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TRA unveils which smartphone ranked first in the UAE in Q1

New report highlights findings on popular mobile phone handsets, social networking platforms and applications websites

TRA unveils which smartphone ranked first in the UAE in Q1
During the period between 1 Jan and 30 March, 68.91% of handsets registered on the UAE's networks were smartphones.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has revealed statistics for the first quarter of 2016 on the UAE's most popular mobile phone handsets, social networking platforms and applications websites.

According to the report, during the period between 1 Jan and 30 March, 68.91% of handsets registered on the UAE's networks were smartphones.

Apple's iPhone 6 continues to be the most commonly used smartphone in the UAE comprising 4.48% of total handsets registered on UAE networks. Also the report revealed the iPhone 5S ranked second with 2.3%, the Samsung J100H/J1 came in third at 1.81%, and in fourth place was the iPhone 6S. However the report showed that Nokia 108 is the second most used phone among all handsets with 2.92%.

The report shows that Samsung is the most used handset brand in the UAE as the report indicated that 33% of all handsets registered on UAE networks were manufactured by Samsung. Nokia handsets have a presence of 28% on all networks and the third most popular handsets used in UAE is manufactured by Apple with a share of 14% on the UAE networks. This was followed by a 2% presence from Blackberry.

The report also provides information on the most popular mobile operating systems used in the UAE and discovered that Android was the most commonly used operating system followed by iOS operating system, while the use of Symbian has been declining over time. 

During Q1, Apple's iTunes store was the most visited application website from smartphones and fixed Internet services users in the UAE, this was then followed by Samsung Apps and Android applications.

In terms of social media, the report revealed UAE smartphone and fixed Internet users made 24 billion visits to social networking websites, with Facebook accounting for 91%, followed by Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and Maktoob. 

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