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The worldwide shipments in the smartphone market shows a decline of 6.3% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Overall Samsung remained at the top of the worldwide smartphone market in 2017. Only in the fourth quarter Apple past Samsung largely because of iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X even though Apple saw a decline in volume of 1.3%. Huawei is still on the number three position.

International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that: “According to preliminary data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 403.5 million units during the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17), resulting in a 6.3% decline when compared to the 430.7 million units shipped in the final quarter of 2016. For the full year, the worldwide smartphone market saw a total of 1.472 billion units shipped, declining less than 1% from the 1.473 billion units shipped in 2016. Developed markets such as China and the United States both witnessed a decline during the quarter as consumers appeared to be in no rush to upgrade to the newest generation of higher-priced flagship devices.”

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