Despite its absence from the US, Huawei maintained its ranking as the No two smartphone vendor worldwide and continued to minimize the gap with Samsung. “Demand for premium smartphones remained lower than for basic smartphones, which affected brands such as Samsung and Apple that have significant stakes in high-end smartphones,” stated Anshul Gupta, senior study director at Gartner.
“In addition, demand for utility smartphones declined as the rate of upgrading from feature phones to smartphones has slowed, given that 4G feature phones give users great advantages at a lower cost.” Slowing innovation in flagship smartphones and increasing rates continued to extend replacement cycles.
The two nations that sell the most smartphones, namely the US and China, saw sales decline by 15.eight per cent and three.two per cent, respectively, in the initial quarter of 2019. In the initial quarter of 2019, Samsung retained the best spot in worldwide smartphone sales reaching 19.two per cent marketplace share. Huawei accomplished the highest year-on-year development amongst the world’s best 5, developing 44.five per cent and smartphone sales totalling 58.4mn units. Sales of Huawei smartphones grew in all regions.
“Huawei did particularly well in two of its biggest regions, Europe and Greater China, where its smartphone sales grew by 69 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively,” stated Gupta. Huawei’s continued dominance in Greater China, exactly where it commanded a 29.five per cent marketplace share, helped it safe the No two international smartphone vendor ranking in the initial quarter of 2019.
“Unavailability of Google apps and services on Huawei smartphones, if implemented, will upset Huawei’s international smartphone business which is almost half of its worldwide phone business. Not the least it brings apprehension among buyers, limiting Huawei’s growth in the near term,” stated Gupta. Despite a decline in its smartphone sales of eight.eight per cent in the initial quarter of 2019, Samsung remained the No 1 smartphone vendor worldwide.
“Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone portfolio, which received a good response. However, its impact was limited as Samsung only started shipping the S10 at the end of the first quarter,” stated Gupta. Sales of Apple iPhones totalled 44.6mn units in the initial quarter of 2019, a decline of 17.six per cent year-on-year.
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