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile – meaning the overwhelming majority of devices and mobile plans in the US are now compliant with the Committee's anti-theft commitment.That commitment plan, first unveiled in 2015, first called for the anti-theft tools to be installed on all new handsets made by its members.The second phase, which has now been reached, called for vendors to put options in place that can allow owners who so desire to disable some or all of those options if they don't like the idea that their smartphone could be remotely tracked or accessed.This, the members believe, will allow US phone owners to obtain devices that by default have anti-theft tools, but also allow owners the ability to easily disable some options if they choose to.
Revenue fell for a second straight quarter, along with sales of its flagship smartphone, which is awaiting an expected refresh in September.Its current models have failed to meet the booming sales of its first batch of large-screen iPhones, sapped by sluggish growth in the smartphone market, cooling demand in China and customers holding on to handsets for longer periods because of changes in carrier contracts.Apple said net income was $7.8 billion in the fiscal third quarter that ended June 25, down from $10.68 billion in the year-ago period.Revenue declined 14.6% to $42.36 billion from $49.6 billion a year earlier.Shares, though, rose 6.5% to $102.96 in after-hours trading as results beat expectations and Apple gave an upbeat revenue outlook for the current quarter.Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had estimated that Apple would post earnings of $1.38 a share on revenue of $42.1 billion in the June period.
The world s largest telecommunications equipment supplier now plans to open 15,000 new retail stores around the world this year.Huawei Technologies, the world s largest telecommunications equipment supplier, plans to open 15,000 new retail stores around the world this year as it aims for a record-high shipment of smartphones and greater sales of premium-priced models.We are optimistic and confident about reaching our target shipment of 140 million smartphones this year, Richard Yu Chengdong, the chief executive of Huawei s consumer business group, said on Tuesday in Shenzhen.Unfazed by the lingering economic slowdown, Yu indicated the company s retail store expansion would help its ability to reach more consumers and drive sales of its high-end smartphones priced in the US$500 to US$600 range.It has 11,000 stores located on the mainland, the world s biggest smartphone market.It also has 6,500 stores spread across the rest of Asia, 6,200 in Europe and 1,500 in South America.
Analysts predict Apple's iPhone handsets copy sales have fallen by up to 20 per cent. The company says its net profit in April-June, late in the evening Finnish time. The smartphone market growth has slowed down and become more intense competition, for example, Huawei grown strong market share, especially outside of North America. Apple is still the world's second largest smartphone maker after Samsung. Last year, Apple's market share was 16.1 per cent. Fierce competition and a slowdown in the market and Wall Street is expected iPhone sales decline in the second quarter 126-20 per cent of 40-38 million units.
UMI are allegedly working on a higher version of their UMI Super model and this version should be featuring the lately popular dual camera setup.Both shooters should be 13 Mpix Sony sensors, but the exact type of the sensor is yet unknown.So what else can we expect from this version ?Deca-core processor probably Helio X20 would be our guess paired with 4 GB RAM , 64 GB of storage and full metal thin body.If we would want to listen to the marketing mumbo jumbo then UMI plans to attack the high-end segment with this device and challenge the likes of Huawei P9, Honor V8 or Honor 6 Plus.The exact name of the planned device is also unknown, but should be revealed very soon.But for now we have at least some leaked pictures showing how the new upgraded version of UMI Super will look like.