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Samsung most popular handset maker in the UAE

UAE smartphone and fixed Internet users made 24 billion visits to social networking websites

Samsung most popular handset maker in the UAE
Samsung Galaxy Note 7. (Getty Images)

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s (TRA) latest statistics reveal that Samsung is the most used handset brand in the UAE, while the most popular smartphone model is Apple’s iPhone 6.

The TRA’s Q1 report on market shares of mobile handsets, smartphones and social networking sites shows that Samsung is the most used handset brand in the UAE, with 33% of all handsets registered on the country’s networks manufactured by the South Korean tech giant.

Nokia handsets remain popular in the UAE, with a presence of 28% on all networks, while the third most popular handsets used in UAE is manufactured by Apple with a 14% share, followed by Blackberry (2%).

The report, which covers the period between 1 Jan 2016 and 30 March 2016,  revealed that smartphones represented 68.91% of handsets registered on the UAE’s networks.

The iPhone 6 continues to be the most commonly used smartphone (4.48%), followed by iPhone 5s (2.39%), Samsung J100H/J1 (1.81%) and iPhone 6s (1.69%).

 

However, the report shows that Nokia 108 is the second most used phone among all handsets with 2.92%.

In terms of mobile operating system, the most popular was Android, followed by Apple iOS, while the use of Symbian has been declining over time.

Apple iTunes was by far the most commonly visited applications website, followed by Samsung Apps, and Android Applications.

In terms of social media, UAE smartphone and fixed Internet users made 24 billion visits to social networking websites during the period 1 Jan 2016 to 30 March 2016.

Visits to Facebook accounted for 91% of total visits to social networking sites, followed by Twitter with 5% of visits, then LinkedIn, MySpace and Maktoob.

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