More signs of global market recovery after a disastrous 2020. New Gartner figures point to a 26% year-on-year increase in global sales for the first quarter of 2021. The overall increase is an impressive one, although it comes after a couple of days. Markets slump in years, after a step downturn amid the pandemic.
The makers were hit from all sides last year. 2020 kicked off things with a manufacturing slowdown, as China and Greater Asia were among the first to be hit by the effects of COVID-19. In the following months, global demand slowed as shutdowns began and sales were largely hampered by job losses and economic issues.
The new Gartner numbers retain the same global top three manufacturers as last year. Samsung’s overall market share increased from 18.4- to 20.3%, courtesy of budget devices, returning to the number one spot.
Apple managed to reach number one in Q4 on the strength of its 5G push. The company fell to number two for the first quarter — the same position it was in last year this time around. Overall, its market share has grown by 2% year-on-year to 15.5, according to the data. The top five are rounded out by three Chinese manufacturers – Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo – as Huawei’s struggle continues.
So far, global chip shortages have had little impact on shipments.