Again just quick notes as I'm heavily traveling but some are waiting for this info
Apple results out obviously. iPhone sales down 11% from Q4 to 61.1M and prelim market share is down to 17% from 20% last quarter. The large screen bump to the iPhone is now subsiding clearly. And obviously the silly stories of iPhone being bigger than Samsung are now well past us. Apple is still making by far biggest profits - we won't dwell on that on this blog, we acknowledge it, Apple has by far best loyalty also.
LG reported a far better performance in Q1 vs Q4 with essentially flat sales in a period when the market is down. LG total smartphone sales were 15.4 million, down 1% from 15.5 million in Q4. The market share for LG is up from 4.1% to prelim 4.3%.
Then two of the big 3 analyst houses have given their counts of the total global smartphone market for Q1 of 2015, Strategy Analytics counted 345 million, and IDC counted 336.5 million. These numbers seem too small to me and may be later revised upwards, but we'll have to go with what they say for now. I was expecting this period to be significantly bigger sales, powered by China sales for their New Year gift-giving. But yeah, lets see if we get a Canalys number at a higher level perhaps to bring the average up somewhat, but yeah. Suprrisingly weak Q1 compared to recent history how the market had performed.
Samsung gave their Q1 numbers but as normal, didn't give their smartphone unit count. However the two analyst houses did give their counts of Samsung and that average of those two is at 82.8 million so its pretty safe to say that Sammy contiunes being the world's largest smartphone maker with a healthy gap to Apple at number 2, and note, Samsung sales are up 11% this quarter where most of the quarter didn't have the new Galaxy S6 and Edge models even for sale. (Again I think the total count of the market by IDC and Strategy Analytics this quarter was too conservative...)
Ok thats the quick update. I'll collect the rest of the smartphone maker data as they come out and do the Q1 total market data as soon as enough info is available.