Apple, followed closely by Samsung Electronics, overtook Nokia in global smartphone market share during the
Apple controlled nearly a fifth of the smartphone market, or a share of 18.5 percent, as it shipped more
than 20 million iPhones, according to cheap ugg boots market research firm Strategy Analytics. Samsung Electronics wasn't
far behind, with 17.5 percent of the market share and 19.2 million smartphones shipped. Nokia fell to
third, with its market share plunging by more than half to 15.2 percent from 38.1 percent a year ago.
The ever-shifting top of the smartphone food chain is illustrative of the ultra-competitive nature of the
business. Over the past year, Nokia has seen its market share drop as consumers opted for more
sophisticated operating systems made by christian louboutin pumps Apple and Google. The declines have forced Nokia to partner with
Microsoft and switch to its Windows Phone operating system.
Apple's success continues to hinge on the smash hit iPhone. The company's momentum is expected to only keep
building, with the next version expected to come out in September.
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Another ingredient for its success: healthy expansion into international markets, with Strategy Analytics
pointing to China and the rest of Asia as particular sources of strength.
Samsung's Galaxy S II racks up record sales.
Samsung, meanwhile, has enjoyed broad adoption of its Galaxy S smartphone franchise. Rather than position
it as a "hero phone" at a single carrier, moncler sale the company has opted to sell the device to as many carriers as
possible, making its rapid ascension possible.
Samsung earlier reported a decline in its second-quarter profit, but said smartphone sales continued to
grow. Yesterday, the company said it had sold 5 million units of the Galaxy S II in the first 85 days it
was on store shelves. Samsung's rapid improvement have some wondering when it may overtake Apple for the
Overall, the global smartphone market grew by 76 percent to 110 million units shipped.
Separately, IDC reported that Apple more than doubled its market share for all mobile phones to 5.6 percent
in the second quarter, signaling the largest jump for any of the handset vendors. Based on total handsets,
Apple remained in fourth place. Nokia remained the top handset maker despite its market share falling to
24.2 percent from 33.8 percent a year ago, abercrombie and fitch wholesale as its strength in low-end handsets in emerging markets has kept
its pole position secure.
Samsung, which also has a large business selling basic handsets to markets around the world, had the
second-largest market share. Its share slipped slightly as more people moved away from those basic
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