Despite this news, Samsung's third-quarter earnings, released Thursday, reported that the company's operating profit tumbled more than 30 percent. This was blamed on its Note 7 scandal.
"The longer-term impact on the Samsung brand remains to be seen. If the first recall was a stumble for Samsung, the second recall of replacement devices face-planted the Note series," Melissa Chau, associate research director of mobile devices at IDC, said in a press release.
Premium smartphone maker Apple's data was equally mixed. Strategy Analytics' third quarter research showed that iPhone shipments were down to 45.5 million from 48 million year on year. Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, said in a press released that "Apple has been given a slight boost by Samsung's Note 7 missteps, but it continues to face iPhone fatigue among many consumers in major regions such as China and Europe."
Apple's third quarter earnings were released Tuesday, mostly beating analysts' estimates due to a positive response to the iPhone 7, but also marking the third straight quarter in which Apple posted a year-over-year revenue decline.
Strategy Analytics recorded positive figures for the smartphone shipments overall, saying that total figure globally grew 6 percent year on year to 375 million units in the third quarter of 2016. Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics, said that her firm's data demonstrated "the smartphone industry's fastest growth rate for a year."
IDC's data was still positive but less glowing, calculating shipments to be up 1 percent.