Samsung leads mobile market while Apple shipments dip slightly

Bradley Wint
Jul 19, 2017 10:07pm AST
Photo: Business Insider

Samsung continues to maintain a stronghold on the mobile market share as product shipments remain strong at the end of at the end of Quarter 1 for 2017.

Even with the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, the company remained strong by shipping a total of 344.3 million units between January and March 2017. We expect that figures into Q2 should be just as good with their successful Galaxy S8 launch. However, the company has not grown when you compare the year over year percentage from Q1 2016.

Apple also managed to hold a decent position in 2nd spot, edging out Samsung in terms of units sold in the last quarter of 2016. This ties in to around the time when the iPhone 7S was launched. However, they fell to just 14.7% at the end of the first quarter of this year, shipping 50.7 million units. It would be really interesting to see how Apple performs given their huge product updates coming later this year. Just like Samsung, Apple has also failed to make any major headway when compared to last year’s position.

Huawei, OPPO, and vivo however are slowly shipping more and more devices, with consistent increases over the last few quarters. This is mostly due to their launch of higher quality mid to high end devices being launched in China and India.

On another note, Windows devices on the whole have reached an all time low of just 0.1% (1.1 million) devices shipped at the end of Q1. If Microsoft continues to offer limited support for the platform, they may have to blame themselves and call it quits.

Here are the statistics provided by IDC.

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