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July 28, 2020

coming soon : bean shaped wireless charging Galaxy earbuds

Bean Shaped Galaxy Earbuds

Wireless Charging Module

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series being just around the corner, the company is apparently planning on also launching other peripheral electronics as well. Reportedly, Samsung is planning on releasing new smartwatches and bean shaped truly wireless earbuds as well, both with wireless charging.According to a new ETNews report, industry sources have claimed that the South Korean tech giant will be strategically launching two new smartphones along with new wearable devices in the second half of August 2020. 

The two handsets in question are the Galaxy Note 20 series and the company’s Galaxy Z Fold 2. Furthermore, the new TWS earbuds are likely to be a new model within the Galaxy Buds series with a bean shaped design.The charging case for the earbuds will feature the wireless charger and so will the upcoming smartwatch. Notably, this is also indicative of the new trend with new wearable generations featuring wireless charging. Apple AirPods Pro was one of the first to support this technology and have seen great success worldwide; so much so, that Apple had to turn to Chinese companies to double the earphone production.table border

Similarly, Samsung is also reportedly planning on producing 500,000 bean shaped wirelessly charging TWS earbuds per month. Wireless charging has become a new and emerging demand within the market and the suppliers of such technology have been seeing an influx of orders for the relevant components from various vendors. Additionally, Samsung is even hinted at bringing the technology to mid to lower end smartphones as well. Although, this is still an unconfirmed report, so take it with a pinch of salt for now.

US Smartphone sales in Q2,2020 falls by 25%

US Smartphone sales  : Q2,2019 vs Q2,2020


During the second quarter of 2020, US smartphone sell-through fell 25% year-over-year, according to Counterpoint Research’s preliminary US Smartphone Channel Share Tracker. 

Prepaid channels were hurt the most during the COVID-19 outbreak despite a higher percentage of stores remaining open compared to postpaid. Postpaid channels declined 20%, a steep fall but one partly offset by an almost doubling of the percentage of devices sold online. Commenting on Q2, North America Research Director, Jeff Fieldhack, said, “Mid-March through mid-April saw the weakest sales as it was the height of the first COVID-19 lockdowns in the US. April was the weakest month for smartphone sell-through as about 80% of smartphone sales channels were closed; sell-through volume was down over 50%.

 Smartphone sales for May through the end of June grew week-over-week. June 2020 sales were stronger than June 2019 sales, which shows the US smartphone market is resilient.” Fieldhack added, “US smartphone sales picked up when the first stimulus checks were received by consumers during the back half of April. Soon after, carrier stores and national retail began opening again which further helped the recovery. There was also a bit of pent-up demand created by the weeks of store closures. Many consumers who may have wanted a new device but still had a functioning phone simply put off their purchase. Finally, US operator net additions will probably not be as disappointing as smartphone sales due to spikes in sales of hotspots, other connected devices, and used smartphones being connected again.”

Talking about OEMs, the sell-through declined for all the major players, however, Samsung remained the strongest with only 10% drop followed by Alcatel at 11%. Whereas, sales of Apple and LG decreased by 23% and 35% respectively. On the other hand, ZTE was the most affected company with 68% dip. Similar story for Lenovo-owned Motorola (62%) and OnePlus (60%), both of which launched their most expensive flagship smartphones in the second quarter of 2020. Further, Samsung Galaxy S20 series activations were 38% less than that of Galaxy S10 series in the first four months. But Apple iPhone SE 2020 sold well as over 30% of buyers upgraded from either iPhone 6s or older models. Interestingly, 26% of new users were one who switched from Android, which happens to be higher than normal Android to iOS

July 17, 2020

Indian smartphone shipments falls by 48%, Xiaomi is no 1

India's Smartphone Market Share :(Counterpoint Research)

Smartphone shipments in India fell 48 per cent in Q2 2020  this year to 17.3 million units as the country faced an unprecedented shutdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, research firm Canalys said. 

In a report, Canalys said smartphone vendors faced a "diabolical situation", dealing with both low supply due to a complete halt in production and diminished demand, as online and offline retailers were prohibited from selling smartphones.a diabolical situation, dealing with both low supply due to a complete halt in production and diminished demand, as online and offline retailers were prohibited from selling smartphones.

Xiaomi was the market leader in India, capturing 31% of overall market share, shipping 5.3 million smartphone units in the quarter. Vivo maintained the second position, shipping 3.7 million units, and grew its market share to 21.3% from 19.9% in Q1 2020. Samsung was third, with 2.9 million smartphones shipped, and also saw exports impacted as its largest manufacturing plant outside of Vietnam shut down for most of Q2. 

Oppo edged out Realme to take the fourth position as it shipped 2.2 million units, compared to Realme’s 1.7 million. As local production suffered through the early stages of Q2, vendors like Xiaomi and Oppo imported smartphones to meet pent-up demand. “It’s been a rocky road to recovery for the smartphone market in India,” said Canalys Analyst Madhumita Chaudhary. “While vendors witnessed a crest in sales as soon as markets opened, production facilities struggled with staffing shortages on top of new regulations around manufacturing, resulting in lower production output.

