According to a report recently released by Counterpoint, one of Apple’s flagship device offerings last year, the iPhone X, has managed to capture 35 percent of the entire profits of the worldwide smartphone market during the final quarter of last year. And while the total profits of the global mobile industry decreased 1 percent in Q4 2017 compared to that of Q4 2016, the iPhone X did help Apple register a 1 percent year over year improvement during the last three months of 2017.
More than a month ago, Gartner had offered new information that suggested that the total volume of smartphone sales across the globe has decreased during the final quarter of last year. This had marked the first ever year over year decline for the worldwide smartphone market, registering a 5.6 percent dip compared to Q4 2016’s numbers.
It appears that initial sales of Samsung’s newest flagship devices -- the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus -- are either at par or have failed to improve upon the initial sales of last year’s Galaxy flagship, the Galaxy S8 models. If the numbers do not gain upward momentum soon, it could cause various wireless service providers in the United States mobile market to be concerned that the Galaxy S9 phones may not be popular enough sales wise to draw switchers from rival networks.
As they always say, there is always a first time for everything. For the global smartphone market, the fourth quarter of last year saw the industry suffer its first ever year over year decrease in terms of the total volume of sales, at least according to new information presented by Gartner.
Per the research firm’s numbers, the industry finished the year 2017 with a total sales volume of close to 408 million units. While that figure still represents an impressive quantity, it also happens to signify a 5.6 percent decrease, as compared to the total unit sales number registered during the fourth quarter of the previous year (2016).
Apple has just released its earnings result for the final quarter of 2017, and the tech giant has managed to register iPhone sales of 77.3 million units. While it is true that 77.3 million units sold is still an impressive figure, it does represent a slight decrease compared to Q4 2016’s sales volume (78.2 million units). And it should be mentioned that the previous year’s 78.2 million iPhone unit sales was a record quarterly haul for Apple.
The second biggest smartphone vendor in the world may still be dealing with some nagging battery related issues since December of last year, but it did something very right in the first day of 2018, or more accurately, its horde of fans did. On New Year’s Day, iOS mobile users spent a jaw dropping $300 million in purchases from Apple’s App Store.
As indicated in a new report released by Canalys, Apple has managed to register sales growth in the Chinese mobile market in Q3 2017, after posting six consecutive quarters of sales decreases, and the recent release of the iPhone 8 devices have contributed significantly to that growth. According to the analyst firm, Apple reported a 40 percent yearly growth from July to September of this year, with shipments of 11 million units.
According to the results of an online study recently conducted by Gartner, worldwide smartphone sales in 2018 will see some growth for the first time since 2015. The last couple of years have seen industry growth stall a bit, but by next year, the volume of smartphone units shipped across the globe is expected to reach an estimated 1.9 billion units, which represents a 2 percent improvement as compared to this year’s.
Yup, that headline does sound crazy, but the numbers do not lie. Based on the most recent quarterly earnings report that Sprint has just released recently, the major US wireless carrier actually managed to record its first profit in three years time, and the company accomplished that during the same quarter (Q2 2017) that it started offering one whole year of free wireless service. Along the way, the mobile operator also gained 61,000 net new customers.
Things may not be going so well for LG’s smartphone business. The South Korean phone maker recently acknowledged that its current flagship offering -- the G6 -- has not sold as well as anticipated. According to the results of its latest quarterly earnings report, the whole company was able to register an operating income of $588.2 million on overall revenue of $12.89 billion.
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