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July 24, 2015

Samsung Remains Top of Global Market

Smatphone Sales Sees Apple Slowly Gaining Percentage

Photo Credit: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S by Kārlis Dambrāns Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

When it comes to the global Smartphone market, Samsung is still wearing the crown — but Apple is encroaching on the throne.

ChartIn its most recent report, International Data Corporation shows for the second quarter of the year Samsung shipped 73.2 million devices while Apple moved 47.5 million. Trailing in third with 29.9 million units was Huawei. Overall, compared to 2014’s second quarter, shipment of Smartphones has grown by more than 11 percent.

“The overall growth of the smartphone market was not only driven by the success of premium flagship devices from Samsung, Apple, and others, but more importantly by the abundance of affordable handsets that continue to drive shipments in many key markets,” Anthony Scarsella, research manager with IDC’s mobile phone team, said in a release.

Samsung’s market share, though, fell this past quarter by 3.1 percentage points. That, reported Venture Beat, represents a fifth of the market while, just a few years ago, Samsung dominated a third of the global market.

Those losses can be linked to a smaller supply of Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 Edge. Demand for the device was too much and couldn’t be met by Samsung leaving some customers going to other companies.

While the market remains strong for Smartphones it is seeing somewhat of a decrease, though.

“Compared with the high 26.5 percent growth of 2014, this year’s smartphone shipment growth is entering a plateau period,” Avril Wu, TrendForce’s Smartphone analyst, was quoted as saying by CNet. “Therefore, vendors are likely to face serious challenges when shipping their products in the near future.”


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.