Global sales of smartphones rise by 6.7 per cent in Q2

Global sales of smartphones rise by 6.7 per cent in Q2 [Image: baloon111 via iStock]

Global sales of smartphones reached 366.2 million units in the second quarter of 2017, a rise of 6.7 per cent from the same period the previous year, according to research firm Gartner.

Android dominated the operating system sphere, taking 87.7 per cent of the market, while Apple’s iOS made up 12.1 per cent.

Sales of all types of smartphones – budget, mid-range and flagship – grew during the second quarter of 2017. However, Gartner explained that there is a concern about rising component costs, as well as limited supply, due to the reduced availability of critical components.

Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner, said: “We expect a shortage of flash memory and OLED [organic light-emitting diode] displays will affect premium smartphone supply in the second half of 2017.

"We've already seen Huawei's P10 suffer from a flash memory shortage, and smaller, traditional brands, such as HTC, LG and Sony, are stuck between aggressive Chinese brands and the dominating market shares of Samsung and Apple in the premium smartphone segment."

Samsung's smartphone sales grew by 7.5 per cent year-on-year, after three consecutive quarterly declines. The previous fall in sales was blamed on the problems with the Note 7’s exploding batteries, but the highly favoured Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have resulted in a renewed demand for the company’s smartphones.

Mr Gupta said that despite more competition from Chinese brands, including Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, Gartner expects Samsung to see growth in 2017. This is likely to be fuelled by the release of the Galaxy Note 8, the company’s second flagship of the year.

Meanwhile, Apple's sales were down by 0.2 per cent year-on-year. Mr Gupta explained that the new operating system, iOS 11, will likely drive strong iPhone sales in the fourth quarter of 2017, helping Apple to increase its sales this year.