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  • Apple's iPhone Losing Ground to Sony in Japan


    Apple is, undoubtedly, a major force to reckon with across Asia, as the iPhone maker remains a dominant player in both the smartphone and tablet spaces today.

    Earlier this spring, as MMi reported in March, Apple - for the first time in the company's history - secured the top spot among all consumer brands in Japan in Nikkeiís annual brand ranking.

    But while the Apple brand is still strong in Japan, competitors are slowly and steadily chipping away at Apple's market share. In particular, Sony Corp.ís share of Japanís smartphone market has now climbed to a three-year high, widening its lead over Apple's iPhone.

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    Sony has more than doubled its share of shipments to 36 percent in the past four weeks as Apple dropped to 25 percent in the same period, according to researcher BCN Inc. DoCoMo, with more than 60 million subscribers in a nation of 127 million people, is focusing on just two handsets for promotions to cut costs as it remains the only carrier that doesnít sell iPhones.
    With regard to Samsung, a new report from Bloomberg reveals, unit sales for the smartphone maker have slipped for the second consecutive week to 13 percent of the Japanese market. Domestic market share for Sharp Corp. fell to 7.9 percent last week (that's down from 10.3 percent four weeks earlier).

    The bottom line? Sony is on the rise in Japan, while Sharp, Samsung, and Apple are falling fast.

    Source: Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's iPhone Losing Ground to Sony in Japan started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Japanese national pride is very strong, always try to buy Japan manufactured product as much as they can.
      Not surprised Apple and Samsung losing ground in Japanese market.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      They'll have to recheck their numbers when the 5s comes out!
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      iPhone losing ground everywhere. Not just Japan.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      iPhone losing ground everywhere. Not just Japan.
      Thank you for your valuable input.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Thank you for your valuable input.
      My pleasure.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      My pleasure.
      He meant valuable as in not and without any data backing up your claim.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Thank you for your valuable input.
      Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
      He meant valuable as in not and without any data backing up your claim.
      http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/06/son...tphone-market/
      http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/06/and...-market-share/
      http://macdailynews.com/2013/05/14/g...-market-share/
      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...in-survey.html
      http://news.investors.com/060713-659...ing-ground.htm
      (some financial loss of ground, some preference related loss of ground)
      And the biggest loss of ground, the DATA of which you speak
      http://finance.yahoo.com/q?d=t&s=AAPL

      His input actually had some value which can't be said for some others here.


      As hogcia stated, they are losing ground every where. I will continue to use iPhone because I'm invested in the system but there are some really nice devices out there and I hope apple decides to make a bigger, better device. OR at least give consumers the option for such a device. I would love to have an iPhone the size of an S4..... one can hope!!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Apple is supposedly making multiple options for the next iPhone release. Lets be honest, Apple has done way more than hold their own with one single phone offering. How would Android have done with one single device for 6-7 years? Exactly!
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/06/son...tphone-market/
      http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/06/and...-market-share/
      http://macdailynews.com/2013/05/14/g...-market-share/
      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...in-survey.html
      http://news.investors.com/060713-659...ing-ground.htm
      (some financial loss of ground, some preference related loss of ground)
      And the biggest loss of ground, the DATA of which you speak
      http://finance.yahoo.com/q?d=t&s=AAPL

      His input actually had some value which can't be said for some others here.


      As hogcia stated, they are losing ground every where. I will continue to use iPhone because I'm invested in the system but there are some really nice devices out there and I hope apple decides to make a bigger, better device. OR at least give consumers the option for such a device. I would love to have an iPhone the size of an S4..... one can hope!!
      You really believe everything on the Internet is true? If so, check these out:

      http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/04/...-share-in-u-s/

      http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news...-report-366759

      http://www.patentlyapple.com/patentl...oid-in-us.html

      http://www.benzinga.com/news/13/04/3...g-market-share

      http://www.electronista.com/articles...ft.blackberry/

      Shall I keep going?

      You are welcome.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Apple is supposedly making multiple options for the next iPhone release. Lets be honest, Apple has done way more than hold their own with one single phone offering. How would Android have done with one single device for 6-7 years? Exactly!
      Totally agree.... Plus with a yearly refresh as apposed to the almost endless refresh rates of some android based devices.

      Galaxy S released June 2010. Now just 3 years later they are working on the S5.... yeah 4 phones in 3 years seems a bit overboard with the refresh rate IMHO.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -


      LoL... don't cry! It's ok if the mighty apple isn't on top any more. As a matter of fact it's better for those that use their products that they are being knocked down a peg or two. I do see you didn't argue with the only link that REALLY matters..... AAPL: Summary for Apple Inc.- Yahoo! Finance

      So dry your tears and buck up little camper, it'll all be ok.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      I was in Tokyo (Shinjuku) for a week about 3 weeks ago and while I did see a lot of iPhones, I saw many more non-iPhones -- Sony was a noticeable brand, though I couldn't tell the model.

      Apple tech (is) will get stale if there's no competition. So, agreeing with rkswat, this may be good for Apple owners.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      LoL... don't cry! It's ok if the mighty apple isn't on top any more. As a matter of fact it's better for those that use their products that they are being knocked down a peg or two. I do see you didn't argue with the only link that REALLY matters..... AAPL: Summary for Apple Inc.- Yahoo! Finance

      So dry your tears and buck up little camper, it'll all be ok.
      As Mark Twain said, "Never argue with stupid people...", I will shut up now.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      As Mark Twain said, "Never argue with stupid people...", I will shut up now.
      As I say, when you can't win an argument with facts, run away like a little beotch!

      I know you can't argue with apple's freefall stock price so you try and insult me and run away.... Again, it's ok. You'll wake up tomorrow and your iPhone, iPad, mac, MacBook, iPod, ect ect will still work. Of course the stock you bought at $700 hoping it would keep going up and up not doing so well but hey..... apple isn't losing ground now are they?

      The world see's apple isn't top dog anymore, why can't the iSheep? Again I say that's a good thing.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      As I say, when you can't win an argument with facts, run away like a little beotch!

      I know you can't argue with apple's freefall stock price so you try and insult me and run away.... Again, it's ok. You'll wake up tomorrow and your iPhone, iPad, mac, MacBook, iPod, ect ect will still work. Of course the stock you bought at $700 hoping it would keep going up and up not doing so well but hey..... apple isn't losing ground now are they?

      The world see's apple isn't top dog anymore, why can't the iSheep? Again I say that's a good thing.
      Thank you!