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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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‘AirPods Pro’ with Noise Cancellation Feature may Debut this Month

Recently, an icon found in iOS 13.2 revealed how the new AirPods will look like

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Apart from noise cancellation feature, these new AirPods will include water resistance for gym or vacation use. Pixabay

Apple is expected to launch its “AirPods Pro” with noise cancellation later this month and might be priced as high as $260.

Apart from noise cancellation feature, these new AirPods will include water resistance for gym or vacation use, the Verge reported on Friday.

Recently, an icon found in iOS 13.2 revealed how the new AirPods will look like.

The iOS 13.2 beta which the iPhone maker released contained a small gray-and-white menu icon that seemingly reveals the company’s AirPods Pro is in works.

The iPhone maker might also launch a 16-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor keyboard, refreshed iPad Pro model along with Apple Tags items trackers soon.

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The iOS 13.2 beta which the iPhone maker released contained a small gray-and-white menu icon that seemingly reveals the company’s AirPods Pro is in works. Pixabay

The company hosted an event last year on October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City and in 2019 it is again expected to hold the event around the same time.

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Apple has several products lined up for its October event, including a 16-inch MacBook Pro, refreshed iPad Pro model along with Apple Tags. As per the report, the 16-inch MacBook Pro might feature a 3072×1920 resolution display. (IANS)