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Report: iPhone 5s was still the world's best selling smartphone in May, followed by Samsung Galaxy S5

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Report: iPhone 5s was still the world's best selling smartphone in May, followed by Samsung Galaxy S5

According to Counterpoint, a Hong Kong-based market research firm, Apple’s iPhone 5s was the best selling smartphone in the world throughout the month of May, maintaining its lead since late 2013. Reportedly, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 - which is available worldwide since April - was a “distant number two.”

But Samsung is still the winner overall, as it has four other smartphones in top 10 May sales: Galaxy S4 (3rd place), Galaxy Note 3 (4th), Galaxy S4 mini (8th), and Galaxy Grand 2 (10th). Apple’s iPhone 5c and iPhone 4S took the 5th and 6th places, respectively. There’s only one other company that made it to top 10, and that’s Xiaomi, which continues to sell its affordable Mi3 and Hongmi Redrice smartphones at a fast pace. 

Apparently, Sony’s Xperia Z1 almost made it to top 10, too, but it was ultimately included in a top 20, alongside the Motorola Moto G, Huawei Honor 3C, LG G2, and other unnamed smartphones.

Counterpoint’s report is based on info gathered from 35 countries, and includes devices that have been sold, not just shipped. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t provide exact sales numbers, just the handsets’ top positions. Are you surprised by this top? Let us know in the comments section below.

Report: iPhone 5s was still the world's best selling smartphone in May, followed by Samsung Galaxy S5

source: Counterpoint

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posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:03 17

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1659; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


WHAT??? I could have sworn those Fandroids said that Apple is dead. I'm so confused right now :(

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:14 17

4. syncronyze (Posts: 97; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Apple is dead, that's why people are talking about investing in Apple stock right now! You can also tell Apple is dead because PhoneArena is still posting about them. Apple is also dead because Samsung RULESSSSS LOLZ.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 01:15 1

49. Sreddy (Posts: 74; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


the stocks of apple is not falling atm. the stocks are rising. people are investing cause they knw the return in future will be worthwhile, if you dont knw what i mean then its iphone 6. heck apple increased their production numbers. its not that apple is less in demand now!

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 01:46

55. a_merryman (Posts: 685; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


He was joking....

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:30 30

11. Finalflash (Posts: 1799; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No one said Apple is dead, they just said Apple fans are "brain" dead, but can't expect them to read though.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:39 2

15. bucky (Posts: 1504; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Quite a general statement for such a huge group of people worldwide.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:41 8

17. Ninetysix (Posts: 1659; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


http://lmgtfy.com/?q=android+users+smarter+than+ios

If they are "brain" dead. What do you call the non-ios users? Brain less?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 06:39 1

68. Ashoaib (Posts: 2283; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


yes they are "brain dead" bcoz most of them even dont know the features iphone offers... they buy it bcoz its iphone...
galaxy S5 is not doing well bcoz unlike other galaxy series, I havent seen any customer holding S5 yet, which was not the case when S3, S4, note2, note3 were launched

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:57 13

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8615; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What? Those haters said Samsung is the worst and that the S5 was a total flop/fail. I'm so confused right now. :(

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 00:25 10

40. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


It IS a flop considering how much resources and money Sammy put into it.

If a brand new, strategically positioned product lags behind the competitor's 8+ months old one by a huge margin, it's an EPIC fail.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 00:32 5

42. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8615; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You again. Not surprised to see you here.

Please do tell me how that hurt is going for you. I'm dying to know.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 01:40 7

53. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Remember what I kept telling last year?

2014 and 2015 will be very tough for Android vendors.
1. The market is saturated
2. Android's transition to 64bit will be VERY painful
3. Apple will go rampage with bigger iPhones.

And many Androtakus didn't agree.

That GS5 isn't doing very well proves 1). The situation will get worse each and every year, even for Sammy.

For 2) and 3), we don't have to wait very long.

HTC and maybe Sony won't survive these two years.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 01:52 2

56. a_merryman (Posts: 685; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I'd say the situation will get worse ESPECIALLY for Samsung, with America moving to contract free pricing it will be tougher for Sammy to sell the high profit margin high end phones. And with Moto and numerous Chinese vendors offering compelling phones at the low and mid-ranges it will squeeze their profits even more.

I don't think Android's switch to 64-bit will be that bad.

If anything, I think the only Android vendors who will be able to justify continuing to sell higher priced high end phones to compete against the iPhone will be HTC and Sony.

