The LG G3 is finally in the market and, in its home town of South Korea, it is being treated like a king. LG is now reporting the first week sales of its flagship, which has reached 100,000 units in just 5 days.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 launched around the world just a few days earlier. We have yet to see any sort of press release style announcement from Samsung, however reports coming out of Korea are suggesting sales have been strong. In fact, it was said the Galaxy S5 launch day sales beat Galaxy S4 launch day sales.
Sluggish Android device sales have led the iPhone 5S to sell better than expected, according to some analysts. The flagship iOS device is tops in US sales, and leads the way in various other countries it’s available in as well. Taking advantage of a lull in Android flagship energy, Apple’s reign may not last long.
Gartner has released a new study today, and they’re forecasting big mobile phone and tablet shipments for 2014. They believe that at the end of 2014, OEMs around the globe will have shipped 1.895 billion devices, a 4.6% increase over 2013. According to them, lower-end and mid-range devices are the reason for the bump, as well as expanding emerging markets. Oddly enough, these are similar gains as to those they noted in 2013.
Gartner has released their statistics on global tablet sales, showing Android to be the superior platform. The market share for the platform rose to 61.9% globally in 2013, up from 45.8% in 2012. Across the board, sales were up for all platforms, but iOS saw a sharp decline in market share.
ZTE is planning big things for 2014. It seems as though they want to up their smartphone shipments 50%, from 40 million to 60 million. Those are worldwide deliveries, which ZTE will fight while a battle back home heats up.
There are always some issues when dealing with device sales figures. To begin with, there is the bit about whether they are actually sold, or just shipped. The former means the device has reached a users hands and the latter means the manufacturer shipped the device and it is sitting on a shelf waiting to reach a customer. Aside from needing that distinction, there is also the difference between analyst reports and numbers direct from the manufacturer.
Motorola will be announcing the Moto G shortly. The handset is expected to be a lower-cost alternative to the Moto X. And coincidentally, we recently saw price cuts for the Moto X both on and off-contract. Motorola also opened up the Moto Maker to all four major US carriers this week. But with all this Moto X news, a new report coming from the Wall Street Journal brings talk of poor sales.
IDC has published its latest quarterly smartphone shipment numbers, which shows an overall increase in global device shipments of 6-percent over the same quarter last year. On an interesting note, part of this growth was attributed to atypical shipment numbers for handset makers outside of the Top 5, including Huawei and Alcatel.
If you're the proud owner of almost any flagship smartphone from the past year, it's likely running a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor under that HD display. Samsung and their Galaxy S3 and S4, the HTC One, LG's Nexus 4 and many other devices are all powered by Qualcomm, which is one of many reasons they've (yet again) had record sales and revenue for the Q3 earnings report this year.