The latest report from StrategyAnalytics shows that in Q4 2021, the wholesale revenue and average selling price of the global smartphone industry will increase by 6% and 9% year on year, respectively. Furthermore, for 2021, the wholesale revenue and average selling price of smartphones will also increase by 15% and 10% year-on-year, respectively. In terms of brands, Apple maintains its lead with a higher revenue share from last year. Samsung is second while Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are third, fourth, and fifth respectively.
Honor surpassed Realme and rose to sixth place. In seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth positions, we have Realme, Lenovo-Motorola, Huawei, and Transsion. It is interesting to see that Huawei remains in the top 10.
In addition, Apple is the manufacturer with the highest share of mobile phones above $1,000. In terms of shipments, Apple Q4 ranks first with a 22% share, followed by Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo. However, in terms of shipment throughout 2021, Samsung remains in the first position.
Apple Classical, an independent classical music app
Apple recently launched the latest Android beta version of the Apple Music app. The code hidden in the beta version may suggest that the company will launch an independent classical music app. In 2021, the Cupertino company acquired Primephonic, a classical music streaming company, after which Primephonic shut down on September 7, 2021. It appears to have started making plans to improve its current Music service. There are indications that it will launch a classical-specific music product in 2022.
9to5Google has discovered a string of code in the beta version of Apple Music for Android. The codes suggest the service may be called “Apple Classical”. The existence of the code could also suggest that the service may be rolling out soon. Of course, it’s also possible that “Apple Classical” is just a codename. The actual official name may be different at launch.
Apple also recently acquired AI Music, a London-based company that uses artificial intelligence to create bespoke dynamic music.
Apple Music Releases 2022 Music Memories Playlist
A few days ago, Apple began to share its “Replay 2022” playlist, which is the 2022 music memory playlist, to Apple Music subscribers. As in the past two years, the playlist ranks the songs users have listened to since the beginning of the year, with a total of 100 tracks. The playlist is updated weekly with the latest order of the most listened-to tracks by users, and by the end of 2022, a comprehensive view of the music playback history for that year is available.
Users can swipe to the bottom in “Listen Now”, select a music memory, and tap “Add” to add playlist tracks to the library. Apple summed up the 2021 music memory playlist at the end of last year. Users who subscribe to Apple Music should have it. Which of the new playlists for 2022 do you listen to most often?