IDC: Pixel shipments surge, Essential phone lags in 2017

A couple of tweets from IDC”s research director Francisco Jeronimo, revealed that Google doubled the number of Pixel handsets it shipped last year to 3.9 million handsets. That is a strong performance on an annual basis, but the Pixel made up just a small percentage of the global market. In fact, it is less than 1%. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL didn’t launch until the fourth quarter of 2017 which means that much of the strong showing was due to sales of the original generation models.

The Pixel handsets have a way to go to compete with the likes of the iPhone and the Galaxy S line. Of course, …


Phone shipments mark 'the biggest annual fall' on record, expensive flagships to blame

Buried in the latest industry reports that witnessed quite a few movers and shakers, is the fact that Q4 actually saw the largest quarterly drop on record in smartphone shipments. That’s right, research firm Strategy Analytics showed that shipments were 9% down in Q4 2017, compared to 2016, or “the biggest annual fall in smartphone history.”
The culprits? Longer upgrade cycles, particularly in China, due to midrangers becoming “good enough,” while average selling prices for flagships are getting ever higher with no “wow” factors attached to their ballooning costs. …

Apple led in worldwide shipments of tablets in Q4; Amazon finished second, surpassing Samsung

The Apple iPad was the most shipped tablet in the world during the fourth quarter of 2017. For the three months from October through December, Apple delivered 13.2 million slates; that was up .6% from the 13.1 million that it shipped during the same quarter in 2016. Apple owned 26.6% of the global tablet market during the last three months of 2017. Cupertino’s focus on the iPad Pro should continue this year. The next version of the high-end iPad is expected to be equipped with an edge-to-edge screen, similar to the iPhone X, and include the TrueDepth Camera and Face ID.

Usually you would …

Chinese smartphone shipments declined in 2017 for the first time ever

No, 2017 was not a good year for smartphone shipments into China. According to research firm Canalys, for all of last year such deliveries declined 4% from 2016’s figure to hit 459 million units. That is the first time ever that the country experienced a year-over-year decline in shipments of intelligent handsets. Had the last three months of last year turned out differently, the growth streak might have continued. From October through December of 2017, just shy of 113 million phones made their way into China. That was a 14% decline from Q4 2016.

Huawei remained on top of the Chinese market …

Chip maker TSMC sees shipments of top shelf smartphones declining this year

TSMC, the company that produced the A11 bionic SoC for the trio of 2017 Apple iPhone models, is expecting a decline in the shipment of high-end smartphones in 2018. C.C. Wei, co-chief executive of TSMC, sees declining shipments this year for high-end handsets. He sees shipments of mid-to low-end handsets actually increasing during 2018. TSMC expects wafer based revenue for mobile phones to come in flat this year, compared with 2017.

The company has already received the word that it will be the sole producer of the Apple A12 chipset which will be found in the 2018 iPhone models. TSMC also …

Apple iPhone X suppliers report weak November shipments, and expect this month to be worse

November was apparently a rough month for companies that supply Apple with components for the iPhone X. On a sequential basis (month over month), camera lens manufacturer Largan Precision saw its revenue rise only 0.05%. The company expects to see revenues decline in December. This is a pattern that other iPhone X suppliers are running into. Chassis and casing supplier Catcher saw its November revenue decline 10.4%. The company that provides touch panels, General Interface Solutions, struggled through a month-over-month 15.53% revenue drop in November.

The main problem is that Apple’s component …

Android One Moto X4 shipments delayed for at least one week

Google and Motorola introduced the Android One Moto X4 in the United States last month and said the smartphone should start shipping this week.

Unfortunately, those who placed Moto X4 pre-orders from Project Fi have received emails that inform them their smartphones will be shipped later than expected. Google now claims that due to a “production delay,” Moto X4 pre-orders will ship between October 18 and October 25.

Also, if you’ve signed up for the trade-in program, you will still have a full 30 days to send your old smartphone as soon as you receive the …

Shipments of the Apple Watch are expected to rise 33% in 2018 to hit 20 million units

According to sources inside Apple’s upstream supply chain, the tech titan will ship 4.5 million units of the Apple Watch during the fourth calendar quarter of this year. At that pace, Apple will have delivered a total of 15 million units for all of 2017. The supply chain expects Apple to ship a total of 20 million smartwatches next year for a gain of 33% year-over-year. The OG Apple Watch shipped less than 5 million units after its launch in April 2015, but the second series has done well since its launch last September.

The third series Apple Watch, which is rumored to be a stand alone …

Huawei could top Apple in Q3 handset shipments

A report published today forecasts that Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei will ship more handsets than Apple for the calendar third quarter, which ends at the end of September. Huawei has already stated that it has its sights set on eventually topping Samsung and Apple by 2021 to become the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. Huawei’s supply chain says that the company expects sales of its P-series and M-series models to do well during Q3, along with its lower-end Honor branded phones.

During the third quarter, Huawei could deliver more than 40 million units, up from the …

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 …