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Samsung lost a third of its market share in China in 2014, Apple and Xiaomi to blame

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Samsung lost a third of its market share in China in 2014, Apple and Xiaomi to blame
2014 was certainly not the best year for Samsung, especially on the vast Chinese market. A number of local manufacturers are causing some grave troubles to Samsung – Xiaomi, Apple, as well as a slew of other local brands are aiming at Samsung's still-respectable market positions in China.

A new data report from CCID Consulting, China's biggest research and consulting company, points out that Samsung has lost 31.5% of its market share on the Chinese market in 2014. Back in January 2014, Samsung had the king share of the pie with 20% of the market, but in October 2014, it only accounted for 13.7% of the smartphone market. It's still reportedly on the top, but if this decline continues into 2015, it will probably plummet further down the ladder.

Some 356.2 million smartphones have been sold in China in January 2014, while in October this figure fell to 307 million in October 2014, which means that the local market has also slowed down a bit. The runner-ups to Samsung's still-prevalent positions are Huawei, Lenovo, Coolpad, Xiaomi, Meizu, as well as the fiercest rival, Apple, which stepped more firmly on Chinese soil last year.

Xiaomi, in particular, last week unveiled a duo of new phablets, the Xiaomi Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro, with the latter being a respectable specs powerhouse.

An unnamed industry analyst revealed that one of the reasons for Samsung's downfall in China is its failure to adapt to the ever-changing status quo on the dynamic Chinese market in 2014. 

source: Caixin via Marketwatch

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posted on 19 Jan 2015, 04:10 8

1. BobbyBuster (banned) (Posts: 854; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Serves them right.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 04:19 6

4. dTone (Posts: 69; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


Yeh, because,,,,,,,

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 04:28 5

6. BobbyBuster (banned) (Posts: 854; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Because TW & co suck.
Using the same crappy Android OS as those dog-cheap Chinese ones, the only way for Sammy to distinguish their phones is to offer top notch launcher and bundles. And Sammy failed.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 04:43 9

8. dTone (Posts: 69; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


They do distinguish themselves, TW.
Dog-cheap? You sound very immature. Good luck trolling buddy, have fun.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 05:24 1

16. Finalflash (Posts: 3085; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Well, aside from that random stab in the dark, TW still remains one of the worst UI experiences on Android. Even Samsung admitted that and have claimed to be starting from 0 on that as well as the hardware for the S6. Regardless, this isn't the iOS ecosytem, here we don't care about how much profits a company makes. It is what they give as value to consumers that matters. With the S6, Samsung seems to be making some pretty good moves, and hopefully that will differentiate them in a better way than before.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 09:08

33. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Is that why samsung phones get #1 consumer satisfaction scores from two different surveys. This TW hate is childish.
Besides I thought Xiaomi was supposed to be #1 in China.?? I guess so called samsung demise is false like everything else on this site. Samsung is still #1 in China and in the world.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:24

38. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 481; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


I think they scored based on the number of survey they got. Sure Samsung is a quality brand without a doubt, but the smartphone game is changing rapidly fast, and Samsung is definitely losing the edge in terms of market share. $700 for a flagship should not be seen anymore. It is no longer Samsung completely dominates the Android world

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 15:41

78. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


No, the surveys were based on consumer satisfaction ratings, not on the number of surveys.(one by consumer report and another one by I believe U of Michigan).

"It is no longer Samsung completely dominates the Android world," it certainly seems that way by numerous reports on this site and others. However, Samsung's domination has become stronger outside of China. Samsung's major android rivals(more like former major rivals), Sony, HTC, Moto, Nokia are on its last legs, if at all. In case of Nokia, they no longer even make smartphones anymore. For most of the world, Android is samsung.
In China, samsung's marketshare is definitely down, but they're still #1(yeah, that's right #1). And, the Chinese smartphone companies who are taking marketshare away from samsung are doing it by selling their phones with very little profit or none at all. Chinese companies may gain marketshare and eventually one may even take #1 place away from samsung, but with little or no profit, they won't be able to compete for long.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 17:02 1

80. Tracy1988 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


You don't know a damn thing about Chinese companies but you're talking like you know for sure.
No profit? They're not retarded like you are.
Won't be able to compete for long? Are you trying to be annoying or you just have a brain of a pig?

I can't tell you anything that you aren't able to understand. Just keep your eyes open and see who will fall.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 18:38 1

83. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Retarded? brain of a pig? Can you be any more childish?! I am not going to argue with a child.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 22:59

90. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Speak for yourself, Finalflash. I enjoyed the TW interface very much especially the Android 5.0 on my Note 3.

Hater gonna hate.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 16:07 1

79. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Too many trolls on this planet. Apple stock isn't doing to well either.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 05:28

17. tedkord (Posts: 11629; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The put out the top rated phablet on the market, the Note 4.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:37

48. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Dude you have no idea what you are talking about. Not even remotely. Samsung phones were chosen as top seller do to the fact TouchWiz brings a nice set of features to Samsung phones tht no other Android devices have. Thus Samsung beat the original Android leaders like HTC very easily.

