Remember the simpler times when only the tech giants ruled the top spot in smartphone manufacturing? Ever since the Chinese became self-aware and started building incredible smartphones with strong quality control, brands like Sony and Motorola have lost a massive share of the smartphone market. Now it is time for the rise of the young brands like Oppo and Vivo who are already catching up to the big players.A new report from analytics firm IDC has enlisted the top five smartphone manufacturers in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1), which is led by Samsung, Apple, and Huawei. However, Chinese brands Lenovo and Xiaomi have been replaced by their domestic rivals Oppo and Vivo to secure the fourth (5.5% market share) and fifth position (4.3% market share).It has definitely been a good quarter for the entire smartphone industry, if not particularly for the former top Chinese brands, as total smartphones shipped have increased to 334.9 million units, compared to 334.3 million units last quarter. In the Android universe, Samsung continues to lead phenomenally, with a massive 24.5% share of the market, as Nexus sales help Huawei gain 8.2% of the market share.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool