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Samsung’s smartphone market share and sales plummet in Japan

Samsung continues to dominate the overall smartphone market worldwide, but in Japan, the Korean manufacturer isn’t seeing the same reception towards its smartphones as in other regions. According to industry data, Samsung managed to sell only 1 million units of its complete portfolio of smartphones in the July – September period, seeing its market share decline for the fourth consecutive year, with sales down from 1.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Many reasons are attributed to this, including the rise of local manufacturers like Sony (who sold around 900,000 more devices than Samsung), and also the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 5s and 5c – NTT DoCoMo, the nation’s largest carrier, offered Apple’s iPhones for the first time ever, contributing to the lower sales seen by Samsung’s phones despite being present in NTT DoCoMo’s lineup. It’s clear devices like the Galaxy Note 3 haven’t been able to change things around, and it remains to be seen if future smartphones like the Galaxy S5 will have any effect on Samsung’s shrinking market share in the country.

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Paps Duke
Paps Duke

“Many reasons are attributed to this”….on my opinion such as poor R&D (research and development)contribution to the company,yes software updates.

hot_spare
hot_spare

And your opinion is wrong. Samsung already has the highest R&D budget among any mobile manufacturer. Common folks don’t care about updates, they infact have no clue about them.

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Which is especially true in markets like Japan and Korea, late updates are an issue for very few folks.

themask007
themask007

Another Hint that samsung should improve after sale service

avenging
avenging

This is only in japan. Samsung has a big lead worldwide

Nicko80
Nicko80

That’s great Samsung… But what’s not great is , I had the swelling battery problem on my Note 1 and I had to buy a battery from another country and supplier , because Samsung does not have accessories support for phones with more then one year. My Samsung S2 is with the USB PORT problem , and my mothers as it to , and many other smartphones from Samsung have this problem , and since I don’t have warranty , because it as more then 2 years old , I have to buy it on Internet and mount it by… Read more »

avenging
avenging

Seriously? The note 3 was released in october in japan