Smartphone shipments fell again in Q2

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Analyst firm Gartner has released its worldwide smartphone sales data for Q2 2019, and it’s not good news for the industry. Total shipments have fallen 1.7 percent compared to the same period last year, dropping from 374 million to 367 million.

Part of the problem is that more people are waiting longer before upgrading their handsets to the latest devices. A recent survey showed that most consumers wait between three and five years before buying a new phone.

Samsung retained its long-held position at the top of the table as its shipments went up by almost 3 million units YoY. And despite its placement on an Entity List, thereby raising concerns over its future relationship with Google and Android OS, Huawei sales were up 16.3 percent YoY.

“As a result, they both grew market share in the quarter, which led them to account for more than a third of total smartphone sales globally,” Gartner said.

While the US government’s ban announcement led to a fall in global sales for Huawei’s handsets, these improved following the recent 90-day extension it was granted. But the company mostly has China to thank for its success. Its devices grew in popularity by 31 percent in the country, resulting in 58 percent of Huawei's sales being generated in China.

It was unwelcome news for Apple, which saw iPhone shipments decline from 44 million to 38.5 million— a 13.8 percent YoY fall. That means big rival Samsung moved almost double the number of handset that Cupertino managed last quarter. Apple CEO Tim Cook has blamed slow sales in China and the battery replacement program as factors behind the declining shipments.

Gartner said smartphone sales will “remain weak” for the rest of the year, and will total 1.5 billion units in 2019. That’s down from the 1.55 billion sales in 2018.

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Nobina

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Nope, don't care. I'll never buy a Chinese phone, my principals won't allow me as I watch news of Chinese police arresting peaceful protesters in Hong Kong. Cheap is nice and all but if it comes at the cost of other people's freedom, I can't do it.
What's likely is that most of the things in your house are made in China.
 
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R00sT3R

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Don't know about anyone else but I won't upgrade until 5G is in a phone that's within my budget ($200-$300)

...until then my 4G Moto G6 Play, will do quite nicely thank-you very much.
 

jobeard

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Declining sales world wide bodes of market saturation (aka few to no new users). It has to get there some day and the 5G may well be the rabbit hole into saturation.
 
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seeprime

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Nope, don't care. I'll never buy a Chinese phone, my principals won't allow me as I watch news of Chinese police arresting peaceful protesters in Hong Kong. Cheap is nice and all but if it comes at the cost of other people's freedom, I can't do it.
What's likely is that most of the things in your house are made in China.
That's due to corporate greed and laziness. They're rather pay someone else to make it than to bother building new nice automated facilities in the US. So, workers making barely enough to eat are putting in 12 hours days seven days a week, with only two days off a month. That's what we've let happen by keeping quiet about it and thinking how much better off we are with cheap stuff.
 
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wiyosaya

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Nope, don't care. I'll never buy a Chinese phone, my principals won't allow me as I watch news of Chinese police arresting peaceful protesters in Hong Kong. Cheap is nice and all but if it comes at the cost of other people's freedom, I can't do it.
What's likely is that most of the things in your house are made in China.
That's due to corporate greed and laziness. They're rather pay someone else to make it than to bother building new nice automated facilities in the US. So, workers making barely enough to eat are putting in 12 hours days seven days a week, with only two days off a month. That's what we've let happen by keeping quiet about it and thinking how much better off we are with cheap stuff.
With the corporations is exactly where the blame belongs. It also belongs with US Tax laws that favor producing products outside of the country. This war is total BS.

Back on topic, I bought a Moto X4 earlier this year, and that will last me many years. I don't have a data plan, and even if I do ever get one, 4G-LTE + 500Mbps WiFi on the phone is good enough for me.
 

S Hone

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5G is for hype. It let you use your data cap in 5 minute. Yea!
I don't live in the USA therefore I have no data cap...unlimited data,texts,minutes for $30pm.
Ireland as well - 4G Unlimited Data for less than $30 a month... 5G Add on is no extra fee... This is a very sparse population density country with 99% 4G coverage. 5G Enabled in all the major cities a few weeks ago !

USA mobile networks are such a cartel rip off and USA people do nothing about it...
 

Mixkhata

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Don't know about anyone else but I won't upgrade until 5G is in a phone that's within my budget ($200-$300)

...until then my 4G Moto G6 Play, will do quite nicely thank-you very much.
That's also the similar reason why I'm holding so tight to my S7 Edge. That phone does everything I need. Yes, major updates like Pie and Android 10 won't happen but I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything important.
 

R00sT3R

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USA mobile networks are such a cartel rip off and USA people do nothing about it...
It's not just their mobile networks that are a disgrace, so many of the home broadband providers also impose data caps.

I really couldn't put up a with fixed line, home broadband connection having usuage limits...