Apple bests Samsung in the last quarter of 2017. In the first three quarters, we saw that the company kept on losing to the South Korean giant in terms of phone sales but now it has claimed its spot as the top smartphone maker in the world with the sale of iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X.
According to IDC quarterly report, Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the last quarter of 2017 (19.2 percent market share), just ahead of Samsung who managed to sell 74.1 million smartphones (18.4 percent) around the globe.
Despite the growing competition from other Chinese companies like Oppo and Vivo, Huawei continues to hold the third position in the league of top smartphone maker worldwide. Xiaomi, another Chinese brand managed to gain the number 4th spot while Oppo landed at number 5th position among the smartphone companies of the world.
Looking at 2017 as a whole, the smartphone market suffered a small decline of less than 1 percent as we saw a total of 1.472 billion units shipped in 2017, which is less than 1.473 billion units shipped in 2016. There was also a 6.3% decline witnessed in the units shipped in the last quarter as compared to the same period in 2016.