Apple retakes 5th spot in Chinese smartphone unit share, shipments soar

“Apple retook its spot as China’s fifth largest smartphone vendor in the first quarter, as the country’s market grew to triple the size of the U.S. [market],” Michael Kan reports for IDG News Service.

“Apple had an 8 percent share of the smartphone market, while Samsung continued to lead all vendors with a 20 percent share, according to research firm Canalys,” Kan reports. “Trailing behind Samsung were Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific, Huawei, and Lenovo.”

Kan reports, “In last year’s third and fourth quarter, Apple fell to the sixth spot. But iPhone 5 sales, along with price cuts to older iPhone models, propelled the company’s smartphone shipments in China’s intensely competitive market, said Nicole Peng, an analyst with Canalys. Samsung and Apple were the only two foreign companies to rank among China’s top ten smartphone vendors.”

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  1. This isn’t consistent with the Apple Death Spiral storyline, unless—yes, of course! Run this headline: Samsung’s 20% Sino Smartphone Share Squashes Apple’s 8%

  2. Samsung and Android will easily lead China’s smartphone market share by a huge margin. Apple will be claimed to be incompetent and a failing company losing its grip of the smartphone industry to the mighty Samsung juggernaut. Apple will definitely be made to appear foolish in the news media losing to Samsung’s upstart mobile division. As an Apple shareholder, I’ll just have to be content with my dividends and hope Apple knows what it’s doing.

    1. +1
      I was recently in China and found it fascinating that so many business people have multiple phones – usually a Samsung G4 and an iP4 or 5, some also had a Blackberry. I asked why and the response was the Samsung phones are free. In short, the Chinese Samsung user sees little value in OS and doesn’t care about the Android ecosystem. They think all software should be free. They do love the big screen and the camera.

  3. Apple now has 8% of 1/3rd of the smartphone market in China which is 24.2% of the available market. When Apple signs with and on China Mobile cell network this year, the iPhone will take 24.2% of the remaining 2/3 rds of the market. Samsung will loose it’s shares to Apple. So, Apple will have 24.2% and Samsung will have less than it’s 20% it has now!

    Simple math and knowing the facts. Tim Cook said in January that China will have a bigger market share for Apple than the USA. Bloomberg and Jim Cramer, “Think Different” or look like the looser backing Samsung all the way down just like you did RIMM and the other Apple iRoadKill!

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