Smartphones registered on the UAE’s networks rose further from 68.9 per cent in the first quarter of this year to 77.81 per cent in the second quarter, according to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE’s latest report.

Stats show that the top five handsets in use in the UAE during the second quarter were Apple’s iPhone 6 (4.17 per cent), Nokia 108 (2.99 per cent), Samsung Galaxy J100H/J1 (2.45 per cent), Apple iPhone 6S (2.32 per cent) and Apple iPhone 5S (2.29 per cent).

In the first quarter, iPhone 6 was the most commonly used smartphone (4.48 per cent), followed by iPhone 5s (2.39 per cent), Samsung J100H/J1 (1.81 per cent), followed by the iPhone 6s (1.69 per cent).

However, TRA said Samsung continues to be the most popular brand. One-third of all handsets registered on the UAE networks were manufactured by Samsung. The top four brands were Samsung (33.3 per cent), Nokia (27 per cent), Apple (13.6 per cent) and Blackberry (1.8 per cent).

During the second quarter, users of smartphones and fixed internet services in the UAE visited various applications websites. Samsung Apps Store was by far the most visited applications website, followed by Apple iTunes, and finally Android Applications.

In terms of social media, UAE smartphone and fixed internet users made 24 billion visits to social networking websites during the period. Visits to Facebook accounted for 90.39 per cent of total visits to social networking sites, followed by Twitter with 5.18 per cent of visits, then LinkedIn, MySpace, and Maktoob.