Apple is now the largest vendor of smartphones in one of the world’s largest and important smartphone markets.
Apple’s popularity in the Chinese market has been a huge problem for Samsung in recent months, and it seems the Cupertino giant has now overtaken another big player in the country. According to IDC’s latest report, Apple is now the largest smartphone vendor in China and has overtaken Xiaomi – Apple devices managed to grab 14.7 percent of the market share in the first quarter of 2015, with Xiaomi smartphones following with 13.7 percent share.
The larger iPhones have been making huge waves in the Chinese market, and it certainly looks like the interest is huge enough to propel Apple to the top of the ranks. That’s not to say the iPhone maker will be able to easily hold its number one spot – in the last five quarters, China has seen different manufacturers at the top, including Samsung and Lenovo. But it’s still impressive that the company was able to get ahead of Xiaomi, even though it remains to be seen if the next quarter will also see Apple with the highest market share.
Huawei, Samsung and Lenovo took the spots after Apple and Xiaomi (in that order). Only Huawei was able to register growth on a year-on-year basis, with Samsung losing more than 50 percent market share.