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Q4 2014 was a photo finish between Apple and Samsung

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Research firms have been busy collecting data regarding smartphone shipments throughout 2014 and are finally ready to publish their findings. Although figures for Samsung vary by a tiny margin of error from firm to firm, the consensus is clear: 2014 was a tough year for Samsung, while Apple saw a surge in Q4 smartphone shipments.

Beginning with Apple, the company saw iPhone shipments soar to 74.5 million units in Q4 2014, a growth rate of 46.1 percent compared with Q4 2013, and saw a 25.6 percent increase throughout the year. The arrival of the iPhone 6 Plus as a competitor to larger Android phones is speculated as one possible reason for this uncharacteristic surge. It will be interesting to see is whether Apple can actually sustain this momentum this time around, or whether shipments will fall back towards Apple’s usual cycle.

Samsung, on the other hand, has been a little vaguer about its figures. The company stated that it has shipped around 95 million handsets in total last quarter and that smartphone sales accounted for a “high 70 percent” of that amount. Counterpoint Research has estimated Samsung’s smartphones shipments at 73.8 million, a smidgen behind Apple, while Strategy Analytics places the two companies neck and neck at 74.5 million each. Either way, there’s only a 1 percent margin of error between the figures, and both suggest that Samsung saw a slump in shipments last year.

On the positive side, the decline in Samsung’s smartphone shipments appears to be slowing. Volumes were down 14.9 percent between Q4 ’13 and Q4 ’14, but only 0.5 percent lower when comparing yearly totals. is probably worth mentioning that shipments aren’t quite the same thing as actual sales, especially given the usual surge in stock levels around the holiday season.

Other Android manufacturers fared much better in the fourth quarter, with both Counterpoint Research and Strategy Analytics awarding third place to Lenovo and Motorola, following the finalization of the merger. The new company secured 25.9 million shipments in Q4 2014, a gain of 43.9 percent year on year and 54.3 throughout 2014 over Lenovo alone. Huawei came in fourth with a similarly impressive 24.2 million smartphones shipped last quarter and a 47.6 percent growth rate throughout the year. turns out to be the real success story last year though, despite landing in fifth place with 17.1 million Q4 shipments. Xiaomi’s shipments grew by an astonishing 167.2 percent over Q4 2013 and surged by a huge 227.3 percent throughout 2014, according to Counterpoint Research.

In terms of an overall market share, Samsung remains firmly out in front with 24.4 percent, followed by Apple on 14.8 percent, Lenovo and Motorola on 7.2 percent, Huawei with 5.8 percent and Xiaomi grabbing 4.7 percent of the global market.

Without a closer look at the regional figures, its difficult to say exactly what has contributed to Samsung’s slowdown and Apple’s surge. New product competition in the West and a growing Chinese presence in emerging markets are both likely to have contributed to varying extents. We’ll have to see if this is just a one off quarter or the start of a new trend.

2015 is going to be an important year for Samsung, the company clearly needs a new approach to mobile. This year will also no doubt present plenty of new opportunities for the fastest growing brands to further close the gap on the big two.


Looking back at CES: Brands to watch out for in 2015

The heavy hitters in the American and European Android smartphone market didn’t have a great deal to say at CES 2015. Only LG released a big smartphone in the shape of the G Flex 2. We’ll see many more new smartphones in and around MWC, but there were some interesting moves from some lesser known names at CES this year. Alcatel, Asus, Lenovo, BLU, ZTE, the list goes on.

Let’s take a look at the different strategies they’re employing to try and get noticed in an increasingly crowded Android market.

Alcatel sets sights on States

We’ve seen steady progress from TCL, the Chinese manufacturer behind the Alcatel brand, and it has been a whole year since we wrote about Alcatel’s assault on mobile. It has continued to build the Alcatel Onetouch brand since then with a string of affordable budget and mid-range Android devices. Just before CES it unveiled a new smartwatch and the Pixi 3 line of smartphones. There was also news of a new e-commerce website to sell direct to the US public.


But that’s the not the extent of TCL’s play to enter the market Stateside, because it also has plans to rebuild the Palm brand it acquired as some kind of crowdsourced project. It looks like TCL believes a two-pronged attack might be the way forward and the brands will stay separate.

The crowdsourced idea for the Palm brand sounds an awful lot like Xiaomi’s philosophy and it has the potential to be very successful. Can TCL combine its existing budget credentials with a recognized brand, in the shape of Palm, and persuade people to buy in to the idea of designing a new smartphone?

