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India Shipped 152mn Phones in 2019, Registers 8% Growth as Apple Leads Premium Segment

Representative image of the rise of digital technology usage in India. (Photo: Telenor)

Representative image of the rise of digital technology usage in India. (Photo: Telenor)

According to IDC’s annual data from the Indian smartphone industry, Vivo led the sub-premium category, and OnePlus played a key role too.

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  • Last Updated: February 7, 2020, 3:55 PM IST

India is among the few smartphone markets that are still registering growth, as most developed markets are seeing a slowdown in smartphone shipments due to saturation. According to IDC’s annual data of 2019, India saw a total of 152.5 million phones being shipped through the year, which marks an 8 percent annual growth over what was shipped in 2018. While India no longer remains in double digit growth phase, industry watchers and companies will still take note of the key growth areas that are still contributing to smartphone shipments growing in the country.

IDC’s data further states that the share of online smartphone shipments are steadily on the rise in India. Upasana Joshi, associate research manager at IDC India states on this matter, “The online growth momentum continued through the year with a record share of 41.7% in 2019, growing by 18.4% YoY annually due to deep discounts, cashback offers, buyback/exchange schemes, and complete protection offers clubbed with attractive financing schemes like No Cost EMIs across major model line ups and brands.” In contrast, the offline smartphone market grew only 1.6 percent in India, through the year.

In terms of price distribution in India, IDC states that the sub-$200 (~sub-Rs 15,000) smartphone market in India accounted for 79 percent of the market. The mid-range market, which roughly stands for between Rs 15,000 and Rs 35,000, captured 19.3 percent of the market, while the remaining sliver of 1.7 percent was captured by premium devices. In the latter, IDC notes that Apple crossed Samsung to capture 47.4 percent of the premium smartphone market in India, thanks to the iPhone XR and a lower priced launch of the iPhone 11.

In the premium end of the mid-range phones, IDC states that Vivo led the charts with 28 percent market share, largely thanks to the Vivo V15 Pro. Vivo was closely followed by OnePlus in this segment, thanks to the OnePlus 7. With 5G on the horizon and more interesting form factor smartphones on the way, it remains to be seen how the Indian market fares through 2020 and beyond.

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Consumers Purchased More Apple Watches Than Traditional Swiss Watches in 2019

Apple Watch. (Image: Vishal Mathur/ News18.com)

Apple Watch. (Image: Vishal Mathur/ News18.com)

Swiss watchmakers, like Swatch and Tissot, are losing the smartwatch wars.

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  • Last Updated: February 6, 2020, 4:54 PM IST

Apple Watch outsold the entire Swiss watch industry by a huge margin in 2019. Apple Watch shipped 31 million units worldwide in 2019, compared with 21 million for all Swiss watch brands combined. According to Strategy Analytics a global, independent research and consulting firm, traditional Swiss watchmakers, like Swatch and Tissot, are losing the smartwatch wars. Apple Watch is delivering a better product through deeper retail channels and appealing to younger consumers who increasingly want digital wristwear.

“We estimate Apple Watch shipped 30.7 million units worldwide in 2019, growing a healthy 36 percent from 22.5 million in 2018. A blend of attractive design, user-friendly tech, and sticky apps makes the Apple Watch wildly popular in North America, Western Europe and Asia, Steven Waltzer, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement. The latest smartwatch from the Cupertino-based tech giant Apple Watch Series 5 is powered by watchOS 6 and comes with a new ‘Always On’ display feature. The latest smartwatch from Apple features top-of-the-line ECG and fall detection features, among other health benefits.

For added personal safety while traveling, users with cellular models of Apple Watch Series 5 can now complete international calls to emergency services, regardless of where the device was originally purchased or if the cellular plan has been activated. New location features, from a built-in compass to current elevation, help users better navigate their day. Apple Watch Series 5 is available in a wider range of materials, including aluminum, stainless steel, ceramic and an all-new titanium variant.

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One-Third of All Phones Sold Above Rs 30,000 in India in 2019 were by OnePlus

According to Counterpoint’s latest market data, Samsung ranks third in the premium market with 26 percent share, while Apple ranks second with 25 percent.

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Updated:February 4, 2020, 2:05 PM IST

One-Third of All Phones Sold Above Rs 30,000 in India in 2019 were by OnePlus
According to Counterpoint’s latest market data, Samsung ranks third in the premium market with 26 percent share, while Apple ranks second with 25 percent.

Riding on its OnePlus 7 series, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus led the Indian premium smartphone market in 2019 with 33 per cent market share. The company became the first-ever premium smartphone brand surpassing 20 lakh shipments in a year in India. Samsung with 26 per cent was second while Apple with 25 per cent market share came third in the premium segment, according to Counterpoint Research’s ‘Market Monitor Service for 2019.’

