Smartphone production hits all time low in last 5 years, claims report

Smartphone production hits all time low in last 5 years, claims report

Smartphone production hits all time low in last 5 years, claims report

Global smartphone production for the first quarter for 2020 has fallen to its lowest in five years, as per the latest report by TrendForce. As per the report, smartphone production has dipped by 10% year-over-year to around 280 million units.

The report is citing pandemic-induced disruptions — such as delayed work resumption and labour and material shortages — across the supply chain as the reason for this dip.

“The pandemic is now making its effects felt on the demand side of the smartphone market by tanking major economies worldwide,” TrendForce said.

In this quarter, as per TrendForce report, South Korean tech giant Samsung ranked first with a total market share of 23.3%. The company faces increasing pressure from Chinese brands, suggests the report. “Most of Samsung’s smartphone assembly lines are located in Vietnam and India, and the company possesses about only 2% of the market share for smartphones in China. Its production was thus not significantly affected by issues related to the disease during the initial phase of the outbreak in China.” The company produced 65.3 million units in the first quarter of 2020 dropping it by 9.9% year-over-year.

At the second position is Huawei with a 16.4% market share. The report says that the demand of the brand in its primary market of China has started improving. “With the support of domestic demand, Huawei’s smartphone production for 1Q20 came to 46 million units, in line with TrendForce’s earlier projection. If China’s economy continues to improve, Huawei’s production for 2Q20 may register a QoQ growth and reach approximately 48 million units.”

At the third position is Apple with a 13.5% market share in the first quarter of 2020. As per the report, iPhone production fell to 37.9 million dropping by 8.7% year-over-year due to labour and material shortages following the post-Lunar New Year work resumption, says TrendForce. “As the company releases the new iPhone SE with a consumer-friendly price tag in 2Q20, quarterly iPhone production is expected to stay relatively close to 1Q20 figures, reaching 36 million units,” says the report.

The next three spots are Chinese smartphone brands — Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo — with 8.8%, 8.6% and 8.2% market share respectively.

Amazon's foreign websites named in US piracy and counterfeiting report - Latest News

Amazon’s foreign websites named in US piracy and counterfeiting report – Latest News

Several of Amazon.com Inc’s foreign websites have been added to the U.S. trade regulator’s “Notorious Markets” report on marketplaces known for counterfeiting and piracy concerns.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday cited allegations of counterfeit goods sold on the Seattle-based online retailer’s websites in Canada, Germany, France, India and the United Kingdom.

The office is “considering seeking more information regarding e-commerce platforms, including those based in the United States, in future reviews of Notorious Markets,” it added.

Amazon said it strongly disagreed with the report, describing it as a “purely political act” and an example of the administration of President Donald Trump “using the U.S. government to advance a personal vendetta against Amazon.”

Amazon has tangled often with Trump since he became President. Trump has accused the Washington Post newspaper, owned by Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, of unfair coverage of his administration.

Over the years, the list has included China’s largest e-commerce platform, Taobao.com, which is owned and operated by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , as well as websites operated out of Indonesia, Poland, the Czech Republic and other countries.

Last year, the American Apparel and Footwear Association, for the second year in a row, urged the USTR to include foreign domains owned and operated by Amazon on the list.

The USTR said it had received complaints that seller information displayed by Amazon was often misleading and allegations it was too easy for anyone to sell on Amazon “because Amazon does not sufficiently vet sellers on its platforms.”

Amazon said it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars and employs several thousand employees in an effort to protect against fraud and abuse, adding that more funding and resources are needed for law enforcement.

Google Pixel 4a to go on sale on May 22, claims report - Latest News

Google Pixel 4a to go on sale on May 22, claims report – Latest News

Google’s next smartphone — expected to be Pixel 4a — launch date has been revealed by a German website Caschys. As per the report, which cites internal documents of Vodafone Germany, the handset will be available for purchase starting May 22

The sale date does seem probable as the Pixel 3a too went on sale on May 22, 2019. To recall, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were launched at Google’s annual developer conference Google I/O last year. This year, however, Google has cancelled the event due to coronavirus pandemic.