Also, Androtakus...I like that. Heheheh

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 02:10

60. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Sammy is THE king of chicken games.

64bit on Android sucks worse than I predicted last year with all those almost empty or non-existent aarch64 folders that came with the most recent PDK.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 01:59 4

58. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Just sh** up and wait till they announce the Galaxy Note 4. It will change how you talk.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 02:06 1

59. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Note4 won't sell even nearly as well as Note3.

Both GS and Note series peaked at their third iteration.

It's downhill racing from now on.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 02:24 2

61. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


that's sorta true... But this applies for every premium smartphone manufacturers, not only Samsung; which is why Apple, Samsung, LG, and Sony is investing so much to penetrate the Chinese/ Indian market.
If GN4 comes with everything that its customers requested, for the past few years, with its "gimmicky" features and with the new YOUM display technology, I say it will create a synergy that could drive Samsung "uphill"

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 06:46

70. Ashoaib (Posts: 2283; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


they are investing too much to penetrate in Chinese and indian markets, but the problem with these markets are, unlike american and european markets, most of the population cant afford to purchase flagships... this is the reason low cost brands like xiaomi are making big bangs

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 04:23 4

62. tedkord (Posts: 4937; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Android's transition to 64bit is going very smoothly, and will continue so. Hard year for Android? Android picked up share, and even here in the US, Samsung market share grew more than Apples. The GS5 is the number 2 phone, it's selling quite well, in addition to the GS4 and Note 3 holding the next two spots (even though the claim is always that Samsung only sells low end phones and their high end don't sell, their three to devices occupy the #2, 3 and 4 spots)

So, pretty much nothing you have predicted had come true.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 06:40 2

69. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Android's transition is smooth? What does make you think that way?
Should I believe what you are saying rather than what I'm seeing first hand? Kernel =/= OS
Almost one year passed, the Linux kernel is still pretty much the only thing that's 64bit ready.
The whole framework is merely ported so that it gets built for aarch64, and Google can start lying with "64bit ready", but hardly optimized. App devs will be asking around the web about how to force their apps to run in 32bit mode, because they will run so much faster that way.

Sure, the situation will improve - in five years, long after the first bogus 64bit phones hit the $0 resale value.
Oh, I forgot to mention that they won't even get updates after just 18 months or so.

The fun is over. It isn't a growing market anymore since 6+ months, we are entering a crucial phase of a zero-sum game where profit margin is the Holy Grail.

This fall, while iPhone will be at its strongest with bigger screens, Android is left most vulnerable, struggling through the transition with immature toolchains that come with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY - literally, it's GCC.

It's not just an incident. Apple planned this all and rushed to 64bit last year. And it's the beginning of the end for Android :
- Who has the biggest profit margin?
Apple

- Who has the highest brand value/loyalty?
Apple

- Who has the best engineers?
Apple, both HW and SW

- Who has the best chip?
Apple by far, with its custom design that enables 6-issue instead the reference's 3-issue. Even Qualcomm gave up here and just follows ARM's reference design.

With the Moore's law finally at the end with 28nm, Android vendors can't even lie to customers their HW being superior over Apple's.
http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?doc_id=1321536

Pros chuckle when reading Androtakus' comments how their Android phones' HW trumps over Apple's due to Octacore, HMP and so on.

Bull!

There is no true Octacore.
It's either big4 or LITTLE4. It's possible to enable both, but the performance gets much worse. It's due to the L2 cache and data bus, and way too technical for you maybe.
And you know very well, big4 is reserved almost exclusively for those "serious" applications like benchmarks.
And those "less serious" apps (anything else) get LITTLE4 assigned. big4 is too power hungry.

That's the crappy truth about so proud, octacored Exynos.

HMP? Renderscript? My a$$. That's nonsense pure.
It looks great on paper, but properly written NEON codes beat the hell out of it in ALL aspects, including performance AND power consumption.
And unlike Apple, Google has no SW engineers capable of doing this. Their allegedly optimized NEON codes in AOSP suck!
You could show Google's "NEON" codes to ANY NEON programmer, they'll shake their heads.

