Sammy, aka Samsung, has been able to pull the rabbit out of the hat. After burying Nokia under a pile of dirt, it has toppled Apple from the numero uno spot of smartphone manufacturers.
According to the research firm Strategy Analytics,
Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones in Q3 for a 24 percent market share, ahead of both Apple (17.1 million, 15 percent) and Nokia (16.8 million, 14 percent). Total global smartphone shipments grew 44 percent annually to reach a record 117 million. However, that growth is almost half that of a year ago, when smartphone growth during Q3 2010 was recorded at 78 percent.
Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics said
Apple’s global smartphone growth rate slowed to just 21 percent annually in Q3 2011, its lowest level for two years.
We believe Apple’s growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung’s popular Galaxy S2 model.
It is, however, interesting to know that despite of getting it’s butt whipped by other players, Nokia is still the undisputed king of phones.
The top three overall spots belong to Nokia (106.6 million, 27% market share), Samsung (88 million, 23%) and LG (21.1 million, 5.4%).
Since the unveiling of Windows Phones, let us see what the “quarters” have up in their sleeves for Nokia.