Smartphone Shipments Fall by 11%, Apple’s Market Share Comes in Second to Samsung

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A new report on the global smartphone shipments in Q1 2022 showed a decrease of 11%. Apple’s market share increased but the Cupertino company came in only second to Samsung.

Samsung Leads Smartphone Shipments, Apple in Second Place

The latest data from Canalys showed that Samsung led smartphone shipments with 24% market share. Its market share increased by 5% from Q4 2021 (19%).  Apple placed second with 18% of the market share, down by 4% from 4Q21 (22%).  Xiaomi maintained its third-place position with a 13% market share, up by 1% from 4Q21 (14%). Vivo and Oppo came in fourth and fifth with 10% and 8% share in smartphone shipments respectively.

“Despite the looming uncertainty in global markets, the leading vendors accelerated their growth by broadening device portfolios for 2022,” said Canalys analyst Sanyam Chaurasia.

There Is Still Demand for iPhone 13

The report also mentioned the contribution made by the newly released iPhone SE to Apple’s market share. Despite reports that said the new iPhone SE was not doing well, it still played a big role, enabling Apple to offer a mid-range smartphone to the market. However, this contradicted the latest report by Wave 7, as reported by PCMag, which claimed there was less enthusiasm for the iPhone SE 3 at U.S. wireless carrier stores. Interestingly, the report also noted that Apple lacked enthusiasm for the iPhone SE since there were fewer advertisements for it.  The report said that “not many people know that it came out.”

So, what made Apple maintain its second-place position if the iPhone SE 3 was not selling well? Obviously, demand for the iPhone 13 contributed to Apple’s share in smartphone shipments.

COVID-19 Affects Smartphone Shipments

As for the cause of the slowing demand for smartphones, the report noted that the smartphone market was affected by an unsettled business environment in Q1. According to Canalys VP for Mobility, Nicole Peng:

Markets saw a spike in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant, though minimal hospitalizations and high vaccination rates helped normalize consumer activity quickly. Vendors face major uncertainty due to the Russia-Ukraine war, China’s rolling lockdowns, and the threat of inflation. All this added to traditionally slow seasonal demand.

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