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Huawei Overtook Apple as The Second Largest Smartphone Seller

This is now the sixth consecutive quarter of shipments falling in the global smartphone market

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Logo of Huawei is seen on the advert in front of the local offices of Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

With a 17 per cent share in the global smartphone market, Chinese technology giant Huawei overtook Apple as the second largest smartphone seller in the first quarter of 2019 after Samsung, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research.

While Samsung retained the top position with 21 per cent market share (from 22 in Q1 2018), Apple’s share declined to 12 per cent in Q1 2019 from 14 per cent in the same quarter last year, the research showed.

While Huawei’s shipment volumes increased nearly 50 per cent year-on-year, Apple’s shipment volumes declined 20 per cent in the same period. Samsung also saw a slump of eight per cent.

“Huawei became the second largest smartphone brand by shipment without a significant presence in an important market like the United States,” Shobhit Srivastava, Research Analyst at Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

“At this pace, we expect Huawei to remain ahead of Apple at the end of 2019,” Srivastava said, adding that a dual-brand (Honor) strategy has helped the company build a youth connect and gain market share in a sluggish Chinese market.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Overall, global smartphone shipments declined five per cent year-on-year in Q1 2019, said the report.

This is now the sixth consecutive quarter of shipments falling in the global smartphone market.

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“The global smartphone market showed no sign of recovery in Q1 2019. The rate of decline increased, particularly in February, due to inventory correction by some brands and the production halt during Chinese New Year. Another reason for the decline is lengthening replacement cycles, especially in the premium segment,” said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research.

“The replacement rate for iPhones is reaching close to 36 months, while the replacement rate for premium Android devices is closing in at 30 months. This can be attributed to the higher quality of devices, increasing average selling price (ASP), and the lack of innovative technology,” Pathak added. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple Releases System Updates for iPhones, MacBooks

Additionally, it addresses an issue that affected connectivity in VoLTE calls

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Just weeks after releasing the iOS 12.3 update globally, Apple is rolling out a minor iOS 12.3.1 update with bug fixes along with a supplemental update for macOS 10.14.5.

The iOS update addresses a bug that prevented the “report junk” option from appearing on applicable threads and another one that made unknown senders appear in your main inbox when they should not, web portal Ars Technica reported on Friday.

Additionally, it addresses an issue that affected connectivity in VoLTE calls.

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The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide colour support is 25 percent brighter and has the highest pixel density of any iPad. Pixabay

For the macOS, the update focuses on fixing an issue related to the T2 chip in newer MacBook Pro computers, the report said.

A minority of members of various communities of MacBook Pro users have blamed the T2 chip for  a few issues, most notably sound problems with certain pro audio devices, however, the exact issue remains unclear.

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The iPhone-maker is expected to reveal details about much bigger changes coming in iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) “special event” in San Jose on June 3, the report added. (IANS)