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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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IDC: as Apple surges, Samsung falls

IDC: as Apple surges, Samsung falls

Big changes are in the wings this year as IDC reports big movements in smartphone shipments for the fourth quarter of last year. In their report of the last three months of 2014, Samsung's year-over-year change was in the negative - the only company in the negative in the top five companies on IDC's chart. On the other hand, Samsung does remain in the top spot for smartphone shipments worldwide, followed closely by Apple. Apple appears to be closing in on Samsung in a big way, with less than a point difference in worldwide smartphone shipments.

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IDC: Windows market share doubles by 2018, iOS/Android still in charge

IDC: Windows market share doubles by 2018, iOS/Android still in charge

Here’s an interesting statistic you may not have seen coming: Windows Phone is expected to double their global market share over the next three years or so, according to IDC. In their most recent forecast, the analytics firm is noting Windows will become a more prominent player in the global smartphone market, while incumbents hold fast. IDC also cites the proliferation of lower priced phones with higher end specs as those to look for on the world stage, as emerging markets become important.

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IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

Some would have us believe that the smartphone craze is starting to settle down and that the industry has reached its plateau. That might be true for some markets, especially developed ones, and some vendors. The smartphone shipment figures for the third quarter of 2014 from IDC, however, reveal that there is still lots of room to grow, especially when the market just shipped 327.6 million smartphones, a growth of 25.2 percent from the same third quarter last year and 8.7 percent from the 301.3 million smartphones shipped just last quarter.

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IDC: Apple drives the higher-end, Android the lower

IDC: Apple drives the higher-end, Android the lower

This week the IDC has suggested with their outlook on the smartphone market over the next few years that "Mature" smartphone markets will slow. They’ve suggested that "Emerging" markets (Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa), meanwhile, are growing at a rate of 32.4% year-over-year. Who is poised to command which market, you might wonder?

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Android builds smartphone lead as Windows Phone shrinks

Android builds smartphone lead as Windows Phone shrinks

Android extended its grip on worldwide smartphone market share in Q2 2014, the latest numbers from IDC suggest, while iOS and Windows Phone both declined, despite iPhone sales jumping year-over-year. Android devices now comprise almost 85-percent of total smartphone share, up from just short of 80-percent in the same period a year ago, while despite Microsoft's efforts with Windows Phone, market share and worldwide shipments both fell.

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Lenovo narrowly beats Apple for US-based PC shipments in Q1

Lenovo narrowly beats Apple for US-based PC shipments in Q1

This week the folks at Lenovo have suggested that - perhaps for the first time in a very long time - they’ve beaten Apple for PC sales in the United States. Lenovo makes a point to mention they’ve "surpassed Apple" for PC shipments in their financial fourth quarter in their press release titled "Lenovo Outperforms Market in 4th Quarter and Full Year 2013/14."

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Wearables market booming: ease of use leads the way

Wearables market booming: ease of use leads the way

In the oncoming war of the wearable device, it’s usability, not their power or aesthetics, that will drive the market. While Samsung releases three new smartwatch devices this season with full-functioning operating systems and Sony releases a sports band that’s just about as simple as a wearable device can be, it’s clear that we’ll be seeing a full spectrum. But what drives the successful machine? Besides advertising dollars, that is.

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