Xiaomi beats Apple to become world’s No. 2 smartphone maker Source:–www.ft.lk WASHINGTON (AFP): Chinese electronics firm Xiaomi has overtaken Apple as the number two global smartphone maker in a sizzling market with consumers emerging from lockdowns, a new survey showed. The Canalys survey of second-quarter sales released showed worldwide smartphone sales up 12%, with South Korea’s Samsung holding its top position with a 19% market share. Xiaomi meanwhile surged to the number two position for the first time ever with a 17% share as sales jumped 83%, according to Canalys. Apple dropped to the number three position with iPhone sales up just one%, after getting a lift from last year’s new models. “Xiaomi is growing its overseas business rapidly,” said Canalys research manager Ben Stanton, citing gains of 300% in Latin America, 150% in Africa and 50% in Western Europe. “And as it grows, it evolves. It is now transforming ...

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