Google simply admitted to the world that notch designs are a factor that folks need, and that occurred due to the iPhone X. Going ahead, Android P will assist notch designs on Android smartphones launched later this yr.
But the iPhone X isn’t Google’s solely iPhone nightmare. There’s one thing else taking place in a market that seldom comes up every time these smartphone makers discuss handset gross sales.
The iPhone X gross sales have been slowing down considerably in response to experiences, and the Galaxy S9 isn’t off to a fantastic begin, different tales mentioned. The complete smartphone market isn’t speculated to see large good points this yr, analysts say, however they’re solely new machine gross sales.
There’s additionally a distinct handset market price taking note of, one which’s seeing unimaginable development. And it’s all pushed by Apple’s iPhone.
Looking on the refurbished smartphone market, CounterPoint Research highlighted the “stunning development of used smartphones.
Some 140 million refurbished and used telephones offered final yr, a 13% yr on yr improve in comparison with 2017. The world new smartphone market grew by solely three% throughout the identical interval.
The analysis notes that solely 25% of all pre-owned telephones are offered again into the market, and of these, just a few are refurbished. This results in a wide range of refurbished gadgets that promote for various worth factors. Apple’s iPhone is the preferred machine on this specific market, adopted by Samsung’s Galaxy.
Combined, previous iPhone and Galaxy fashions make up for nearly 75% of the market, however Apple is main by “a big margin.” Apple and Samsung management greater than 80% of the income within the refurbished smartphone market, the report notes. The cash doesn’t go to both firm, until Apple and Samsung promote refurbished fashions themselves.
“It’s a shock to many who the quickest rising smartphone market in 2017 was not India or some other rising market, however the refurb market. With refurb smartphones in play, we predict the marketplace for new gadgets will gradual additional in 2018.”
This is a nightmare situation for Google and may clarify why the corporate is investing a lot effort into ensuring its newest Android variations would work on Android Go entry-level handsets. Google in all probability doesn’t entertain the concept of smartphone patrons selecting second-hand iPhones over second-hand or model new however inexpensive Android gadgets. Some of those customers could get “caught” into Apple’s…