Take that, Apple! Samsung’s Galaxy S7 outsells the iPhone 6S

galaxy s7 outsells iphone samsung edge
Samsung finally has something to brag about in its battle with Apple. Data from Kantar Worldpanel indicates the flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone outsold the iPhone 6S/6S Plus in a three-month period ending on May 2016. The S7 grabbed a 16 percent share of the market, compared with the iPhone 6S line’s 14.6 percent.

While this might not seem like much, traditionally the iPhone has outsold its Galaxy S competitor in the States. Apple iPhone sales are starting to falter, however: The first quarter of 2016 marked the first year-over-year decline in sales for the popular device. Samsung does have a bit of an advantage here, though: Its S7 model launched in March, a full six months after the 6S line debuted.

Still, it shows that Apple has some work to do ahead of the expected launch of the iPhone 7 in just two months. The Galaxy S7 fared well in our own review, and was well received by consumers. Can Apple successfully market what appears to be a mostly incremental update as something consumers will want to buy? That’s the big question.

Samsung maintains a wider lead when its other models are factored in. In the same three-month period ending in May, the company had a 37 percent share of the market compared with Apple’s 29 percent. Much of this is due to the expansiveness of Samsung’s line. The company offers more than a dozen phone models at any time; Apple sells just nine iPhones.

Yet Apple still has an advantage over Samsung in switchers. Some 14 percent of those purchasing a new iPhone in the period had previously owned a Samsung phone, while only 5 percent of Samsung customers previously owned an iPhone.

Both companies share an overwhelming number of buyers who plan to stay brand-loyal: Some 88 percent of all iPhone users plan to purchase another iPhone next, and 86 of Samsung owners are similarly loyal. The two companies’ phones also make up the entire top ten list of the most popular phones sold.

“Apple and Samsung have less to worry about from each other going forward — and much more to worry about from other competitors, and the changing landscape,” Kantar analyst Lauren Guenveur said.

Mobile

5G is the swift kick VR and AR gaming needs to come to fruition

There's a lot of hype surrounding augmented reality and virtual reality, but is it really the next big thing? We take a look at where the new mediums stand, as well as how 5G is poised to help them break into the mainstream.
Mobile

The Razer Phone 2 is getting Android 9.0 Pie starting this month

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Mobile

The 2019 iPhone could put a charge into your other Apple gadgets

While it's not been long since the last iPhones launched, rumors for the next iPhone are already surfacing. Apple's 2019 flagship could include a variety of upgrades ranging from a new design to enhanced features.
Mobile

Save space on your iPhone by turning off Live Photos in the camera app

If you want to save storage space on your iPhone or reduce the size of your backup for iCloud, then you should think about turning off Live Photos in the camera app. Find out exactly how to do it with our easy guide.
Business

Apple loses battle to use Intel modems in Germany in latest clash with Qualcomm

Apple is following the Federal Trade Commission's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.
Deals

This discounted smartwatch is a cheap Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa alternative

The Amazfit Bip isn't an Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa, but at the discounted price of $67, it's a very affordable alternative packed with useful features. With built-in GPS and 30-day battery life, this cheap smartwatch is a great option to…
Deals

Amazon cuts prices on the Apple Watch Series 3 for Presidents’ Day

The Apple Watch Series 3 is seeing the same price cut we saw during the Amazon sale just last week. So if you're hoping to pick up an Apple Watch for less than $250, this $50 discount from Amazon can make that happen for you.
Gaming

Xbox's app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox allows you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.
Mobile

It looks like Google may get rid of the back button in Android Q

Android Pie recently rolled out, but it's already time to look ahead to Android Q, the next version of Google's mobile OS. We've seen a number of rumors and leaks come out about the operating system -- here's everything we know so far.
Deals

Here are 20 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great small gift ideas), we've rounded up 20 must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a mini gaming controller to a folding Bluetooth keyboard.
Deals

Need a new tablet? Here are the best iPad deals for February 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for December 2018.
Social Media

Instagram to make giving easier with a Stories donation sticker for fundraisers

Instagram is preparing to launch a donation feature within Stories that would allow users to raise cash for a range of nonprofit charities. The company confirmed it's aiming to launch the donation sticker later this year.
Mobile

The Huawei P30 will zoom into view on March 26 in Paris

The Huawei P30 Pro will be announced on March 26, 2019. It has already started to leak ahead of this date, and expectations are high that the company will improve even further on the P20 Pro's camera.
Mobile

First phone specs reveal premium is the path for Vivo spinoff Iqoo

A new smartphone brand has launched. It's called Iqoo, and it's a sub-brand of Vivo, the Chinese device manufacturer owned by BBK Electronics. Excitingly, details about its first phone are slowly being released.