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.
Samsung has released the third update for the devices enlisted in their Galaxy Beta program for the S7 and S7 Edge. To the best of our knowledge, the update has so far been received only in the UK, although the same should be making its way into the other eligible regions soon as well. The third build comes in at a size of around 300MB, with the firmware version G935FXXU1ZPKK.
Here's a look at some improvements and changes that it brings over the current version.
1. The brightness slider can now be moved above the Quick Panel from its original position in the Notification menu
2. It is possible to choose the layout for the Quick Panel Toggles
3. Edge Feeds have been removed
4. Brings the November security patches with it
5. Improvements in stability and a less buggy experience
6. Some devices have "lazy" screens that light up later than they should on waking the phone
Let's see what the next build brings to the firmware and rest assured that we will keep you updated.
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)