Samsung, Huawei and Apple shipped the most phones in Q3

At the beginning of the month, we showed you Counterpoint Research’s numbers for the global Q3 market and today we have a further breakdown, including a cool infographic.

To rehash, in the months July through September Samsung captured the most market share (19%), fending off Huawei (14%), which in turn beat Apple (12%). Oppo and Xiaomi ended on par at 9% each, beating vivo’s share by a single percentage point. HMD didn’t ship that many phones, but its shipments grew 73% over the same three months in 2017.

The third quarter of 2018 saw 5% less phones shipped, compared to Q3 of 2017 – totaling 380m units.

Now the breakdown – Oppo took the Asian market with 16% total, followed closely by Huawei (15%), vivo (15%) and Xiaomi (14%). Samsung was relegated to just 10%.

Unsurprisingly, Apple took the biggest portion of the North American market (39%), followed by Samsung (26%).

Samsung’s strongest market was Europe with 31% market share, followed by Huawei’s 22% and Apple’s 19% – no other makers were close.

Overall it was a profitable Q3 for some, despite the declining shipments. Samsung posted record profits, while Xiaomi offset a declining Chinese market with a strong showing in India. Apple’s shipments were flat but its skyrocketing average sales price helped Cupertino bring in the profits.


Google says it did reset phones remotely, didn’t mean to

Google says it did reset phones remotely, didn't mean to

Whether you use them or not, your smartphone is filled with features. Some have to do with security and privacy, while others impact its ability to perform certain tasks or run specific apps.

Most of the settings can be found or messed with through just a couple of taps, and you have probably figured out how to do that for the things you often need. Regardless of what it is, though, there is an understanding that a setting will not change unless we do it ourselves.

At least, that’s how it is supposed to work. But for some folks with Android phones, a setting was changed automatically and from afar.

Google said it was a mistake and they apologized

The setting that was activated was the battery saving one.┬áThe battery saver impacts how often apps update and work in the background, so while it’s possible people noticed immediately there’s also a good chance the change went undetected for many.

The battery saver impacts how often apps update and work in the background while also delaying notifications and even stopping location services when the device is not in use. Everything it does is meant to help preserve battery life.

Google explained what happened in a Reddit thread:

“This was an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended. We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking. Sorry for the confusion.”

Nothing to see here…or is there?

Now, we all know manufacturers can push things to our phones, be them updates or other kind of notifications. But even as innocuous as accidentally activating battery saver may be, the very idea that Google can just alter our device’s settings is at least a little concerning.

It also probably shouldn’t be surprising. The more our technology is connected digitally, the more they can likely be controlled remotely.

For instance, certain electric car manufacturers are actually able to increase the battery capacity of their vehicles seemingly at the flip of a switch. Tesla, in particular, announced in preparation of Hurricane Florence it would remotely enable the ability to tap into extra battery capacity for its Model S and X, giving each about 30 miles of extra range.

The limited, normal battery capacity will return in October. While not at all the same as what happened with Google’s mistake, it is just another instance where changes can be made from afar and without your knowledge.