Gartner reports first ever global decline in smartphone sales

Global smartphone sales have not been firing on all cylinders for several years now but Gartner’s latest figures record the first ever decline since the analyst began tracking the market all the way back in 2004.( Though it’s not the first analyst to call a deterioration .)

Gartner’s figures peg sales of smartphones to end users in Q4 2017 at virtually 408 million divisions — a 5.6 per cent deterioration over its Q4 2016 figure.

It tells No. 1 ranked smartphone maker Samsung insured a year-on-year unit deterioration of 3.6 per cent in Q4, while sales of Apple’s iPhones fell 5 per cent in the holiday quarter, though it says Cupertino stabilized its second-place marketshare.

Gartner says two main factors led to the Q4 sales fell: A slowing of upgrades from feature phones to smartphones due to a lack of quality “ultra-low-cost” smartphones; and existing smartphone owneds selecting quality models and keeping them for longer, lengthening the replacement cycle.

Apple’s performance in Q4 was also impacted by the later availability of its new top-of-the-range iPhone X, which drove slower upgrades of its other two new smartphones, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. While component shortfalls and manufacturing capacity constraints also contributed to a long delivery cycle for the iPhone X.

Gartner tells 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.

It’s also expecting a boost for Samsung in Q1 as it unpacks its successor Galaxy flagships.

For full year 2017, Samsung carved out a 20.9 per cent marketshare to Apple’s 14.0 per cent.

Far East

Last month analyst Canalys reported a first annual decline in smartphone shipments in China — which for years took up the baton on smartphone growth from saturated Western marketplaces. But even Chinese purchasers appear to be getting tapped out.

It’s still a growth narrative for Chinese OEMs, though. And Gartner tells the combined market share of Chinese vendors in the top five increased by 4.2 percentage points in 2017, while the market share of the top two, Samsung and Apple, remained unchanged.

China’s Huawei and Xiaomi were the only smartphone vendors to actively increase their the shares in Q4, according to Gartner, with year-on-year unit growth in the holiday one-quarter of seven. 6 and 79 per cent, respectively.

The analyst credits Huawei’s uplift to broadening the appeal of its portfolio with new handset launchings in the one-quarter. It also says Xiaomi’s “competitive” portfolio accelerating its growth in the emerging APAC market and helped it win back lost share in China.

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.

Overall, Gartner says total smartphone marketings exceeded 1.5 billion divisions in 2017 — a year-on-year strengthening of 2.7 per cent.

On the OS front, Google’s Android platform extended its lead in 2017, taking an 86 per cent share of the total market, up 1.1 percentage points from a year ago. While iOS took 14 per cent.( The “other OS” category shriveled to a nearly non-existent 0.1 per cent .)

And as the world’s biggest mobile tradeshow, MWC, rolls around again, there will be some fresh Android-powered handsets being unboxed in the coming days — including from Samsung, Nokia-branded HMD and others.

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Xiaomi puts the focus on India with plans to open 100 retail stores

Xiaomi isincreasing its office retail presence in China as bids to gain ground stolen by challengers in its homeland, and now itis inducing that very same push in its second largest market, India.

The Chinese company, which is valued at $45 billion, suffered a tough time last year as marketings growth slowed Xiaomi , notably, didnt go public with marketings figures for 2016 but India has been a bright place. It passed$ 1 billion in revenuefor the first time in the country last year, and it objective 2016 asIndias second largest selling smartphone maker behind only Samsung, according to analyst firm Canalys.

Now it is doubling down on the country by introducing its Mi Home stores, starting with a debut spaceinBengaluru which will open in only over a week. The scheme is to expand the initiative to reach 100 stores over the next two years, Xiaomis India head Manu Jainsaid in a tweet.

Jain told Economics Times that Xiaomi is aiming to stock all products offered in India but, in the off opportunity that it is out, customers will be able to pick up a code that allows them to buy their desired device online. The stores will also show off products from China before their local launching in India.

Initially, Xiaomi is somewhat constrained by Indian regulations onoverseas firms operating brick and mortar retails stores. That entails itsfirst stores will be run by a partner, although Xiaomi said it has applied for the relevant license to take over. Apple is among others that is in the same boat. The U.S. giant “re waiting for” permission to bringing the Apple Store to Indian clay, a move that would massively increase its marketings presence. While CEO Tim Cook has said that India-based marketings are growing at record levels, Appleis estimated to have shipped only 2.5 million iPhones tothe countrylast year. For comparison, it sold 50.8 million iPhones in the most recent quarter alone.

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