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Apple won the battle but Samsung won the war of 2022 smartphone market

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Recently, well-known market research firm IDC published its new analysis of the 2022 global smartphone market alongside Q4. IDC analysis pointed out that global smartphone shipments declined 18.3% year over year to 300.3 million units in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Talking about full-year records, smartphone vendors shipped 1.21 billion units in 2022 with an 11.3% decline. The research shows that 2022 is the worst year for the smartphone market as it had the lowest annual shipment total since 2013 due to significantly dampened consumer demand.

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[Q4, 2022] Apple won the battle

In the fourth quarter of 2022, Apple was the world’s largest smartphone vendor with 72.3 million units shipped, and secured a whopping 24.1% market share. As compared to the same duration last year, Apple faced a decline of about 15% as shipments were 85 million units in 4Q21.

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Samsung, on the other hand, recorded a market share of 19.4% with shipments of 58.2 million smartphone units in the fourth quarter of 2022. The company’s shipments declined 15.6% compared to 4Q21, while Xiaomi, OPPO and vivo completed the top five chart with 11%, 8.4% and 7.5% of market share.

[2022] Samsung won the war

When it comes to full-year smartphone market records, Samsung was the king with highest 260.9 million units of shipment with a 21.6% share. Apple sold 226.4 million iPhones in 2022 and secured 18.8% of global market share. Both of the tech giants faced a 4% decline year-over-year.

In the first, second and third quarters of 2022, Samsung remained the largest smartphone seller in the global market. Thanks to the new iPhone 14 series, Apple got a chance to overtake the Korean tech giant in the last quarter of 2022. But, not too long, the Galaxy S23 series is going official next month to seize the whole quarter.

“We continue to witness consumer demand dwindle as refresh rates climb past 40 months in most major markets,” said Anthony Scarsella, research director with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. “With 2022 declining more than 11% for the year, 2023 is set up to be a year of caution as vendors will rethink their portfolio of devices while channels will think twice before taking on excess inventory. However, on a positive note, consumers may find even more generous trade-in offers and promotions continuing well into 2023 as the market will think of new methods to drive upgrades and sell more devices, specifically high-end models.”

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Google Play Store adds button to ask someone else for payment

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Google Play Store is rolling out a significant update regarding the app and in-app payment. Android’s native app market has a vast range of applications and games for free. However, there’s a paid app category as well, which users found worth buying as per their preference.

According to the info, the Google Play Store has added a button that lets you create a payment link while purchasing an app or in-app item. You can use this link to ask someone else for payment on your behalf. It’s starting to roll out in India, with expansion expected gradually.

The user who taps the button is warned that the person who’s paying has to know their full email address, and can see the item that’s being purchased. Notably, app developers don’t have to do any additional work to support Google Play’s new “ask someone else to pay for this item” button.

A system share sheet will be displayed to share the payment link through a range of apps and services. Once generated, the payment link will be valid for 24 hours. The payer will have to make successful payments within 24 hours to buy an app or in-app stuff for the sender.

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Samsung’s Sizing Kit will help you pick the perfect Galaxy Ring

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Samsung will be releasing its Galaxy Ring device in July this year. Potential consumers may have been concerned about picking their ideal size. Well, Samsung will likely offer a Sizing Kit that will be delivered before the Galaxy Ring so you can pick the size.

Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Ring at Mobile World Congress. As the formal release is scheduled for July, the company is already working on consumer convenience. As everyone doesn’t know their ideal ring size, Samsung prepared a pretty interesting hack.

Leaker EvanBlass revealed that Samsung would ship a Galaxy Ring Sizing Kit to potential buyers. If you are interested in purchasing a Galaxy Ring and unsure about the ring size, you will get a Sizing Kit upon ordering the Galaxy Ring and choosing the “I don’t know my size” option.

Once done, you will receive sample rings, letting you find the best size for your preferred finger. Later, you can pick the preferred size and confirm the order to get the Galaxy Ring delivered. It is expected that the Ring will be available in a total of 9 different sizes.

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Will Samsung launch Slim variants of Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6?

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Samsung might launch Galaxy Z Flip 6 Slim and Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slip GalaxyClub reports. While the company is marching towards its July Unpacked, rumors about new Slim models are surfacing now.

RossYoung hints that Samsung might introduce a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim. It could have a larger display than the regular phone and lack S Pen support. This variant could hit the market later this year in the fourth quarter.

The Z Fold 6 Slim is model-numbered Q6 Slim, while there’s also a B6 Slim. B6 is the model number of the upcoming Z Flip 6, with Slim also expected. These rumors point out that the affordable foldables might be Slim.

At present, we don’t have any idea of the specifications of the Slim foldables. Earlier, it was reported that Samsung was heavily shocked by the reduced thickness of foldable phones released by Chinese vendors specifically Huawei.

It looks like the Korean tech giant has decided to trim some key specs in order to make foldables thinner. Those who want pro-grade specs would have option to go for strategic models, while Slim variants would extend the choice.

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