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Apple climbs past Samsung as world’s top phone vendor quoting : “CNET”

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On a yearly basis, Samsung is in the first place with 20.8%, followed by Apple with 14.5% and Huawei with 9.3%.
(Different companies use different financial calendars, which is why Apple considers the same period the first quarter of 2017.)
According to a new report by research firm Strategy Analytics, the company sold more smartphones than any other company in the fourth quarter of 2016, including its biggest rival, Samsung.
Of course, Samsung sells many more smartphone models than Apple, and many different price points, while Apple sells just three different variants of the iPhone (along with some older models), and all are considered “high end” phones.
In terms of market share, if we only look at the last quarter of 2016, Apple is once again on top, with 17.8%, followed by Samsung with 17.8% and Huawei with 10.2%.

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Apple climbs past Samsung as world’s top phone vendor

The company overtook Samsung as the world’s top smartphone vendor in the final three months of 2016, according to Strategy Analytics.
Rounding out the top five phone vendors for the fourth quarter were Huawei, OPPO and Vivo.
Samsung, which faced a massive Note 7 recall due to faulty batteries, dropped to second place, said Strategy Analytics.
Overall, global smartphone shipments grew 3 percent to hit 1.5 billion units in 2016.
Apple on Tuesday reported it sold 78.3 million iPhones in the fourth quarter, snapping a three-quarter streak of iPhone unit sales declines.
Apple climbs past Samsung as world's top phone vendor

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