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June 15, 2017

iPhone reigns in U.S. as Samsung S8 and S8 Plus sales disappoint

by John_A

Why it matters to you

While Samsung had high hopes for its newest flagship phones, initial reports aren’t so promising.

Despite the hype, it doesn’t look as though the Samsung S8 and S8 Plus are doing all that well. The South Korean company had high hopes for its newest flagship handsets, and for a while, pre-order numbers seemed promising. But according to the latest Kantar data, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are still the top dog when it comes to popularity in the United States — at least in the first quarter of 2017. The two iPhones claimed a combined market share of 20.1 percent, according to the research firm’s data, whereas total iPhone share increased 5.8 points to reach 36.5 percent.

Samsung, on the other hand, saw its hyped S8 and S8 Plus reach a lower market share than last year’s S7 and S7 Plus. Whereas the former received just 8.1 percent market share, the older version saw 8.8 percent market share. In fact, Android as a whole didn’t perform all too well in the U.S.

“Android partner brands Samsung, LG, and Moto experienced year-on-year declines in the U.S.,” reported Lauren Guenveur, global consumer insight director for Kantar Worldpanel. “The Samsung Galaxy S8, released in the last two weeks of the April period, did not show a significant impact on Samsung’s sales in the period ending in April, nor did LG’s G6. Neither of those made the list of Top 10 best-selling phones.”

That said, Apple didn’t fare quite so well overseas, especially in burgeoning market China. According to Kantar, iOS share in urban China dropped 16.2 percent year over year. The research company noted that this represented “another period of decline in China that began during the three months ending February 2016.”

Europeans, though, remain Apple loyalists, with the brand posting 1.1 point gains in sales across the five major markets of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. That said, moving forward, India will be a more important market to corner than any of these five nations, so it seems as though both Apple and its competitors have their work cut out for them.

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