Samsung leads US, LatAm smartphone markets

first_img Devices AppleCounterpoint ResearchLGMotorolaSamsung AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 AUG 2017 KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Previous ArticleAlibaba profit nearly doubles in fiscal Q1Next ArticleLenovo slips to first quarterly loss in 2 years Michael doesn’t want to admit that he has been a journalist and editor for close to 20 years covering a diverse set of subjects including shipping and shipbuilding, fixed and mobile telecoms, and motorcycling…More Read more Tags Samsung topped smartphone shipments in the US and Latin America (LatAm) in Q2, fending off Apple in the former and achieving a record high market share in the latter, Counterpoint Research announced.In the US, the South Korea-headquartered vendor achieved a 31.3 per cent market share during the quarter, narrowly ahead of Apple on 28.2 per cent.Research director Neil Shah said Samsung prospered in the US despite shortages of its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus models: “It’s mid and entry portfolio also gained share within prepaid channels and national retail.”Shah added a series of promotions aided Apple during the quarter, helping to “alleviate a post paid slowdown pre-refresh”, apparently a reference to a traditional slowdown in Apple sales ahead of the launch of a new iPhone model.The slowdown was offset by increases in prepay shipments, which Shah credited to “a new low point of sale price of $49 of its older 5S model”. Indeed, some 30 per cent of total US iPhone shipments during Q2 were comprised of iPhone 5S, 6S and SE models, Shah noted.Counterpoint Research placed LG Electronics in third place on a 15.4 per cent market share, with ZTE fourth (11.5 per cent), and TCL-Alcatel fifth (4.8 per cent).LatAmWhile Samsung faced a fight with Apple in the US, it emerged as the clear market leader in LatAm, with a market share of 41 per cent during the quarter.LG Electronics ranked in second place with a share of 10.1 per cent, though the vendor faces a growing challenge in the form of Motorola, which Counterpoint Research said was the fastest-growing vendor in the region after increasing its share by 65 per cent year-on-year to end the quarter on a 9.9 per cent market share.Huawei ranked in fourth place with an 8.5 per cent share, and Apple fifth on 3.9 per cent.Counterpoint Research said an improved macroeconomic climate in key markets including Brazil and Columbia contributed to a 9 per cent year-on-year rise in total smartphone shipments in the region.Columbia registered the greatest year-on-year growth in smartphone shipments during Q2 (up 26 per cent), which senior analyst Tina Lu credited to the entry of new brands including Meizu, Infinix and Xiaomi.Lu said greater availability of LTE smartphones was another factor in the broader growth in LatAm shipments during Q2: “Almost nine out of ten smartphones sold in LatAm was LTE capable and instrumental in driving up the replacement rate, and feature phone to smartphone upgrade rates.”Counterpoint Research did not reveal unit shipment figures in either announcement.center_img HomeDevicesNews Samsung leads US, LatAm smartphone markets Related Google taps retail with NYC store Author Apple faces 5G modem wait Michael Carroll last_img read more

UPDATE: MARTA and Union Officials Respond to Planned Sick Out

first_img  WABE has learned that some MARTA bus and rail operators are planning what they call a “massive sick out.” It’s reportedly over what they call “stalled” negotiations with the transit authority. WABE’s Denis O’Hayer and Rose Scott discuss why some operators say they will participate in the sick out.2:12Sources close to these talks told WABE some operators feel union president Curtis Howard is not aggressively pursuing a contract that includes a raise. Howard is the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732, which represents 3,200 of MARTA’s approximately 4,000 workers. Howard and MARTA officials have yet to respond to WABE’s  interview requests.If this sick out occurs within the next week or so, it could affect students who rely on MARTA for school commutes.   ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party 1:21 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility center_img Related Stories MARTA officials and the union that represents bus and train operators are responding to reports that a planned “massive sick out” could occur.WABE learned of the plan from several operators who say they’re frustrated with stalled contract negotiations between the union and the transit agency.WABE’s Rose Scott has more.Broadcast version of this story. More audio appears below.1:21A few operators say the  “massive sick out” is the only way to send the message they are frustrated  it’s taken over a year to negotiate a new contract and there’s still no deal.Those who spoke with WABE wanted to remain anonymous.And said it was due to fear of retaliation.A MARTA bus operator told WABE, Amalgamated Transit Union local president Curtis Howard is not aggressively pursuing a deal that would include a raise.But the fact is, no one has received a raised since 2005 according to a MARTA spokesperson.  It’s not clear how many operators would actually participate in the “sick out.”But those stating they would, say the target date is August 4th.That’s next Monday and that’s when Atlanta Public Schools students head back to class.Some APS students take MARTA to get school.MARTA union representative president Curtis Howard declined to be interviewed.However MARTA did provide a statement saying in part, “MARTA management is continuing to negotiate with the Union on a new labor contract. We have been in contact with the union leadership and they have confirmed that anyone threatening job actions that could impact MARTA customers is not authorized to speak on behalf of their represented employees.” Sharelast_img read more