The Chinese smartphones are coming

Gartner has released its smartphone sales figures for Q3 2016, which show that Samsung is still the top-selling smartphone brand in the world.

While it maintained its first place, the company suffered a big decline in sales year-on-year – 14.2%.

“Three Chinese vendors – Huawei, Oppo, and BBK Communication Equipment – together accounted for 21% of the smartphones sold to end users worldwide in the third quarter of 2016,” said Gartner.

“They were the only smartphone vendors in the global top five to increase their sales and market share during the quarter.”

Oppo and BBK Communication Equipment showed strong growth in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Russia.

The table below details smartphone sales by brand.

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 3Q16 (Thousands of Units)
Vendor 3Q16 Units 3Q16 Market Share (%) 3Q15 Units 3Q15 Market Share (%)
Samsung 71,733.50 19.2 83,586.70 23.6
Apple 43,000.70 11.5 46,062.00 13
Huawei 32,489.50 8.7 27,412.70 7.7
Oppo 24,936.60 6.7 11,868.60 3.4
BBK Communication Equipment 19,878.90 5.3 10,437.40 2.9
Others 181,253.30 48.6 174,812.80 49.4
Total 373,292.50 100 354,180.20 100

Operating systems

“In the smartphone operating system market, Google’s Android continued to capture market share from Apple’s iOS,” stated the report.

“The withdrawal of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 may benefit sales of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus only slightly, as Note 7 users are likely to stay with Samsung or at least with Android.”

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 3Q16 (Thousands of Units)
Operating System 3Q16 Units 3Q16 Market Share (%) 3Q15 Units 3Q15 Market Share (%)
Android 327,674.00 87.8 300,133.20 84.7
iOS 43,000.70 11.5 46,062.00 13
Windows 1,484.40 0.4 5,874.40 1.7
BlackBerry 377.8 0.1 977 0.3
Others 755.5 0.2 1,133.60 0.3
Total 373,292.50 100 354,180.20 100

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