With rising smartphone users in India (thanks to the network operators for giving away data at lower prices), has made the country surpass the US by becoming the second largest smartphone market in the world, at least for the third quarter, this year.
According to a report by a research firm Canalys, India during the third quarter of 2018 had shipped 40.4 million units of smartphones surpassing the US, which had shipped up to 40 million units entirely. However, China stays on the top with shipping 100.6 million smartphones in Q3, 2018.
The report also reveals that the worldwide smartphone shipments fell by 7% in Q3,2018 and is the fourth consecutive quarter of decline. Although India overtook the US in this quarter, the report states both countries were hit by lower annual performance when compared to last year.
This quarter India shipment declined by 1.1% compared to the previous year while the US decreased by 0.4% and the country with the highest number of shipments has also dropped by 15.2% in this third-quarter compared to last year. As for the vendor level, the report further reveals that Samsung has pushed its market share down to 20.4% from 22.0% in Q3, 2017.
As we reported earlier, Huawei is in second position surpassing Apple. The report also reveals all the Chinese smartphone makers (Xiaomi, OPPO, OnePlus, etc) combined now share 52% of the smartphone market, globally, which is their highest share in the history.