Apple was the fastest growing premium smartphone brand in 2019 with 41 per cent (YoY) driven by multiple price cuts on iPhone XR throughout the year. Overall, the premium smartphone segment in India (above Rs 30,000) registered its highest ever recorded shipments this year, growing 29 per cent in the year. “2019 has been a remarkable year for us at OnePlus. Every milestone we have achieved strengthened our pursuit for excellence in technology. We will remain dedicated towards creating burden-less and best-in-class user experience,” said Pete Lau, Founder and CEO, OnePlus.

OnePlus 7 device emerged as the number one premium smartphone model in 2019. The contribution of OnePlus’ ultra-premium segment to overall OnePlus portfolio grew to a whopping 25 per cent in 2019 — from just 2 per cent in 2018. According to Karn Chauhan, Research Analyst, Counterpoint Research, OnePlus’ ongoing retail expansion in India can be attributed to the increased sales volumes. “Its recent partnerships with renowned retail distributors, as well as successfully extending its unique premium brand experience to retail customers through OnePlus Experience Centers, have played a crucial role in its growth,” said Chauhan.

Similarly, the ultra-premium segment (above Rs 45,000) emerged as the fastest growing segment with 63 per cent (YoY) growth. “OnePlus continues to enjoy strong word of mouth communication from existing users, which also led the brand to have over 5 million strong community in India alone, a substantial number for a premium tech brand,” said Chauhan. Examples of innovations include its adoption of high refresh rate (90Hz), almost bezel-less displays and being first to launch smartphones with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Series application processor in India.

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LG Electronics Logged Net Losses of $717 Million in Q4 2019

LG Electronics said that its fourth-quarter deficit widened due to losses in its equity ties with a display-making affiliate, while its mobile business remained in the red. The tech giant said it logged a net loss of $717 million in the October-December period, compared with a $67.7 million net loss a year earlier, Yonhap news agency reported. The company’s operating profit increased by 34.5 percent on-year to 101.8 billion won in the fourth quarter, but this was an 87 percent drop compared to the previous quarter. Sales rose 1.8 percent on-year to $13 billion in the last three months of 2019. For the whole of 2019, LG Electronics’ net income tumbled 87.8 percent on-year to $150.9 million.

Operating profit dropped 9.9 percent on-year to $2.01 billion, but sales inched up 1.6 percent on-year to a record $52 billion. LG Electronics said its equity ties with LG Display Co. hurt its bottom line. The company holds a 37.9 percent stake in the world’s leading OLED panel maker. LG Display, which is scheduled to announce its fourth-quarter earnings on Friday, has been suffering from falling LCD panel prices.

Analysts here expect LG Display to suffer more than $839 million in losses in 2019. Aside from equity losses, LG Electronics saw its mobile business extend a slump to 19 consecutive quarterly losses. LG Electronics’ mobile business unit posted $278 milion in operating loss in the fourth quarter, widening from a loss of $267 million a year earlier. The unit’s sales plunged 21.2 percent on-year to $1.09 billion.

For all of 2019, its mobile business had sales of $4.9 billion, down from $6.62 billion in 2018, while the operating loss was tallied at $847 million, also widening from $661 million in 2018. Analysts here predict that LG Electronics shipped only 29 million smartphones in 2019, down 28 percent from a year earlier.

“Sluggish sales of mass-tier smartphones in overseas markets, increased marketing expenses, and retail inventory adjustments led to operating loss in the mobile business,” the company said.


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Windows 10 November 2019 Update Now Available to All Users

Microsoft has announced that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now available for all users. The company confirmed the news on Twitter saying that version 1909 is available for all users and one can manually check by clicking “Check for updates” under Windows Update in Settings.

The Windows 10 November 2019 Update features all the services that were available on the previous version, the May 2019 Update. Here are a few new features on Windows 10 November 2019 Update:

• Following the update, users can create new events in the Calendar app on their devices by clicking the date and time on the Taskbar.

• The update brings Cloud Clipboard that will allow users to copy text, links, graphics and more from one device and paste it onto another. History of what was copied recently can also be checked now.

• The update brings a CPU rotation policy that will distribute the work “more fairly among the favoured cores”.

• Several improvements have been made to manage as well as configure notifications. These include a “Manage Notifications” button at the top of Action Centre, users can now configure and turn off notification both from the banner and from Action Centre, the default sorting for notification senders will now be by most recently shown notification instead of sender name.

• The update has added additional debugging capabilities for newer Intel processors.

• The update will enable users to activate third-party digital assistants above the Lock screen using voice commands.

Here’s how to download Windows 10 November 2019 Update:

• Go to ‘Start’ menu

• Click on ‘Settings’

• Select ‘Update & Security’

• Tap on ‘Windows Update’

• Click on ‘Check for updates’

• Users would get to see ‘Feature update to Windows 10, version 1909’, select ‘Download’ to install it.

In December last year, Microsoft had announced that it had started rolling out the Windows 10 November 2019 update to those who are still using the October 2018 Update.

