Microsoft and Sony to fall off a list of the world's top 12 global smartphone producers
posted by Alan F. / Jun 14, 2016, 1:42 AM
IC Insights sees very little middle ground in smartphone sales this year. The analytics firm expects seven of the top 12 companies to grow their smartphone sales by 6% or less in 2016. The other five will report growth in intelligent handset sales of 29% or higher.
Samsung was the largest seller of smartphones globally in the first three months of 2016 with 81.5 million units sold from January through March. Apple was next with 51.6 million iPhone units rung up during the same time period. IC Insights expects both manufacturers to report slightly lower year-over-year smartphone sales in 2016.
Out of the top 12 smartphone vendors as measured by IC Insights, 8 of them are based in China. Those firms include Huawei (3rd), Oppo (4th) and Xiaomi (5th). The other Chinese manufacturers are Vivo, ZTE, Lenovo, TCL and Meizu.
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This is a pretty standard affair to be honest. Not sure why you pegged those two (MSFT and Sony) in your title though. MSFT is in the middle of "retrenchment" and won't have any hardware out until Q1 2017 at it's earliest. And Sony has been doing crazy s**t in their mobile division since early last year. No surprises here at all.
posted on Jun 14, 2016, 12:55 AM 5
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Waiting until 2017 to come out with hardware to capture a niche market is not likely to pan out well.
posted on Jun 14, 2016, 10:15 AM 0
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Not to mention MS never did phone hardware, it was all Nokia. MS just bought them and as a result it became part of them. But they pretty much got rid of that purchase as a write-off since no one actually wanted it but Balmer. He even threatened to resign if they didn't do it. Even with their spring 2017 release of the reference phone. Their objective is simply to be a reference for OEMs like the surface line is today. If it becomes popular then sure. But of course they would need it to support all networks globally as it will likely only be sold from MS directly unlocked. And possibly AT&T since they have a good relationship.
posted on Jun 14, 2016, 12:08 PM 1
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Once sony is steady they will make more profit than 3rd to below brand thanks to their epic pricing
posted on Jun 14, 2016, 12:56 AM 1
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Wise people knows that MSFT is not even trying to compete in 2016!!!! Last try will be a surface phone for enterprise like HP elite x3 v2.0 !! And thn we will see!! About sony they are not in league altogether!!
posted on Jun 14, 2016, 12:59 AM 2
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Nothing to worry about, Microsoft was just not too long ago "irrelevant" in the Tablet space despite them starting it since 2002. Once they finally took it seriously and made a complete and non-bastardized Tablet, it quickly became the new Standard and their Platform is now leading in sales: http://betanews.com/2016/03/08
And eventually market-share too. Until they make the true Surface Phone, I'd expect to keep seeing Smartphone sales decline...
posted on Jun 14, 2016, 1:12 AM 1
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soo.. why dont you change those brand list (top left of this site) and "most popular manufacturers" inhttp://www.phonearena.com/phon
remove microsoft, BB, HTC, and sony,,, and replace it with better phone manufacturer like xiaomi, OP, oppo, lenovo, huawei, and others
posted on Jun 14, 2016, 3:17 AM 0
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