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Huawei seeks to overtake Apple in smartphone shipments

Huawei seeks to overtake Apple in smartphone shipments

IDC's most recent smartphone shipment report suggests that as Apple's smartphone unit shipments decline, Huawei rises, and Samsung pulls further away from the pack. In the second quarter of the year 2016, Samsung is well ahead of the smartphone-selling group with an estimated 77-million units shipped over the past three months. Next is Apple with an estimated 40.4-million units shipped, then Huawei with 32.1-million units shipped. Huawei was in third place this past quarter as well according to IDC.

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Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

The term "PC" is hardly something anyone, especially Apple, would use to label its Mac computers. After all, it popularized the Mac vs PC ads. But for the sake of statistics and to show that everyone is affected by the PC slump, that is exactly what market analyst IDC did. Labels aside, IDC's figures do reveal how even Apple, whose Macs have traditionally done better even in the face of the PC market's decline, is having some number problems when it comes to shipments. Not exactly welcome news at a time when analysts are predicting continued slowdown of iPhone sales.

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IDC expects ‘substantial slowdown’ in phone shipment growth this year

IDC expects ‘substantial slowdown’ in phone shipment growth this year

In 2014, smartphone shipments grew a massive 27.8-percent, and the next year, 2015, smartphone shipments grew by 10.5-percent. The International Data Corporation (IDC) expects that we’ll see a substantial slowdown in shipments this year, with 2016 (possibly) ending up at around only 3.1-percent. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, this year will probably see about 1.48 billion smartphone shipments, a number that is estimated to climb to 1.84 billion by 2020.

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IDC: tablets continue to fall, detachables continue to rise

IDC: tablets continue to fall, detachables continue to rise

It's a good news, bad news thing for tablet makers, depending on which kind of tablets they're banking on. As long predicted by market analyst IDC, tablet shipment shares continue to tank in year on year numbers. That said, that is mostly for the traditional slate tablets. Behind the scenes, however, a new breed of detachable, 2-in-1 hybrids are actually experiencing triple digit growth year on year, which could make them the salvation and new trend of the tablet market.

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Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

The PC market just can't seem to catch a break. After 2015 was practically declared the worst year for PC sales, it seems that 2016 might be even worse. At least if figures for the first quarter are omens of things to come. While differing slightly on specific numbers, both Gartner and IDC agree on one depressing thing: PC shipments have substantially declined last quarter compared to 2015's opening quarter. While both do see some hope near the end of the year, that salvation might come a bit too late for the ailing market.

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IDC: iPad Pro overtakes rivals, detachable tablets on the rise

IDC: iPad Pro overtakes rivals, detachable tablets on the rise

Naysayers and doubter, take note. Despite the rather mixed reviews and reception, Apple's biggest tablet yet actually ended up as the Q4 2015's top selling tablet. And as much as Microsoft may want to deny it and even ridicule it, Apple's iPad Pro managed to outrank Microsoft's Surface tablets, once considered to be the top of the class. That said, the worldwide tablet market is still on a decline, but salvation might come from the new breed of detachables that are taking the market by storm.

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PCs still in decline but may stabilize in 2016, says IDC

PCs still in decline but may stabilize in 2016, says IDC

It may only be lately that analysts are saying that smartphones and especially tablets will soon be on a decline, but that doom and gloom story has been the PCs tale for a couple of years now. At first glance, IDC's evaluation of the PCs performance in the last quarter of 2015 might look the same. It might look even worse from some perspectives. But, somewhat surprisingly, IDC is also offering a pinch of hope for the market, with a stronger forecast for this new year, but sadly more towards the end of 2016.

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IDC: Tablet decline will hurt Android, benefit Windows

IDC: Tablet decline will hurt Android, benefit Windows

Despite the popularity of new large tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and most especially the Apple iPad Pro, market analysts International Data Corporation, more popularly known as IDC, observes and predicts a continuing decline in tablet shipments this quarter, continuing three previous consecutive quarters of decline. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your platform of choice, that's not the complete picture in years to come. The IDC also predicts a change in trends, with the market transitioning from standalone tablets over to detachable hybrids.

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IDC paints a dreary quarter for tablets

IDC paints a dreary quarter for tablets

With all the focus on high-end smartphones for the past few months, some might have forgotten that larger screens still do exist. If market analyst IDC's figures are correct, then there is a basis for that. Global shipments of tablets have sunk at a new low, as much as 7 percent compared to the same second quarter last 2014. Even compared to the first quarter of this year, there was a 3.9 percent decline in numbers, revealing a worrying trend for tablet makers, especially for Apple and Samsung.

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IDC on China: Apple topples Xiaomi, market slowing down

IDC on China: Apple topples Xiaomi, market slowing down

Market research firm IDC has just released smartphone numbers for the first quarter of the year, focusing particularly in the Chinese market. The figures reveal two very interesting "first time" facts. For the first time, Apple has unseated Xiaomi, believed to be the forever king of the Chinese smartphone market. And also for the first time, that market is starting to show signs of contracting, if not decelerating, due to the saturation of the market. If it becomes a trend, it could very well change the way foreign brands look at the Chinese market.

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IDC: Samsung, Apple on top, but for very different reasons

IDC: Samsung, Apple on top, but for very different reasons

Samsung, who recently bounced back successfully with their Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones, are once again the top smartphone OEM, according to IDC. Despite a year-over-year drop in overall volume and market share, Samsung holds a 24.5% market share so far in 2015 on the back of 82.4 million smartphone shipments. Second to Samsung is Apple, naturally. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handset maker now has an 18.2% market share, having shipped 61.2 million smartphones last quarter.

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IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

You probably already knew, but the severity of it might surprise you. According to IDC, who track smartphone sales and shipments (among other things), Android and iOS have teamed up to take over mobile in a big way. When looking back at 2014, IDC says Android and iOS have combined to power over 95% of the smartphones in existence. Even more surprising is that most of the remaining 5% is occupied by Windows Phone. According to IDC, BlackBerry has fallen way off the grid, too.

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