BLU is all about budget

This lesser known brand is headquartered in Miami. It only popped up in 2009, but it has been doing quite well selling budget, unlocked phones in the Americas. BLU unleashed seven handsets at CES, all under $300. The specs aren’t going to wow you, but the prices might. The standout is the Vivo Air, a premium-looking phone that’s impressively slim at 5.1mm.

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The strategy here is to reduce overheads as far as possible and undercut the competition. Some of BLU’s phones are re-badged versions from other manufacturers like Gionee. All their smartphones are sold unlocked through Amazon. The question is whether BLU can keep up the momentum when more budget OEMs, especially from China, move in next door.

Asus and Android

The Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has been a major PC vendor for years now. It joined the Open Handset Alliance in 2008, but its biggest success on the Android platform so far has been the Nexus 7. Asus built both models for Google. It has dabbled with its own tablets and smartphones and it started to look serious with last year’s Zenfone.

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This year’s CES saw Asus announce the Zenfone 2 which is an impressive-looking, Lollipop smartphone with a really solid set of specs for just $200. There was also the Zenfone Zoom for anyone hankering for 3X optical zoom on their smartphone camera. The Asus strategy for Android looks much the same as its PC strategy – offer a solid experience at a budget price.

Lenovo is third

Already a major player in the PC and tablet market, after acquiring Motorola, Lenovo claimed the third spot in smartphones behind Samsung and Apple. The company showed off a couple of sexy mid-rangers, the P90 and the Vibe X2 Pro, at CES, but neither are aimed at the States.

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A number of Chinese manufacturers have been climbing the charts on the back of sales in China and other emerging markets, where the growth rate is still high, but cracking the US and Europe is a whole different prospect. The difference with Lenovo is Motorola. Google seemed to be guiding the Motorola brand back to success with a budget approach that should suit Lenovo.

Motorola may offer a route to success that the Lenovo brand couldn’t manage, and the company has deep enough pockets to make things very difficult for everyone else. It will be interesting to see what develops.

ZTE is a player

The ZTE Nubia Z7 is the new top of ZTE’s range, but it doesn’t look likely to get a release outside Asia. However, ZTE has plenty of bargain wares available across the globe and it seems to have found a home on Cricket in the States. The latest $200 release there is the Grand X Max+ which looks like a solid mid-range phablet. ZTE also showed off the Star 2 at CES.

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We also named the ZTE SPro 2, Android projector, in our best of CES 2015.

Saygus says hello

A fresh new start-up that caught the eye at CES this year, Saygus is an American smartphone maker that’s throwing everything, but the kitchen sink into its debut super smartphone, the Saygus V2. It starts out gently with a 5-inch 1080p display with tiny bezels, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 GPU, and 3GB of RAM.


Then there’s a 21MP main camera with a 13MP selfie cam. 64GB of storage which can be boosted up to 320GB with two 128GB microSD cards. The removable battery is rated at 3100mAh. It has front-facing Harmon Kardon speakers. It’s also waterproof and has a premium aluminum and Kevlar body. There’s even a fingerprint scanner. It has all the makings of a cult classic. The Saygus strategy seems to be to listen to what hardcore Android fans want, which could definitely carve it out a profitable niche.

And the rest

We can’t cover everyone, but it’s worth mentioning that Huawei is still huge. There were no major announcements, but Huawei had more than a hundred different products on show at CES. It’s done well with the Honor and Ascend Mate lines, dropping the Huawei brand in Europe, but it still hasn’t cracked the US.

The Android scene, especially at the budget end of the market, has never been more competitive than it is right now.

Archos and Acer continued their budget lines at CES too. Acer’s Liquid Jade S looks like a decent mid-ranger. Xiaomi waited until a few days after CES to launch the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, but they may never be released outside of China. There were also a number of hot players that didn’t really have an official presence at CES, such as OnePlus, which is expected to unveil two handsets sometime later this year.

The Android scene, especially at the budget end of the market, has never been more competitive than it is right now. It remains to be seen which strategy will reap the greatest rewards in 2015. Place your bets now.

