Oppo RS9 is the third most popular smartphone in Q1, 2017

Oppo RS9 is the third most popular smartphone in Q1, 2017

Apple's iPhone 7 remained the world's top-selling smartphone model in the first quarter, shipping an estimated 21.5 million units for a 6 percent share of the market, according to a report from Strategy Analytics. The company has taken this move to expand its shares in the Indian market.

While Samsung experienced one of its worst quarters in China, seeing its market share slashed by more than half from 8.6 percent to 3.3 percent with sales down to 3.5 million from 8.7 million at the same time previous year, Chinese phone makers Huawei, Oppo and Vivo grew rapidly over the same period, with Huawei leading the market and boasting a market share of 19.7 percent.

For the second fiscal quarter of 2017 Apple as revealed that iPhone sales were down, with the company selling 50.8 million iPhone handsets (from 51.1 million a year earlier). The iPhone's performance in the market may only improve in the coming quarters as Apple's 10th Anniversary iPhone is due later this year.

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But analysts said the reshuffle looked more like a stop-gap measure rather than an long-term fix as the Apple Inc rival copes with the fallout from the absence of Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee. That may be another reason Apple, which initially sold its base iPhone 7 model for about $960 in China, is getting left behind in the market- especially since mid-tier models have been adding solid features to their phones that rival or even exceed those available on iPhones.

Oppo may have been boosted by Samsung's misfortune, too, as the Korean company ranked fourth and fifth place which its Galaxy J3 and J5 smartphones following the Galaxy Note 7 recall.

The data were reported Wednesday morning by research and analytics firm Strategy Analytics. India is one of the best smartphone markets all over the world. Putting this in a historical context, there has been a sustained pattern of smartphone sales growth in India for years. It now accounts for nearly 8 percent of all global smartphone browsing. ScientiaMobile says that "the upgrade potential for the iPhone 7 and 8 is significant if Apple can retain customers". In 2016, Android was 63.4 percent of all smartphone sales, so there is definitely a slight fall going on with the Android share. Looking at the reports for the sales of mid-range smartphones, the need for such a strategy is evident. I'd like it if you chose to follow me there so I can let you know when fresh items are published here first on Computerworld.

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