More signs of the global market righting the ship after a disastrous 2020. Gartner’s new figures point to a 26% increase in international sales year over year for the first quarter of 2021. The overall growth is impressive, though it comes after a couple of years of the market slowing down, followed by a steep drop amid the pandemic.
Manufacturers got hit from all sides last year. 2020 kicked things off with a manufacturing slowdown, as China and more excellent Asia were the first to be impacted by the effects of Covid-19. In the following months, global demand slowed, as shutdowns were instated and job loss and economic issues massively hampered sales.
The new Gartner numbers maintain the same global top three manufacturers as this time last year. Samsung’s overall market share grew from 18.4- to 20.3%, courtesy of budget devices, returning to the number one spot.
Apple had managed to push its way to number one in Q4, on the strength of its belated 5G push. The company dropped down to number two for the first quarter – the same position it held this time last year. Overall, its market share is up around 2% y-o-y to 15.5, according to the figures. As Huawei’s struggles continue, the top five are rounded out by three Chinese manufacturers — Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo.