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Samsung Maintains Lead in Global Smartphone Market

Samsung tops shrinking global smartphone market in Q1 2018

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As global smartphone market declined for the second successive quarter in the first quarter of 2018, Samsung remained the leader, shipping 78 million devices and capturing 21.7 per cent market share, Counterpoint Research said on Wednesday.

Samsung shipments grew 5 per cent with the launch of its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

Apple which surprised the analysts with a strong fiscal 2018 second quarter results, shipped 52.2 million devices, reporting 14.5 per cent market share at second spot.

According to Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, global smartphone shipments declined 3 per cent annually in the first quarter of 2018.

Top 10 players now capture 76 per cent of the market, thereby leaving over 600 brands competing for the remaining 24 per cent of the market.

“The waning smartphone demand is due to a slow-down in developed markets where replacement cycles are lengthening with overall smartphone features and design reaching its peak,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

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However, emerging markets still offer a sizeable opportunity for OEMs to expand and grow as smartphone penetration by users in still around 45 per cent.

“The average selling price (ASP) of smartphones is increasing, too, in emerging markets with users upgrading from entry level to the mid smartphone segment,” Pathak noted.

Huawei with 10.9 per cent and Xiaomi with 7.5 per cent market share followed Samsung and Apple.

OPPO with 6.1 per cent share was at fifth place.

“The saturating China smartphone market is forcing the Chinese smartphone players to invest and expand beyond their home market. The efforts have been realised as the performance of Chinese brands in MEA, Europe and the rest of the Asian markets has been strong,” said Research Analyst Shobhit Srivastava.

Also Read: Samsung Net Profit Rises 52% in Q1

The China market decline in Q1 2018, affected the overall growth of some of the key Chinese brands including OPPO and Vivo. Both saw a decline in the quarter as a result of the China market slowdown.

Apple grew 32 per cent (YoY) in China due to strong performance of its iPhone X.

While the promotions were not aggressive for the iPhone X, except in operator channels, its demand remains healthy in the market. (IANS)

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Apple, Samsung Settle US Patent Dispute

Terms of the settlement, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, were not available

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In a verdict reached May, 24, 2018, a jury said Samsung must pay Apple $539 million in damages for illegally copying some of the features of the iPhone. The Samsung and Apple logos are seen in this illustration.
In a verdict reached May, 24, 2018, a jury said Samsung must pay Apple $539 million in damages for illegally copying some of the features of the iPhone. The Samsung and Apple logos are seen in this illustration. (VOA)

Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday settled a seven-year patent dispute over Apple’s allegations that Samsung violated its patents by “slavishly” copying the design of the iPhone.

Terms of the settlement, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, were not available.

In May, a U.S. jury awarded Apple $539 million, after Samsung had previously paid Apple $399 million to compensate for patent infringement. Samsung would need to make an additional payment to Apple of nearly $140 million if the verdict was upheld.

How much, if anything, Samsung must now pay Apple under Wednesday’s settlement could not immediately be learned. An Apple spokesman declined to comment on the terms of the settlement but said Apple “cares deeply about design” and that “this case has always been about more than money.” A Samsung spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Apple and Samsung are rivals for the title of world’s largest smartphone maker, and the dollar sums involved in the decision are unlikely to have an impact on either’s bottom line. But the case has had a lasting impact on U.S. patent law.

After a loss at trial, Samsung appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In December 2016, the court sided unanimously with Samsung’s argument that a patent violator does not have to hand over the entire profit it made from stolen designs if those designs covered only certain portions of a product but not the entire object.

But when the case went back to lower court for trial this year, the jury sided with Apple’s argument that, in this specific case, Samsung’s profits were attributable to the design elements that violated Apple’s patents.

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Michael Risch, a professor of patent law at Villanova University, said that because of the recent verdict the settlement likely called for Samsung to make an additional payment to Apple.

But he said there was no clear winner in the dispute, which involved hefty legal fees for both companies. While Apple scored a major public relations victory with an initial $1 billion verdict in 2012, Samsung also obtained rulings in its favor and avoided an injunction that would have blocked it from selling phones in the U.S. market, Risch said. (VOA)