The analyst firm, Gartner, has reported that 3Q20 saw a decline in smartphone sales compared to 3Q19. It said that the next quarter looks better but sales will still be hampered due to COVID-19.
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IDC has predicted that smartphones will grow year-over-year in 4Q20 after the market performed stronger than expected during 3Q20. The sales will be largely driven by consumer interest in 5G.
A new research suggests that Samsung is set to retain the highest percentage share (21%) of the smartphone market, followed by Apple. It adds that Huawei is expected to see a sharp decline in 2021.
Gartner says that smartphone shipments fell by 20% YoY in Q2 2020, with Samsung seeing the biggest decline (27%), resulting in a tie with Huawei for first place. Apple, however, sold 0.4% fewer units.
Google's premier phone hardware has doubled its sales over the previous year. Over 3.9 million Pixel devices were sold in 2017. In comparison, Apple sold more than 77 million units in the same period.
Apple surpassed Samsung to become the top smartphone vendor in Q4 2017 despite its 1% decrease in shipments. The top five vendors made gains while other smartphone vendors lost out.
Growth in the smartphone sector reached its peak in China last year, with vendors refocusing efforts in countries like India, as revealed in the latest report from analyst firm Canalys.