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IDC confirms that Apple is the number one global smartphone vendor

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IDC confirms that Apple is the number one global smartphone vendor
 After being anointed King of the Smartphones by Strategy Analytics, Apple has captured the title from another research firm, IDC. According to the latter firm, Apple had 19.1% of world smartphone shipments in Q2. That amounted to 20.34 million iPhones shipped out of a global total of 106.6 million smartphones sold in the three month period. That in itself shows strong growth from the 64.4 million smartphones sold in Q2 of last year.

Apple's 19.1% share of the market beat out number two Samsung. The Korean based firm had 16.2% of the market and is showing strong growth with its Samsung Galaxy S II, arguably this summer's best handset. Samsung beat out Apple with 520% growth in shipments year-over-year, compared with the Cupertino based firm's 140% gain over Q2 of 2010. Formerly at the top of the market, Nokia dropped to third with a 15.7% slice of the smartphone pie.

Now firmly ensconced at the top of the global smartphone rankings, Apple still has something to shoot for. The record for most units shipped in a single quarter is the 28.1 million shipped by Nokia back when the Finnish based company was the leader of the smartphone world. Will this record fall during the next Apple iPhone launch? Let us know what you think by leaving your answer in the comment box below,

source: IDC via BGR

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posted on 04 Aug 2011, 18:00

1. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


they are giving Apple the finger.. ohhh hell no....

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 18:12 1

2. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


This is awesome. Great job Apple.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 18:18 8

3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


*coughs* bullchit!!!!!!

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 18:29 4

4. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


no the record will not fall because apple has a very strong competitor!! GALAXY S2!!!

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 18:36 3

5. Bandar (unregistered)


that's great ,, but samsung Galaxy S II it's still Not in vendor in US yet,, i have feel that if is start to sell it here that will be a lot of change . :)

i love apple ^_^

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 18:44 3

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow that is going to hurt the Android community.. but you know what?.. there is an android app for that...... is called... Applebeatandroid now available for download on the apple app store.. ( and in 3 months will be available on Adroid)

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 19:07 5

8. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Oh yea there is a similar app called androidisdominating and apple will be copying it from android just like most IOS 5 features and notification.....

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 19:25 2

12. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


true but your app since is free is probably has malware... teh SGII will be outdated in less then 6 months as Samsung is working on the SGIII so good luck with that.... ohhh and say hi to the Fascinate... may he rest in peace...Ouchh that will leave a mark.. take care galaxy..

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 13:35 1

36. android/ios (unregistered)


well if the sg2 is going to be out dated then the unreleased iphone 5 will be also be outdated cuz it seems the max the ip5 is going to match the sg2

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 19:53 1

15. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well thats because ...wait who is joey18?... nice to see you around heatfan... I respect your opinion.. and thank you... but is unfair to respond to your comment when you compare me to a Joey18 (sorry dude dont know who you are) or what is his level...but gotta go.. good luck on the lockout ... take care.. mister heatfan

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 19:06 1

7. JS15278 (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


N9 MEEGO NEW KING AND THE DEFINE OF SMART PHONE

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 19:13 1

9. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


eh... sorry to burst your fantasy bubble but nope .. not happening

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 19:14 2

10. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its not "how far can apple climb". its how fast can Samsung and/or HTC climb past them. at 520% growth for samsung without their flagship being availible in its biggest market (amerikuh duuh!) they still have a lot more ground to cover. Then there is the rumors of the galaxy3 by early next year. We'll see about that though.

Either way, I love a good race.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 20:38 2

19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Yea the top smartphone vendor or top revenue or 50% of profits isn't really a story. Growth is what matters. Total FAIL on Apples part!

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 23:34 2

22. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


welcome, iDiot.

when you have huge growth, you shrink your economies of scale which means you make more per handset at higher sales levels than lower sales levels..

so when you GROW your SALES you also GROW your REVENUE.

Also, I didnt say a single thing negative about apple.. AT ALL in that comment, yet you are ready to just act like a freaking idiot and jump down my throat anyways.

Apple is doing phenomenal and so is Samsung. You noticed how i ended it with
"either way, i love a good race"

A race implies at least 2 people going for the gold, and in this case, i named 3.

you are the biggest and dumbest troll on this site.. and that is saying a lot because that makes you worse than Miz.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 00:26

24. wumberpeb (Posts: 445; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Taco has been pretty decent this week, so theres no way that he compares to the Miz...ever

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 10:09

31. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


really? obviously youve missed a few of his posts.. lol.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 09:17

30. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


As usual you did and then you got mad because you were called out. Why did Samsung decide to stop reporting their smartphone sales? Because they know they will lose to Apple.

