When Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S 5 earlier this year, it was generally praised as a solid smartphone and reports indicate it sold 5 million units in May. However, all things are relative and those initial sales lagged behind Apple iPhone sales and the pace that Samsung set with their Galaxy S 4. This appears to have contributed to some disappointing financial results and has left the company in the unusual position of needing a big hit with their next device to turn things around. » Read the rest
Look at that!
HTC delivered a phone worthy of high praises in the HTC One M8, and the hard work paid off.
The OEM looked like it was spiraling downwards just a few months ago, as CEOs said they were looking ahead to a June rebound. And they were right.
This can’t be good. Some might have foreseen a blip in sales for Samsung’s Galaxy S5, but not many people may have expected this.
According to reports from Taiwan, Samsung has cut its supply chain orders on the Galaxy S5 by 25% for this quarter (Q3 2014). 21 million units were put on order last quarter while 15 million were ordered this quarter.
Ouch. It appears it’s a ‘one step forward and two steps back’ scenario for HTC this month, as the company experienced a sales dip after two months of positive sales in March and April.
Despite some huge forecasts for HTC this year after the release of the HTC One (M8), it appears the company hasn’t been able to follow through.
A new report from CompareMyMobile, a phone recycling website, shows that over 40% of the people trading in smartphones with intentions of buying the new HTC One (M8) were upgrading from an Apple or Samsung device. Specifically, almost a quarter of these individuals, 23.74%, were moving from an Apple device to the HTC One (M8) while another 21.29% were coming from Samsung devices. HTC is also enjoying significant loyalty from owners of their older devices as 46.8% of the trade-ins came from that group of consumers who are trading up. » Read the rest
Motorola announced that they have shipped a total of 6.5 million of their devices globally during Q1. Is that a lot you ask? Well, in comparison Samsung sold about 10 million Galaxy Note 3′s in 2 months and 10 million Galaxy S4′s in just one month. I know, it’s not fair to compare it to the world’s number 1 cell phone manufacturer, but it’s still interesting to see what Motorola has been able to achieve.
With their mild success of the Moto X, hopefully the successor will push Motorola’s sales a bit more forward later in this year.
Samsung never seems to disappoint with sales. The company’s April 11 launch of the flagship Galaxy S 5 smartphone has reportedly surpassed sales of last year’s Galaxy S 4 by more than 30%. In fact, some European markets experience sales growth of more than double when comparing the GS5 to last year’s GS4. And that number was expected to go up significantly had retailers not run out of stock. Across Europe, lines were formed despite many believing that there was no true excitement for the Galaxy S 5.
So before you go knocking Samsung for not using metal, just remember that people will still buy anyways.
Things can get pretty ugly when two giants go toe-to-toe in court. And that is where Samsung and Apple are these days. The latest punch comes from Apple in the direction of Samsung. It turns out that Samsung did not actually sell 2 million Galaxy Tab units six weeks in 2011 as Strategy Analytics had originally reported. And with this report came the big news that Apple’s tablet market share had fallen. But now it all looks like that was untrue.
An internal report brought forward in court reveals that Samsung actually sold 1 million Galaxy Tab units for all of 2011. The same document highlights Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets outselling Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. And Apple dominated the market with 17.4 million iPads sold in 2011. Samsung misled just about everyone by reporting higher Galaxy Tab sales.
Ever since HTC started to slide from the top of the Android mountain, the company has been trying to pin its future success on different versions of the HTC One with little to show for the effort. However, two companies are showing how a solid product that appeals to customers can have an impact on the market for smartphones according to Kanta Worldpanel ComTech’s latest sales figures for the three months ending February 2014. According to their analysis, the Motorola Moto G has boosted the manufacturer from owning virtually none of the market to topping 6% of sales in the U.K. in just six months. Dominic Sunnebo notes that the success of the Moto G “highlights the speed at which a quality budget phone can disrupt a market.” » Read the rest
According to Motorola Vice President Magnus Ahlqvist, Motorola’s latest budget smartphone, the Moto G, has become the best selling smartphone in the history of the company. We already knew it was beating expectations, but it’s pretty impressive that it’s now outsold every other smartphone Motorola has made, and it’s only been out for 6 months.
Ahlqvist explained that a large factor in getting sales this high had to do with the Indian market, where consumers are very picky about their phones. Motorola tackled this by partnering with Flipkart, a very large Indian online retailer, and chose to sell the phone online-only. Seems like a weird strategy, but it’s worked extremely well for the company and they’re continuing to make a profit on every Moto G sold. » Read the rest