Tablets shipments are continuing to slow down but the good news is that it’s now declining at a lower rate. According to IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker report for Q2 2017, a total of 37.9 million units were shipped in the last quarter which is a slight drop of 3.4% year-over-year. A year ago, overall tablet shipments had dropped by 12.3% from 44.1 million units in Q2 2015 to 38.7 million in Q2 2016.
Interestingly, despite the shrinking numbers, the top tablet brands including Apple, Samsung and Huawei have held their places pretty well in the last quarter.
Samsung has often maintained the top spot when it comes to global smartphone shipments, except for that one time in Q4 2016 during its Note7 fiasco. However, if you’re wondering which specific model is the best seller, you’ll get a rather different answer.
Smartphone shipments in Malaysia had dropped by 5.9% in 2016 versus the previous year according to IDC Malaysia’s latest report. They reckon this was likely caused by negative economic factors which include our depreciating ringgit against the US dollar.
Despite the annual decline, smartphone shipments had picked up in the last quarter and the top 3 brands were still able to increase their respective market share.
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IDC has just posted its Q1 2016 mobile phone tracker, which reports a flat growth for the global smartphone market. A total of 334.9 million smartphones were shipped which is a marginal 0.2% increase over the same quarter last year at 334.4 million.
Maintaining its top position is Samsung with 81.9 million units shipped, which is a 0.6% YoY decline (Q1 2015: 82.4 million) but they have maintained a strong market share of 24.5%. Among the top 5, Apple suffered the biggest hit as expected with its first ever decline in 13 years. They have shipped 16.3% fewer phones at 51.2 million units and they currently have a market share of 15.3%.
Ah, tablets. If a tablet was one of the characters in my sappy rom-com, it’d be the ‘one that got away’. To me, it was a novel idea where you could have your smartphone with you for the serious business stuff while your tablet showed you a good time between working hours — literally, with videos and movies or a good book — but when you actually think about it, the tablet simply isn’t practical.
If you take a look at the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest report on their preliminary data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, you’ll find the truth in my words as tablet sales are on a downward trajectory. That’s not to say it’s all doom and gloom though as their report also says that detachable tablet sales have reached an all-time high — lead by the sales of none other than the Apple iPad Pro.
According to the latest IDC report, Apple has already sold 7.5 million Watches between April and October. You can’t deny that’s pretty impressive considering Samsung only sold over a million Gear smart watches for the whole of 2014. Even Android Wear has managed to ship 720,000 units, with Moto 360 leading the pack.
Despite the impressive figures for Apple, they are still not number 1 when it comes to wearable devices.
According to a report by IDC, an industry analyst company, big-time smartphone vendors like Apple and Samsung are going to find it more difficult to compete in the premium smartphone segment this year due to the sea of Chinese and Taiwanese vendors with offerings of cheaper and just as capable smartphones.
According to Daniel Pang, Asean senior research manager of the client devices and mobility division of IDC Market Research (M) Sdn Bhd, while many Malaysians would still prefer owning a premium flagship smartphone, the economical pinch are causing many consumers to feel that they just aren’t getting enough out of their investment.’
IDC’s Asia Pacific Mobile Phone Tracker shows that Chinese and Taiwanese vendors held a whopping 46% market share of the Malaysian smartphone market in the first three quarters of 2014 as opposed to 19% in the entirety of 2013, and we believe that the percentage will continue to rise as the year progresses.
Samsung has taken the world no.1 smartphone manufacturer crown from Apple as research firm IDC confirms that the Korean manufacturer tripled its smartphone shipment in the third quarter of this year.
Samsung took 20% of the market, up from 8.8% a year earlier whilst Apple’s shipments dropped to 15% from 17% in the same period. Nokia’s share fell by more than half to 14%.
Meanwhile, Taiwan-based HTC entered into the top five for the first time, boosting its share of shipments to 11% from 7.1% a year earlier while RIM lost 5% of its global share of shipments from 15% to 10%.
Interestingly HTC and Samsung both sold more smartphones in the U.S. than Apple did in the third quarter of this year.
Does this spell the end for Apple’s dominance in the smartphone market? Well, it depends on who you talk to but to us, it is definitely a significant shift in consumer perception towards alternative mobile platforms like Android and Windows Phone, but the war is certainly not over. Samsung will find maintaining the title of world’s top smartphone manufacturer challenging as competition from the likes of HTC, Sony Ericsson and Motorola will be fierce. Let’s also not forget Apple is not going to take this lying down — though let’s hope they respond with better products rather than lawsuits.
What’s certain is its us, the consumer, that will benefit greatly from all this with a plethora of devices in all kinds of shapes and forms to choose from.
Wonder what the fanboys have to say about all this?
Dumbphones are on the way out!
Global marketing intelligence firm IDC has just released its latest findings on the current state of world’s mobile phone market and the numbers are very interesting.
First up, global mobile phone sales have increased to 27.1% in the first quarter of this year – a marked increase from the same quarter last year. Overall, mobile phone makers shipped out 242.9 million devices in the first three months of this year compared to 242.2 units in the first quarter of 2009.
Secondly, IDC says that the strong growth in the sales of mobile phones is fueled by a strong demand for smartphones. This is clearly evident in the fact that for the first time, Blackberry made it into the top 5 devices being shipped in 1Q10. At the same time Motorola, who was once a dominant force in the mobile phone market consistently being ranked in the top 5 of the IDC list, didn’t ship enough devices to make the cut. Motorola ranked as high as number 2 in 2004 and was ranked fifth last year.
For 1Q10 RIM, the makers of Blackberry, pushed 10.6 million units compared to Motorola’s 8.5 million units in the same period.
Apple on the other hand, managed to ship out 8.75 million iPhones in the first three months of 2010. In comparison, Nokia, the world’s number one mobile phone maker, puts out a whopping 107.8 million units in 1Q10; making almost half of the total number of mobile phones shipped in the the quarter.
What does this all mean?
Smartphones are the way of the future. There is a strong demand for converged devices and manufacturers need to pay attention. For us, 2010 will possibly be one of the best years for smartphones ever.
So does this hold true in Malaysia. Will your next mobile phone purchase be a smartphone?
Check out the official numbers right after the jump