Global Smartphone Sales

The Global Smartphone Sales figures are coming in and once again, Samsung is on top of the charts thanks to them selling 79.5 million phones worldwide in Q2 of 2017. Apple is sitting at #2 with 41 million and then Huawei is 3rd, OPPO is 4th, and Xiaomi is 5th. The fact that Xiaomi is sitting 5th is even more impressive when you consider the fact that they still don't officially sell phones in North America, just showing how large the global market really is. Engadget has more details.

Samsung shipped two percent more phones in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, according to Strategy Analytics. By shipping 79.5 million out of 360 million units worldwide, it remains the top smartphone-maker in the world -- it has been for a while, so it's not the standout name in the market research company's list. It's Xiaomi, which reclaimed the fifth spot in the top phone manufacturers list for the first time in a year.

Xiaomi hasn't been doing well recently despite displaying explosive growth in its first few years, even if it doesn't officially sell its devices in the west. Lei Jun, its CEO, told employees in an email earlier this year that the Beijing-based company grew faster that it could handle and needed to slow down and refocus. That same month, company vice president Hugo Barra, known for his work with Google's Android division, left Xiaomi to head back to Silicon Valley.