News by Luke Jones on Tuesday July 15, 2014.
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Research conducted by Counterpoint Technology Market Research has found that three smartphone manufacturers dominate sales around the globe, and it is no surprise to see Samsung has the most devices in the top 5, 10, and 20 best seller list. However, the research also found that the Korean company can still not catch Apple's iPhone at the top of the pile.The timeframe for the sales was through the month of May and it comes as no surprise to see that the iPhone 5s was the best-selling smartphone that month. By all accounts Apple's handset was comfortably the best-selling handset too, but while Samsung just can't take number 1 spot, the company dominates the top 5 with three devices. Second place in the list went to the Galaxy S5, a smartphone that is actually causing Samsung problems because consumers are not showing long term enthusiasm for it. However, it still outsells all of its rivals comfortably, apart from the iPhone 5s of course. In third place is the old Galaxy S4, proving once again just what a dominant hold Sammy has on the Android market. In fourth place is the Galaxy Note 4, easily the best selling phablet available, while in fifth place is Apple?s oft criticized iPhone 5c. The next five devices to round out the top 10 in order were the iPhone 4s following along with the Xiaomi MI, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Xiaomi Hongmi Redrice and finally Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. It may surprise some to see Xiaomi feature so heavily in the top 10, but the Chinese market is vast and the company leads the way there. So, the top 10 was dominated by three companies in the survey that took in 35 countries. Interestingly, Microsoft said today that it had the second best-selling smartphone in 8 markets (the Nokia Lumia 520), so presumably those emerging markets were not included here. Of course, eventually in the top 20 the likes of LG and Sony feature, but we expect LG to climb this list as the research was conducted before the launch of the LG G3. So Apple still controls the market in terms of being number 1, but Samsung is certainly still in control of Android despite recent worries about falling sales and profits. source: Counterpoint Research