Which Chinese smartphone vendors made the top 5?
Gartner reveals China led the growth in the smartphone market in the third quarter of 2016
According to Gartner, Chinese vendors Huawei, Oppo and BBK Communication Equipment, accounted for 21% of smartphones sold to end users worldwide and also the only vendors to increase their sales and market share. Samsung had a good start to the quarter, but the battery problem that caused some Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire led to lower sales. Samsung's smartphone sales in the third quarter of 2016 as a whole declined 14.2% year over year, its worst performance ever. Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner, said: "The decision to withdraw the Galaxy Note 7 was correct, but the damage to Samsung's brand will make it harder for the company to increase its smartphone sales in the short term. For Samsung, it's crucial that the Galaxy S8 launches successfully, so that partners and customers regain trust in its brand." Apple's iPhone sales continued to fall in the third quarter of 2016, with a 6.6% decline. Apple accounted for 11.5% of the global smartphone market, its lowest share since the first quarter of 2009. Apple's sales fell by 8.5% in the U.S. and by 31% in China, two of its biggest markets. The iPhone 7 struggled to stimulate replacement sales. Huawei is closing the gap with Apple. In the third quarter of 2016, there was less than a 3% point difference in market share between them in the smartphone market. Highly competitive and feature-packed Honor devices maintained their sales momentum in markets around the world, with expansion into Europe and the U.S. likely to help Huawei record another year of promising growth.