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

1. thnkthru3

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

It"s a sad state of affairs.

23. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Plus, by the time these people get their iPhone. The iPhone 5 with all the Droid capabilities will be out. :(

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Or maybe the fact that there is a brand new UI that they're trying to skin and it takes time to work out the bugs before hitting the market. Besides, LG didn't wait to introduce the Spectrum right? The Razr Maxx just dropped as well, so what makes you think after 4 years of iPhone releases that suddenly now these OEMs are scared to release their products? Or is this just an article to get us all riled up?

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31108; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Shutup meg

49. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

What the...meg???

51. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It's a Family Guy reference. I think he's being sarcastic, considering that it's usually the stupid asshole father, Peter, who tells Meg to shut up even when she makes a good point. :)

56. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Gotcha, don't know why I didn't make the connection. I love Family Guy. In that case, thumbs up to you both!

64. c0roo2k2

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

BEST. COMMENT THREAD. EVER.

4. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

This proves what fandroids have been saying that Apple is afraid of android OEM's. NOT. Bwahahahahahahahaha.

6. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

Oh yes.. it proves so much... since no OEM was quoted or had a comment regarding holding off releases. Speculation is always fun, was that iPhone 5 as awesome as you thought it would be??!

14. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@willar. Oh sure. Android OEM's will openly admit to this, lol.

29. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

You have no logic in what you're saying. If they won't admit to it, how is anything 'proven'. The quote is from a news site (kinda like PA!!). Are you still in high school?

33. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The proof is in the supply chain, but that is beyond willard's knowledge base.

60. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

unless you know something he doesnt know, then its beyond your knowledge base too, hippocrit.

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Except this article doesn't quote a single shred of proof. So easily led astray, aren't you, Gemini?

15. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@sniggly. Their proof is their observation that android OEM's are holding off on their new releases. What kind of proof are you looking for? A statement from android OEM's that they are holding off releases due to the iphone4s high demand? Lol.

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So... the fact that a large portfolio of Android devices was just released over the past couple of months has nothing to do with any more phones being released later than sooner, right?

36. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

@snig : just use basic statistics and sampling techniques. Since you work at BB, you have access to the amount of unsold android handsets in your system. For people like myself, we simply count the number of unsold android devices at Walmart, Target, etc... Even Walmart started discounting their no contract android smartphones by $20 to $129.99 and they are throwing in the MI triology as a bonus. The unsold android devices is the STRONGEST evidence the android OEMs will delay new devices. This evidence is in plain sight.

46. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yes, I have access to information regarding what phones are sold and what are sitting there unsold. For instance, we have a pile of Evo 3Ds (though we do sell them) but we're sold out of Infuses and Photons, We've also sold a s**t ton of Inspires, and a good amount of Galaxy S 2s and Epic 4Gs. The Bionic is starting to sell now, the Stratospheres have flown out the door, as have Thunderbolts and Atrix 2s. Granted, yes, the 200 to 300 dollar phones have been harder sells, but we're not exactly overstocked. We HAVE gotten a ton of iPhones in now (finally) and you know what? This month I sold, like, 5 iPhones. Granted, others have sold more, but at the same time, I'm not seeing people line up for them anymore.

57. supaman21

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

sounds about the same here.... only one older couple has bought a 4s from me the past 3 weeks, and even they talked to the apple guy for awhile before they came over

32. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

It's speculation, not proof. You have no proof phones were delayed, at all. Phones are being released as we speak (Galaxy Note upcoming, RAZR MAXX just dropped). Makes no sense.

20. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

why you feed the troll?

34. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

@snig -- remember how I stated the Moto Xoom 2 would be DOA before said release and my comment made you upset. At that time, I showed you and evryone else how a simple knowledge of cost-structure will show the Xoom2 will be expensive to build and thus carry a high price tag. Image your shock when my prediction came true. The proof that the android OEMs are delaying their introduction to Q2:12 is due to two factors that most people overlooked: (a) the massive overhang of unsold android devices due to the strong sale of 4S meaning it's going to take a while for the consumers to absorb the massive excessive inventory and (b) base of supply chain data. The supply chain data argument is too difficult to explain in a brief paragraph.

48. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The XOOM 2/Xyboard/"Motorola's product naming department needs to have their noses chopped off and spit on by Aliens" isn't actually all that expensive, though. Pricewise it's identical to the iPad 2: 500 for 16 Gig 10.1, 600 for 32 Gig 10.1. You haven't provided any data that there is a massive overhang of unsold units, and you haven't yet responded to the fact that flagship models were JUST RELEASED ONE TO TWO f**kING MONTHS AGO.

59. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

There is no "proof".

13. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Gémini now I can say your a real ish**p , applehead

16. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@johnny. And you're a stupid fandroid :)

42. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

@ Gemini Look at poor little ish**p getting mad , way you mad ? cause I'm Only telling the Thruth :P 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.

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