The smartphone industry is in robust health, with all players, big and small, confident that they can continue to develop new and exciting products and increase revenues.
However, as a new study shows, every now and again, the market will take a hit. Simply put, this is just one of those things.
In its latest report, TrendForce revealed that 291.2 million smartphone units were shipped around the world during the first quarter of 2015.
This was a notable 9.2 per cent drop in comparison with the previous quarter, which was attributed to a weakening smartphone market in China.
But, as we noted above, this is just a blip, as TrendForce expects the market to experience a “visible recovery” towards the end of the second quarter this year.
The global provider of market intelligence also revealed that Apple and Samsung, the two giants of the smartphone industry, continue to dominate.
It went as far as to say that both companies enjoyed “exceptional worldwide performances”.
“[Samsung’s] Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have successfully captured consumers’ attention in the first quarter,” TrendForce stated.
“Compared with Galaxy S5, the most recent models show substantial improvements in components specs. The S6 Edge in particular has created a buzz with its main feature – a touchscreen that curves to both sides of the phone.”
As for Apple, needless to say, its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to deliver positive results for the company. It is also cementing itself as a notable brand in China, which is helping to boost sales.
The study also highlighted the growing buzz around Huawei, which is most certainly now a global player.
Its Ascend Mate 7 is highly recommended and described as being a “much sought-after model”.
It is certainly an outstanding model, both in terms of design and software. The screen size, for example, is an impressive six-inches long and comes with a “super eight-core Kirin 925 SoC chipset”.