iPhone 5s continues to be most popular smartphone in UAE

TRA reveals data Q3 of 2014 on UAE market shares of mobile handsets, smartphones and social networking sites

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iPhone 5s continues to be most popular smartphone in UAE the iPhone 5s comprised 3.7% of total handsets registered on UAE networks. (Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  January 5, 2015

The iPhone 5s is still the most popular smartphone in the UAE according to the latest statistics from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

The report for the third quarter of 2014 on the UAE's most popular mobile phone handsets, social networking platforms and applications websites, said that the iPhone 5s comprised 3.7% of total handsets registered on UAE networks, a figure that increased by 22% during Q2 2014 and by 6% in Q3 2014. The report also said that that the iPhone 5 was the second most popular smartphone with 2.5% of the market share.

Commenting on the review, H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General, TRA said, "The report illustrates a number of interesting trends emerging in the UAE's mobile handset market. It also demonstrates the dynamic nature of consumer patterns in relation to handset choices."

The third most commonly used smartphone was the Samsung S III (2.4%), followed by iPhone 4S (1.7%), Samsung S4 LTE (1.7%), Galaxy S Duos (1.5%), iPhone 4 (1.4%), Samsung Note 3 (1.2%),BlackBerry Bold 9900 (1.2%); and the Samsung S5 (0.7%).

The market shares of the, Samsung S5 LTE and Samsung Note 3 increased whereas the iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, Samsung S3, Galaxy S Duos, and BlackBerry Bold 9900 fell.

Android was the most commonly used operating system in the UAE as of Q3-2014. The market share of iOS is steadily increasing while RIMs (the operating system for Blackberry) is continuously decreasing.

Apple iTunes was the most commonly visited applications website, followed by Samsung Apps, Android Applications, Nokia OVI while Blackberry App came last. The number of visits to BlackBerry and Nokia applications websites has been declining over time while the volume of visits to Apple iTunes and Samsung is progressively increasing.

In terms of social media, UAE Smartphone and fixed Internet users made a total of 28bn visits to social networking websites during the period 1 July 2014 to 30 September 2014. Visits to Facebook accounted for 88% of total visits to social networking sites, followed by Twitter with 9% of visits, then LinkedIn, Maktoob and MySpace.

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