With more than 270 million phones shipped, Samsung took the lead from Apple in a market that’s somewhat redressing from a weak 2020.
Samsung now has 20% market share globally.
“The supply chain and component shortages started to have a meaningful impact on the smartphone market as we entered the second half of the year, and this continues to be the case as we’ve now entered 2022,” said Ryan Reith, IDC’s group VP of Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers.
Apple is still not far behind, with 235.7 million phones, followed by Xiaomi with 191 million, Oppo with 133.5 million and Vivo with 128.3 million, according to the IDC report.
The Counterpoint report shows similar numbers but pegs Oppo slightly higher with 143.2 million and Vivo with 131.3 million.
More importantly, Counterpoint highlights that the smartphone market actually grew for the first time since 2017.