Android being 64bit ready? LMAO

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:39 2

75. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Description Mctweaker. No need for 64bit when you can expand the memory app which opens. 4gb ram amust. Instead of 32mb for an app which needs to open alter the vmheap to 64mb Ram.
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2. Before you upgrade to version 3.х.х from versions 2.х.х it is recommended to completely remove the old version of the program and the license.
3. USB debugging option must be enabled!
4. The presence of root-rights necessarily.
5. BusyBox must to be installed.
6. On some devices you need a S-OFF.
7. It's strongly recomended to update BusyBox version to 1.20.x or latter.
If You like, to Your smartphone running at peak performance. If Your experience does not give You peace of mind and You change firmwares one by one, in search of the optimum decision for Your device. Try to adjust Your smartphone by youself and help other users with similar devices. mcTweaker is a system application, that allows you to set up hidden parameters of Android, to achieving maximum performance and minimum power consumption.
Main features:
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- CPU voltage control for different frequencies;
- management of the OOM killer parameters;
- setting of Dalvik VM heap parameters;
- setting of file system parameters (IO Scheduler, cache SD-card);
- management of the DNS-servers for different network connections;
- optimization of the network performace;
- manual and automatic synchronisation of time via the Internet, a large selection of NTP-servers;
- blocking of advertising;
- setting of the screen parameters (animation speed, auto brightness);
- optimization of graphics (hardware acceleration, anti-aliasing, the density of the screen, etc.);
- JIT-compilation on/off;
- optimization of energy consumption;
- editing the parameters of the A-GPS (select SUPL-server, select the NTP server, forced request (A-GPS data, cold start);
- editing of parameters in the file build.prop;
- script-manager with a built-in editor;
- autorun any scripts at boot time (emulation of init.d);
- home screen widgets to switch the set of parameters (CPU frequency, the parameters of OOM killer, switching the DNS-servers, time synchronization, the request of A-GPS data;
- launch any application by widget with the simultaneous adjustment of parameters;
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- applications autorun management;

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:41 1

76. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Neon codes can be altered for Hmp to work. Fkkk sake this is Android Linux, not Pos Darwin pusedo Unix ios junk.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:43 1

77. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Nice theory of yours. Bogus. V6 engine is not better than V8 engine.

V8 will preform much better than a straight 4 engine.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:00

82. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


You talk way too much sh!t.

You are truly the Androtaking, king of Androtakus.

Hail to the king!

Now the other Androtakus will copy and paste your sh!t everywhere.
That's the only thing Androtakus do all the day.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:32 2

85. donfem (Posts: 550; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Regular ipdrone talking crap ater being confronted with specs. I guess the nonsense you spew makes you very brilliant?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 12:14 1

88. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Try and do that with ios iPhone's

Apple will buttkicked you

Go and listen what you can't and can do to your Steve jobs

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 12:20 1

89. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Your dieing with jealousy, cause you can't alter or modify anything of apples properities

Not even the devs can alter the Cpu, Gpu, voltage on iPhone's

BS nonsense is that phone

Your telling me you have a car and can't change the valve pistons and clutch.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:45

78. gehrig (Posts: 180; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Yep. It's like the old video game crash of 1983. Only the good phones will survive.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 01:43 4

54. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


the last name Lee sounds so Korean, but he's probs in disguise in purpose to bash Samsung (which is also from Korea) so the troll looks better.
He's not worth your time replying to.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 04:26 3

63. tedkord (Posts: 4937; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


He named himself after Jake E. Lee, Ozzy's former guitarist, another wannabe.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:28

83. donfem (Posts: 550; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Very ignorant statemen. A "flop" should be at the bottom of the list shouldn't it?

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 22:09 6

22. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


WHAT??? The highly praised SONY Z2 is dead... I'm so confused right now. :((((((((((

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 05:47 2

64. razmahtaz001 (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 May 2013)


i think it should be obvious why apple 5s is the best selling phone...considering samsung has dozens of phone out vs only 3 for apple since the 4s. with samsungs many choices to choose from, the sale for each device is spread out amongts dozens and dozens of samsung phones vs 3 for apple.

and that the dozens of android oems equating to over 100 of devices on a yearly basis, where sale per device is spread out between these 100 devices vs only one ios vendor in apple with only 3 devices since the 4s.

this kind of stat is kinda blown out of proportion.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 13:37

91. a_merryman (Posts: 685; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Yeah, I'm sure the people buying the S4 mini and Grand are definitely looking in the same price range as the S5 and Note 3. That is totally why Samsung didnt sell more high end phones than the high end offering from Apple /s

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 18:21

94. synot (Posts: 265; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Apple 5s is the top single seller because its the only top shelf offering from Apple while Samsung has many and if Samsung has only one top shelf offering like Apple it would outsell 5s by 4 to 1 considering the sales of the notes and the Samsung phones in the top ten.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 19:19

95. a_merryman (Posts: 685; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


You completely didn't understand what I wrote. Someone who is buying the galaxy S4 mini or galaxy grand is not in the same market as the S5 or 5S, they just aren't. I would say that the S4 buyers now aren't in the same market for a smartphone as the S5 or 5S either, otherwise they would've bought the S5. Clearly they made the choice that the S5 either wasn't worth the increase in price for them or they didn't have the money. The only top shelf offerings from Samsung on that list are the S5 and Note 3, don't try to say the other 3 are top shelf still (S4) or ever were (grand and s4 mini), otherwise we can use the same logic for Apple with the 5C and 4S.

