Q2 smartphone shipments fall, says IDC

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In terms of shipments, that amounts to a drop from 62 million units in 2013 to 23 million in 2016.

The local Chinese brands, both Strategy Analytics and IDC report, saw sales surge.

That represents an increase of eight-point-four percentage points from the previous quarter and a rise of three-point-six percentage points from the previous year. It's especially good news for Xiaomi, which saw VP Hugo Barra leave earlier this year - the same month its CEO said the company was growing too fast.

But most Wall Street analysts were more focused on the bread crumbs Apple offered about expectations for its next line of iPhones expected to be announced in September.

The iPhone 8 users will also be able to hide the virtual 'home indicator' in certain context, according to Trougton Smith. "We expect the rumoured Galaxy Note 8 upgrade with a bigger screen to further strengthen Samsung in the coming weeks", says the report. That's what we think and you know, they can look at our track record of achieving it and then come to their own conclusion.

The iPhone's share of China's smartphone shipments fell to 9% in January-June, from a peak of 14& in 2015, according to consultancy Counterpoint. Like Nokia, Huawei is a dominant infrastructure provider, and the company has established a strong role in many global carriers by offering handset deals bundled with its base stations.

Chinese manufacturers Oppo and Xiaomi rounded out the top five with a market share of 8.1 and 6.2 per cent, respectively.

Upcoming flagship phone from SamsungSamsung to remain first place in Q3 2017 with the upcoming introduction of new Galaxy Note devices as sales of new iPhone 2017 models will take off in Q4 2017. They generally partner with retailers from around the world to find out how many devices were shipped to them throughout the year. To Hargreaves that indicated no large build of customer demand for the upcoming new iPhones. The all new model is supposed to join a new 7S, and 7S Plus come the fall. The Korean corporation attributed this to increase competition, and while this at least partly refers to the iPhone 8, the Apple handset must also compete in this environment. Huawei's mid-range and high-end models continue to prove successful along with the flagship P10, Mate 9, and the more affordable Honor series. Beijing wants to turn Guizhou into a tech hub, while President Xi Jinping himself has close ties to the region as a delegate for the province at the Communist Party congress. During the quarter, it expanded its number of service centers in India and added its new exclusive retail outlets as well.

Strategy Analytics puts total year-over-year smartphone growth at 5 percent.

The headlining statistic here is that overall smartphone shipments reached 360.4 million units for Q2 2017. The phone would also feature a much front better camera than its predecessors.

Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers, said the biggest reason for smartphone shipment contraction was the performance of vendors outside of the top five.