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Chinese retailer sells out of OnePlus 3 stocks in 10 minutes

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3Popular Chinese retailer has put up the #OnePlus3 for sale on its website. Given the kind of hype that was generated by the company leading up to the launch, the retailer managed to sell out of all stocks within 10 minutes, a report has found. Obviously, hasn’t clarified the amount of units that went up on sale, but it is understood that the company has sold a significant number already.

The OnePlus 3 is one of the most sought after phones right now, thanks to its incredibly attractive price tag of $399. The smartphone comes in a Graphite color variant, with the Soft Gold model expected to be available by late July. OnePlus hasn’t shared sales details for the smartphone in other markets, but it goes without saying that the demand is pretty high. We won’t be surprised if the phone isn’t back ordered already.

Did you order a OnePlus 3 for yourself? Let us know.

Source: PlayfulDroid

Via: GSM Arena

Q1 2016 saw a 3.9% increase in global smartphone sales

Galaxy Note 5

#Gartner has published a new report on the state of the global smartphone sales in the past quarter. According to the report, the global market saw an increase of 3.9% in sales compared to the same period last year (YoY). #Apple, understandably, saw a decline in sales over the one year period, while #Samsung was also shown to have lost some market share, although not as much as Apple.

This leads us to believe that a variety of other manufacturers have had a fairly impressive quarter this year, which in turn suggests that the market is quite open to accepting new manufacturers. This can’t necessarily be good news for the likes of Samsung, Apple etc, but that’s simply how the economy works.

Gartner Smartphone Sales by vendors

As you can see from the chart, Huawei saw an increase of about 2.9% in market share compared to the previous year, which is a testament to the company’s popularity in the global markets. The Chinese manufacturer has recently built a presence in the U.S. as well, which could have had a part to play in its good fortunes in the first quarter of 2016.

Source: Gartner

Via: Android Authority

Samsung and Android’s Q4 2015 results show decent growth in the U.S.


#Android and #Samsung are synonymous in the mobile industry today thanks to the series of Galaxy smartphones and tablets that have taken the Android world by storm. A new report now suggest that Android as well as Samsung dominated the holiday season sales in Q4 2015, trumping even Apple to reach the top.

While Samsung might have achieved the feat with its newly launched Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ smartphone, Google’s Android platform might have had no difficulty in achieving the feat thanks to the array of smartphones from top manufacturers, including the couple of Nexus smartphones that were launched in late 2015.

Samsung’s marketshare jumped from from 27.6% in Q3 2015 to 28.4% in the last quarter of 2015, suggesting a decent growth in the most crucial time of the year. The Korean manufacturer would hope to carry on the momentum into 2016, especially with its flagship handset awaiting release now.

Apple’s marketshare saw a dip by nearly 1% to bring its numbers to 14.5% in the U.S. This is obviously going to be a big concern for Apple, so the company will look to change things around later this year with its new iPhones.

Source: comScore

Via: Pocketnow

LG reportedly sold 450,000 units of the V10 smartphone within 45 days

LG V10

The #LGV10 smartphone is not something we hear about everyday. But there’s really no denying that it’s a solid offering with an incredible specs sheet underneath. And testament to this is a new report from Korea which mentions that the device was quite popular in the U.S.

It is being said that the smartphone was in fact so popular in the U.S. that the company managed to sell nearly 450,000 units of the V10 within just 45 days of its release in the country, speaking volumes about how much of an impact the device has had on the market.

The LG V10 is no doubt an amazing device and comes with what we think is the perfect blend of existing hardware standards and new ones. It is being said that 37% of the sales came from people who were aged 25 to 34, suggesting a vast popularity among the young customers.

Did you or someone you know get a LG V10 recently? What do you make of this new report?

Source: The Korea Herald

Via: Android Authority

Chinese manufacturer Meizu reportedly sold 20 million smartphones in 2015

Meizu MX5

It’s common knowledge by now that Chinese manufacturers are very successful in their home region, thanks to the ultra low pricing and the features that they pack in their device.

One such manufacturer is #Meizu, which has now reported sales of 20 million smartphones in 2015 alone. This is quite a big figure for a company that operates from within Asia, with practically no presence in the U.S. or other major markets of the world. Meizu’s most recent device the PRO 5 was launched a couple of months ago and is already a hit in the Chinese markets.