You threw in a jab at Apple as usual. You've been predicting an Apple fail since 2009. Only fail is you.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 10:10

32. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


tell me exactly where i did this, troll.

and you have been an idiot for way longer than 2 years, so what is your point?

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 19:40

14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


IDC is right! No not about that, as in IDC as in I DON'T CARE.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 19:58 1

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


No surprise here. All time record will fall in Q3 mark my words. Apple dominates the world. It's well documented.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 20:00 1

17. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


No surprise here. All time record will fall in Q3 mark my words. Apple dominates the world. It's well documented.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 20:09 2

18. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


And with the release of the iphone5, Apple's lead will just continue to even widen the gap. As for Samsung. I really doubt if they would release sgs3 so soon, considering that sgs2 is not even released yet in the US. If they do, that would totally piss their sgs2 users off, or, they will be responsible in causing low sales of their sgs2, since consumers would just wait for sgs3. That's the problem when you release a new version of a phone model too soon. I think 1 upgrade a year for a particular phone model is the most practical way.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 23:38

23. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i do agree about the sgs2/sgs3 thing. It was rumored to be a Q1 2012 release. With the SGS2 taking so damn long to release, what would be the point? If its still on track for Q1 2012 for a US release (yea right) I would totally wait the extra 3 months and go for that bezeless sexy beast.

As far as the apple stuff.. I bet money they dont hold on to the lead for 2 more quarters, iphone5 or not.

dolla bets!! :)

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 01:49

25. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Based on articles I've read, Sgs2 will be released in the US some time this month.

As for the iphone's lead, based on surveys and interests, it will remain the bestselling smartphone, so I cannot agree with you unless you can show us studies that say otherwise. But so far, analysts are on Apple's side. It's all over PA and BGR. You even post comments on each and every one of them here, lol. But then you're ALWAYS antagonistic on everything Apple, so we can NEVER expect a fair and unbiased comment from you when it comes to Apple products, can we?

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 10:17 1

33. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


best selling single smartphone, yea sure. it doesnt have much competition in its own OS. Right now you have the iphone4 and iphone3gs split pretty even in iOS sales. If you broke android down into 2 handsets, they would both be the top 2 handsets in the world by sales.

But smartphone sales arent what matters. OS sales are. They make the bulk of their money through apps, advertisements, iTunes, and other things related to the OS.

So yea, I can agree that the iphone will continue to be the single top selling phone for probably a while to come. But my point wasnt "phone" it was "sales". And in that I give it 2 more quarters.. tops before Samsung or someone else takes that spot.

I dont know how thats antagonistic. At current growth rates its impossible for apple to retain the top sales spots. Maybe you just dont want to see that, but 520% growth doesnt take long to catch 150% growth.
Thats as fair and unbiased as it gets.

Why dont u tell me what I said in the previous post that was sooo antagonistic to your shiny apple?

Go ahead.. I'll wait. *starts whistling dixie* :)

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 15:59 2

37. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Wow you're so off and wrong like usual. Apple makes hardly any money off OS. iTunes sales are a tiny percentage of their revenue. Anyone who reads their quarterly results knows that. Apple makes almost all if their profit off hardware sales.

Let me ask a question. How much money does Samsung make of selling android? HTC? It's none! They make money selling hardware.


How much does google make selling android? NONE they give it away for free.


What is the logic again behind hardware sales don't really matter compared to OS. Oh yeah NONE. LOL you're so dumb.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 07:10 1

39. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


actually, google makes money off every phone sold. Manufacturers get android for free but have to pay to have google maps/market/ect installed.

apple makes more money upfront on hardware sales. it makes more money over all on soft sales.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 13:23

40. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


"Historically, iTunes has been a break-even proposition for Apple and has been positioned largely as a means to sell high margin hardware"

http://www.edibleapple.com/itunes-delivers-record-breaking-14-billion-in-revenue-during-q2-2011/

This was iTunes best quarter and it brought in about 1/24th of Apple's revenue.


Sure google makes some money on google apps but how much does it cost to maintain and develop android? Android isn't profitable for google.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 14:36 1

41. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


google makes money on every click of a search button, advertisement, download from the market, market installed on a device, and pretty much anything you do on an android, windows, iOS, palm, or any other device that has search capabilities.

