The US smartphone market saw a 5% year-on-year decline in shipments for the second quarter of 2020, the technology analyst firm Canalys says, adding that 31.9 million units were shipped in toto.
The figure represented an 11% quarter-on-quarter rise, with shipments have been sharply hit in the first quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And, in an ironical twist, at a time when US criticism of all things Chinese was increasingly on the rise, the percentage of devices made in China shipped to the US during that quarter rose to 70% from 60% in the corresponding quarter a year ago, the company noted.
Canalys analyst Vincent Thielke commented: “Tensions between the US and China have escalated in recent years, creating a perpetual state of uncertainty for all smartphone vendors except Samsung and LG.
“The worsening relationship has resulted in extreme instability that has global onlookers eagerly awaiting November’s presidential election.