After the end of an interesting quarter in smartphone sales, Samsung has retaken its place as the leading smartphone company in the world. While Huawei moved back to second place, Xiaomi overtook Apple for the third spot, and Vivo established itself fifth.
The Switch of the Top Position Was Expected by Smartphone Market Experts
The way Samsung got back to the first place was not much of a surprise to people following the smartphone market. While Samsung captured nearly 23% market share, Huawei now represents around 15% of the share. This is a massive drop of 22% when compared to the situation last year. Experts point out that this can be majorly contributed to the U.S. trade ban, which does not allow American companies to work with Huawei.
Xiaomi managed to ship enough smartphones to take a bit more than 13% market share. This Chinese smartphone company continues to have a strong presence in both China and India, which propelled it to third place, going above the share of Apple for the first time.
Most Smartphone Companies Faced Many Challenges In 2020
In general, Apple had a very good quarter when it comes to everything but the iPhone. While it got just about 11% share, it is still significantly ahead of Vivo, which took about 8.9% of the market share. It could be said that given the nature of the market in 2020, it has been a tough quarter for all these companies. Both manufacturing and sales had to overcome many challenges in China, Europe, and the US. The iPhone 12 launch was postponed to October, and most other companies even launched their products in November.
Even though the results differ drastically from last year, the end of 2020 is actually a big recovery, especially for companies in key markets such as India. There, both Samsung and Xiaomi managed to mark good gains, and that shows in the numbers the companies reported. Reports also show that although so far, the consumer demand for 5G may be small, it will be an important driver for future growth.
Fossils Suggest That Crocodiles May Once Have Walked On Two Legs
We might think we know everything there is to know about certain animal species, but a new discovery can always turn up out of the blue and change that. It happened recently with crocodiles after some fossil tracks suggested that the creatures used to walk on two legs. Given how vicious these animals can be, that’s a rather terrifying thought.
A Sensational Find
Researchers recently discovered footprint evidence in South Korea’s Jinju Formation that an ancient ancestor of the crocodile might have been capable of walking like humans. If their findings are accurate, it means that over the last 106 million years or so, the animal has evolved to go from being bipedal to quadrupedal.
Obviously, there’s always some uncertainty about whether or not a fossil or footprint is 100% related to a specific species. However, the excellent preservation of these tracks means that it almost definitely was created by Batracophus, an ancient ancestor of crocodiles.
No Handprints Anywhere
According to Martin Lockley, a paleontologist with the University of Colorado, there were dozens of tracks in the Jinju Formation. However, there were no handprints, hence why the researchers are convinced that the species walked on two legs. Again, given the amount of time that’s passed, it’s hard to say anything with absolute certainty. The evidence seems to speak for itself, though.
Not The First Time
This isn’t the first time that scientists have speculated about crocodiles once being bipedal. A skeletal reconstruction of the Carnufex carolinensis once suggested the same thing. Of course, without any footprints, the claim was hard to back up. Now these tracks have been found, there’s a lot more proof to suggest that crocodiles really did once walk the Earth on two feet.
Given what the Jinju Formation uncovered about crocodiles, we have to wonder if it harbors any other ancient animal secrets.