Yup, Apple has sold 47.5 million units of its iPhone smartphones in the last quarter, but Samsung still managed to grab a bigger share of the global smartphone market, according to a new report released by market research firm IDC.
The South Korean tech giant got a 21.7 percent share of the worldwide market for smartphones, shipping 73.2 million units of smartphone devices during the second quarter of this year. While still impressive, those numbers are actually down compared to the same period one year ago. In the second quarter of 2014, Samsung grabbed a 24.8 share of the global smartphone market, with shipments of 74.9 million smartphone units.
Despite its decreased market share, Samsung’s market share and volume of shipments were still better than Apple’s. During this year’s second quarter, Apple got 14.1 percent of the global smartphone market while shipping a total of 47.5 million units of iPhones. Apple’s second quarter figures though were an improvement over its numbers during the same period in the previous year. In the second quarter of 2014, Apple got a 11.7 percent share in the worldwide market for smartphones, with shipments of 35.2 million units of its iPhone devices.
Chinese phone makers Huawei and Xiaomi claim the third and fourth places, respectively. Huawei improved its market share to 8.9 percent. Last year during the same quarter, Huawei had a market share of 6.7 percent. As for Xiaomi, it similarly boosted its market share to 5.3 percent. During the same period last year, Xiaomi managed a 4.6 market share. Sitting on fifth place is yet another China based mobile manufacturer, Lenovo.
Samsung and Apple are the undisputed leaders in the field of smartphones. Historically speaking, Samsung has always had Apple’s number. But during the final quarter of 2014, Apple managed to steal the title of world’s biggest smartphone vendor from Samsung’s hands. It was during this time, of course, that Apple launched its two latest flagship devices, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, which went on to become two of the biggest selling smartphones of all time. To Samsung’s credit, the South Korean mobile manufacturer quickly bounced back, regaining the throne in the following quarter.
According to IDC’s latest report, total shipments of smartphones numbered 337.2 million units during the second quarter of this year. This represents an 11.6 percent improvement over the 302.1 million units shipped during the second quarter of 2014.
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