Apple Beats Samsung to Earn Top Spot in the Smartphone Market
Apple Inc. just took the lead to earn the world’s top smartphone seller once again by dominating Samsung in the fourth quarter of 2016. The Cupertino-based tech giant gathered massive growth in the Q4 as Samsung Note 7’s battery made a misfortune, driving the South Korean company out of the competition. The Samsung Galaxy S7 was the only smartphone in rivalry with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at the end of 2016.
The statistics report by Strategy Analytics shows that the tech companies observed massive growth in developing markets like China and Africa. Apple Inc. sold almost 78.3 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2016, which is a bit higher than the prediction of 76.3 million, according to research analysts. More importantly, Apple captured about 18 percent of the global smartphone market.
Samsung was able to ship 77.5 million smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to Apple. The rivalry still stays between both the tech giants as Apple leads with a minimum margin. Samsung is predicted to be the major role player in the competition with the launch of the latest Galaxy S8. If the Galaxy Note 7 didn’t suffer from battery explosion and worldwide recall from the company, then Samsung might be the leader in terms of sales for the final quarter of 2016.
Apple and Samsung are still the top players in the smartphone market, while Huawei earned the third place by selling 44.9 million units in Q4 2016. OPPO follows Huawei to be at the 4th rank with the shipment of 29.5 million smartphones in the global market.