Android isnt a lifeblood for google as much as it is another serving tray for advertising media. So no, google does not makes much off android as apple makes on iOS. But google makes a ton off of EVERY competitor it has in the marketplace. They are playing 2 different games for $$.

Is android profitable for google? it sure as hell is. Both up front and over the long haul. It may not make as much up front as apple does with a device sale, but google isnt trying to. If they wanted that, they could easily make phones in house and really beef up their margins.

You got me with the itunes bit, i thought it was quite a bit more than that is showing.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 14:36 1

42. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and i love how you call over a billion+ a quarter "hardly any money".. lol.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 21:38

44. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i think taco had a heart attack. he finally was right about something while arguing with me. ha. he has no response apparently. :)

mark it in the history books. :)

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 20:43

20. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Thats really good for apple, samsung has like 50 different phones out, while apple only has 3.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 21:02 4

21. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Too bad Android is outselling iOS.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 01:53

26. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


And how is something expected like that a bad thing? Apple's profit and value is soaring high. That's never a bad thing. But then, everything Apple is a bad thing for you.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 07:35

27. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Because selling phones and selling OSs are two completely different things.

One only has to look at the history of computer technology to see what happens to an OS that dominates the market.

Sure, Apple has very high sales of its Mac computers and laptops, but there are a lot more people using Windows.

Companies could brag about the sales of their devices when phones were just phones. Now phones actually need a proper, smart OS.

If you compared HTC to Apple - then it's hardware vs. hardware, and sure, Apple is beating HTC there. Same with all the other Android manufacturers.

But if you do a Google vs. Apple, Google's winning. Google doesn't make hardware, they make software - so does Apple. And on a software front, Google is in the lead.

You keep referring to the company, 530gemini, that's what you don't understand.

These reports seem huge and all, but they're really nothing compared to the bigger picture. A stronger ecosystem means a stronger position.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 08:24

28. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


Actually I don't know the numbers but iOS is also on ipods/itouches.

I agree though Apple was first to the "modern consumer smartphone" party. They will enjoy this lead for a little while.

But you cannot deny that Android has come up quick and took the smartphone market over. Pretty much the same thing that Windows did to Apple in PC beginings.

Heck Samsung is 3% behind Apple in smartphone sales.... That is not much. The iphone will provide a huge boost but so did the iphone 4.

The huge factor with the iphone 5 is that virtually all carriers will have it. It will interesting to see the battle of the OSes in the US now that carrier selection isn't as much of a factor.

Also Apple makes TONS of money on each phone. They are getting a HUGE premium for their hardware. Honestly I bet Apple doesn't even care if they loose the #1 spot, cause they will be laughing all the way to the bank anyways.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 09:14

29. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Actually you're the one who doesn't understand. Google is an add company and Apple is a hardware company. Apple doesn't compete with Google. What do you think would happen if Apple started giving away their OS for free? Bye bye android.


I know you want Apple to fail but you will be very sad and full of hatred in Q3

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 10:24 2

34. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


apple is a hardware company? your joking right.

WHAT HARDWARE DOES APPLE MAKE!?!? lolol

the answer is NONE.

Apple is a software company with strong ties to hardware makers.

iMacs run on intel and nvidia just like PCs do.

iPhones as of now have run on the exact same components as their android counterparts.

Apple wont give away their OS for free, they have never given away ANY OS that they have made. They are a closed in house ecosystem, and always will be.. so your argument has no merrit.

Thats why you love them so much because closed systems have to only work with one or 2 hardware setups instead of the thousands that android has to be compatable with. Thats the good part. The bad part is that they will never outsell open ecosystems on the long haul because an open system can be ported to pretty much anything. Windows Vs Mac and Android Vs iOS will have the same results and already has. Sales wise, Apple cant stay on top.. its impossible. The only one that cant see that is the iBot followers.

I do agree with dandirk though. No matter what position apple is in, they WILL be laughing all the way to the bank. Definately a positive about being a closed controlled ecosystem.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 12:19

35. iosmaster (Posts: 115; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


You will feel really sorry when the iPhone 5 comes out, who cares about the quantity it's the quality which really matter on the product, and it has always been, apple keeps growing in a really strong way, it's close to be the biggest Co. On the planet.
Who cares if android activates a quazillion devices if most of them are low end devices for kids and do not compete with the iPhone

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 14:38 2

43. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


im sorry, i didnt realize that every phone on the planet had to "compete" with the iphone.. lol thanks for telling me that, i can rest easier now.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 22:05 1

38. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Wait, you're telling me all 39 Android manufacturers combined are outselling Apple? GET OUT OF TOWN.

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