Defying a dropoff in sales of smartphones in the Chinese market, Huawei reported their smartphone sales for the first half of 2015 increased 39 percent. The performance was driven in large part by demand for high-end devices, which when combined with Huawei’s middle tier handsets, resulted in a 70 percent increase in shipments for those categories. Read more
As new technology form factors like smartwatches and virtual reality headsets continue to grab the attention of the industry, one piece of hardware that has faded from the limelight is the tablet. Even Apple’s devices have been hit by the lack of interest on the part of buyers according to a new research report from Forrester Research, although Lenovo has managed to buck the trend. Read more
ZTE is a Chinese handset manufacturer that you’ve probably been reading about more and more in the news, from its recent launch of its Android-powered Spro 2 mobile hotspot/mobile projector on Verizon to the Axon smartphone that it will produce for US customers. In case you were wondering just how big ZTE is, the Chinese company has just announced it has sold over 46 million smartphones, tablets and smart home products in the first half of 2015. Read more
LG undoubtedly has produced one of this year’s better flagship smartphones with the LG G4 and they are regularly mentioned in the same breath with the likes of industry giants Samsung and Apple. Even with the positive reviews of the device, it is looking increasingly like LG may not meet internal targets for sales of the device which is prompting numerous financial analysts to pull back on their quarterly profit estimates for the company’s Mobile Communications Division. Read more
Samsung was dealing with quite a bit of pressure with the launch of the Galaxy S6 this year. Sales for their previous two flagship Galaxy S devices had waned, with the Galaxy S5 failing to hit its internal targets for the company over the course of 2014. With that in mind, Samsung had to launch a fantastic device in 2015 that would solidify why they were the top dog in the Android market.
For the most part, they did. The Galaxy S6 was met with nearly universal praise (our own review commended the fantastic screen, amazing camera, and solid design of the device) while the crazy counterpart device, the Galaxy S6 Edge, has done far better than anyone anticipated. So while everything seems great, Samsung hasn’t publicly announced how well their current flagship is selling. Read more
Research firm Gartner has claimed that over 5.728 million units of the Google Chromebooks were sold last year, speaking volumes about the success of the platform. It is said that 72 percent of these units were sold or offered to educational institutions, which is encouraging news for Google. Read more
Korean manufacturer Samsung has just posted its first quarterly results of the year and the figures look pretty impressive. The company raked in overall revenue of KRW 47.12 trillion or $44 billion with an operating profit of KRW 5.98 trillion or $5.63 billion.
If T-Mobile’s sales are indicative of how the other carriers are faring, the little traction and sales Samsung may have lost last year with their Galaxy S5 are now nothing to worry about considering the numbers their new Galaxy S6 is putting up. According to T-Mobile, sales of the Galaxy S6 have already nearly doubled the total sales of the previous S5. Consumers have wanted Samsung to change things up a bit as they viewed the S4 and S5 as minor iterations rather than a new device. With the new S6, Samsung decided to finally change things up a bit with a revamped look and finally parted with their plastic materials and opted for a more “premium” look/feel. The reviews of the S6 have bode very well for Samsung and it seems nothing will slow this train down.
What do you guys think of the S6? I know not everyone is on board with Samsung’s decision to go with glass and removing expandable storage alongside the removable battery (including myself), but it is refreshing to see Samsung listening to it’s critics and changing things up a bit.
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has just posted record sales for a single day, registering its name in the Guinness Book Of World Records in the process. The sales were registered during the Mi Fan Fest on Wednesday. The company made revenues of 2.08 billion CNY or $335 million, so it was a very lucrative day for the company. Read more
HTC has just posted unaudited net profits of $11.6 million (NT$360 million) for the first quarter of 2015. This comes in the wake of the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, not to mention strong competition from within the Android camp, so it is a commendable achievement for the company. Read more