This came as no surprise. After the USA banned the number 1 Chinese smartphone brand Huawei, someone had to take its place. Xiaomi did well this year and sold more than 6 million smartphones, whereas Huawei managed to ship only 5.5 million phones globally. Both companies faced a decline in the sales chart but this is normal as most of the companies faced a downfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, Huawei shipped more than 12.2 million smartphones and Xiaomi was successful with 10 million in January of 2020. Huawei sales dropped almost 70% in February of 2020, compared to February 2019. Xiaomi's shipments dropped only around 30%. In total, 62 million phones were shipped to the world in February 202 - a decline of 39%, compared to 2019. During February Samsung shipped the most at 18.2 million devices, followed by Apple's 10 million iPhones.
It seems that after the US strike on Huawei, the company is losing outside of China because its phones don't support Google apps and services. Other phone manufacturers have taken this opportunity to their benefits and start rolling out premium-like smartphones with competitive prices under their names. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 outbreak hit Chinese companies very hard in February. However, China is already recovering, while western markets are slowly marking its progress. Samsung has also lost some percentage of market share but this the least amount and reaches 13% only.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has experienced an 18.7% increase in its iPhone shipment in China. The report suggests that the company has sold an estimated 3.18 million units of iPhone in China. Previously, the company saw a 6% growth in China for Sep and Oct periods. China is Apple's second-biggest market after the US and despite everything going on between the US and China, the company is still making good progress. According to the statistics, almost 389 million smartphones were shipped in China for 2019 out of which only 13 million were 5G-enabled.
Recently Nokia released a press release that highlight the news regarding its high-speed 5G internet connectivity. According to Nokia, it has achieved the world's fastest 5G speeds in its over-the-air network in Dallas, Texas, utilizing 800 MHz of commercial millimeter-wave 5G spectrum and Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) functionality, Nokia achieved 5G speeds of up to 4.7 Gbps in tests performed on base station equipment being deployed in major U.S. carriers' commercial networks.
Earlier this record was set by Ericsson just a few months ago. Using dual connectivity enables operators to transmit data simultaneously across 5G and 4G networks, achieving higher transmission rates than using either technology independently. This solution will not only provide subscribers with unrivaled mobile broadband speeds but also enable carriers to sell various latency-sensitive enterprise services, such as network slicing for mission-critical applications.
Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, commented: "This is an important and significant milestone in the development of 5G services in the U.S, particularly at a time when connectivity and capacity are so crucial. It demonstrates the confidence operators have in our global end-to-end portfolio and the progress we have made to deliver the best possible 5G experiences to customers. We already supply our mmWave radios to all of the major US carriers and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them moving forward." Nokia has also rolled out an OS update to Nokia 5.1 plus to 32 countries that include India as well. With the Android 10 update, the Nokia 5.1 has the latest OS.
Cyanogen's employee Adnan Begovic dropped quite the bomb over the Seattle Coderush dev event. He claims today Cyanogen has over 50 million users, which is more than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry combined.
And let me stop you before you start digging evidences and reports that this is not true. He is absolutely right, at least technically.
Windows Mobile is the key here the OS is the predecessor of Windows Phone and very few people are still using it today. The golden era of the Windows Mobile has been long over and only few users are still using their WM phones. Most of them probably use the notorious HTC HD2 and may even not run WM, but that's for another topic.
There is a chance Adnan Begovic meant Windows Phone instead of Windows Mobile. This means someone at Cyanogen was too keen to brag before making any proper calculations. Windows Phone had 50 million active users by the end of 2013 as per AdDuplex report, which means 20 months later those should be a lot more. And we are sure BlackBerry users are enough to tip the scales even if the Microsoft platform has been standing still.
Today, an announcement came from LG claiming that it's latest flagship, LG G3 will be the first to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop treatment. Poland has started rolling-out with other regions to follow. Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG, shared LG's plans: "LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority."
"The new features and improvements in Android 5.0 will bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better than it already is." - The CEO added.
This means LG has beaten Samsung and HTC on the Lollipop update. Samsung should start the update this December and HTC later on February,2015.