This goes to show how competitive the Asian markets are today with the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei etc also among the successful companies in the region. With 2016 promising more phones, the competition will no doubt increase and the companies will have to step up their game in order to remain successful in the regions.

Source: Meizu – Translated

Via: Phone Arena

Xiaomi becomes the No. 3 wearables manufacturer

Xiaomi Mi Band

Xiaomi Mi Band

With a growth of 815% in the wearables segment compared to last year, #Xiaomi has risen to the third place according to new data published by IDC. This is thanks largely to its #MiBand fitness wearable which sells for a miserly 15%. It has sold 3.7 million units so far and has a marketshare of 17.4% as of now, skyrocketing the Chinese OEM to the third place in the wearables segment.

With the company launching a successor in the form of the Mi Band 1S recently, Xiaomi can perhaps make a bigger impact on the fitness wearables sector in 2016. Fitbit is still firmly on top as far as shipments and sales are concerned while Apple was at second place in the wearables segment, thanks to the massive popularity of the Apple Watch which has supposedly sold 3.9 million units so far.

That’s telling a lot given the prices that the Apple Watch sells for compared to something like a Fitbit or a Mi Band. But that shouldn’t matter much for Xiaomi which is currently on course to make a bigger impact on the mobile industry in the coming months. One can imagine the kind of damage the company can do if it ever makes its way to the North American markets.

Source: IDC

Via: Android Central

Samsung sold more phones than Apple in Q3 2015

Galaxy S6 edge

#Samsung and #Apple have always been neck and neck in terms of sales, although the latter has always been the market leader in terms of overall revenues and income. Samsung has now posted its Q3 2015 financial earnings, with device sales surpassing Apple’s. This is not a surprise given that Apple was yet to release the new iPhones for most part of the third quarter, so a lot of Apple fans were waiting for the release of the two devices.

At about the same time, Samsung released two new flagship phones in the form of the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. It is interesting to note that Samsung’s smartphone sales are the highest since Q1 2014, so the release of multiple midrange and budget handsets might have impacted the company’s sales figures.

While Samsung is leading in terms of smartphone sales, it’s still behind in terms of smartwatch sales with the Apple Watch leading the pack. It will be interesting to see how the Q4 2015 figures will read, given that the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus will be well established in the market by then.

Source: Yonhap News

Via: Sam Mobile

Xiaomi sold 800,000 units of its new Redmi Note 2 within just 12 hours

Redmi Note 2

Redmi Note 2

The #Xiaomi #RedmiNote2 handset went official not too long ago. The smartphone is only available in China for the time being though, which is the company’s primary market. And it seems like the company has managed to put together another hit in the region as the smartphone has reportedly sold 800,000 units within just 12 hours of going on sale.

This is a massive record even for a company like Xiaomi, which is known for its flash sales where phones are sold out within a matter of few minutes. The company has clearly outdone itself this time though with this budget midranger. The top end variant of the handset costs 999 CNY or $156, which is remarkably cheap considering the hardware on offer.

The Redmi Note 2 comes with a 5.5 inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, an octa core Mediatek MT6795 chipset, Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 3,060 mAh battery. The company hasn’t mentioned if the handset will be released Stateside anytime soon, but knowing the company’s history, it probably won’t make it outside Asia and other target markets of Xiaomi.

Source: Weibo

Via: Android Central

78% of Android phones sold in the U.S. during Q2 2015 were from Samsung and LG: Report


Samsung and LG are known to be a dominant force in the mobile industry. A new report now sheds light on the extent of their dominance, especially in the American markets. According to Kantar Worldpanel, LG and Samsung totally accounted for 78% of all Android phones sold in Q2 2015 in the U.S.

Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4 might have had a crucial role to play in these figures posted by Kantar, although the LG flagship wasn’t available until June.

This tells us that the two Korean giants are currently ruling the roost in the Android sphere, well at least in the U.S. The number would be significantly less in regions of Asia where the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei etc reign supreme.

The report further mentions that LG managed to sell more devices to first time smartphone owners compared to Samsung, which is a significant milestone for the company as Samsung usually dominates the markets on its own. It will be interesting to see if LG and Samsung will be able to maintain this when the likes of Xiaomi, Meizu and other Chinese manufacturers make their way to the region.

Source: Kantar Worldpanel

Via: Phone Arena

HTC supposedly shrinking smartphone lineup following poor showing in the industry

HTC Logo - HTC Aero

HTC One M9

HTC’s One M9 flagship has been less than stellar as far as sales figures are concerned. A new report now suggests that the company is looking to shrink its smartphone lineup altogether so as to cut costs and increase profits.

