IDC has just released its worldwide smartphone market share report for the fourth quarter of 2017 with Apple leading the pack. The highlight for this quarter is really the fact that Apple overtook Samsung in the number of units shipped.
This is the first time Apple is at the top spot since the fourth quarter of 2016 with a total of 77.3 million units shipped. It also holds the largest market share for the fourth quarter of 2017 with 19.2%. Samsung fell to second place with 74.1 million units and a 18.4% market share. Huawei, on the other hand, is third with 10.2%.
In the report, Xiaomi continues its rise as it is now the fourth biggest smartphone company in the world with 7% market share with a total of 28.1 million units shipped. Xiaomi even managed to beat Oppo, which has a market share of 6.8%. This is the highest position that the Xiaomi managed to obtain in seven years.
The worldwide smartphone shipment for the quarter declined 6.3% over the same quarter last year – a total of 403.5 million units from 430.7 million units shipped in Q4 of 2016. For 2017 overall, there is a 1% decrease in the number of smartphone units shipped from 1.473 billion units in 2016 down to 1.472 billion units in 2017.