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

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

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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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Apple tops Samsung in Q4 as smartphone leader: IDC data

IDC, IDC Mobile phone tracker, IDC Q4 2016, IDC 2016 smartphone, Smartphone numbers IDC, Smartphone sales, Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 sales, Apple vs Samsung, Apple IDC, Samsung IDC, IDC Q4 2016 smartphone shipmentsApple won the crucial 2016 holiday quarter as iPhone 7 sales helped the company beat rival Samsung, shows IDC data. (Source: AP)

Apple has won the crucial 2016 holiday quarter as iPhone 7 sales helped the company beat rival Samsung, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker says a total of 428.5 million units of smartphones were shipped in Q4, 2016 marking a 6.9 per cent growth. For all of 2016, smartphone shipments stood at 1.47 billion units, which is a marginal 2.3 per cent yearly rise.

“There’s no question that 2016 marked a memorable year for the smartphone industry in many ways,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers in a press statement.

“This was a year that brought us the first down year for the iPhone, yet Apple closed out the holiday quarter by surpassing Samsung for the top spot in the smartphone industry. We also witnessed year-over-year declines in some emerging regions like the Middle East and Latin America where high growth was expected,” he added.

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However, the research firm expects a few turnarounds in 2017. First up, the firm expects the iPhone shipments to rebound thanks to the tenth anniversary iPhone and it also expects Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Latin America to return to growth in 2017.

While Apple topped the quarter with 78.3 million smartphone shipments thanks to the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus in 2016, overall 2016 didn’t bring such good news. As IDC’s data shows, “2016 marked the first full year of declining shipments for the iPhone with a 7 per cent year-over-year drop.”

Apple won the crucial 2016 holiday quarter as iPhone 7 sales helped the company beat rival SamsungTop five smartphone vendors of the world. (Source: IDC)

Samsung, which stood at number two in the quarter saw shipments declining by 5.2 per cent compared to last year with 77.5 million units shipped. However for all of 2016, Samsung remained the leader with a massive 311.4 million smartphones shipped worldwide; this was still down 3 per cent from 2015. IDC notes that Q4 bought Samsung’s worldwide market share below 20 per cent for the first time in over four years.

Huawei retained the number three position with 10.6 per cent market share and 45.4 million units shipped in the quarter. According to IDC, “The P series and Honor sub-brand drove essential volume in China as well as other countries in Asia and beyond,” and the company is now targeting the US market.

OPPO and vivo came in at number four and five respectively. OPPO saw 100 per cent year-over-year growth in Q4 with 31.2 million smartphones shipped. According to IDC, OPPO’s success in Southeast Asia and India have been the focal points for its growth. vivo shipped 24.7 million smartphones in the quarter.

“The top three Chinese vendors (Huawei, OPPO, and vivo) are persistently applying pressure on Samsung within China thanks to a vast portfolio of affordable, well-built devices. Not only is this pressure coming at the low-end, but high-end devices like the P9, Mate 8, R9s, and XPlay6 haven proven viable options for consumers looking to upgrade or save money without sacrificing quality,” said Anthony Scarsella, research manager with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

Wearables Market Sales to See Modest 29.4 Percent Growth in 2016: IDC

Wearables Market Sales to See Modest 29.4 Percent Growth in 2016: IDC

Wearable tech, which was seeing sizzling sales growth a year ago, is cooling this year amid consumer hesitation over new devices, a survey showed Thursday.

The research firm IDC said it expects global sales of wearables to grow some 29.4 percent to some 103 million units in 2016.

That follows 171 percent growth in 2015, fuelled by the launch of the Apple Watch and a variety of fitness bands.

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“It is increasingly becoming more obvious that consumers are not willing to deal with technical pain points that have to date been associated with many wearable devices,” said IDC analyst Ryan Reith.

So-called basic wearables – including fitness bands and other devices that do not run third party applications – will make up the lion’s share of the market with some 80.7 million units shipped this year, according to IDC.

IDC said smartwatch shipments are likely to grow just 3.9 percent, held back by a delayed release of the upgraded Apple Watch, which goes on sale Friday.

IDC analyst Ramon Llamas said the market “is moving in fits and starts” and could see stronger growth with the release of new and upgraded devices. “Smart eyewear is going to take off with the use of augmented and virtual reality,” he said.

Some items of smart clothing such as connected jackets or footwear could also drive the market, Llamas added.

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PC Shipments in India Declined 2.2 Percent in Q2 2016: IDC

PC Shipments in India Declined 2.2 Percent in Q2 2016: IDC

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Indian PC market is expected to recuperate in due course of time
  • HP led the market with 28.4 percent share
  • Dell stood second with 22.2 percent, followed by Lenovo and Acer

PC shipments in India declined 2.2 percent to 2.14 million units in the April-June quarter this year, research firm IDC said today. The sales stood at 2.19 million units in the second quarter of last year.

However, on a sequential basis, the shipments grew 7.2 percent over the January-March quarter this year. “Consumer spending throughout the quarter remained lukewarm. However, owing to seasonality, the quarter ended up with a positive momentum,” IDC India Senior Market Analyst Client Devices Manish Yadav said.

With forthcoming benefits from the 7th Pay Commission and increased budget allocation for rural India, coupled with good monsoon, the rural demand is anticipated to improve, while urban demand is steadily picking-up, he added.

The Indian PC market is expected to recuperate in due course of time, IDC said. “Consumer demand has remained optimistic over the last few quarters and is anticipated to thrive in coming quarters owing to increased consumer spending both as result of seasonality and festive buying,” Yadav said.

The consumer PC market recorded 1.05 million units (up 14.5 percent quarter-on-quarter), while commercial PC market recorded 1.09 million unit shipments (1.1 percent jump sequentially) in the second quarter of 2016.

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“Factors like increasing infrastructure spending and pro-active reforms agendas by the government has led to rise in business expectations,” Yadav said.

HP led the market with 28.4 percent share, helped by strong retail presence, competitive pricing and a well-spread partner coverage across the country, IDC said.

Dell stood second in the tally with 22.2 percent, followed by Lenovo (16.1 percent) and Acer (14 percent). “Our reinvented focus on enabling digital transformation has helped us sustain the market leadership and providing access to technology for consumers and businesses through innovative products and solutions,” HP Inc India Director Personal Systems Ketan Patel said.

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