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Apple dominates the smartphone market

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Global smartphone shipments reached a record 1.49 billion units back in 2016, while Apple managed to beat Samsung and to grab the leading position in the fourth quarter, thanks to the Note 7 disaster.

Surprisingly enough, Samsung was not severely affected by the Galaxy Note 7 disaster overall, but its mobile smartphone business has lost its crown to Apple. According to data from research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple has left Samsung in the dust in the fourth quarter of 2016, at the end of a record year for the entire market.

The source mentioned above estimated a 9 percent global growth in the last quarter, with no less than 438.7 million smartphones shipped. For the year as a whole, the figures are also impressive, with 1.49 billion units shipped. During the October-December period, Apple controlled 18 percent of the market, shipping 78.3 million smartphones.

On the other hand, Samsung managed to stay in front when counting the figures for the entire year. The South Korean giant closed 2016 with a market share of 22.2 percent, while Apple got the second place with only 16.1 percent.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-02- 1 (Update: 2017-02- 1)