Smartphone shipments worldwide rose 4.3% during Q1

Samsung remained on top of the global smartphone market during the first quarter

Samsung remained on top of the global smartphone market during the first quarter


According to the latest data from IDC, global smartphone shipments rose 4.3% in the first quarter, topping the analytical firm's previously made forecast of 3.6% growth. Overall, 347.4 million smartphones were delivered from January through March, up from the 332.9 million tallied last year. Samsung continued its reign over the smartphone world by shipping 79.2 million units in the period. While that was flat with last year's number, the manufacturer actually lost a full percentage point of market share. For the first quarter, Samsung was responsible for 22.8% of worldwide smartphone shipments.

Apple remained number two behind Samsung with total shipments of 51.6 million, .8% ahead of the number of smartphones it delivered during last year's first quarter. For the three months, Apple's share of the market was 14.9%,  half a percentage point lower from the 2016 first quarter number.

Chinese manufacturers took the last three spots in the top five. Huawei was third as it shipped 34.2 million units around the world during Q1. The company had strong 21.7% year-over-year growth and owned 9.8% of the global smartphone market at the end of the period. Oppo had the strongest annual growth in the period, with shipments soaring 29.8% to 25.6 million smartphones. Market share at the end of March was 7.4%. Vivo also enjoyed strong year-over-year growth during this year's first three months, with a 23.6% gain to 18.1 million phones shipped. That gave Vivo a first quarter market share of 5.2%.


Because of the high number of smartphones that both Apple and Samsung ship each quarter, the two companies at the top are suffering from slower growth, especially compared to their smaller Chinese rivals.

source: IDC via AndroidAuthority

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14 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 6910; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It should say Android rose again. While Apple and all others fell.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why would they say that?!

4. sgodsell

Posts: 6910; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Because it's the truth. Well in terms of OS it certainly is.

5. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

It's stupid to state "Android Increased Marketshare" because this is a given. They didn't stand Android market share increased because it's becoming meaningless. Many major Android manufacturers are losing marketshare to companies that provide cheaper options. That's why you see Oppo and Huawei increasing in marketshare, but notice how Samsung dipped YoY. Oppo and Huawei offer much cheaper and competitive price points under $500, and many under $300 (Huawei). Overall point- Even when top Android manufacturers experience substantial growth, they are subject to LOSING market share from cheap Android smartphone manufacturers.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 6910; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That is why the top OEMs make many low and mid range devices as well as a few flagship devices each. Listen with 1.28 billion smartphones that sold last year, which were only Android. Then it make sense that Android continues to grow. Especially with the latest hardware and technologies. Like in the fields of AR/VR, photography, IoT, and more to name a few. You want the latest, then you only need to look at Android.

14. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

It is not meaningless when comparing the only two meaningful mobile operating systems, Android and IOS.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For 2 quarters Apple ships 75M+ phones. Right after the holiday's they drop to just 50M. Then after that they keep dropping. So that is why Apple has their Fiscal Q1 for the last quarter of the year, because that is the time they know they will get their best sales and the stockholders run to play the lottery, because after that its over. Samsung still stays in the 75M+ all 4 quarters. Good job Samsung. While the others are all mix up, you're jacking up the house!

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Some links and stats to back up those words would be nice for better understanding.

7. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

Please if you can contact IDC tell them to make BBK phones in one place (Vivo + Oppo + OnePlus)

8. whatev

Posts: 2136; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It's funny seeing people that said they didn't care about sales when apple was the best selling brand last quarter now they are cheerleading like fan girls in a Justin Bieber concert, when will the human race get rid of double standards? Smh

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"now they are cheerleading like fan girls" which comment are you referring to? there is nothing like that around here..

10. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Good for all of them.

11. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

I concur. Those five deserve their success. Although Oppo is the only company on that list that has not released a flagship unless you count their one plus sub brand.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nice drop from Q42016

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