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- Every major Android manufacturer lost market share in the first quarter of 2022.
- Apple was the only smartphone maker to gain a share.
The first quarter of 2022 wasn’t good Android, with every major manufacturer losing market share. Meanwhile, Apple was the only smartphone maker that increased its share.
The Latest report from IDC It highlights the issues the smartphone market is facing and the cost to their shipments. Between the global pandemic, supply chain woes, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, smartphone shipments have fallen dramatically. As a result, all the major Android manufacturers have been affected, and some of them have been greatly affected.
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Here are the changes in the market share of the top five smartphone vendors year on year:
- Samsung lost 1.2%
- Apple gained 2.2%
- Xiaomi lost 17.8%
- Oppo lost 26.8%
- Vivo lost 27.7%
- Others lost 2.7%
In all, the industry shipped 314.1 million units in the first quarter of 2022, down 8.9% from the 344.7 million units it shipped in the first quarter of 2021. Interestingly, both Apple and Samsung bucked the general trend. Apple was the only major manufacturer that saw market share growth, while Samsung’s losses were orders of magnitude lower than its competitors. IDC attributes this to superior supply chain management on the part of the two companies.
Ryan Reith, group vice president of IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Trackers, wrote.
While corporate losses are worrying, IDC believes the numbers may not tell the whole story. Rather than really losing market share, the company believes that the demand for smartphones has only lagged, which means that different companies may see a significant increase in share in the coming quarters.
“We remain of the opinion that any imperfect application will not be lost, but will be pushed forward,” Reith continued. “It is just a matter of when this request will be appealed.”