updated 06:35 am EDT, Tue May 1, 2012
Samsung retakes smartphone lead over Apple
Samsung has taken the lead as the world's number one mobile phone maker according to the latest report from analytics firm IDC. The report says that Samsung has achieved the number one spot due to its booming smartphone sale in a global smartphone market that grew by 42.5 percent year over year in Q1 2012. Total smartphone shipments for the quarter were 144.9 million, which compared with 101.7 million sales for the same period last year.
Nokia slipped to the number two overall handset vendor for the first time since IDC started reporting on mobile shipments in 2004, largely the result of shipping only 11.9 million smartphones. Where Samsung experienced a dramatic increase in smartphones sold of 267 percent over 2011, Nokia's smartphone shipments nosedived by 50.8 percent over the same period.
Apple took the number three position for total phone sales, which is notable given that it only sells smartphones. Although it shipped 35.1 million iPhones in the last quarter besting analysts expectations, Samsung regained its lead over Apple with 42.2 milllion shipped. The two companies have traded the number one and number two smartphone sales leader positions over the previous three quarters.
Meanwhile, RIM continued its slide shipping only 9.7 million smartphones for the quarter, 29.7 percent year over year where it had sold 13.8 million in 2011. Joining it in recording a downturn was HTC ahead of its launch of well-received new One X range. It sold 6.9 million smartphones, a drop of 23.3 percent from last year where it sold 9 million for the quarter.