Research firm Gartner recently published a report stating that Apple is gaining on Samsung in the smartphone sales race during the first quarter of the year. According to Gartner, Apple managed to sell 60.2 million iPhone units around the world in the months spanning January to March of 2015, and in the process, scored a 17.9 percent share of the global smartphone market. Samsung, on the other hand, remains the leader with 81.1 million smartphones sold in the same period, but with its overall sales figures decreasing and its market share continuing to slide compared with last year's numbers, it may not be long before Apple catches up.
Apple certainly has capitalized on a pretty decent holiday season showing, and using the momentum to achieve a better sales performance compared to the year before. Indeed, the 60.2 million units sold and 17.9 percent market share is definitely an improvement over the 43 million units sold and 15.3 percent market share that Apple scored during the same period in 2014.
As for Samsung, once again it sees its smartphone sales continue to dip. Last year during the same quarter, the South Korean phone maker managed 4.4 million more smartphone units that its recent 81.1 million units sold in the first quarter of 2015. Its market share has also suffered -- going down to 24.2 percent market share after scoring a commanding 30.4 percent market share during the same period the previous year. It is still the market leader though, but if it continues to slide, it might be in danger of losing its throne to its fierce rival.
Even Samsung itself has acknowledged the fact that the company has been beset with less than stellar sales in the last year. The South Korean tech giant has even remarked that it may have made a rather bad decision when it tried to focus on offering too many smartphone products. Apart from its flagship Galaxy S line of handsets, the company also offers other models, and it may have affected its sales. Contrast that with Apple's approach, which focuses only on the iPhone while releasing new versions year after year.
Apple-Samsung rivalry notwithstanding, coming in at third place is Chinese mobile manufacturer Lenovo, with almost 19 million smartphone units sold and a 5.6 percent market share. As reported by Gartner, a total of 336 million smartphone units were sold around the world in the first three months of the year.
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