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IDC: Samsung overtakes Apple in smartphones with 20% share

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Thu November 3, 2011

IDC Q3 2011 smartphones show Samsung in front

New IDC data on Thursday supported beliefs that Samsung had overtaken Apple at least temporarily for the lead in world smartphone shipments. The research group estimated that Samsung had shipped 23.6 million smartphones in the summer, giving it exactly 20 percent of the smartphone market and the front position. A wait for the iPhone 4S meant Apple's nearly 17.1 million units pushed it down temporarily to 14.5 percent and second place.

Nokia's continued slide in smartphones was apparent as its market share was more than cut in half to 14.2 percent, keeping it at third place. HTC's rapid ascent and 12.7 million phones saw it climb to fourth and 10.8 percent, overtaking the rapidly sliding RIM at 10 percent and 11.8 million BlackBerrys shipped during the period, which covered July through September.

The situation was expected to be one of the most volatile in recent memory. Samsung's ability to keep sales of phones like the Galaxy S II going during the holidays isn't clear, although it just recently finished launching all of its US Galaxy S II variants and will soon ship the Galaxy Nexus. Apple is the most primed to get share back and has an opportunity to leapfrog Samsung.

Nokia has just launched its Lumia Windows Phones and may catch customers who wanted Nokia but didn't want Symbian. HTC may stand to lose the most: it has predicted flat shipments and could lose share even if Nokia continues to drop.

The results have room for flexibility since, as with most such charts, they can only track known or estimated shipments, not sales. Some of the companies, such as Samsung and RIM, either don't give out data publicly or have mismatched quarters that prevent an easy comparison.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. mac 13

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    +7

    Who cares

    iOS is much better Apple is not losing nothing

  1. BigMac2

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    +7

    Ship vs Sold old story

    Shipment number doesn't reflect how many as been sold but only reflect how much they are stuffing the retail channel warehouse. How come a professional analyses can go away with that? they are manipulating result to get the conclusion they want. Until Samsung give us real sold number I won't believe any of those analysis.

    Beside why buying and Android phone when carriers dump them and giving for free unsold model after 6 months.

  1. facebook_Robert

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    -4

    Please bigmac

    Are you trying to suggest that you can sell things that you didn't even make or ship?

    Unless you believe Google is channel stuffing 50 million phones per quarter - every quarter - eventually you have to realize phones are getting into the hands of consumers.

    You've taken what was a bit of a valid observation - and taken it way, way too far.

  1. slapppy

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    +4

    MS will

    Do the same. Ship 100 million and brag like h***.

  1. facebook_Alexander

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    robert

    Apple sells > 99.9% of iphones it ships. Samsung can't claim that. Samsung smart phones aren't selling out. They may be selling but many phones just sit on the shelves or in warehouses.

  1. iphonerulez

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    -2

    Uh, oh!

    Android is winning... Apple will be out of business by the end of the year.

  1. Paul Huang

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    0

    Even if...

    you consider units sold, the profit margin is the key. Would Samsung brag about that?

  1. bibleguy

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    +2

    "We sell every one we ship"

    Who can say that? Apple or Samsung? I have never seen a line of people waiting for a Samsung product. Even with BOGO offers, Samsung phones are counted by units SHIPPED. These numbers are comparing Apples to rotten tomatoes.

  1. bibleguy

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    "We sell every one we ship"

    Who can say that? Apple or Samsung? I have never seen a line of people waiting for a Samsung product. Even with BOGO offers, Samsung phones are counted by units SHIPPED. These numbers are comparing Apples to rotten tomatoes.

  1. NickDG

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    Keep drinking the koolaid iPhone lovers...

    Why can't you just accept that Android has a bigger market share than iOS on smartphones? That doesn't make the iPhone a bad product. Android is good and iOS is good, that is why they are both selling like crazy. Keep telling yourselves that all these Android sales reports are lies, that will really get you somewhere.

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