Yes, there's the Nexus line, which are phones that Google sells in close partnership with a rotating cast of hardware makers. But according to a Telegraph report, Google is going to build its own smartphone from scratch, just as it's done with the Pixel Chromebooks and tablet. The thinking is that this would allow Google to more directly compete with Apple for the high end of the smartphone market, which is still dominated by the iPhone in many Western markets. The Telegraph claims that "a senior source" tells it to expect the phone by the end of the year. But there's some evidence Google is moving in this direction.
For the second consecutive quarter, Samsung Electronics has failed to secure the top spot in India's smartphone market. The South Korean giant lost the spot to Chinese company Xiaomi Inc. Yonhap reported Tuesday that Samsung has once again been outranked by Xiaomi in the Indian smartphone market in terms of shares in the January-March period. This is already the second time for Xiaomi to perform better than Samsung in the biggest market outside of China. In the October-December period of 2017, Xiaomi reportedly accounted for 27 percent of the Indian market, while Samsung trailed behind with 25 percent. In the first quarter of 2018, the gap between the two companies widened.
Android, meanwhile, saw shipments of 1.37 million -- representing year-on-year growth of 9.7 percent -- and market share of 43.8 percent for the quarter, down from 44.6 percent in Q4 2016. Overall, the Australian smartphone market exceeded growth expectations, the firm said, with 3.36 million devices shipped in the quarter, showing year-on-year growth of 15.7 percent. "Riding on the back of the very successful iPhone X launch, the tables have turned, and iOS has not only returned to the top but stretched its lead," said Bilal Javed, IDC senior market analyst. "On the back of new Android product launches witnessed at MWC last week along with the hype around 5G plus advancements in [Australia] means that the smartphone market will remain highly competitive, and vendors will need to continue to innovate or rick falling behind." Samsung was the second-placed manufacturer for the quarter, behind Apple, despite the Korean company's share dropping from 24.6 percent in Q3 2017 to 15.4 percent in Q4 2017.
The Apple logo is displayed on the exterior of an Apple Store on April 23, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are surging again Wednesday, pushing them to their highest level in nine months. Apple stock Wednesday is up 3.78, or 3.5%, to 111.80 as the stock continues to benefit by reports of strong preorders for the latest Apple smartphone. The stock is also getting a lift amid worsening concerns over exploding phones made by the company's chief competitor in the high-priced smartphone market, Samsung. Shares of Apple has been enjoying a decent run the past few months.