Smartphone makers delaying launches to Q2 because of staggering iPhone demand?

Smartphone makers delaying launches to Q2 because of staggering iPhone demand?
Here’s an interesting little suggestions that phone lovers won’t like - smartphone makers might be delaying the launches of their 2012 devices to avoid falling in the shadow of the staggering iPhone demand. Big names like Samsung, HTC, Nokia and LG are said to bring their upcoming devices to shelves only in the second quarter of the year, when the iPhone craze is expected to slow down.

“Based on previous experience, sales of iPhone 4S will remain at peak in the first quarter of 2012 and then begin to decline,” Taiwanese DigiTimes suggested.

All of the major phone makers Samsung, HTC, LG and Nokia are expected to unveil new products at the end of February at MWC in Barcelona, but if we are to believe this the actualy devices will only start hitting shelves in Q2 2012.

source: DigiTimes

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65 Comments

65. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'll be honest, I'm going over to Mac, yep, I'm deciding if I should get a Mac Mini first, and then get the Macbook Pro, or go straight for the Macbook pro, I'm leaning towards the latter. I'm tired of PC's and the all the crap I put up with using them, I BUILT the computer I'm typing this on, so I'm no noob, Apple goes CRAZY on the products it designs, I mean look at the macbook pro's they CNC machine the cases, that's INSANE, not to mention expensive, they are built like tanks, and they exude quality, the OS is equally awesome. Now there are two phones that prove my point for me, The HTC TITAN, it is aluminum and glass, and the Windows OS is equally solid, making a beautiful fusion of hardware and software, just like an apple product, if you are in the usa, go to AT&T's smartphone store online, the HTC titan is HIGHLY rated! The second is the RAZR, beautifully designed, premium materials, Android has been running perfectly for me, no problems. And people RAVE about the build quality. Too many products from too many manufacturers have been "rubberized plastic bricks" and too many computers have been too buggy (I've had to mess with some pretty crappy dells), I'm tired of it, don't be surprised if my avatar switches to an apple logo. The RAZR saved android for me though, it has been perfect, can't wait for ICS. I'll still get that iPhone 5, just because the Ipod touches will fall too far behind.

63. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

just a dr. obvious moment. the last 2 SGS phones have been dropped in Q2, which coincides with apple's announcements. seems more like they are going directly after apple instead of running from them.

62. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

doesn't everyone already know tt this Victor H. guy is the biggest Apple fan boy working for PhoneArena already? i still rmb a poll he made about buying Iphones, the last option was ''I don't intend to buy an I-Phone yet'' bitch, I NEVER intend to buy an I-Phone. Im happy and content with my LG Optimus 3D. screw Apple

53. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

And with the EVO 3D from HTC, the SGSII from Samsung, the Galaxy Nexus from Google, the DROID RAZR from Motorola & the Lumia phones from Nokia, why would they have to drop anything else right now? At least Michael Heller has the balls to defend his articles. Even if they're baseless. This Victor H guy just drops uninformed CRAP and ducks under cover.

50. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

This article is the kind of baseless CRAP that causes people to say Phonearena are nothing more than a bunch of Apple fanboys. That and the fact that the words "iSh33p" and "CR@pple" are banned by this site but "Fandroids" isn't. No wonder everyone calls this site "iPhonearena".

41. knowledge

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

Of course android makers are scared of Apple. If I was putting out junk and slapping a giant screen on it I'd be scared too.

35. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Right ... and then in the second quarter Apple will announce the iPad 3 ... so folks will save their money for that ...

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

does it matter? this just means that there are good phones dropping all year long. besides, Samsung dropped the sgs2 in the us mere moments before the i4s dropped and it still sells quite well. if it is true, its not the only industry that does that. video games skip Christmas all the time so there is less competition to increase their sales. I'm happy with that. instead of 10 great games all fighting over the same moment, we get great games spread through the year. how is that a bad thing?

28. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Pure speculation for sure, but just from the sales numbers there may be a little truth to it. Yes, there are still Android releases happening so we can put to bed the thought that Android manufacturers are asleep until Spring turns to Summer. And I think we can all agree that most iPhone sales are those that are iFans and will only get an Apple branded toy anyways. But, if I am sitting at board meeting at a manufacturer of Android kicking around release dates, and it is just a matter of weeks to a month delay, what's it hurt? Motorola has said it is aiming for a smaller number of releases, Samsung always pushes it's Galaxy series as it's big boy and will not be entering in the GS3 for a while yet, and LG and HTC need a hit. Why not build a little excitment and let the iPhone 4S fanfare die down?

61. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i doubt there is too much truth to it, but again, it doesnt matter. There is a delay this year because phones are going to start dropping with ICS. The "big" phones are all being delayed so they can stock up on quad cores as well. I dont see a lot of "omg apple" in supply chain issues. At this point, i dont really think apple and android affect each other too much. They are fighting over first time smart phone buyers more than they are each other because people get tied into the system they are in. Of course there are cross overs, but the real money is in the new guys. And the new guys dont normally wait for new releases, they go into a store and pick from what is available since they are not familiar enough to wait for a certain phone. And if thats true, then it doesnt matter when a phone drops, as long as its in the store to be a choice.

24. RandomlyPsychotic

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

americans are obsessed with electronic apples.

27. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Android phones combined still outsell the iPhone, so I do not know where these "American's are Apple-only" posts are coming from. The iPhone is a world wide sensation. Yes, it is HUGE here, but there is no reason to ignore the facts that the U.S. is like most markets and is wide open to sales from different devices.

12. murali_v_2000

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Totally baseless crap. Randomly connecting some article in Taiwanese magazine and a supposition that some android phones to be released in 2Q, DOES NOT point to the conclusion that android phones are delayed due to iCrap demand. Learn some logic first.

19. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Tell that to fandroids who kept saying that Apple is afraid of android. But I bet you'd say that one makes sense, even when you don't have proof at all as well :) Typical fandroid. STUPID :)

22. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Too retarded to notice why people say that? Does it have to do with the fact that Apple tend to try to ban Android device makers products? Anyway that's more than enough words wasted on your kind, take that anyway you like it as you do with everything else in your slightly miserable life. This article is a bit of flame bait if you ask me, stating what looks obvious in order to incite people to read. Look most retailers don't bring out new products in the first quarter, why? After coming off Christmas high, most consumers will be spent and not looking to spend a lot of money. Q1 is notoriously a slow moving quarter, look in every sector of retail no one really brings out their big guns consumers just aren't biting as much as they do in the following quarters. Thanks PA for this useless piece of journalism, written by some first year lad looking for a job by stating the obvious and then applying it to some fear of a company's product popularity.

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

sure it's a good phone but it's not an out of this world phone, like it's selling figures suggest .. not by a long shot.

8. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Many people are selecting the iPhone because of ease of operation. Yes it has limitations on customization and other things but say what you will its a good phone. I have owned the SGS 2 Skyrocket and now the 4S. I prefer the 4S. Yes I liked to root my phone and customize it, which I can do the same thing on the 4S. Most people I encounter are selecting the iPhone because of the ease of use. Readers on these sites are usually technology advanced so we view Android different. While people just getting a smartphone like the simplicity of the iPhone. I like the Apps and the camera quality. Not to mention I prefer the music player. However that is just my opinion. I have a coworker that despises Apple and I get to hear it all the time. Meanwhile I don't get force close errors like he does and anything I download works on my phone vs Android where it varies from one model to the next.

11. kellkeezy

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

@bigdawg23 thank you so much for being resonable about it! You couldnt have said it better I had an adroid and I really do miss it, but the iPhone 4s finally came to sprint, and I was ready for an upgrade so I wanted to see what it was all about. I love the simplicity of it all and who know maybe ill go back to Android phones. Especially since the battery life is getting better and the bugs and UI are looking at a brighter future! but for right now my iPhone is working just as good as some of these other phones out right now. I really dont do much rooting or for that fact customization when I had my EVO 4G so switching to the iPhone made my life just as simple as the Android did. Albiet I had to re-learn typing on a smaller display, but it wasnt a big deal, and the music player is alot easier for me to use and load music on then my EVO.

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

..only confirms that ish**p is not a made up thing. it's real, and it's BAD. gosh it makes me sick, that overpriced same old story of a product is selling like it's the eight wonder of the world -.-

18. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@darac. A product that android copied. Let me remind you again that android was meant to have a hard keyboard to compete with blackberries :)

30. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

I guess companies aren't allowed to innovate or change the direction of their product development... totally unacceptable (sarcasm).

58. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

@Gemini. Once again poor ish**p thinking that iphone was the first smartphone ever jaja

5. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

stupid article...thats all there is too say...seriously did this craze effect sansung,NO...also how can something be delayed if it is yet to be announced and if this was the case the razr maxx,note,skyrocket HD etc would not be released or be released very soon.

17. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Oh so now it's stupid. But it's not stupid for fandroids to say that Apple is afraid of andoid devices when there's not even one article posted about about Apple holding off on their releases? :) Can fandroids be a little more subtle with your biases? Lol.

21. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Its stupid because it contradicts what is going on ie phones are STILL being released....do you seriously believe a company like Samsung will stop releasing phones when it has just had a record year?..if this was a quote from an executive then I would believe..android and ios can coexist,neither will get rid of the other...when did I say apple are scared?

26. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

why did the 4S release in October when all other Iphones released in June/July? Isnt that proof enough?

45. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Only when you Apple fanatics are.

37. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

In business, too much inventory is the main indicator that new products will be delayed. Given the massive sale of the 4S, it means a massive amount of android devices that were expected to be sold are left collecting dust in the warehouses, supply rooms, on displays, etc. all waiting for new homes. The android OEMs are not going to produce devices if it worsens the massive overstock since it harms the relationships with the retailers. The simpliest solution would be for the android OEMs to take back the unsold goods, but that costs money!

39. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Theres no evidence of this happening with htc ,moto or Samsung and clearly with news of certain devices being discontinued it seems most of the inventary is sold out...all am.saying is this article is for fan bait as there is no clear indication of this happening at all like I said if this was the case why are poems still releasing new phones this quarter such as the maxx,skyrocket HD,note lte,spectre,Droid 4 clearly these poems are still releasing new handsets which negates this article...Samsung just had a record year,they have no reason to slow down even with the huge sales of iPhone it has not had a negative impact on Samsung.

44. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

No evidence ... Unless you are in denial or had your head in the ground, how could you miss that the 4S took share from android in the recent quarter Q4:11 meaning there were a boatlad of unsold android devices versus plan, respectively. My advice... Look up channel stuffing.

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