Samsung slumps, China bumps: see the astonishing rise of Xiaomi, Huawei & Co in global phone sales

Samsung slumps, China bumps: see the astonishing rise of Xiaomi, Huawei & Co in global phone sales
Samsung is the biggest market share loser in the last two years, a new report shows, mostly on account of the ascend that Chinese companies staged. Firms like Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, and even the relatively unknown Coolpad or TCL, are grabbing ever-increasing pieces of the pie, but, since the smartphone sales pie itself is getting larger, the impact on the big boys hasn't been that pronounced.

As you can see from the table below, Samsung is still top dog, but its market share has slumped from a 32.5% peak in 2013, when the Galaxy S4 was ruling supreme, to 28% last year, with projections for a further decline to 26.6% in this one. The second biggest phone maker Apple has mostly kept its piece of the cake constant, and is expected to do so in 2015, too. LG has done well, increasing its market share from 4.3% in 2013, to the projected 6.1% this year, while Sony marks a downturn, from 4.1% to 3.1%.

Now, we arrive to the Chinese phone makers. The relatively unknown Xiaomi used to be lumped in the "Others" category just in 2013, while this year it is projected to be the world's fifth, and maybe even fourth maker. Huawei is also doing pretty well, raising its market share about two percentage points in the span of two years. Lenovo's Motorola acquisition quickly catapulted it to third place with a 7.4% market share forecast for the year, and, overall, the ascend can only be attributable to the Chinese phone makers getting stronger, with Samsung getting weaker. 

Well, that's market forces at work for you, and we can't wait to see what Samsung's answer will be this year with the Galaxy S6, as the company is so powerful, that this table might be rearranged pretty quickly if the S6 launch proves successful.

Samsung slumps, China bumps: see the astonishing rise of Xiaomi, Huawei & Co in global phone sales

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69 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Popcorn is salted, buttered, and ready.

12. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Samsung is coming back in 2015. The year of Samsung begins now!!!!!!

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I just looked out my window, and didn't see anything. Should I look again now?

21. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Stole your bucket of popcorn while you were looking out the window.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hey! I need that back buddy!

26. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Hands you a protein shake and runs away with your popcorn.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Deal!

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

While you are bumpimg, Apple has China Mobile and they haven't gained an inch even with selling more phones. Even if Samsung loses China, China isn't the whole world. China oems mostly only sell phones in China. I have yet to see anyone with a Lenovo phone and those others the UI is in Chinese and they aren't sold anywhere else. Don't celebrate to early.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The only phones I'm concerned about being sold, are the ones in my household. I'm here having fun kicking it on the site, you're here actually taking this serious, and sweating numbers. Here's some real for ya bruh: Apple doesn't GAF about me, and Samsung doesn't GAF about you. We are nameless faceless consumers to them. The difference is: I realize that, you don't. I celebrate every 9-21, my anniversary. Now that's some real for your tech site trolling a$$. Holla back!

61. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

A person can be the "voice of reason", meaning that in a crazy situation or where people are doing dumb things but no one realises it's crazy or won't say/admit that it's crazy, that person knows better and says "Hang on, what the **** is this? What SHOULD happen is ..." It's not your conscience. Your conscience can be the voice of reason, but not necessarily.

63. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Most people do not actually know how to think for themselves, and unfortunately that prevents them from even knowing it.

66. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My conscience thinks you're an idiot, plain and simple. If I had 3 wishes, I'd wish for you to permanently get lost, even if it meant death. Please grant my wish, why do you even bother posting to me, just get lost. GTFOOH dude! Nothing to discuss with you.

69. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

God you're so lame!

52. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG from 4.3 % to 6% despite of very strong competition ! welldone LG! now bring the G4!

56. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

obvious with unlimited number of crappy mid range and low end devices. Samsung has to understand that their phones are least specd in their relative price(they are not apple) and have totally uninspiring design language.... despite being a samsung lover, I never recommend anyone to go for samsung in mid range and low end catagory. They appear as samesung in these catagories. Why not chinese companies will rise? there is every reason to rise. they have beautiful and pretty solid looking devices in very nice price range

65. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Lol +1

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Nah, Chinese phones blow. I'll never buy a phone from a Chinese company represented by a bunny with a communist star. Fck that oppresive system.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Seriously, that's the only reason? If that's a big problem for you, then you can buy a phone from other Chinese companies like Huawei, Oppo, ZTE, Vivo etc. What's so difficult? Besides, you're buying the phone, not the bunny.

10. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

You've made a grateful decision, mate! China censores everthing, and even tries to lower tax of its home grown companies. But those cheap companies won't beat Samsung in term of innovation, trust me. Samsung is much more advanced and has thousands patents in hand.

11. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Sadly that Communist star has over taken U.S. to become the No. 1 in the world in term of economy. Beside, Chinese smartphone vendors have nothing to do with their own company's political view. I really hope you don't shop at Walmart, because it's own by Chinese, too.

14. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

"Chinese smartphone vendors have nothing to do with their own company's political view" Dude, Chinese govt control everthing, even in tech sector. You know why Huawei was rejected by the US? Because it would spy for the Chinese govt.

19. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

If you think Huawei spy for the Chinese government, then you have a naive thinking. No evidence was made, it was all a baloney from the Chinese hater Americans. Yet, Apple spies for the NSA and Americans have no problem with it. See the irony?

23. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I think Apple just spies for their own purposes and NSA just so happens to come around to buy those data from Apple.

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

No, it has not. It is still second by a significant margin. If you combined China, Japan, and Germany (2,3, & 4), you would have an economy larger than the U.S. GDP (barely).

18. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

35. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Apparently you cannot even read your own articles. That's an adjusted purchasing power parity article. It even says at the bottom of the article that the gap between GDP of the U.S. and China is still tilted toward the U.S. So, keep dreaming.

22. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

If US has the largest economy, tell me, is US the largest automobile market? Is US the largest smartphone market? Is US the largest luxury goods market? Is US the largest energy consumption ? If no, how do you proved that US has biggest economy?

33. Ghost04

Posts: 515; Member since: May 03, 2014

'US is the largest economy' You can only find the statement in History now . Their is a new king in town . And that's CHINA . If someone disagree . You must know that he/she lacks in knowledge .

36. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

China is a manufacturing nation. The majority of innovation still comes out of the West. The U.S. GDP is still more than $6 TRILLION ahead of China.

27. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Have the Waltons moved to China? Last I heard, Walmart owned 51 percent of a major Chinese chain. So no, the Chinese do not own Walmart. I would say Walmart invests heavily in China to keep their slave labor going strong. It's hardly surprising that China, whose population is nearly 5 times larger than that of the USA, has a achieved a larger economy. And only marginally at that.

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