Google delivered more smart speakers than Amazon in Q1 for the first time ever

Amazon offered the first Amazon Echo back in 2015. As the creator of a new category, the Echo has the largest market share of installed units, and continued to top the sales charts each quarter. That is, until the first quarter of this year. First, let’s step back to look at the big picture. Smart speakers are the fastest growing tech product and are made up of a speaker and a virtual personal assistant. For the three month period that ran from January through March, 9 million units were shipped globally according to research firm Canalys. That is a healthy 210% rise year-over-year.
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Apple, Xiaomi vie for supremacy in the wearable band market during Q1

It’s a horse race at the top of the wearable bands market as Apple and Xiaomi go neck-and-neck. While both firms are competing for the top market share, the wearable band devices that both sell don’t compete. It’s not even close, really. The Apple Watch is a full function smartwatch and the latest model offers LTE connectivity. Xiaomi’s Mi Band 2 (number 3 is expected to be unveiled at the end of this month) is a cheap fitness tracker priced at $20. The latter features an OLED screen that tells time, tracks your heart rate and counts your steps.
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Strategy Analytics: iPhone X was the world's best-selling phone in Q1

The best selling phone in the world in the first quarter of 2018 was… the Apple iPhone X.

And then the second best-selling phone was the iPhone 8, third was the iPhone 8 Plus and at number four was the iPhone 7.
The data comes from research firm Strategy Analytics and falls in line with an announcement that Apple made in the beginning of the week that the iPhone X was its best selling phone for every week of the quarter.
At number five on this list of world’s best selling phones was the Xiaomi Redmi 5A, one of the world’s cheapest …

Samsung remains on top as global smartphone shipments drop 2.9% in Q1

For the first time since the third quarter of 2013, quarterly smartphone shipments in China totaled less than 100 million units leading global smartphone shipments to decline 2.9% in the first quarter. Overall, 334.3 million handsets were delivered from January through March, down from the 344.4 million shipped during the same period last year. Samsung remained on top with a total of 78.2 million units in transit during the period, down 2.4% from the 80.1 million shipped last year. Because the overall number of phones delivered was lower, Sammy actually saw an increase in market share from 23.3% …

Samsung dominates Indian flagship sales during Q1 2018, OnePlus follows in second

Samsung is once again number one in the Indian flagship smartphone segment. Despite recently losing its Indian crown to Xiaomi, Samsung is still the flagship king in the Asian market, accounting for a whopping 50% of all smartphone sales in the country during Q1 2018.

The company’s premium shipments were led heavily by its most recent flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+. These devices accounted for a total of 29% of all high-end sales during the period ending March 31, with the smaller variant equating for a 12% market share and the Plus-sized model proving to be the more popular of the two …

Samsung reports record operating profits for Q1; Galaxy S9 production cut says analyst

Earlier this month, Samsung gave a preview of its first quarter earnings and said that it would report record operating profits. And sure enough, the company announced on Thursday morning (thanks to the time difference, it is the next day in South Korea) that it achieved a fourth consecutive quarter of record operating profit. Leading the way for the company was sales of memory chips.

During the first quarter, Samsung reported net profit of 11.69 trillion South Korean won, equivalent to $10.8 billion USD at current exchange rates. That happens to be a healthy 52% gain from the net profit …

iPhone X pushes average selling price of smartphones up even further in Q1 2018

The average selling price of smartphones grew significantly in Q1 2018. Despite a number of reports claiming that demand for premium smartphones was on the decline, a new report by German research group Gfk reveals a significant increase in average selling prices (ASPs) across the globe.

According to the report, the ASP of smartphones across the globe is now heading towards the $400 mark, with Q1 2018 seeing an average price of $374, representing a huge increase of 21% over the first quarter of 2017 when the global ASP sat at $310. Although this growth in pricing is represented as an industry …

Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus accounted for 44% of U.S. iPhone sales in Q1; iPhone X demand drops

The latest report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) indicates that in the U.S. the Apple iPhone X is struggling to capture sales, while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have been picking up momentum. In the states, those three models made up 60% of iPhone sales during the calendar first quarter of 2018. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were responsible for 23% and 21% of Q1 sales, respectively. The combined 44% share of the two models is up from the 41% they had together in Q4 2017. The iPhone X accounted for 16% of iPhone sales in this year’s first quarter, down from the 20% of sales …

Google continues to drive revenue growth at Alphabet in Q1 2018

Alphabet’s quarterly revenue and profits are up significantly versus last year. The parent company behind Google has a pretty solid track record when it comes to posting strong growth in each quarter, and Q1 2018 appears to have been no different, with the search engine company once again driving increases.

For the three-month period ending March 31st, Alphabet posted huge revenues of $31.1 billion, representing a substantial increase of 26% when compared to Q1 of 2017. In addition, operating income reached $7 billion. This is up from the $6.5 billion reported last year, equating to an …

Samsung sets a decent sales target for the S9, but it's LG that will take Q1

While there are reports that the initial S9 and S9+ orders are lower than those of their predecessors at about launch time, Samsung actually never said they will sell more. The 43 million sales target it had set for its newest flagships is a far cry from the 60 million that it forecast for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, so saying that the initial orders are 30% lower than last year’s high-ends, is like saying that everything goes according to Samsung’s plan.

Granted, it shipped less S8 handsets than the forecast last year, but it is obviously not expecting wonders …