Since Google gave India a miss for its flagship smartphones last year, Pixel 4a is expected to make the company’s mark in the Indian smartphone market.

A recent report by 9to5Google suggests that Google is expected to launch Pixel in just one screen size — 5.8-inches. Last year, the Pixel 3a came in two screen sizes, 5.6-inch and 6-inch but the bigger XL variant might not launch this year.

As far as other specs are rumoured, it has been alleged that the Google Pixel 4a may offer full HD+ display and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage.

For imaging duties, it is said to offer a single 12.2MP camera on the back whereas the front camera is expected to have an 8MP sensor. The Pixel 4a is rumoured to have a 3080mAh battery which could be supported by an 18W fast charger. There will be no wireless charging support on the Pixel 4a, as per the 9to5Google report.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 to feature Exynos 992 chipset: Report

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Galaxy Note 20 to feature Exynos 992 chipset.

South Korean tech giant Samsung is reportedly working on an improved Exynos 992 chipset for Galaxy Note 20 series flagship smartphones. The upcoming Exynos 992 chipset is expected to have more power-efficient design and could come with improved processing performance compared to the current Exynos 990 SoC. The performance is also speculated to be 1-3 per cent higher than the Snapdragon 865, reports GizmoChina.

Meanwhile, owing to to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SD865+ SoC has been delayed, and it won’t be available in time for the Galaxy Note 20 series. The Galaxy S20-series phones sold outside of South Korea, the US and China are powered by the Exynos 990 and they faced user backlash when they were found to have increased power consumption compared to the Snapdragon versions.

Samsung may launch three Galaxy Note models this year — Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20+ and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

The smartphones may have 120Hz refresh rate, up to 16GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage. The top-end model in the lineup is expected come with 5,000mAh battery.

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Smartphone: China smartphone sales saw highest decline in Q1 2020: Report - Latest News

Smartphone: China smartphone sales saw highest decline in Q1 2020: Report – Latest News

Chinese smartphone market underwent its highest decline in the January-March period due to the impact of coronavirus pandemic and Huawei was the only smartphone player that achieved positive growth (year-on-year), a new report said on Wednesday.

Smartphone sales in China fell by 22 per cent (YoY) and 24 per cent (quarter-on-quarter) in Q1 2020, according to Counterpoint’s Market Pulse-Monthly Smartphone Sales Tracking service.

The top five — Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and Apple – accounted for a record 93 per cent of the market, up by six percentage points compared to last year.

The market share of Huawei rose to near 40 per cent during the COVID-19 crisis.

“The drastic fall in Q1 China market was primarily dragged down by the dismal sales of smartphones in February (negative 35 per cent), when the country was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and commerce activities were minimal,’ said Flora Tang, a research analyst at Counterpoint.

However, during the lockdown period in China, local e-Commerce giants such as Alibaba and JD.com managed to sustain efficient business operations and delivery services in major Chinese cities outside of Hubei province.

“For the strong support from these e-Commerce players, China’s smartphone sales appeared less negative than our original expectation. We also estimate that the online share of smartphone sales in China surged to over 50 per cent during Q1 from about 30 per cent in 2019,” she added.

The online share is likely to drop in Q2 after the pandemic is largely contained.

Within six months after commercialisation of 5G in China, the penetration of 5G smartphone sales jumped to over 15 per cent in Q1 2020.

“Sales units of 5G smartphones grew by nearly 120 per cent (QoQ). The dominance of Huawei in China’s 5G smartphone market was more evident as it contributed to over half of the total 5G phone sales in Q1, followed by Vivo, OPPO, and Xiaomi,” explained research analyst Mengmeng Zheng.

Apple and Huawei managed to increase market share from the same period last year, clearly out-performing the overall market in Q1 2020.

“Consumers continued to purchase iPhones from e-commerce platforms despite the shutdown of Apple stores across China during February. As for the Huawei group, it continued to lead and gained share with a complete product portfolio covering the entry-level to premium segments,” said Ethan Qi, senior analyst.