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Digital Transactions in Delhi-NCR Grew 235 Per Cent in 2019: Razorpay Report

In the Delhi-NCR region, Amazon Pay was the most used digital wallet among consumers, followed by Ola Money, while Google Pay topped the list among UPI apps.

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Updated:January 22, 2020, 10:42 AM IST

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Representative image. (Illustration: Shutterstock)

Digital transactions in Delhi-NCR grew by 235 per cent from 2018 (January-December) to 2019 (January-December) and the region was the third most digitised state in 2019, thus, contributing 13.05 per cent in 2019 (up from 10.9 per cent in 2018), said a new report by full-stack financial services company Razorpay on Tuesday.

“The last year has been buzzing for the fintech sector in Delhi, with the adoption of new digital payment modes and bringing the digital currency to the mainstream. The last six months saw a tremendous shift in the consumption patterns of businesses and consumer preferences of digital payments in the region. With UPI growing by a whopping 442 per cent in Delhi, I am certain that this payment method will overtake cards by at least 20 per cent in the next 12 months,” Harshil Mathur, CEO and co-founder of Razorpay, said in a statement.

In 2019, Karnataka saw the highest adoption of digital payments (26.64 per cent) followed by Maharashtra (15.92 per cent) and Delhi NCR (13.01 per cent). While the usage of cards (46 per cent) and net banking (11 per cent) saw a decline in 2019, down from 56 per cent and 23 per cent for cards and net banking, respectively in 2018, UPI (38 per cent) went up from 17 per cent in 2018.

Amazon Pay was the most preferred wallet among consumers (33 per cent), followed by Ola Money (17 per cent) in 2019. The top three sectors in digital payment adoption for 2019 were food and beverage (26 per cent), financial services (12.5 per cent) and transportation (8 per cent). Among UPI, Google Pay contributed 59 per cent, PhonePe contributed 26 per cent, followed by Paytm (7 per cent) and BHIM (6 per cent) in digital transactions in 2019.

 

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206 Million Used Smartphones Were Sold Globally in 2019: Report

The global shipments of used smartphones, both officially refurbished and used ones – will reach a total of 206.7 million units in 2019 — an increase of 17.6 per cent over the 175.8 million units shipped in 2018, according to a new report from the International Data Corporation (IDC). The used smartphone shipments will reach 332.9 million units in 2023 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.6 per cent from 2018 to 2023.

“In contrast to the recent declines in the new smartphone market, as well as the forecast for minimal growth in new shipments over the next few years, the used market for smartphones shows no signs of slowing down across all parts of the globe,” said Anthony Scarsella, research manager with IDC’s aWorldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker’. Refurbished and used devices continue to provide cost-effective alternatives to both consumers and businesses that are looking to save money when purchasing a smartphone.

“Moreover, the ability for vendors to push more affordable refurbished devices in markets in which they normally would not have a presence is helping these players grow their brand as well as their ecosystem of apps, services, and accessories,” said Scarsella. This growth can be attributed to an uptick in demand for used smartphones that offer considerable savings compared with new models. Moreover, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have struggled to produce new models that strike a balance between desirable new features and a price that is seen as reasonable.

Looking ahead, IDC expects the deployment of 5G networks and smartphones to impact the used market as smartphone owners begin to trade in their 4G smartphones for the promise of high-performing 5G devices. Although drivers such as regulatory compliance and environmental initiatives are still positively impacting the growth in the used market, the importance of cost-saving for new devices will continue to drive growth, said IDC.

“Overall, we feel that the ability to use a previously owned device to fund the purchase of either a new or used device will play the most crucial role in the growth of the refurbished phone market. Trade-in combined with the increase in financing plans (EIP) will ultimately be the two main drivers of the refurbished phone market moving forward,” said Will Stofega, Program Director, Mobile Phones.

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Huawei Surpassed Samsung by Selling 6.9 Million 5G Smartphones in 2019

Samsung sold 6.7 million 5G smartphones globally in 2019 while Huawei sold its smartphones primarily in its domestic market, China.

Representative image. (Photo: Reuters)
Representative image.

It is yet again a tough battle between Samsung and Huawei for the top spot, this time in the 5G market. Samsung, earlier this month revealed that it shipped a total of 6.7 million phones with 5G connectivity, while the Chinese company Huawei recently announced that they have surpassed South Korean phone making giant’s milestone after shipping 6.9 million 5G phones in the year 2019.

As of now, Huawei sells 6 models that support 5G connectivity, these phones are the Mate 20 X 5G, Mate 30 5G, Mate 30 Pro 5G, Mate 30 RS Porsche Design, nova 6 5G, and the foldable Mate X. Furthermore, there are two more phones, which they sell with the same connectivity under their subsidiary brand Honor, the V30 and the V30 Pro.

In a post on Chinese social media site Weibo, the company claimed the latter two managed to win the title for Best Selling Phone on JD.com and Tmall in its price category. Samsung managed to achieve the target by selling phones across the globe while the Chinese phone maker primarily sold its device in its domestic market, where there was a negligible presence of Samsung.