Samsung Snaps Top Phonemaker Spot from Apple as iPhone Shipment Drops

Samsung has clinched the top phonemaker spot from Apple. Apple’s smartphone shipments dropped about 10% in the first quarter of 2024 as competition from Android smartphone makers aiming for the top spot intensified.

Data from research firm IDC show that global smartphone shipments increased 7.8% to 289.4 million units during January-March, with Samsung, at 20.8% market share, clinching the top phonemaker spot from Apple at 17.3% market share.

The iPhone-maker has a strong performance in the December quarter, overtaking Samsung as the world’s No.1 phone maker.

Apple’s slump comes as Chinese brands such as Huawei continue to gain market share. Xiaomi, one of China’s top smartphone makers, occupied the third position with a market share of 14.1% during the first quarter.

South Korea’s Samsung, which launched its latest flagship smartphone lineup – Galaxy S24 series – in the beginning of the year, shipped more than 60 million phones during the period.

In the first quarter, Apple shipped 50.1 million iPhones, down from 55.4 million units it shipped same period last year, according to IDC.

Apple’s smartphone shipments in China shrank 2.1% in the final quarter of 2023 from a year earlier.

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