Published On: Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018

Gartner reports initial ever tellurian decrease in smartphone sales


Global smartphone sales have not been banishment on all cylinders for several years now yet Gartner’s latest sum record a initial ever decrease given a researcher began tracking a marketplace all a approach behind in 2004. (Though it’s not a initial researcher to call a decline.)

Gartner’s sum brace sales of smartphones to finish users in Q4 2017 during scarcely 408 million units — a 5.6 per cent decrease over a Q4 2016 figure.

It says No.1 ranked smartphone builder Samsung saw a year-on-year section decrease of 3.6 per cent in Q4, while sales of Apple’s iPhones fell 5 per cent in a holiday quarter, yet it says Cupertino stabilized a second-place marketshare.

Gartner says dual categorical factors led to a Q4 sales drop: A negligence of upgrades from underline phones to smartphones due to a miss of peculiarity “ultra-low-cost” smartphones; and existent smartphone owners selecting peculiarity models and gripping them for longer, lengthening the replacement cycle.

Apple’s opening in Q4 was also impacted by a after accessibility of a new top-of-the-range iPhone X, that gathering slower upgrades of a other dual new smartphones, a iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. While member shortages and production ability constraints also contributed to a prolonged smoothness cycle for a iPhone X.

Gartner says it’s awaiting a behind sales boost for Apple in a initial entertain of 2018, now that a flagship’s smoothness cycle has returned to normal.

It’s also awaiting a boost for Samsung in Q1 as it unpacks a inheritor Galaxy flagships.

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

Far East

Last month analyst Canalys reported a initial annual decrease in smartphone shipments in China — that for years took adult a rod on smartphone expansion from jam-packed Western markets. But even Chinese buyers seem to be removing tapped out.

It’s still a expansion story for Chinese OEMs, though. And Gartner says a sum marketplace share of Chinese vendors in a tip 5 increasing by 4.2 commission points in 2017, while a marketplace share of a tip two, Samsung and Apple, remained unchanged.

China’s Huawei and Xiaomi were a usually smartphone vendors to actively boost their marketplace shares in Q4, according to Gartner, with year-on-year section expansion in a holiday entertain of 7.6 and 79 per cent, respectively.

The researcher credits Huawei’s uplift to broadening a interest of a portfolio with new handset launches in a quarter. It also says Xiaomi’s “competitive” portfolio accelerating a expansion in a rising APAC marketplace and helped it win behind mislaid share in China.

Huawei remained in third place in a tellurian smartphone businessman rankings, holding a 9.8 per cent share in full year 2017 and timorous a opening with Apple and Samsung.

Overall, Gartner says sum smartphone sales exceeded 1.5 billion units in 2017 — a year-on-year boost of 2.7 per cent.

On a OS front, Google’s Android height extended a lead in 2017, holding an 86 per cent share of a sum market, adult 1.1 commission points from a year ago. While iOS took 14 per cent. (The “other OS” difficulty shriveled to a scarcely self-existent 0.1 per cent.)

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

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