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Galaxy S6 helps Samsung top global smartphone market share charts

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The recent Samsung Galaxy S6 launch has held Samsung retain its footing as the world’s leading smartphone player, a new report has revealed.

Market research firm TrendForce has announced its final numbers for the first quarter of 2015, as well as its expectations for Q2.

It makes great reading for Samsung, which apparently boasts 27.8 per cent of the smartphone market, with Apple holding firm in second on 19.9 per cent.

The market analysts have suggested the South Korean firm’s dominance is largely driven by the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

“[The] Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have successfully captured consumers’ attention in the first quarter,” reads the report. “The S6 Edge in particular has created a buzz with its main feature – a touch screen that curves to both sides of the phone.”

Despite the Edge’s curved screen being little more than a gimmick at the moment, we still think it and the regular S6 are two of the best mobiles available right now.

Over 20 million units of the two devices are expected to be shifted during Q2.

Meanwhile, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus fever is still simmering away, with TrendForce stating Apple managed to flog more than 55 million of them during the last quarter alone.

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The Cupertino-based company also reportedly established itself as the premier sales brand in China during the first quarter, at the expense of Lenovo in particular, which saw a quarterly decline of over 20 per cent between Q4 2014 and Q1 2015.

Huawei and LG now sit above the Lenovo in terms of shipments, with each respectively selling around 20 million and 18 million handsets during Q1.

Akira Menai

April 19, 2015, 9:21 am

This is just my hunch, but my hunches are often spot-on: I believe Samsung will hold on to the top spot for a long time to come. Reason? Android is more popular than Apple, and for quite some time, Samsung has been the most innovative brand available. They do new things with their phones while other makers mainly focus on spec improvements. Or, those that come up with new things just don't get the word out. Samsung spends billions on advertising for a reason: It lets people know about the product.

Another reason is that they are obviously ahead of the game in terms of hardware and its interface with software. They use a Sony camera, yet their camera is rated better than Sony's. Hm. They are the first players in the game with a screen which alone sells millions of phones (the Edge). They are the only ones offering a truly valuable stylus experience. They are also producing the best and brightest displays on the market.

Other manufacturers need to look around and see what's going on. People like Samsung phones because they're somewhat cheap, they're tough, they have new stuff, and the stuff that other brands have, they have in a better format.

I'm not a Samsung fan. I feel I got suckered in on the S3 by advertising. Not a great phone, just OK. But then I got the Note 3 and I realized that brand doesn't matter. The S6 Edge is a beautiful phone that I'd love to have, because on top of its beauty, it has incredible speed, the best display in the world, and the best camera available in a phone. Yet I'm not going to get it, because I know the Note 5 will beat it, and it will be a NOTE. The pen and the screen are what makes the phone. If anyone can do them better, I'll switch. Til that happens, though I'm not a Samsung fan, I'm definitely a Note fan.

Apple, eat your heart out. Android rules.

Egon Spengler

April 20, 2015, 8:43 am

lol you have some funny thoughts dude ...

BritishGuy94

April 20, 2015, 3:42 pm

Q1 sales don't include a single S6 or Edge so they did that without their new flagships, wait till Q2 and then you will see unbelievable sales.

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