So we start to collect the last quarter and full year 2014 numbers and have some other issues also to report. Lets look at a few brands who've given their final numbers.
Huawei reported their full year 2014 number was 75 million smartphones sold. I count from that, that their Q4 sales were 24.4 millino and 6%. Their full year preliminary market share is also 6% and their likely final annual ranking is 4th or 3rd depending on Lenovo's final number.
Xiaomi reported full year 2014 to be 61.1 million. That gives them Q4 numbers of 17.0 million and 4% market share. For full year they are at about 5%.Xiaomi's full year ranking 2014 may be as high as 5th depending on the others in the mid-field like ZTE, LG, Sony, Coolpad etc. So we'll monitor this space.
Blackberry reported 1.9 million smartphones sold for Q4 but their Q4 ends in November so it does not include December sales. But roughly speaking they are so tiny they are falling out of the Top 20.. For the full year they shipped (December 2013 - Novermber 2014) only a meager 9.0 million smartphones so they have about 0.7% market share.
Some other interesting notes. HP has sold the Palm brand to TCL of China (who also own the Alcatel brand). Wow, this is almost perfectly in line wth the stuff I just wrote about that the Chinese players want to expand abrroad and find their own brands not strong enough and yes, TCL has now bought back the Palm brand gosh for its what, 4th life? Palm is like a cat that can't be killed haha..
If you thought 600 dollars was way too little to spend on a phone and even the 4,000 dollars that the first Laborghini smartphone (running Android of course) cost, now Lambo has just released their latest model that costs haha... 6,000 dollars. Yeah, real leather for exanple in the casing for example. I saw a prototype late last year and wow, it is massive and impressive (phablet screen size of course). If you really want to out-bling the iPhone, consider the Lamborghini? Six grand for a phone that is not gold and does not have diamonds etc.. just the Lamborghini looks and bling to it..
Oh remember when Sony sold its loss-making Vaio PC unit last year? Well guess who'se about to join the smartphone wars. Yes, Vaio has just announced they are going to launch Android based smartphones. So who is the real Sony haha..
Ok more updates as we find them and of course full end-of-year 2014 and Q4 market stats coming when we have all the data in (expect early to mid Feb 2015)