Gartner reports first-ever drop in smartphone market for Q4

Gartner reports first-ever drop in smartphone market for Q4

Gartner reports first-ever drop in smartphone market for Q4

Chinese telecom companies Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and Xiaomi Inc. are among the top five global vendors of smartphones that recorded growth in smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2017, the world leading market research firm Gartner said on Thursday. Two is that smartphone companies tend to keep quality models for a longer period of time, not replacing them which provides less option for smartphone users to buy a new phone. "Moreover, while demand for high quality, 4G connectivity and better camera features remained strong, high expectations and few incremental benefits during replacement weakened smartphone sales".

The drop in the worldwide sales of smartphones is the first year-on-year decline since Gartner started tracking the global smartphone market in 2004.

In terms of smartphone vendors, Samsung maintained the top position, despite a fall in unit sales.

Gartner pointed out Samsung is poised to lift the covers off its flagship mobe, though "significant sales" volumes are generated by customers buying entry-level and mid-priced hardware.

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Working under the assumption that the iPhone X would sell like hotcakes, Samsung set off to produce and deliver a huge number of OLED (or organic light-emitting diode) screens for Apple's 10th anniversary handset.

Gupta said the launch of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X was overshadowed by wider issues.

While Huawei saw sales rise to 43.88 million smartphones in the fourth quarter against 40.80 million a year ago, Xiaomi saw sales nearly double to 28.18 million in the December quarter from 15.75 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Gartner says it's expecting a delayed sales boost for Apple in the first quarter of 2018, now that the flagship's delivery cycle has returned to normal.

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The South Korean giant now controls about 95% of the OLED market, but that could soon drop with LG Display ramping up production this year, as are Chinese manufacturers like BOE Technology Group and Tianma Micro-electronics.

With respect to operating systems, Android tightened its stranglehold on the sector with market share of 85.9 per cent, up from 84.8 per cent in 2016. iOS shrank to 14 per cent from 14.4 per dent and "other OSes" including Windows held 0.1 per cent of smartmobe sales, down from 0.8 per cent. ®.

Across 2017 as a whole, 1.5 billion smartphones were sold, up 2.7 percent on the previous year.

Huawei remained in third place in the global smartphone vendor rankings, taking a 9.8 per cent share in full year 2017 and shrinking the gap with Apple and Samsung.

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