March 4, 2021
Xiaomi Surpasses Apple in Smartphone Sales in Q3 2020

Apple Slips to Fourth Place in Global Smartphone Market Sales

Apple has fallen in its global position in the smartphone sales market, with Xiaomi taking its place in third behind Samsung and Huawei…

The smartphone market appears to be bouncing back from its sales slump which was greatly impacted by the global pandemic. Gartner estimates worldwide smartphone sales declined by 5.7% during the third quarter of 2020. This actually represents a marked improvement, especially when compared to Q1 and Q2, when sales fell by a whopping 20% across the planet.

Xiaomi Surpasses Apple in Smartphone Sales in Q3 2020

During the last quarter, Apple slipped from third place to fourth, with Xiaomi taking its former position. The Chinese phone maker sold 44.4 million units, an increase from 32.9 million a year earlier. Although, Apple did improve in share, its 40.6 million sales were a slight dip from 2019. Meanwhile, Samsung remained at the top with 80.8 million sales as Huawei fell from 65.8 million to 51.8 million. 

As for operating systems, Google’s Android continues to dominate. Android holds approximately 85 to 86% of the market, while Apple holds about 14 to 15% worldwide. IDC estimates by the end of the year, Android will drop 10.7% year-over-year with 1.055 billion as iOS is expected to climb by 2.2% to reach 186.7 million year-over-year.

worldwide smartphone Q3 2020 sales chart
Credit: Gartner

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