More dismal information from the smartphone selection crunchers. New figures out of Canalys place the North American smartphone sector at five-yr low for the initial quarter of 2019. That’s…bad. But also, in line with what we have been seeing globally. The sector has stagnated, and when companies aren’t in whole-on worry manner, there is definitely cause for worry.
Shipments dropped from forty four.four million down to 36.four million, marking an eighteen% drop yr more than yr for the initial quarter. Canalys states it’s the steepest drop it’s recorded for the category, chalking up some of the difficulties to “a lackluster general performance by Apple and the absence of ZTE.”
Apple is however the top of the heap, commanding 40% of the North American sector with enable from the sale of older discounted units. But Samsung managed to tighten the hole on the again of a effective Galaxy S10 start. The firm grew by 3% for the yr, up to 29.3% of the sector.
LG, Lenovo and TCL rounded out the top five, with the latter two making rather reliable sector-share strides. The remainder of the sector took a significant strike, however, with a 65% drop in shipments. Analysts appear confident that 5G’s imminent arrival will enable give the sector a boost in coming quarters, but it’s likely to be really hard for companies to maintain that momentum.