Recent data reveals a promising resurgence in the global smartphone market, with Samsung and mass-market mobile phone brands spearheading the rebound while Apple faces challenges in keeping pace. According to Canalys, smartphone sales worldwide reached 296.2 million units in the first quarter of the year, marking a notable 10% increase compared to the previous year. This growth signifies the market’s first positive double-digit year-on-year figure since early 2021, reflecting better-than-expected performance.

According to Counterpoint’s Market Pulse Service, China’s overall smartphone sales saw a modest 1.5% year-on-year growth in Q1 2024, marking a second consecutive quarter of positive growth. Notably, Huawei experienced a remarkable 69.7% year-on-year increase in market share, solidifying its position in the market. This growth was attributed to Huawei’s successful launch of the 5G-capable Mate 60 series and its enduring brand reputation, particularly in the premium segment priced above $600. In contrast, Apple witnessed a 19.1% year-on-year decline in market share during the same period, partly due to Huawei’s gains in this segment.

The smartphone industry is gearing up for a seismic shift as generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) capabilities become mainstream. According to the latest forecast from Counterpoint Research, the global shipment of GenAI-capable smartphones is expected to grow at an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 65% between 2024 and 2027.

While China’s smartphone market experiences a downturn, notable shifts are being observed as Huawei gains momentum. Canalys’ data highlights that despite a downslide in overall market status, the launch of Huawei’s Mate series and consequent rise in domestic market shares are adding a positive spin. Will a potential revival led by Huawei’s promising trajectory speak to a larger market rejuvenation? Unpack the trends shaping China’s competitive smartphone landscape.

Xiaomi unveils new flagship smartphones The Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has introduced its new flagship smartphones, the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro, which will go on sale in China from December 31st. The global launch of the Xiaomi 12 is expected to follow in early 2022. According to the company’s press release, the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro are powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, and feature industry-leading DisplayMate A+ OLED displays and powerful imaging capabilities. During the presentation, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun indicated that the new smartphone would be a direct competitor to the iPhone 13. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/58byr3fu Telefónica acquires Ericsson 5G equipment to replace Huawei Telefónica, Spain’s leading telecommunications group, has bought 5G network equipment from the Swedish manufacturer Ericsson to replace some Huawei gear that it has deployed in Spain. According to the local newspaper Expansion, Telefónica had initially rolled out…

Patton VoIP Solutions to use Deutsche Telekom’s SIP services Patton Electronics, a provider of UC, cloud and IoT solutions for carrier, enterprise and industry, has announced that its SmartNode VoIP gateway and eSBC product lines have been tested and are compatible with the new Deutsche Telekom CompanyFlex and DeutschlandLAN SIP-Trunk services. This success is thanks to Patton’s many years of developing innovative hardware, software and cloud based UCC solutions. Patton is committed to continually expanding its extensive cross-certification library. Patton’s SmartNode VoIP Gateways and eSBC will provide key networking features to Deutsche Telekom’s SIP-based business communication solutions. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/yy5khxgl Liechtenstein offers the fastest broadband in the world Cable.co.uk conducted a study that compares and charts global broadband speeds . At the top of the list is Liechtenstein, with the fastest broadband in the world averaging 229.98 Mbps. The data also revealed that North African countries have the slowest…

In 2020, Apple is anticipated to release its first 5G-enabled iPhone powered by chipsets from Qualcomm and Samsung, according to a report from reliable supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of  TF International Securities. Following Intel’s announcement earlier this month about exiting the 5G modem chip market for iPhones, Apple had to turn to Qualcomm to ensure the supply of a 5G modem chip. The tech-giant is also looking for a second supplier and, in all probability, this will be Samsung. “We expect Apple will likely adopt 5G baseband chips made by Qualcomm (focus on mmWave markets) and Samsung (focus on Sub-6GHz markets) for lowering supply risk, reducing costs and having better bargaining power,” said the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo believes that the introduction of a 5G-enabled iPhone could create a wave of upgrades and purchases, especially for the high-end models. “We are positive on the high-end iPhone models’ replacement…