According to research firm Gartner, Apple has dethroned Samsung as the top seller in the global smartphone market. However, the stats were close, with Apple recording a 17.9% share in Q4 2016 and Samsung boasting a dangerously close figure of 17.8%. LiveMint reports that the quarter also clocked a 7% year-on-year growth in overall sales, to reach 432 million units. Also, for the whole of 2016, smartphone sales to end users totalled nearly 1.5 billion units, an increase of 5% from 2015.
Samsung’s figures have been disappointing for two quarters straight, according to Gartner director Anshul Gupta. He said,
This is the second consecutive quarter in which Samsung has delivered falling quarterly smartphone sales. Samsung’s smartphone sales declined 8% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and its share dropped by 2.9% points year on year.”
However, it has taken Apple eight quarters to regain its spot as the No 1 global smartphone vendor.