The report suggests that the company is going to focus more on the high-end handsets, which could mean that the company’s midrange and budget Desire handsets might be seeing the end really soon. This is in stark contrast to the company’s policies from the past year, where it was focusing more on midrange and budget offerings.

But given the kind of impact that Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo have had on the midrange markets in regions of Europe, Asia etc, HTC couldn’t co-exist in the midrange market segment. The manufacturer’s One M9 flagship faced some issues at launch, mainly with the Snapdragon 810 chipset overheating. But the company has since issued some updates to the handset which have resolved the thermal issues to some extent.

Source: Reuters

Via: Phandroid

30,000 OnePlus 2 units sold in 64 seconds

OnePlus 2

The OnePlus 2 has seen overwhelming demand from the public as we all know. The smartphone went on sale earlier today in China and the response was understandably huge. The company managed to sell 30,000 units of the smartphone in just 64 seconds, which is quite incredible even for a company like OnePlus. This sale was held through the OnePlus online store in China.

Such response is usually expected for devices that are available on flash sales and in limited quantities. It is a common occurrence for a company like Xiaomi which holds flash sales on a regular basis in China. OnePlus is yet to bring the smartphone to global markets, so we’re not sure if the same response will be seen elsewhere.

But considering that over a million people have already registered for an invite to purchase the OnePlus 2, we’re guessing the demand spreads far beyond China. Have you registered for the OnePlus 2 yet? If yes, you might have to wait a long time to get your turn.

Source: Weibo

Via: G For Games

LG shipped 14.1 million smartphones in Q2 2015, but sees 60% decline in profits

LG Logo - Nexus

LG has just posted its Q2 2015 financial results and it’s not very impressive for the company’s share holders. The Korean manufacturer has mentioned that this quarter saw a decline in profits by 60% compared to the same period last year, which speaks volumes about the kind of competition faced by the company in the industry today. This comes as the manufacturer shipped 14.1 million phones globally and even increased its presence in the U.S.

The bright side here is that the company has reported a 36% revenue increase in the North American markets, although global smartphone shipments were down by 3% for the company. LG even posted a marginal 1% increase in revenues on the global level, but given the slim profit margins and the relative lack of demand for its premium devices, this didn’t make much of a difference for the company.

LG will hope for a better sales figure in the third quarter of the year and with the G4 only recently being unveiled, there should be a lot of positives from the coming quarters.

Source: The Wall Street Journal – requires subscription

Via: Android Central

Over 1.5 million units of the OnePlus One sold so far

OnePlus One

While all the talk is about the upcoming OnePlus 2 flagship, a new report is spilling the beans on the sales figures of the OnePlus One, which is the company’s first and current flagship offering. As per this report, OnePlus managed to sell 1.5 million units of the device, which is relatively low compared to other manufacturers and was expected given the infamous invite system used to purchase the device.

Although the handset has been available in a couple of open sales since then, it was an invite-only offering for very long. Given the low profit margins on the OnePlus One, the company had to ensure that a large number of units were sold and it seems like the company has succeeded to some extent. The information was made public by Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus during an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

The OnePlus 2 will be officially unveiled this Monday on the 27th of July and is also expected to be sold through an invite system, although the company has promised some changes in the process this time around. It will be interesting to see if OnePlus will manage to sell more units of the OnePlus 2 compared to the predecessor.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Via: GizChina

LG has only sold under 240,000 units of the G4 since its launch


A smartphone might be a winner in the hearts of the reviewers and experts, but at the end of the day, all that matters is how well it sells in the market. It seems like LG’s latest G4 flagship hasn’t received much love from the customers as a new report is indicating how the manufacturer might have only sold 240,000 units of the smartphone since it was first released in South Korea on the 29th of April.

It must be noted however that the device wasn’t available in global markets until June, so a majority of the sales by then had to come from LG’s home region. It will be interesting to see how the company’s sales figures hold up in a couple of months from now when the device will be well established on the retail shelves.

LG has been running a couple of decent promotions, where additional battery and back panels are being offered for free to lure prospective buyers. The device shows a lot of promise on paper, but that won’t account for anything if the sales figures don’t reflect it. LG hasn’t officially commented on the aforementioned figures yet.

Source: Asiae – Translated

Via: G For Games