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Best of CES 2015 Awards, PC: Lenovo LaVie HZ550

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Lenovo typically brings a lot of new product releases to CES. And it did it again in 2015. However, there was one particular highlight: a 13-inch laptop with top-end specs, but somehow weighing in at 1.7 pounds.This is Lenovo (and NEC’s) slender LaVie HZ550. For reference, that’s 43 percent lighter than the latest MacBook Air — and in person you’d think it was a dummy laptop shell. Despite that, the laptop still packs fifth-generation Intel Core processors: It’s got muscle too. Was it the best PC we saw at CES? We think so, yes.

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Android Authority this week

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New devices, amazing technologies, lots of gadgets, some more useful than others. It was the week of CES, and, as always, it was a wild ride. The star of the show was LG’s curved G Flex 2, but a slew of other devices made their debut in Las Vegas. HTC brought the selfie-focused Desire 826, Lenovo launched several smartphones, ZTE had a nifty Android-powered projector, Sony introduced a new Smartwatch 3 model and a crazy expensive Android Walkman, Nvidia made a big fuss about its latest mobile chip, and, outside of CES, Samsung announced its newest mid-range smartphones. And that’s the biggest news – dozens of smaller companies announced everything from smart flower pots, to motorized belts, to self-driving vehicles.

Welcome to Android Authority this week.

Video roundup

Here’s Jayce’s video take on the events of the week.

Inside AA HQ

One of the reasons we love big shows like CES, MWC, and IFA is because they are some of the few times when AA members can get together. We talk online all the time, but there’s really nothing like meeting IRL for building the team and getting the creative juices flowing. Darcy, Derek, Andrew, Josh, Kev, and Lanh had a blast in Vegas, but they also worked hard to bring you quality coverage. For a big picture view of the week’s events, check out our roundups below, our CES 2015 tag page, and our YouTube channel.

Android Authority is podcasting again! This week’s Friday Debate included the first episode of AA’s new Friday Debate podcast, starring Josh, Kev, Lanh, and Andrew. The guys talked about a bit about themselves, and riffed on all the cool – and not so cool – stuff they saw at CES. We’re going for an audio-only format for now, but we could go video if we figure out how to bring you a great experience. Expect team AA members as regulars, talking about all things Android and more. Guests from throughout the industry will be joining us from time to time. We’re on YT for now, but we’ll get on other podcasting platforms soon. Let us know what topics would you like us to cover in our podcast!

As always, on our Sunday Giveaway, we put up for grabs a cool device. Today, it’s a G Watch R. Good luck!

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

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Motorola is headed back to China, bringing the new Moto X Pro

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Following Lenovo’s Motorola acquisition, we assumed Moto would make its way back to other markets where they’ve been scarce in the past, specifically China. In a post today, Motorola has announced their return to the Chinese smartphone market set for early sometime this year, and the devices they’re bringing with them are pretty interesting. Among the Moto X (2nd Generation) and the 2014 Moto G with LTE, Motorola is returning to China with a handset called the Moto X Pro, which is basically a Nexus 6 sans Nexus logo.

The Moto X Pro (pictured above) should look familiar, since it’s the same chassis we got with Google’s Nexus 6 handset. Aside from the exclusion of Google services and the Nexus logo, we’re seeing basically the same specifications as we did on the Nexus 6: a 6.0-inch QHD display, 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, a 3220mAh battery and a 13MP rear-facing camera with OIS. This device should also come with Motorola’s suite of apps and software enhancements, instead of Google’s.

The Moto X (2nd Gen.) will go on sale in China sometime in early February, while the Moto X Pro and LTE-capable Moto G won’t be available until after Spring Festival, which is toward the later half of February. What’s more, Motorola is also bringing Moto Maker to China, but customers will have to wait until after the Chinese New Year to get their hands on a customized Moto X.


Motorola returning to China in a big way


Well, we’re starting to see the fruits of Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola.  Now that the acquisition is complete, Motorola will be bringing their newest Android handsets to China.  The Moto X, Moto X Pro and the Moto G will all be available in China soon.

First up is the Moto X, which will be available in early February.  Motorola is actually asking people in China to vote on the initial designs that will be available to the public (Visit this Motorola page on January 7th, 2015 to vote).  If you are in China and want to design your own Moto X, you will have to wait for the Moto Maker Design tool to become available after the Spring Festival (The Spring Festival runs from February 19th to February 25th this year).

Next up are the Moto X Pro and the Moto G.  The phablet sized Moto X Pro and the affordable Moto G, will hit the market following the Spring Festival in China.  The Moto G will include some colorful shells that give the smartphone a personality all it’s own.  It will be interesting to see how Motorola’s offerings fare compared to Lenovo’s in the long run.

