Samsung's global market share estimated to fall in 2018 for the first time ever (not including 2016)

Despite having strong momentum thanks to some big winners this year, Samsung is expected to lose some market share in 2018 according to Strategy Analytics. Thanks to 2017 models like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the manufacturer will have an estimated 20.5% share of the smartphone market this year. But with Chinese manufacturers on the rise, Samsung’s global market share is forecast to drop to 19.2% next year. 

Samsung is being challenged on the high end by Apple, whose popular iPhone X costs $999 to $1,149. On the low-end, a large contingent …

Xiaomi comes to Western Europe for the first time with the Mi A1 and Mi Mix 2; U.S. market soon?

For those in the U.S. who have been waiting for Xiaomi to start selling its smartphones in the states (as opposed to selling power banks and other accessories), the company is getting a little closer. Today, Xiaomi announced that two handsets are coming to Spain where they will go on sale later this month. The two models include the Xiaomi Mi A1 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, and both models were unveiled at an event held in Madrid.

The Mi A1 will be priced in Spain at €229, which converts to $265 USD at current exchange rates. The Mi Mix 2, with its edge-to-edge screen, will be priced at €499. That …

Apple iPhone loses market share in the U.S. during the third quarter, but remains on top

Despite losing 2.1 percentage points of market share in the U.S. during the third quarter, the iPhone remains the most popular smartphone in the U.S., accounting for 30.4% of smartphones shipped in the states. According to the latest figures from Strategy Analytics, Apple delivered 12 million iPhone units during the three months from July through September. That was down from the 13 million it shipped during the same time last year as some consumers delayed purchasing the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus until the Apple iPhone X launched in November. In second place, Samsung saw its shipments …

Apple is having a hard time with its competition on the vast Chinese market, latest IDC data reveals

Apple is slowly but steadily deciphering the mysteries of the saturated and rather competitive Chinese smartphone market as the latest quarterly data from IDC shows Cupertino growing 0.6% year over year and claiming some 7.7% of the market in Q3 2017. With 8.8 million iPhones sold for the time period, Apple is currently the 5th key player locally, trailing behind Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi. One thing that could make a difference is the iPhone X, which is already being sold in China and will affect Cupertino’s next quarterly results.
Huawei continues its …

The United States is no longer the second-largest phone market in the world

Just a few years ago, the United States was the world’s biggest phone market with millions of devices being sold each year, but as China’s standard of living grew and phone prices decreased, China grew to become the world’s largest phone market.
This state of things has remained steady in the past couple of years, but it did change this last quarter.
As of Q3 2017, the United States has dropped further in this ranking to number three, as India overcame it to take the second spot, according to Singapore-based Canalys.
Of …

It's about time the fitted sheet market got disrupted by this Kickstarter project


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Anyone who regularly makes their bed has the same struggle: fitted sheets that put us through hell. If you pull it over one corner, it pops off the other. You have to lift the whole mattress to tuck it underneath. And lord forbid that you even shift the wrong way at night, or else the entire sheet comes undone and traps you like a fabric deathtrap of frustration. Luckily, the Kickstarter project Stretto aims to get rid of the hassle that comes from fitted sheets. 

Stretto is a new type of bed sheet that makes bed changing much less of a chore. Instead of struggling to pull it over your bed, you zip up the bed sheet in seconds. The zipper technique makes sure that your bedding is secure and won’t spring off. According to the campaign page, your bed sheets are taut enough that they won’t wrinkle and will stay nice and smooth no matter how much you toss and turn. It comes in plenty of different colors to fit your aesthetic. When you need to change your sheets, just zip off the old one and effortlessly zip up the new one. Read more…

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It was a pleasant summer for iOS with market share gains in 7 out of 9 countries

Just released data has revealed that Apple had a pleasant summer around the world. According to Kantar, seven of the nine markets monitored by the analytical firm saw iOS market share rise on a year-over-year basis during the three months ended in August. In the U.S., Apple’s mobile operating system had a 35% market share during the three months, up 3.7 percentage points from the same time period in 2016. Android’s share during the same months showed a decline of 2.9 percentage points in the states.

Kantar also discovered that during the three month period, the iPhone kept its number one …

HMD working to bring one more smartphone on the market alongside Nokia 2

It looks like the Nokia 2 might not be the only smartphone HMD plans to launch in the coming months. Press renders of what appears to be HMD’s cheapest Android smartphone leaked online last week, but we still don’t know when exactly the Nokia 2 will be officially unveiled.

Two unknown Nokia smartphones have been recently certified in China, which go by the codenames TA-1041 and TA-1042. Both devices listed at the Chinese regulatory commission have quick charge, something that only the Nokia 8 features.

The presence of quick charge support suggests that these …

Samsung, Apple, LG or HTC? US cell phone market roaring back with a surprising success story

There were much more movers and shakers in the US mobile landscape last quarter than the fact that Galaxy S8 took the top spot as the best selling Android. Research firm Counterpoint probed the different sales channels, and painted a very interesting picture for Q2. First off, the lull in smartphone sales is over, as many people are looking for an upgrade, and last quarter saw 14% growth year-on-year. surprisingly, out of the top 5 brands that sell in the US – Samsung, Apple, LG, ZTE and TCL-Alcatel – it was ZTE that racked up the largest growth percentage. 
It …

Samsung beats Apple for the US market share crown, but S8 not in the top three

Samsung has climbed up to the top in US market share in the three-month period that ended in May, says research shop Kantar, as often happens in this weak for Apple and strong for Samsung quarter, given that the Koreans launch their flagships in the spring, while Apple does it in the fall. Still, while Samsung reached 36.2% market share this past quarter, and Apple sits at 34%, Samsung’s achievement is still a bit shy from what it managed to pull off last year in the same period with the S7 and S7 edge.
“The Galaxy S8 launch helped Samsung …