During the second quarter of 2017, the Apple iPhone had the largest installed base in China


Even though Apple has lost momentum in China, the iPhone still has the largest installed base of any smartphone in the country. According to the Korea International Trade Association, 171 million iPhone handsets were in use in China during the second quarter of this year. That was followed by the 132 million Huawei branded smartphones owned by Chinese consumers during the same time period. Oppo was third with an installed base of 124 million units. With 108 million units in use, Vivo finished fourth. Rounding out the top six were Xiaomi and Samsung with Q2 installed bases in China of 68 million …


Xiaomi and Apple were the top two global wearable shippers during the second quarter of 2017


According to analysis firm IDC, worldwide shipments of wearable devices rose 10.3% year-over-year during the second quarter of 2017. For the three-month period from April through June, a total of 26.3 million wearable units shipped. For the first time ever, basic wearable devices (which are those that don’t run third party apps) had a year-over-year decline in shipments with an annual growth rate of -.9%. On the other hand (no pun intended), smartwatch shipments rose at an annual rate of 60.9% in the second quarter.

According to IDC’s senior research analyst Jitesh Ubrani, consumers …

Gartner: Android accounted for 87.7% of global smartphone sales in the second quarter


Analytical firm Gartner has released the data it has collected for the second quarter of this year. Based on this information, global smartphone sales rose 7.6% from April through June of 2017. Of the 366.2 million handsets purchased during the three months, 87.7% of the units bought had the Android OS installed, and 12.1% were iOS powered iPhone models. Gartner research director Anshul Gupta says mid-priced smartphone demand ($150 to $200) was driven by consumers in emerging markets seeking 4G enabled models

Topping the list of manufacturers was Samsung. The South Korean tech titan …

HTC reports another three months of red ink for the second quarter of 2017

For nine consecutive three-month quarters, HTC has announced a loss. It makes you wonder how the company can afford to keep spending for the red-ink cartridges that they are using to print these reports. The just announced net loss for the second quarter of 2017 amounted to $64.23 million USD, a slight 3.9% improvement from the $66.87 million USD loss that HTC reported for the previous quarter. This works out to a loss of 7.8 U.S. cents a share for Q2 versus a loss of 8 U.S. cents a share for this year’s first quarter. Gross margins declined to 13.7% from 16.3% during the same time period.

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Foxconn reports disappointing quarter just before iPhone 8 era begins

For the company’s last three-month earnings report prior to the Apple iPhone 8 “era,” contract manufacturer Foxconn disappointed global financial professionals and investors by reporting lower than expected profits for the calendar second quarter. Foxconn is known for assembling various devices, none more famous or popular than the Apple iPhone. There is speculation that the tenth anniversary iOS handset, a premium model, is already undergoing mass production inside certain Foxconn facilities.

For the quarter ended in June, Foxconn reported net of $589 million USD. That is a 25% shortfall …

IDC second quarter data shows tablet market still in disarray

IDC has just completed its analysis of the second quarter tablet market. For the three month period, worldwide tablet shipments declined by 3.4% to 37.9 million units. This performance comes despite Apple’s new low priced iPad. Even detachable tablets, once expected to lead the category out of the darkness, were unable to provide much lift for the product. Apple and its iPad continued to have the top market share and also led in unit shipments. For the period from April through June, Apple shipped 11.4 million tablets worldwide, a year-over-year gain of 14.7%. Apple’s market share for the quarter …

Unlimited service helps Verizon top expectations for the second quarter

For its first full quarter offering an Unlimited data plan, Verizon returned to a growth pattern. From April through June, the nation’s largest carrier added 358,000 net new postpaid phone subscribers. This is a giant improvement from the 86,000 net additions added during last year’s quarter. Overall net additions came to 614,000. While that is less than the 615,000 added in the second quarter of 2016, it greatly topped estimates of a 115,000 increase predicted by JP Morgan. The Wall Street consensus was for a small 70,000 gain. Wireless revenue slipped 1.9% to $21.3 billion during the three month …

In China, the Apple iPhone continued to lose momentum during the second quarter

Apple CEO Tim Cook once had high hopes for the iPhone in China. And for a few years, Apple’s iconic handset was number one in the country. But last year, for the first time since 2012,  the iPhone was not on top of the Chinese smartphone market. And this negative momentum has continued throughout this year. According to analytics firm Canalys, the iPhone was the fifth most popular smartphone in China during the second quarter of the year based on shipments.

The top smartphone manufacturer in China is Huawei. The company shipped 23 million phones in Q2, followed by Oppo . The latter …

T-Mobile is the fastest LTE network in the U.S. for 14th straight quarter; Verizon now 3rd

T-Mobile has been bragging that its network is more suited for unlimited 4G LTE service than its rivals. And some of this has actually been borne out by data mined by Ookla, the creator of the Speedtest app, and analyzed by the carrier itself. T-Mobile has now gone 14 consecutive quarters with the fastest network in the U.S. While a chart posted by T-Mobile shows the latter’s data speeds continuing to move higher, T-Mobile Chief Technical Officer Neville Ray pointed out that the chart reveals what happens when “carriers jump into unlimited without doing the hard work to make sure their networks …

Xiaomi records best ever quarter with 23.16 million smartphone shipments in the March-June period

According to a recent publication by a Taiwanese news outlet, Xiaomi has marked its best ever quarter in the March-June period this year, seeing a 70% increase in smartphone shipments from Q1. The company sold 23.16 million units in Q2 and, as per Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s CEO’s words, its aim is to hit a revenue of $14.7 billion (100 billion Yuan) by the end of this year.

Apparently, the company’s focus on physical retail sales, largely through its 123 Mi Home stores in China, seems to be working well, while it also plans to open a few more stores in the country in the next …