The global smartphone market maintained an annual growth rate of 5.5 percent in the second quarter, reaching total shipments of 360 million, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics. Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi led the market growth, while Samsung held its lead with a 22 percent market share, according Telecompaper. The market researcher said growth was driven by first-time buyers across emerging markets like Africa and upgrades to flagship Android models in developed regions such as Western Europe.
 Samsung shipped an estimated 79.5 million smartphones in the quarter, up from 77.6 million a year earlier thanks to solid demand for the new S8. Its market share was down slightly, to 22.1 percent from 22.7 percent. Apple also showed a small increase in shipments, but its weakness in China led to a drop in market share to 11.4 percent from 11.8 percent in Q2 2016. 
The Chinese smartphone makers showed the strongest growth and increased their market shares the most. With shipments of 38.4 million, Huawei strengthened its third-place position to 10.7 percent market share from 9.4 percent a year ago. Oppo increased to 8.,2 percent of the market from 5.3 percent in Q2 2016, and Xiaomi jumped to 6.4 percent from 4.3 percent a year earlier.