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Apple edges Samsung to lead smartphone producers in global market share

Apple edges Samsung to lead smartphone producers in global market share
With 17.8% of the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2016, Apple edged out Samsung's 17.7% share to become the top smartphone manufacturer in the world. Apple sold a company record 78.3 million iPhone handsets during the fourth calendar quarter, topping the 77.5 million handsets shipped by Samsung during the same three months. While Apple's smartphone sales were up 4.7% year-over-year, Samsung's shipments were down 5% over the same time period. Globally, Huawei (10.2%), Oppo (6.7%) and Vivo (5.8%) were numbers three through five respectively during the quarter.

For all of 2016, Samsung was on top with a 20.8% market share of the global smartphone market. Apple was second with 14.5%. In third was Huawei with a 9.3% share. Oppo and Vivo  finished fourth and fifth with 5.7% and 4.8% of the market, respectively. During the 12 months of the year, global smartphone shipments rose by 3% to reach 1.5 billion units. Strategy Analytics said that strong demand for smartphones in China and Africa provided the backdrop for steadier shipping numbers for the industry.

Despite holding on to the top two spots in 2016, Samsung shipped 10.3 million fewer handsets last year, while Apple delivered 16.1 million fewer phones.

Apple overtook Samsung to grab the top spot for global smartphone market share during the fourth quarter

Apple overtook Samsung to grab the top spot for global smartphone market share during the fourth quarter


source: StrategyAnalytics via CNET

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posted on 31 Jan 2017, 21:32 8

1. jeroome86 (Posts: 2202; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Please no PA. You will bring you know who here. Ugh. Why? Good grief.

posted on 31 Jan 2017, 21:39 6

4. maple_mak (banned) (Posts: 953; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Because for clickbait.

posted on 01 Feb 2017, 00:36 2

38. Klinton (Posts: 925; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


Because tho cheer up the sad iboys. No matter that Apple sold less smartphones 2016 than Samsung.
Even with sabotaged Note7

posted on 01 Feb 2017, 00:45 5

39. Klinton (Posts: 925; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


Even this 0.1% about the last quarter, for sure is doctored.
Trust me!
They couldn't bare that Samsung outsold Apple even after Note7 was killed.

posted on 01 Feb 2017, 10:40 2

62. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


You need a repair. That's all I can say.

posted on 31 Jan 2017, 21:36 2

2. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Since OPPO, Vivo (and OnePlus) all part of BBK Electronics, why aren't their sales numbers combined? Or is it that they are reported as separate entities?

posted on 31 Jan 2017, 22:13

9. kiko007 (Posts: 5733; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Excellent question!

posted on 31 Jan 2017, 22:17

11. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I seriously want to know. I really think their sales numbers should be combined and listed under BBK Electronics.

posted on 31 Jan 2017, 22:20

13. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Because they are three different phones.

posted on 31 Jan 2017, 22:40 2

17. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I understand that they are three different *phone manufacturers*, but they're under one "house". All three belong to BBK Electronics.

posted on 01 Feb 2017, 11:40

63. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Oh I'm sorry, I meant they are three different phone manufacturers under three companies that are under one umbrella corporation.

posted on 01 Feb 2017, 12:58

65. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Totally understand that, as evident in my first response to you. But I can understand why that wouldn't be clear to you.

posted on 02 Feb 2017, 10:25

70. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


I can understand why you don't understand: spoiler alert, you don't know what you are talking about.

posted on 02 Feb 2017, 16:40

73. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


See comment #67 and then get your IQ up from those negative numbers.

posted on 04 Feb 2017, 12:25

78. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


It's ok, I dismissed you, lackey.

posted on 04 Feb 2017, 14:55

79. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Having trouble understanding comment #67, I see. It's ok, I understand that reading comprehension isn't among your pathetically small skill set. Carry on.

posted on 05 Feb 2017, 16:38

82. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Apparently you're having trouble understanding that I dismissed you. Do I have to get the coloring book and crayons or is that too advanced for your level?

posted on 05 Feb 2017, 17:26

85. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Nah, no need to break out your stash of coloring books. I know your parents let you play with them after dinner every night. Now go and color in "comment #67", since you obviously can't read it.

posted on 08 Feb 2017, 10:03

88. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


What part of dismissed did you not understand? Shut up and get over it. You're dismissed.

posted on 08 Feb 2017, 10:24

91. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


STILL needing my attention after three whole days? Wow, I must occupy more space in that teeny tiny head of yours than I thought. Now see commet #67 and try not to think of me so much.

posted on 31 Jan 2017, 22:29

16. kiko007 (Posts: 5733; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


I've never understood why they don't publish like that either. It would give them bragging rights to the top spot I'm sure. Maybe there's some IO thing they've set up or something.

posted on 31 Jan 2017, 22:44

18. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I just think it would be easier to consolidate everything, especially when reporting earnings.

posted on 31 Jan 2017, 23:09 2

20. sgodsell (Posts: 5057; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


they are separate companies. Apple did good this quarter, especially with all the sales during the holiday season. Like if you buy and iPhone, then you could get a free iPhone SE. So that would count as two units. Also carriers were offering sales of free iPhone 7's for a 2 year contract. I have never seen such sales so soon after the release of the new iPhones.

This means iOS has 17.8% of the global market share which is excellent. Android has 81.2% of the market. And 1.3% for the rest, which includes WP/W10M, Tizen, Blackberry 10.x, and the rest.

posted on 01 Feb 2017, 07:58

60. yalokiy (Posts: 96; Member since: 01 Aug 2016)


Perhaps the BBK managers decided (for reasons we are not able to see) that they prefer the world to see it's sub-brands as separate and independent companies?

posted on 01 Feb 2017, 08:04 1

61. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


That could be it. They want to let their subsidiaries shine and get direct credit. I get that. I was just wondering why, as it would be easier to just consolidate reports under one brand, IMO.

posted on 01 Feb 2017, 11:41

64. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Business 101.

posted on 01 Feb 2017, 13:01

66. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Not necessarily.

posted on 02 Feb 2017, 10:25

71. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


I disagree.

posted on 02 Feb 2017, 16:41

74. meanestgenius (Posts: 17281; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I don't care what you disagree with.

posted on 04 Feb 2017, 12:24

77. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


You cared enough to respond.

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