The reason China has stepped up is simple. They are offering phones with equal or better specs at a lower price point.

Apple gained ground simply because iPhone's in Asian countries are consider a luxury device and you are considered some top dog if you own one. Especially since 90% of Asian countries cant even afford expensive phones.

TW doesn't suck. In fact here on this site a vite was done with all the UI's next to each other an TouchWiz came in 2nd place.

If you don't like TW then don't like it. But to think it is that is a reason they had a drop in sales is stupid.

You don't own a multi-billion dollar business, so stop pretending you know how to run one. YOU DON'T. In fact you sound like a complete idiot.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 13:15 2

67. darkkjedii (Posts: 21205; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple gained ground, cuz they make a kickass lineup of products. Case closed.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 13:50 1

71. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


ironic how apple targets hipsters, thus making everyone get one. However, that would in turn make them mainstream, this creating one hell of a paradox.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 13:53 1

72. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


I can’t for the life of me figure out any reason why one would pick these metallic, over priced pieces of sh!t, unless they’re that computer illiterate or just HAVE to have the thing everyone else has.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 14:00 1

73. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


Apple Incorporetarded is an evil cult banned in several countries including Botswana and Andorra, famed for the antisemetic views of its followers who are known to pontificate on the great iMiracles regularly excreted by its former Great Leader, Steve Jobs. The Great Leader is the 15th incarnation of a long line of dictators who have dared to think differently. In commonality with Buddhist thought, Apple, Steve Jobs, and his workers, are to be considered One, with shared consciousness and utter dedication to the Whole, from which new products emerge.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 15:26 3

77. darkkjedii (Posts: 21205; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man STFU!!!

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 17:08

81. Tracy1988 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


Omg! Do they let people in mental wards online nowadays?

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 21:05 2

89. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


They use intimidation or psycho manipulation to keep Apple fans loyal to their ranks. This could be in the form of marketing of dire calamity sent by Steve Jobs if they leave; being shunned by their family and friends etc. This is a vital part of the mind control process.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 01:17

92. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


" This is a vital part of the mind control process."

Hey Gp_Custard, I guess they didn't get you - bet you glad u were wearin that tinfoil hat otherwise you'd end up buying an iPhone like the rest of us, huh.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 00:26 1

91. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


i guess thats just the regular android fanboy talking

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 18:52

103. BigBernard (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jun 2014)


You really are a clown.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 13:22

69. lyndon420 (Posts: 4371; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Good job Xiaomi...keep Android in the hands of consumers. Doesn't so much matter about the OEM so long as the operating system is kicking butt :-)

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 04:10 7

2. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


Well done Apple!

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 04:43 8

9. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Did Tim Cook give you another 5 cents bonus as well? That would be 15 cents salary for you today. Keep up the troll work!

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 04:51 14

12. halca (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Jan 2015)


Funny how being a satisfied Apple customer instantly equals trolling.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:24 2

23. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Funny how you don't know he's a paid shill, funny.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 08:44 1

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 21205; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I wonder the same thing.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:38

49. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


It trolling when it is. This isn't an Apple article, so yeah he's trolling.

Oh and Samsung has a high customer satisfaction rate and more sold phones too.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 13:07 1

64. darkkjedii (Posts: 21205; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You openly admit to a strong hatred of Apple, yet you stay on Apple related articles bashing. Sooooooooooo?

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 04:54 11

13. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


Do you even call this trolling? Or simply you don't like me?

If the former applies, that means you have some serious problems with your eyes, Mr.Kruze...

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:05 4

19. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Ignore him kruze, this is what i decided to do now that he's not stopping.he's not a real sony fan. He's a troll

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:17 2

22. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


Could you stop commenting on every article I posted a comment... or should I call you a 'troll' from now on?

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:47 4

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 21205; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You have every right that they have to rep your favorite company. they attack you, because you like Apple, and they can't shut you down. Apple came strong last year, and will come even stronger this year. Well done Apple indeed, not cuz we dislike the others, but because we like Apple. I look forward to seeing what all these brilliant companies release, but I'm most excited about Apple, since that's my main eco system. I'm eagerly anticipating AppleWatch. Yes "well done Apple"! +1

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:39

50. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


False. We don't care that you like Apple. What we hate is your constant badgering of those of us who prefer different.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 13:09 1

65. darkkjedii (Posts: 21205; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude get lost, and post one link to an article of me badgering someone over their pref. I'll wait, cuz you're a goddamn lie. Now post that link.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 12:00 1

54. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


Says the iFanatic. Who praises the device with outdated specs and features. Along with a high demand price. In return a half baked OS, with a pathetic 1gb Ram, and bogus 64bit CPU, which needs a 4gb Ram.
The list continuies..... Shall I carry on?

