Samsung Reclaims Title of World's Largest Smartphone Maker As It Recovers From Galaxy Note7

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung topped Apple as the world's largest smartphone maker in the first quarter, as it continues to show signs of recovery following its disastrous Galaxy Note7 recall last year, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.


    Samsung reclaimed the number one spot with an estimated 26.1 percent market share, trailed by Apple at an estimated 16.9 percent, said TrendForce. Chinese vendor Huawei, which aims to become the world's largest smartphone maker within four years, finished third with an estimated 11.4 percent market share.


    Samsung is traditionally the world's largest smartphone maker, as it sells millions of inexpensive smartphones alongside its flagship devices, so this would normally be no surprise. However, after Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note7 due to defective batteries, Apple overtook its South Korean rival in the fourth quarter.

    While the worst might be over for Samsung now, TrendForce said the company's sales results for its high-end smartphones still "fell short of expectations" in the first quarter, as consumer confidence in the brand had "yet to fully recover" from Galaxy Note7 recall and subsequent discontinuation in the fall.

    Nevertheless, Samsung's continued success in the mid-range and low-end segments of the market allowed it to reclaim its crown.
    Samsung's focus has now shifted towards the Galaxy S8, set to launch later this month. The smartphone features an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch display with no physical home button, foreshadowing the rumored design of the tentatively named iPhone 8. And it shouldn't catch on fire like the Galaxy Note7, as Samsung now performs an 8-point battery check on all of its smartphones.

    It's important to recognize that these are estimated figures only, and that shipments do not necessarily reflect sales to customers.

    Apple will officially report its iPhone sales figures for the first quarter, corresponding with the second quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, on May 2.

    Article Link: Samsung Reclaims Title of World's Largest Smartphone Maker As It Recovers From Galaxy Note7
  2. AJ5790 macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2016
    It's also important to remember that selling a ton of phones at a loss is bad, not good. Lol!
  3. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
  4. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    If a product spontaneously combusting can't kill brand loyalty, what can?
  5. 78Bandit macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2009
    Quarterly reports are meaningless. Manufacturers typically release one new flagship per year with a spike in sales during the first quarter after and then rapidly tapering off.

    The Samsung S8 will likely outsell the iPhone 7 this quarter while the iPhone 7S/8 will likely outsell Samsung in the 4th quarter. And in other news water is wet.

    Year-over-year numbers are most comparable.
  6. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    Awesome. Stuff like this just pushes Apple to be better.
  7. tridley68 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2014
    I will stick with Apple nothing of theirs I have ever owned has spontaneously combusted.
  8. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    When looking at figures like this it's important to consider the number of phones on the market made by said manufacturer, and the range of prices those phones are spread across.

    According to GSMArena, Samsung has released 9 models of smartphones in 2017 already. Since 2014, they have released around 150 different models.

    For comparison, Apple have released zero and seven respectively.
  9. TheTruth101, Apr 11, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2017

    TheTruth101 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2017
    I just still in shock that Apple is saying that they will release the new Mac Pro in two years, so... what have they been doing in the last 3? Since day one everybody said they were a failure. In two years the entire market has changed. Apple is not producing any productivity tools, just leisure garbage.
  10. Jack Burton macrumors 6502a

    Jack Burton

    Feb 27, 2015
    Love the camera on my S7. Love the wireless charging. Love google assistant, google maps, the fact that I can actually save files on my phone and access them however I want.

    Hate how it has a 5,000 core processor that chugs on simple tasks.
  11. blacktape242 macrumors 65832


    Dec 17, 2010
    Sacramento, CA
  12. wigby macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2007
    The only reason this is a story is because Apple and Samsung seem to ping pong back and forth on these meaningless marketshare points. It's no different than comparing Android marketshare to iOS marketshare. The fact that they are even close only makes Apple's position that much more impressive although the headlines will never allude to that because they wouldn't get as many clicks or comments.
  13. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    Market share is the means, profit is the end.

    Largest smartphone vendor in itself is a meaningless title which Samsung is more than welcome to keep for themselves.
  14. satchmo macrumors 68000

    Aug 6, 2008
    This should be the first line in the article.
  15. rtomyj macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2012
    Let's see....
    Swift, new file system, Metal, some smarter OS features, improving services, making a kick ass music service (bias but dang I love the integration), etc. Also, it seems like a lot of people who actually own the MacBook Pro are liking it. Let's be honest with ourselves, Apple is doing a lot. Just focusing on other things and I for one would rather they modernize things that will make it easier to work with them than make a moderately better phone with only a screen improvement.
  16. andy.ringwood, Apr 11, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2017

    andy.ringwood Suspended

    Nov 20, 2016
    Apple sell four different phones. Samsung probably sell 40 different phones. Of course they're going to take up most of the market share.
  17. Sandstorm macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2011
    Riga, Latvia
    If it will happen again - the yeah, it will do real damage. But Samsung handled the whole catastrophe well and it costed them insane amounts of money. So I'm more than sure that after all that happened Samsung is EXTREMELY cautious and double-triple and quadruple careful not to repeat such mistake. New Samsung phones are probably safest there are.
  18. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    And 57 separate pieces of hardware.
  19. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    After the Fire and the revelation that Samsung TVs are easily hacked and their washing machine explode then I will never trust this company again!
  20. imicca macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2013
    Yerevan, London
    Wait, what? HOW? How could they recover so fast when new products as JUST been launched. S8 and S8+ are not even available for sale. Don't tell me Galaxy A line did so well that made Samsung gain THAT much market share. I don't think TrendForce's analysis is correct here.
    I am just thinking logically. What did really caused such a huge comeback?
  21. rtomyj macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2012
    Right? I find it funny that the same people calling iPhone users sheep for buying something they like don't see the irony of holding on to a bomb-phone because "it's not that big of a problem".
  22. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
  23. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    Holy crap! The S8 is not even released yet. And if Samsung can get the Note 8 out before the iPhone (without rushing of course) it will be a damn good year for Samsung. As for me I use a iPhone 7 Plus and I have a Samsung S8+ on pre-order. I plan on upgrading the 7 Plus as long as Apple does a full refresh; not of this S crap on a 3 year old design.
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    This should not even include the S8 because it's not officially released yet. Unless you count pre-orders but I doubt it.
  24. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    That's what people said about the Note 7 before, you know...
  25. lkrupp macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2004
    “Samsung is traditionally the world’s largest smartphone maker, as it sells millions of inexpensive smartphones alongside its flagship devices, so this would normally be no surprise."

    So the headline is actually clickbait? To what end clickbait?

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