Apple, Huawei, Amazon Gain in Sluggish Tablet Market: IDC, Strategy Analytics

Apple, Huawei, Amazon Gain in Sluggish Tablet Market: IDC, Strategy Analytics

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  • Overall tablet sales dropped to 37.9 million
  • Apple saw nearly 15 percent boost in iPad sales from a year ago
  • Samsung remained the number two vendor with a 15.8 percent market share

Apple, Huawei and Amazon boosted tablet sales over the past quarter, despite the ongoing slump in the overall market for the devices, surveys showed Thursday.

Overall tablet sales dropped 3.4 percent from the same period last year to 37.9 million, according to a survey by research firm IDC.

Apple’s nearly 15 percent boost in iPad sales from a year ago gave it a 30 percent share of the global market, IDC said.

IDC said Apple’s gains came from consolidating its lineup and introducing new tablets, including a 10.5 inch iPad Pro, which encouraged some consumers to upgrade.

Samsung remained the number two vendor with a 15.8 percent market shares as sales dipped one percent, the report said.

China-based Huawei meanwhile bucked the overall trend with a strong 47 percent gain in sales, vaulting to the number three position with an eight percent market share, the research firm reported.

IDC estimated that Amazon – whose sales figures are not reported – boosted its Fire tablet sales by 51 percent from last year to capture the fourth spot at 6.4 percent.

China’s Lenovo was fifth with a 5.7 percent market shares as sales dropped 14.6 percent from last year, the report said.

A separate survey by Strategy Analytics estimated a seven percent decline in global tablet sales to 43.8 million units in the April-June period.

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Huawei Confirms It Refused to Manufacture Google Pixel Due to Lack of Branding

Huawei Confirms It Refused to Manufacture Google Pixel Due to Lack of Branding

Huawei Confirms It Refused to Manufacture Google Pixel Due to Lack of Branding
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Huawei manufactured Google’s Nexus 6P smartphone
HTC eventually manufactured Pixel smartphones
Huawei wants its brand name to be known worldwide
Google’s first self-branded smartphone, the Pixel, has received warm response from critics since its launch last month. The Pixel smartphone has been manufactured by HTC but as it turns out search giant’s first choice for manufacturing these smartphones was Huawei. Huawei has reportedly confirmed that it denied the manufacturing contract for Pixel due to the lack of co-branding on the product.

Last month, reports suggested that Huawei was initially chosen to manufacture the Pixel but backed out of the deal once Google clarified that the OEM logo would not be placed on the smartphones. As per a report by German publication WinFuture, Huawei’s Vice President of the Consumer Business Group Colin Giles has confirmed that the fallout between the companies regarding Pixel happened over brand name.

According to Giles, Huawei didn’t want to remain just a contract manufacturer for the Pixel and wanted its own brand on smartphones as it wants to make its name better known worldwide. Notably, Huawei has previously manufactured Google’s Nexus 6P smartphone.

It should not come as a surprise move as Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business group, has previously announced that the company wants to overtake Apple to become the second-largest maker of smartphones after Samsung.

Even though the company has established its brand in Asia, it still hasn’t been able to make a name for itself in developed markets outside Asia. It will be interesting to see if the companies will be able work together in future given the refusal by Huawei.

Tags: Google Pixel Huawei, Huawei, Mobiles, Android, Google

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Huawei, LG, Motorola Pause Smartwatch Efforts, Will Not Release New Models in 2016

Huawei, LG, Motorola Pause Smartwatch Efforts, Will Not Release New Models in 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • LG says that it wants to wait and see what sticks
  • Motorola doesn’t want to enlarge the dial to pack more components
  • Huawei wants smartwach tech to evolve first

Huawei, LG, and Motorola are not going to release new smartwatches in the latter part of this year. All three companies have confirmed that they do not intend to have any announcements regarding new smartwatches in 2016.

While Asus launched the ZenWatch 3 at IFA 2016, other companies remained conspicuously mum when it came to the wearables category. CNET reports that the three companies are calling for a timeout, in the wake of the release of Apple Watch Series 2 and the upcoming Samsung Gear S3. While LG released the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch in March, Huawei and Motorola refrained from coming out with any new product at all this year.

All three companies had announced smartwatches at IFA 2015, but that wasn’t the case this year. The report states that the companies are looking to observe and let the smartwatch industry grow a little before it can achieve building a product capable of competing well in the market. For now, Apple leads the market share in smartwatches, but that also saw a 55 percent drop in the second quarter, according to IDC.

Samsung, this year, made an even bulkier Gear S3 smartwatch to accommodate the LTE radio and enabling standalone capabilities. This would make many potential customers who look for a sleek smartwatch frown at the product. This is also one of the reasons why Motorola steered clear of releasing a successor.

“One of the things we see in the future is connected [cellular] watches, and our opinion is that while it’s technically feasible, the trade-offs on the product itself means we’re not quite ready yet,” a spokeswoman from Motorola told the publication.

LG spokesman Ken Hong told Cnet, “We want to see what sticks.” The company looks to see more demand in the market, and see if smartwatches have the potential to become a must-have device.

Huawei, on the other hand, wants to wait it out till the tech evolves to make a sleek product that could salivate customers. It is waiting for components to shrink, and processors to become faster before releasing a successor to the Huawei Watch.

Tags: Motorola, Huawei, LG, Wearables, Android Wear, Smasung Gear S3, Apple Watch Series 2, LG Urbane Watch,Moto 360

 

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Huawei, LG, Motorola Pause Smartwatch Efforts, Will Not Release New Models in 2016

Huawei, LG, Motorola Pause Smartwatch Efforts, Will Not Release New Models in 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • LG says that it wants to wait and see what sticks
  • Motorola doesn’t want to enlarge the dial to pack more components
  • Huawei wants smartwach tech to evolve first

Huawei, LG, and Motorola are not going to release new smartwatches in the latter part of this year. All three companies have confirmed that they do not intend to have any announcements regarding new smartwatches in 2016.

While Asus launched the ZenWatch 3 at IFA 2016, other companies remained conspicuously mum when it came to the wearables category. CNET reports that the three companies are calling for a timeout, in the wake of the release of Apple Watch Series 2 and the upcoming Samsung Gear S3. While LG released the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch in March, Huawei and Motorola refrained from coming out with any new product at all this year.

All three companies had announced smartwatches at IFA 2015, but that wasn’t the case this year. The report states that the companies are looking to observe and let the smartwatch industry grow a little before it can achieve building a product capable of competing well in the market. For now, Apple leads the market share in smartwatches, but that also saw a 55 percent drop in the second quarter, according to IDC.

Samsung, this year, made an even bulkier Gear S3 smartwatch to accommodate the LTE radio and enabling standalone capabilities. This would make many potential customers who look for a sleek smartwatch frown at the product. This is also one of the reasons why Motorola steered clear of releasing a successor.

“One of the things we see in the future is connected [cellular] watches, and our opinion is that while it’s technically feasible, the trade-offs on the product itself means we’re not quite ready yet,” a spokeswoman from Motorola told the publication.

LG spokesman Ken Hong told Cnet, “We want to see what sticks.” The company looks to see more demand in the market, and see if smartwatches have the potential to become a must-have device.

Huawei, on the other hand, wants to wait it out till the tech evolves to make a sleek product that could salivate customers. It is waiting for components to shrink, and processors to become faster before releasing a successor to the Huawei Watch.

Tags: Motorola, Huawei, LG, Wearables, Android Wear, Smasung Gear S3, Apple Watch Series 2, LG Urbane Watch,Moto 360
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