Ap­ple pushed down to 3rd in China smart­phones for Q2

The China Post - - BUSINESS INDEX & -

Two Chi­nese smart­phone mak­ers pushed U.S. tech­nol­ogy gi­ant Ap­ple into third place in the world’s big­gest mar­ket in the sec­ond quar­ter, an in­de­pen­dent an­a­lyst firm said Mon­day.

Up­start Xiaomi, known for de­liv­er­ing high­per­for­mance prod­ucts at cheap prices, was the largest smart­phone ven­dor in China based on ship­ments with a 15.9 per­cent mar­ket share in the April-June pe­riod, Canalys said in a press re­lease.

Tele­com equip­ment maker Huawei was close be­hind at 15.7 per­cent, it said, fol­lowed by Ap­ple, South Korea’s Sam­sung and Chi­nese firm Vivo, with­out giv­ing the per­cent­ages for those three.

U.S. tech­nol­ogy gi­ant Ap­ple had taken top spot in the Canalys rank­ings for the first three months of 2015, and its third place show­ing came de­spite the launch of its large-screen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last au­tumn.

“Com­pe­ti­tion among ma­jor brands has never been so in­tense,” Wang Jing­wen, an an­a­lyst at Canalys, said in the state­ment. “Xiaomi is un­der im­mense pres­sure to main­tain its top po­si­tion in the quar­ters to come.”

China is the world’s largest smart­phone mar­ket by ship­ments, Canalys has said pre­vi­ously.

Ap­ple’s iPhone sales surged 85 per­cent in Greater China — which in­cludes Hong Kong and Tai­wan — with rev­enue from the re­gion more than dou­bling to US$13 bil­lion for the latest quar­ter ended June 27, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

“We re­main ex­tremely bullish on China and we are con­tin­u­ing to in­vest,” Ap­ple chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tim Cook said last month when the com­pany an­nounced earn­ings.

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