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Samsung leading the world in phone sales, overall the industry slowed down 2%

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Samsung leading the world in phone sales, overall the industry slowed down 2%
2012 brought us the biggest change the mobile industry has seen in decades - Nokia tumbled from its 14-year-long rule as the world’s biggest phone maker and gave up its place to Samsung. The Korean company is now the largest handset manufacturer with nearly 86.6 million phones sold, according to researchers from Gartner. Samsung is also the world’s biggest smartphone maker, bigger than Apple, while Nokia fell to a mere third in smartphones.

Overall, the industry slowed down in the first three months of 2012 with total sales of 419.1 million handsets, a 2% decline over the same period last year. It should be noted though that the number of smartphones continues to grow, and these are more expensive devices after all.

The decline mainly came from Asia and the Pacific region, one area where Nokia also declined hugely. Interestingly, the Chinese manufacturing continue growing their sales quickly and now ZTE has cemented its fourth place globally, and Huawei is rising to soon rival LG for the fifth spot.

source: Gartner

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posted on 16 May 2012, 06:34 5

1. joeymk (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


That means to much plastic in the world.

posted on 16 May 2012, 06:39 6

2. ahomad (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 May 2012)


you are so funny!!!

posted on 16 May 2012, 06:40 12

3. abdane (Posts: 473; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Samsung is surely dominating everyone !!! no doubts here because it DOES make the best smartphones :)

posted on 16 May 2012, 06:41 14

4. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yet another source that pegs samsung as the worlds largest smartphone maker. When are you going to just give it up and ban yourself, taco?

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:14 4

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5454; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


True.

posted on 16 May 2012, 10:35 2

11. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


"YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!!"

posted on 16 May 2012, 11:31 1

12. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


but the bet was for Q1. not who was the largest phone maker.. ok remix. so chill. just accept defeat

posted on 16 May 2012, 12:17 5

14. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


No matter what numbers you look at in that report, I'm no math wizard, but Samsung's numbers are bigger than Apple's in every category. So, just how did remix lose? I haven't been posting here until recently, but I have been reading threads for quite some time. Samsung beat Apple. Very simple to see, at least for people that can read numbers.......

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:37 2

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Gallito, did you go to Taco's school of reading?

the information provided in this article is FROM Q1 2012. Its just recompiling everyone's quarter numbers. And if you read the article, it again says that Samsung beat Apple in pure smartphone sales in Q1.

" Samsung is also the world’s biggest smartphone maker, bigger than Apple, while Nokia fell to a mere third in smartphones."

posted on 16 May 2012, 15:44 1

18. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


samsung saturated the market with mostly low end devices... but still doesnt dominate in the US.. Samsung may be the biggest smartphone maker.. but seller... thats still Apple...

posted on 16 May 2012, 16:13 1

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


oh please, you can count the "low end saturation" on Samsung......

posted on 16 May 2012, 06:58 3

5. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Sad for Nokia

posted on 16 May 2012, 07:13 4

6. dickwyn (Posts: 566; Member since: 07 May 2012)


we have to wait till windows 8 to come out before the market decides fate of some companies

posted on 16 May 2012, 07:23 2

7. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Eww, plastic

posted on 16 May 2012, 10:19 4

10. SleepingOz (unregistered)


like the Lumia series.. Yeahhh, ewww plastic!

posted on 16 May 2012, 08:37 1

9. -box- (Posts: 3708; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


That's pretty close though, a difference of 3 million handsets. Granted, that's a lot, but not more than a few strategic moves could resolve or decrease the gap

posted on 16 May 2012, 11:35 2

13. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I feel for those that got stuck with Samsung low end devices...

posted on 16 May 2012, 18:19 2

20. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Well, according to another article here in PA, the most popular android device is the S2. Not very low-end in my opinion.

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:22 3

15. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Don't get it wrong, but I guess plastic is sometimes better than glass...

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:36 3

16. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Yeah, cause plastic wouldn't shatter like glass, but for optimistic people they could refer their glass shattered device as vintage.

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