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:10

21. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Apple-paid troll is here! However, Samsung still holds the crown. Let's see when the Galaxy S6 blow this junk out of water.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:47 5

25. BobbyBuster (banned) (Posts: 854; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


GS6? I'm waiting for ES6 (sixth earnings shock in a row)

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 09:14 2

35. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


If you're anti-Samsung, you mean you're anti-innovation. All technology on your iPhone are from the Korean firms.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 17:53 2

82. Tracy1988 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


@supernova

Stop talking out of your ass, stupid Sammy troll. If Samsung disappears today, Apple can still produce iPhones. The POS Samsung is the one who's been stealing from Apple. How many times did Apple sue your POS company? And how much was Samsung ordered to pay Apple for stealing? Samsung innovates nothing. That's why Koreans love iPhone and use iPhones more than their homemade Samsung craps.
FYI we Americans can produce everything right here in California much better than the craps produced from third world countries.
POS Samsung is using Android OS which is made by us on their crappy phones. Until your POS Samsung can make their own OS for their devices, you should just STFU.

Troll like you keeps me from buying Samsung products. Keep on trolling.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 19:05 1

84. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


Samsung comprises around 80 companies.[71] It is highly diversified, with activities in areas including construction, consumer electronics, financial services, shipbuilding, and medical services.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 19:16 1

85. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


On Samsung phones, you can remove the battery back when or if your phone is acting up. You can also insert a mini SD card, which has more space than the iPhone, which you can only choose the amount of gigabytes (8, 16, 32, or 64) and you are unable to put more space in the phone. Also, when you add music and movies through a computer, you have to go through the whole iTunes process with an iPhone, and with Samsung, you just plug it in, copy, and paste. More recently, iPhone has also copied the Samsung software with their new iOS 7. This has made the phone a Samsung wannabe. In conclusion, I think Samsung is better, having owned a Galaxy S3 for a while now.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 19:16 1

86. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


Apple has copied all of the leading technologies, released them late and called it their own. Almost all features of an Apple product have copied a previous non-Apple product. In addition, to all you people who say Mac is better than Windows, tell me all the features on a Mac, and then i'll give you a list of all the features on a windows, ten fold.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 19:24 1

87. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


Samsung is clearly better. Better resolution, graphics, customization, storage, interface, smart features and innovation. People say that Samsung copied Apple but there are SO many things that Apple copy from Samsung now (iOS7, various smart features, etc). Apple is scared that's why they sue left, right and centre. Samsung, on the other hand, treats everything as fair game. Samsung is amazing and the only people who can deny this are those who are not sane (a.K.A Apple fanboys).

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 01:32

93. Tracy1988 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


Sorry to disappoint you. I'm not an iFan but I'll take the iPhone any time over Samesung craps. Yes SAMEsung with the same stupid protruding camera and speaker on the back on every model. So lame lmao. Soon Chinese companies will bring all you Samesung fanboys back down to earth. Meanwhile iPhones keep selling in millions.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 19:26

88. darkkjedii (Posts: 21205; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Damn dude, you checked his a$$!

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 07:13 6

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 21205; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You sound like a Samsung paid troll, but that's ok right? Riiiiiiiiiiiight...

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 09:11 3

34. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Ah, Apple fanboy! Be sure that your A series chips were provided by Samsung. Apple is nothing, just a shell without soul.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 09:23 2

36. darkkjedii (Posts: 21205; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


IDGAF where they get them from, as long as they work. You can't get to me with this fanboy crap dude, I'm a consumer of tech products, couldn't care less about Apples partners. Apple is nothing, but the #1 company by market cap value. That's one helluva shell. Try again Jr.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:10 1

46. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


My point is that Apple can't beat Samsung in term of technology. Apple is #1 is overrated by its fanboys like you, but in reality it's Samsung who leads the world tech.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 13:13 1

66. darkkjedii (Posts: 21205; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple is #1 cuz of fanboys like me? Mmmmmmk!

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 10:42

101. iOSLMFAO (banned) (Posts: 290; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


Um, yes. If it wasn't for their deluded fanboys who don't know any better, apple would be in a very bad spot. Ignorant fanboys purchase iToys, true techies purchase anything but.
Saying you're a techie and fellating apple every chance you get is akin to saying you're an auto enthusiast and drive a Geo.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:41

51. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Yet they raise the cost of the phone and added absolutely nothing. YEs all that money and they still ripping you fools off.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 12:06

56. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


No matter if what you say or even provide with proof and other info, they still believe Apple is the best. Lmfao.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:35 3

41. greathero1 (Posts: 563; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


So seeing as how the overwhelming majority of Android phone chips are coming from Qualcomm, does that mean the others have no soul either?

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:02

42. darkkjedii (Posts: 21205; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said, let's see his reply.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:07

45. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


At least Samsung can make its own chip, memory, display, and some other innovative services. Don't forget that we are number one consumer electronic in the world. Thanks :)

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