Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Up 9% in Q1 of 2017

Alan Olson
May 24, 2017

The Chinese-based smartphone maker saw its market share inch to 9% in Q1 2017 from 8.3% in the same quarter previous year, according to a Gartner report.

The global smartphone market grew 9.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to tech tracker Gartner's latest stats, and growth is being driven by a trio of Chinese device makers.

Both Apple and Samsung saw a dip in market share and sales but together sold over 130 million devices, accounting for over a third of the worldwide share of the market with 13.7 pc and 20.7 pc respectively.

Apple and Samsung might be the world's most popular smartphone makers, but their slices of the market share are on the decline.

"With a 94.6 per cent increase in worldwide smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2017, Oppo achieved the best performance of the quarter and retained the top spot in China", Gartner said. Apple iOS was able to capture 13.7% share last quarter, but that was down from a 14.8% share it had in the prior year.

Aggressive marketing and sales promotions have also helped the three grow by taking share in markets such as India, Indonesia and Thailand.

Gartner attributed Android's strong footprint to growing acceptance of Chinese brands in global markets, adding that Google's introduction of entry-level Android Go would continue to drive the platform's growth. It remained China's leading market player.

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The news was much worse for Samsung, which has historically dominated global smartphone sales.

Gartner says Oppo's strategy, which is centred around the camera, fast chargin and offline retail, is reaping benefits for the vendor, which garnered 8.1% market share in Q1 - and some 31 million shipments - up from 4.6% share for the same period in 2016.

Moreover, Chinese smartphone brand Huawei has narrowed down its sales gap with Samsung and Apple.

"The top three Chinese smartphone manufacturers are driving sales with their competitively priced, high-quality smartphones equipped with innovative features", said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. Although Huawei is getting closer to Apple's numbers, it's also under pressure from competing Chinese brands.

Oppo is continuing to catch up with Huawei.

Together, Android and iOS now power nearly all of the world's mobile devices, with other operating systems, such as Windows Phone and BlackBerry, now making up just 0.2 percent of the market, down from 1.1 percent in the first quarter of previous year.

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