The global smartphone market contracted 1.3 percent year-on-year in the second quarter to 341.6 million units, as many smaller players saw a drop in shipments, according to latest figures from IDC. The figures contrast with an earlier report from Strategy Analytics that estimated the market grew 5.5 percent in Q2, according Telecompaper. IDC concurred that the top five manufacturers all grew shipments in the quarter, and even estimated an increase in market share for the market leaders Samsung and Apple compared to a year ago, to respectively 23.3 and 12.0 percent of shipments. Xiaomi edged out Vivo to take the number-five position, while Huawei was in third place and Oppo fourth. 
The market researcher said the market slowed in Q2 from stronger-than-expected growth in Q1 due primarily to the smaller players unable to keep up and in anticipation of high-end phone launches in H2. It expects the smaller, more local manufacturers will continue to struggle to win market share, especially as the bigger companies expand their portfolios into more price points. 
For the second half of 2017, IDC expects two quarters of growth, allowing the market to rebound from the weak growth in 2016. The growth will be led by new premium devices coming to market, such as Samsung's new Galaxy Note, which will be unveiled later this month, and the iPhone 8, which is expected to launch in September. 

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