I like how you pulled the 4 to 1 figures straight out of your ass, good job on that.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:04 25

2. teerex42 (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Who cares, the phone is still inferior to the S5, puny screen and specs. There are just more icrap lovers out there is all!!

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:25 7

7. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2043; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Or maybe there are more people out there who prefer fast and fluid phones that aren't huge, that get software updates on time and for a long time and prefer a decent looking and premium phone than just a spec filled plastic product.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:28 20

9. robert26101 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)


Hey there Nokia fan you have no room to talk about plastic phones.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:36 6

13. gehrig (Posts: 180; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Because the 930 is so plastic.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:45 13

18. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Lmao

+1

Yeah you NokiaMS fanboy

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 22:28 1

30. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2043; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Grow some brains, and then reply to me, plastic tech enthusiast!

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 22:33 9

32. robert26101 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)


Maybe you should take your own advice and grow some brains. Stay mad!

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 01:59

57. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2043; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Or maybe you should shut up and not poke you backside in between when I'm referring to someone else. Are you his advocate or something?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:20

81. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Lmfao

+1

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 22:25 5

28. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 380; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Have you ever heard of the Lumia 925? Dumbass.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 22:27 2

29. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2043; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Nokia/MS plastic = Hard, premium, rigid, solid, beautiful and colorful.

Samsung plastic = Cheap, bland, ugly, soft and not so colorful.

Nice try Samsung fanboy. Also, tell me about how the Lumia 925 and Lumia 930 are complete plastic phones and are cheap and ugly looking.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 05:55 1

65. razmahtaz001 (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 May 2013)


nokia's hard premium cant even compete with samsungs cheap bland plastic in sales.

haters keep talking about samsungs cheap plastic, but samsung still outsell all other android oems. maybe cheap plastic is the way to go?

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 22:31 2

31. maccess (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


NoK.I.A

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 00:06 4

39. wando77 (Posts: 299; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


My note 2 is fast and fluid, has had SEVERAL updates (including being updated to KitKat a while back). And as for the big phone thing........ What is it Apple are copying again this fall?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 00:47 1

46. gehrig (Posts: 180; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Does it have the new UI? Will it be updated for THREE YEARS AFTER IT'S RELEASE?

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:13 7

3. zig8100 (Posts: 136; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Not bad for an outdated phone. This just shows you that alot of people go by what other people buy and have no clue that there are better phones out there that can be had. Simple as that.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:38

14. gehrig (Posts: 180; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Or they like good phones. Both Samsung and Apple users "go by what others buy". It's called recommendation.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 00:30 1

41. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


I'd say they are quality aware customers that care a sh1t about all those useless features offered by Android.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 00:33 4

43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8615; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Yet they're adopted in iOS 8 this upcoming fall. Oops - did I just say that?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 01:18 1

50. Sreddy (Posts: 74; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


i agree, let them sell their s5 after couple years of use. lets see how much resale value it got.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:36

86. donfem (Posts: 550; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


"Quality customers" who have no clue what to do with their icone? Aside from showing off their piece of toy, what ese do these "quality customers" do with their piece of ...?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:53

87. Ninetysix (Posts: 1659; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


They make fandroids rage because they are unable to accept the truth. Why is it so damn hard to accept that other people doesn't share the same preference as you do?

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:16 2

5. nctx77 (Posts: 534; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Wow! Like I said last week. Samsung is in trouble and they know it. They are getting their butts handed to them by an almost year old phone. On top of that, the 5c and 4s is not far behind them. This is the reason they are offering a Galaxy F this fall. They do not even want to know what the iphone 6 is going to do for them. They are slowly turning into HTC.

Now that I think about it, this is why they have all the new commercials attacking Apple.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 21:24 3

6. robert26101 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)


You're delusional! 5 phones in the top 10 I think Samsung is doing just fine. More like HTC and LG are in trouble. No LG g2 no HTC m7 and no HTC m8 in the top 10.

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