Despite a dip in the smartphone market Globally, Samsung beats Nokia to become the leading smartphone vendor in the world
According to a recent report released by research firm Gartner,
Samsung has become the world’s top mobile handset vendor during the
first quarter of 2012. It has replaced Nokia which was on the top spot
since 1998. The report revealed that Samsung’s mobile phone sales
reached 86.6 million units, a 25.9 per cent increase from last year. In
addition, Samsung’s Android-based smartphone sales in the first quarter
of 2012 represented more than 40 percent of Android-based smartphone
sales worldwide; no other vendor achieved more than a 10 percent share
of the market.
The report also states that worldwide sale of mobile phones has
witnessed a two percent decline from the first quarter of 2011. It has
come down to 419.1 million units in the first quarter of 2012. “Global
sales of mobile devices declined more than expected due to a slowdown in
demand from the Asia/Pacific region,” said Anshul Gupta, principal
research analyst at Gartner.
Report says the quarter also saw the top two smartphone vendors,
Apple and Samsung, raising their combined share to 49.3 percent, up from
29.3 percent in the first quarter of 2011, and thus widening their lead
over Nokia – which saw its smartphone market share drop to 9.2 percent.
Worldwide Mobile Device Sales to End Users by Vendor
Source: Gartner (May 2012)
Nokia’s mobile handset sales reached 83.2 million units, a 22.7 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2011.
Driven by the continued success of the iPhone 4S, Apple’s sales grew
96.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012 as the new model expanded into
new markets and carriers. RIM sold 9.9 million mobile handsets in the
first quarter of 2012, with its global share declining to 2.4 percent
due to increased competition in the market where it has a strong
presence. In the smartphone OS market, Android accounted for more than
half of all smartphone sales (56.1 percent) in the first quarter of
Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System