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Lenovo annouces the Tab 2 A7-10 and A7-30 tablets | TalkAndroid

The Lenovo Tab 2 A7-10 and A7-30

TalkAndroid reports that Lenovo has unveiled two new tablets, the Tab 2 A7-10 and A7-30, following the release of its P90, Vibe X2, and Vibe Band 10 smartwatch.

Both devices have Android 4.4, a 7-inch, 1024 x 600p display, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8127 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot compatible with up to 32GB of storage, a 2 MP camera on the back, a 0.3 MP front-facing camera, and a 4,300mAh battery. In addition, the A7-30 adds in 3G support. The tablets will be released in Aqua Blue, Cotton Candy, Pearl White, and Ebony Black.

Lenovo’s A7-10 is priced at $99, and the A7-30 is priced at $129. They are expected to come out this spring.

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Lenovo VIBE X2 Pro announced for that perfect selfie

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Selfies are a big thing, whether you like it or not, and Lenovo are embracing this trend with the Vibe X2 Pro, a smartphone that they are claiming delivers the perfect selfie everytime.

That’s largely due to the Lenovo VIBE Xtension™ Selfie Flash, which is a pocket-sized flash that plugs into the audio jack to give the user a quick way to create the perfect lighting conditions to capture a selfie.

The Selfie Flash works by using 8 diffused LEDs to supplement available light for natural color tones, even in low light condition. The rechargeable flash provides up to 100 selfies in a single charge to snap and share pictures day and night, while the 100% shutter sync times seamlessly to capture picture-perfect selfies.

The VIBE X2 Pro itself features a 5.3-inch FHD display with a 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Octa-Core processor that cutting edge performance and battery life, so Lenovo claim, as well as dual (front and back) 13-Megapixel cameras.

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Lenovo announces the sharp Vibe X2 Pro at CES 2015


Lenovo introduced the P90, Tab 2, and Vibe Band today in Las Vegas. The company also announced the Vibe X2 Pro. It is a stunning handset that comes in Electric Blue, Champagne Gold, and Rock Pink as color options. The layered design on the sides of the Vibe X2 Pro give it a unique look.

The specifications of the Vibe X2 Pro are not necessarily dull, but they are not cutting edge either. The 5.3-inch display is 1920×1080 resolution. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 615 processor from Qualcomm paired with 2GB of RAM. The processor is 64-bit and clocked at 1.5GHz. The energy efficient processor working with a 2410mAh battery should provide for some lengthy battery life.

Both rear and front-facing cameras are 13MP with a slew of gesture and touch-up software tools.

At its core, Android 4.4 KitKat can be found. Lenovo included its Vibe UI 2.0 software to mask any signs of stock Android.

Pricing and availability of the Vibe X2 Pro has yet to be announced, but Lenovo did confirm that the handset will not make its way to the United States.

Hit the break for the full press release. Click here for our full CES 2015 coverage.

Lenovo Introduces New High-Performance Smartphones and Mobile Accessories

Ultra-fast P90 smartphone with latest Intel 64-bit processor and Intel LTE-Advanced modem, VIBE X2 Pro limited edition with selfie flash accessory and VIBE VB10 smartband wearable

