Apple barely kept second place on the smartphone market in 2018




Apple has narrowly retained its second place in the smartphone market in 2018, according to estimates from analyst firm IDC. The smartphone market as a whole shrank by about 4 percent, according to the bureau.

Samsung remains the market leader, but delivered 8 percent fewer smartphones than in 2017, claims IDC . Apple’s deliveries of iPhones also fell and due to the large increase in Huawei deliveries, the gap between Huawei and Apple is now almost nil. Xiaomi is also increasing considerably, partly due to the release of Xiaomi smartphones in more countries last year. Oppo remains about the same.

The market as a whole shrank by 4 percent. That is largely due to China, where manufacturers could wear 10 percent less smartphones. The Chinese market accounts for almost one third of global sales, which means that the decline of the Chinese market has a relatively large impact.

In addition, according to IDC, the decline is due to the fact that people keep their old phone longer and are not happy with the increased prices of smartphones in recent years. The analyst firm expects the decline to continue this year.


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