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IDC reaffirms Apple as top smartphone maker in the world

updated 06:50 pm EDT, Thu August 4, 2011

IDC puts Apple over Samsung in spring 2011 share

New research from IDC has backed up earlier assertions that Apple is the top smartphone maker worldwide. The iPhone creator in its data claimed 19.1 percent of teh smartphone market, or enough to keep out of Galaxy S II maker Samsung's 16.2 percent. Nokia's drop wasn't as steep as in Strategy Analytics' research, but it still saw the one-time leader lose more than half its share and sink to third place, with 15.7 percent.

RIM was also factored into this view. After adjusting for RIM's non-standard approach to quarterly reports, IDC found that just 12.4 million BlackBerrys had shipped and saw RIM plunge from 17.4 percent last spring to 11.6 percent now. HTC headed in the opposite direction and grew from just 6.8 percent to exactly 11 percent in the space of a year.

Apple's edge was credited to sheer distribution, with over 200 countries and 200-plus carriers selling iPhones on some level. It was also still catching up to demand with its factories at a time when Nokia and RIM were scaling back.

Samsung's sales also had a unique insight into Windows Phone's unpopularity: IDC's tracking had suggested that phones like the Focus and Omnia 7 had "cooled off" where Android and even Bada were considerably hotter.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999


    Missing the point

    Unit sales? So what? Look at total revenues and we'll talk. Apple could easily place 3rd in unit sales but still claim more revenues than any other manufacturer.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Those jackass fund managers

    need to take note of this article instead of always spouting about how much danger Apple is in from Android unit sales spread over about six companies and dozens of smartphone models. Apple is in no danger at all. All those knucklehead and manipulating hedge fund managers need to catch a clue about how powerful a company Apple actually is.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Those jackass fund....

    Which fund managers? Or are you just railing on a bunch of guys because you just assume they're all so anti-apple and have no clue what's going on? Or just railing against some analyst who stated something like "Apple will likely lose overall market share in 2014" or something, and decided that it was intended as a way to rip Apple and say they're going to go crashing to the ground and all that.

    When you think about it, one has to wonder where so many fanboys got this persecution complex regarding Apple. And one also has to wonder why in the h*** they care.

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