LAS VEGAS – January 5, 2015 – Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show a lineup of full featured devices and accessories designed to enhance the mobile experience of consumers on-the-go. The Lenovo P90 makes its debut appearance as the first smartphone powered by the newest 64-bit Intel® Atom™ processor and Intel XMM™ 7260 LTE-Advanced modem  for outstanding mobile performance and speeds, while the award-winning VIBE X2 gets a bigger, bolder look with the X2 Pro limited edition smartphone and VIBE Xtension™ Selfie Flash. The Lenovo VIBE Band VB10 wearable accessory rounds up the lineup with its E Ink display and industry-leading battery life.
First smartphone powered by Intel® Atom™ 64-bit processor and Intel LTE Advanced Modem
The Lenovo P90 is the first smartphone to utilize the combination of the newest 64-bit Intel® Atom™ Z3560 processor with Intel’s 5-mode XMM™ 7262 modem. These powerful components allow the P90 to provide incredible processing speeds in addition to supporting LTE-Advanced FDD & TDD for high-speed connectivity in global markets.
The Lenovo P90 smartphone is designed to provide the power and performance to let consumers go fast and get things done. Featuring a huge 4000mAh battery, the P90 is equipped to meet the pace and demand of today’s lifestyle from morning until night. The P90’s vibrant 5.5-inch FHD display, at an impressive 400ppi, lets mobile users enjoy content and relive their best moments with vivid colors and high-quality resolution.
In addition, the P90 sports an advanced 13MP rear camera with state-of-the-art stacking sensor and optical image stabilization for brilliant shots, even in low-light. The 5MP front camera is equipped with beautification features and gesture controls, while 4G LTE data speeds are ideal for streaming video and music, or gaming on the go. The P90 will be offered in Pearl White, Onyx Black and Lava Red. 
VIBE smartphones gets bigger and faster with X2 Pro
Sporting the same eye-catching, award-winning layered design of the Lenovo X2, the Lenovo VIBE X2 Pro limited edition smartphone brings craftsmanship, power and style to the next level with its sleek, lightweight full-metal body. The VIBE X2 Pro packs a 5.3-inch FHD display with stunning visuals and a 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Octa-Core processor that delivers jaw-dropping performance and long-lasting battery life.
For greater ease of use, the Lenovo X2 Pro incorporates the intuitively designed VIBE 2.0 user interface, featuring personalized lock screen, Instant On camera, elegant transparent icons and more. The smartphone also utilizes dual 13 megapixel auto-focus cameras (front and rear) with LED flash, gesture controls and beautification features, which combines with the new VIBE Xtension™ Selfie Flash to capture flawless selfies.
Perfect selfie shots every time, all the time
The Lenovo VIBE Xtension™ Selfie Flash is the must-have accessory to capture every moment, no matter the lighting conditions. The pocket-sized flash plugs into the audio jack, giving the user a quick way to create ideal lighting and shutter sync to deliver brilliant, natural-looking pictures outside, inside and everywhere in between.
The Selfie Flash works by using 8 diffused LEDs to supplement available light for natural color tones, even in low light condition. The rechargeable flash provides up to 100 selfies in a single charge to snap and share pictures day and night, while the 100% shutter sync times seamlessly to capture picture-perfect selfies.
All-week, always-on wearable connectivity
The Lenovo VIBE Band VB10 wearable accessory is designed to let users live their lives more connected and with less worry. Equipped with features like E Ink display, up to seven-day battery life with the display and Bluetooth always turned on, fitness functions, phone notifications and waterproofing, the VIBE Band helps users stay fit, connected and in the know anywhere they go. The E Ink display means no glare and a clear display – even in sunlight.
Users can receive instant notifications – calls, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, WeChat and more – with space for up to 150 characters on the crisp display, while fitness functions & tracking monitor fitness levels and activity to help users stay focused on their health goals. The Lenovo VIBE Band VB10 works with any Android or iOS mobile device and is competitively priced at $89.
“As lifestyles and everyday habits become more and more mobile, consumers today are looking to devices that deliver both performance and long lasting battery life in sleek, stylish designs,” said Shao Tao, vice president, Mobile business unit, Lenovo. “These are some of the driving forces behind our new range of mobile devices that offer blazing fast processing speeds, innovative new features and extended battery life to enhance the mobile experience of the most demanding users.”

“The Lenovo P90 smartphone is an impressive addition to the growing portfolio of Intel-powered smartphones,” said Hermann Eul, Intel’s vice president of Mobile Communications. “As one of the first smartphones powered by Intel’s latest processor coupled with the LTE-Advanced XMM 7260 modem, people will enjoy exceptional speed and 64-bit performance that will provide users with a great mobile experience. We are proud to continue our work with Lenovo on this major milestone.”
The Lenovo P90 will be available beginning in February, 2015.
The Lenovo VIBE X2 Pro will be available beginning in April, 2015.
The Lenovo VIBE Xtension™ Selfie Flash will be available for use with the VIBE X2 Pro.
The Lenovo VIBE Band VB10 will be available beginning in April, 2015.
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About Lenovo
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CES 2015: Lenovo announces two new high performance Android phones, a smartband, and a selfie flash

Lenovo is a name that has been coming up more and more these days, particularly after acquiring Motorola from Google. So it’s no surprise to see that the Chinese-based manufacturer is announcing quite a few devices at CES 2015, tablets, PCs, phones and even a smartband. So let’s run through a few of the new […]

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