Apple's Share Of Smartphone Sales For Q4 2017 Was 20%, As 1.5 Billion Smartphone Units Were Shipped Last Year

According to IHS Markit's report on 2017 smartphone shipments. The data puts iPhone in first place with the highest share of holiday quarter smartphone sales. For the year, IHS says that global smartphone growth came in at 3.1% with 1.44 billion units compared to 1.4 billion in 2016.

The report notes that Apple took the greatest share of smartphone sales for Q4 2017 with 20%, slightly beats out Samsung’s 19%. On the other hand, Strategy Analytics has out their report on smartphone industry in 2017, which had the nearly identical results that iPhone accounted for a 19 percent share of the smartphone market in the holiday quarter.

But when reporting about the global smartphone shipments, both IHS Markit and Strategy Analytics has a total different results, where the IHS Markits says 2017 global smartphone shipments dropping 4.5% for Q4 with 387.5 million units, while Strategy Analytics believes shipments fell 9 percent for this time with 400.2 million.

Meanwhile, the Strategy Analytics reporting that 1.5 billion smartphones were shipped – a number that’s up 1 percent compared to 2016. Neil Mawston from the research company says that in order for Apple to return to growth, they will need to "launch a new wave of cheaper iPhones” with a focus on the lower-end of the market.

Via 9to5Mac, Image Credit Computer Hoy

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