Web Desk. Samsung Electronics Corporation Limited has once again overtaken Apple in the race to become the world’s largest smartphone maker. According to Reuters, Samsung’s sales in the first quarter of this year accounted for one-fifth of global mobile phone sales.
Market research firm Canalys said China’s Xiaomi Corporation also ranked third among mobile companies in terms of sales. Xiaomi’s phone sales rose 62 percent to 49 million in the first quarter of the year, while its shares also rose 14 percent.
In the first quarter of the year, after the Chinese economy fully recovered and the Corona vaccine campaign was launched in the United States, global mobile phone sales rose 27% to 347 million units.
South Korean mobile company Samsung sold 76.5 million smartphones in the quarter, boosting its market share by 22%. According to the company, higher sales of the Galaxy S21 smartphone series led to a 66% increase in Samsung’s profits.
Canalys said Apple sold 52.4 million iPhones between January and March, after which the company came in second with a 15 percent market share.
However, analyst Varun Mishra said that Apple has still managed to gain record market share in the United States, China, India, and Japan. He said that iPhone Pro Max is the best selling in the United States.
Outbreaks of the coronavirus have led to an increase in smartphone sales since last year when lockdowns forced people to stay at home and work from home. However, the increase also led to a global shortage of semiconductor chips.
Canalys analyst Ben Stanton said, “The supply of critical equipment such as chipsets is a major concern, which will hamper smartphone sales in the next three months.”