The fluidity of the lockdown situation across India has had a deep-rooted effect on vendors’ go-to-market strategies. Xiaomi and Vivo have undertaken an O2O (offline-to-online) strategy to support their massive offline network. Online channels, too, while seeing a positive effect of the pandemic on market share, have seen sales decline considerably.” India is also battling floods in parts of Eastern India, and a stand-off with China in the Northern borders. “Luck is not on the side of the Chinese vendors,” says Canalys Research Analyst Adwait Mardikar. “There has been public anger directed towards China. The combinations of this and the recently announced ‘Aatmanirbhar’ (self-sufficient) initiatives by the government have pushed Chinese smartphone vendors into the eye of the public storm.” 

Canalys estimates that over 96% of all smartphones sold in India in 2019 were manufactured/assembled locally. “Vendors are driving the message of ‘Made in India’ to consumers and are eager to position their brand as ‘India-first.’ Despite the sentiment, the effect on Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme is likely to be minimal, as alternatives by Samsung, Nokia, or even Apple are hardly price-competitive,” added Mardikar. 

Apple was the least impacted among the top-10 vendors as shipments fell just 20% year-on-year to just over 250,000 in Q2 2020. The vendor has recently announced its plans to diversify its supply chain and is pushing its major partners Foxconn and Wistron to increase its investments in India. “The transition to 5G is the next big opportunity, and Jio’s announcement of readiness to deploy 5G, as soon as spectrum is made available, has provided a ray of hope to most vendors who have been beaten by the current pandemic,” 

July 16, 2020

Streaming services subscription exceed pay tv for the first time

Online Streaming Services exceeds Pay TV in United States


Online Streaming Surpasses Pay TV In U.S. Households For The First Time.

More users in United States  are paying for online streaming and OTT services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu as compared to pay TV or cable television. With more digital media and entertainment options on offer to consumers than ever before, new research from Deloitte has shown just how mainstream Netflix and co really are across the U.S. today. 

On average, American households subscribed to three paid streaming services in late 2018, and notably, more U.S. households subscribed to a video streaming service than traditional pay TV for the first time ever. Taking a closer look at the state of the shifting media landscape, 69% of households said they had a subscription to a streaming video service when the survey was conducted while 65% were paying for traditional TV. 41% were also subscribed to a music streaming service while 30% paid for access to a gaming service. 

In another ominous sign for cable TV, 88% of millennial households reported a video streaming subscription compared to just 51% for pay TV. One of the primary reasons consumers are cutting the cord and flocking to video streaming is access to shows and movies they can't get anywhere else. Deloitte also found that 57% of paid streaming video consumers subscribed to access original content and that figure is even higher among millennials at 71%.

Around 60 percent of U.S. based adults  currently have a  Netflix subscription and around 77 percent of all VoD users subscribe to Netflix. Netflix has 182.8 million subscribers globally , making it one of the world's largest entertainment services. It added 2.3 million in the United States and Canada in the first quarter of 2020 for a total of 69.9 million, and added 13.5 million internationally. The US, UK, Canada and Greece makes up for the the biggest content library of Netflix. started as a DVD rental service in 1998; an online rival to the then dominant Blockbuster Video. Founder Reed Hastings had claimed that he was spurred to found Netflix after being fined $40 by Blockbuster for the late return of Apollo 13, though he later revealed the story was a fiction intended to help foster a creation myth. 

Netflix's  The Office streamed for 52 million minutes in 2018.Bird Box most-viewed original film in 2019, (80 million views) Stranger Things was the most viewed original series in 2019 (64 million views)

July 15, 2020

walmart pumps in $1.2billion to flipkart to take on Jiomart

Amazon vs Flipkart Market Share ( SP Global Intelligence )

Walmart is pumping in more money into Flipkart . Flipkart is infusion a new $1.2 billion financing round including a majority-stake in Flipkart in the Indian e-commerce giant. The fresh equity round led by Walmart, which acquired majority stake  of  77% in Flipkart for $16 billion two years ago, values Flipkart at $24.9 billion.

Walmart is raising more capital that  would help Flipkart, which was valued at $20.8 billion two years ago, further grow its e-commerce marketplace in India as the world’s second largest internet market begins to recover from Covid-19 crisis. A group of other existing investors also participated in the new financing round, a Flipkart spokesperson told TechCrunch but declined to identify them individually. “We’re grateful for the strong backing of our shareholders as we continue to build our platform and serve the growing needs of Indian consumers during these challenging times,” said Flipkart chief executive Kalyan Krishnamurthy in a statement. 

Flipkart, which competes with Amazon in India, said its monthly active customers figure surged 45% in the financial year that ended in March this year, compared to the year before, and these customers are making 30% more transactions. Flipkart recently surpassed 1.5 billion visits per month. 

According to Market intelligence firm SP Global Flipkart is the largest online retailer in India, with a 31.9% market share in 2018, followed by Amazon at 31.2%, according to Forrester. After adding the market share of its fashion specialty sites Myntra and Jabong, Flipkart controls a 38.3% market share.

The new capital infusion comes at a time when a new powerful player has started to make inroads in the Indian e-commerce market. JioMart, a joint venture between Reliance Retail (India’s largest retail chain) and Jio Platforms (India’s largest telecom operator), launched earlier this year in select sub urban areas of Mumbai and has since expanded to more than 200 cities and towns across the nation