? ? The global smartphone market showed healthy growth in the second quarter, but Apple's iPhone was squeezed by competition from Samsung and other Asian manufacturers, surveys showed yesterday. Apple's share of the global smartphone market fell to 13.1 per cent in the April-June period, according to research firm IDC. A separate report by Strategy Analytics gave Apple 13.6 pc, but noted that it was the US firm's lowest share since 2010. Samsung extended its dominance, capturing nearly one-third of all smartphones sold worldwide, according to the surveys, while
Samsung is performing well in the US market, while
"Market opportunities exist at all levels, including the high end," Llamas said. "While Samsung and Apple accounted for significant share of the overall market, they were not the only vendors active in the high end of the market," he said. "And recent device introductions and upcoming launches signal more vendors targeting this space. Comparisons will certainly be made to the flagship Galaxy and iPhone models, but clearly the competition refuses to be shut out altogether." IDC's figures showed 52 pc growth in smartphones with shipments totalling 237.9 million.
It showed Samsung on top with 30.4 pc to 13.1 pc for Apple, with LG third at 5.1 pc, followed by
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