Smartphones have become one of the most widely used technology products in the world, with over 3 billion people using smartphones globally. China, India, and the United States are the three biggest smartphone markets, as each country has over 100 million smartphone users. About 1.4 billion smartphones were sold across the globe in the last five years, largely by vendors such as Apple and Huawei. When it comes to tech giants, particularly in the mobile and app space, three companies are at the front of the pack – Apple, Google, and Huawei. While the smartphone system and app market were once dominated by Google and Apple, recently Huawei has made a move away from Google entirely and will be offering its own system called Harmony, including its very own app store. We’ll take a closer look at the latest news for Apple, Google, and Huawei, and how they are performing in the stock markets this year so far. A must-read if you plan to invest in forex, Etf, cryptocurrency, shares with a regulated broker as CFDs.
Huawei is one of the globe’s biggest smartphone manufacturers and the largest telecom equipment manufacturer. The company continues to grow and in Q3 of 2019, Huawei overtook Apple to capture 18% of the smartphone market share. One of the biggest stories in the mobile tech space in 2021 is Huawei’s farewell to Google. Huawei phones have been using the Android operating system up until now, however, changes had to be made due to the Trump administration’s bans for Huawei which prevent the company from doing business with American companies. Since then, Huawei has had to manage by using an open-source version of Android which didn’t include such key apps as Google maps, Gmail or Google Play Store. As a result, last year Huawei released their own App Gallery in the P40 series, a move which left users slightly confused but with a work-around to make sure that they could still get the most common apps that they were likely to use.
Soon Huawei will be releasing the Mate X2 which will start out with the open-source Android operating system, and then in April 2021 users will switch to the Harmony (or HongMeng) operating system. Harmony will become the world’s third main operating system alongside iOS and Android, and any Huawei smartphones released after April 2021 will feature it. Of course, the biggest challenge facing the tech giant’s new OS would be apps, but Huawei has shown time and time again that they are innovative and resourceful, and some of the company’s latest apps have been a big hit. Will Huawei continue to ride this wave of popularity and growth, or will Apple and Google catch up?
The world’s biggest search engine is also one of the Big Five tech companies in the US, all of which lead the information technology industry. Google’s Play Store has been the store of choice for the Android OS while Google.com is the most visited website in the world. In fact, in 2017, Google was named the most valuable brand globally by Brand Finance. The tech giant’s most recent offerings could include a new smartphone, which is rumoured to be arriving in June 2021. If the rumours are true, the smartphone could be the Pixel 5a and it could be announced alongside Pixel buds, the brand’s long-awaited earphone offering. There are murmurings about the Pixel 6, as well as a Pixel fold, which, as the name suggests, is a type of foldable smartphone. However, Google is keeping mum about the details of any potential new product launch, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Trading under the conglomerate name, Alphabet Inc, Google shares have risen quickly this year, from a closing price of $1728.73 on the 4th of January, to hover around the $2000 mark for most of February. A product launch could send shares in a new direction, so it’s a good idea for investors to check the news about Google regularly to stay ahead of the markets.
As one of the world’s biggest tech companies known for its innovation and beautiful designs, the world eagerly awaits Apple’s product announcements, and the latest one is expected to take place at the end of this month. Last year, Apple revealed a host of new products including the iPhone 12 range, the Apple Watch 6, and a variety of iPads. There is also broad speculation about the next generation earbuds, which some expect to be more like the AirPods Pro, and may come with audio support and touch controls. There have also been speculations about Apple announcing a smart tracker tag, which we’ve been hearing rumours about for a while, as well as an update to the iPad Pro. In true Apple fashion, however, the company has given away little to no information about any upcoming product announcements, so we sit and wait patiently to see what’s next.
So far this year, Apple stocks had a quick uptick in January to land at a price of $143.25 by the 26th, and then a slow decline of 15% that took Apple share prices to $121.72 on the 5th of March. Those with an eye on Apple shares should keep an eye on the news to see if Apple’s rumoured product announcement takes place, and what this would mean for the company’s share prices.
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