After just four years, Apple overtakes Nokia as world's largest smartphone manufacturer

After just four years, Apple overtakes Nokia as world's largest smartphone manufacturer
Strategy Analytics latest report shows that after a short four years, Apple has become the world's largest manufacturer of smartphones based on volume. The industry as a whole shipped 110 million units in the second quarter, up a remarkable 76% year-over-year. Apple, with an 18.5% share of the market, became the leader in the first quarter based on revenue, and now adds to that the top spot in the number of units shipped.

On the back of a very strong performance by the Samsung Galaxy S II, Korean based Samsung sold 19.2 million units in Q2 to finish behind Apple's 20.3 million total. The Cupertino based company saw its share of the world smartphone market rise 5% from last year's second quarter figure. Nokia dropped from first to third over the last year as its share of the global smartphone market dropped sharply from 38.1% to 15.2%. It is going to take a earth-shattering new smartphone from the Finnish based firm to turn things around, and not even Nokia's CEO is counting on the MeeGo flavored N9 to do the job.

As we reported, the Samsung Galaxy S II has sold 5 million units in 85 days and has become the hottest smartphone on earth at the moment. This has allowed the company to sharply increase its share of the world's smartphone market to 17.5% from a paltry 5% the year before. The Galaxy S II has amassed these great numbers before it has sold one unit in the States where demand has been building up for the model, which will be available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint next month. In September, Apple's next-generation iPhone is supposedly going to be launched. Both of these U.S. releases will certainly have some impact on the Q3 global smartphone statistics.

source: StrategyAnalytics via AppleInsider

Apple has taken over the top spot among global smartphone producers by volume

Apple has taken over the top spot among global smartphone producers by volume


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70 Comments

1. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Congrats to Apple, I suppose. While I don't find an iPhone appealing, they obviously have appealed to the masses and from a business standpoint that's all that matters. Though, I am not a big fan of Apple, I can give respect where respect is due, this is a pretty great accomplishment. Without Apple, I don't think smartphones would be where they are today for better or for worse.

2. pete7625

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

Good job Apple!

70. pete7625

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

not really sure how my three little words got two thumbs down. Lol.

3. Laurynas unregistered

Apple: 20.3 - 8.4 = 11.9 Samsung: 19.2 - 3.1 = 16.1 16.1 (Samsung) > 11.9 (Apple) Seems that Samsung moves faster than Apple.

4. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You put together random numbers to show what?

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow, so basically if the galaxyS2 was availible in america, samsung would be STOMPING apple in phone sales. This may be Apples last quarter at phone dominance. :)

10. Laurynas unregistered

Seems that, YES!

15. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

im sure apple wont see any sales boost from their new phone either. actually, we are yet to see the full boom of vzw getting nessy. many were disappointed that they got the already dated iphone 4, so this will be a huge sales quarter for apple, maybe its biggest yet.

26. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@eyephoner. Facts contradict what you're saying. The iphone4 received higher customer satisfaction ratings and lower return rates. So how can you say that many Verizon users of the ip4 are disappointed?

55. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Cuz they're all drunk on koolaid, that's why. For God's sake, 2/3's of them think they are using a 4G phone. How hard is it really to satisfy a customer who is THAT clueless?

21. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Let's just wait for the iPhone 5 to demolish those numbers. The fact that those are sales mainly from the iPhone 4 is pretty damn amazing. Don't get too excited over there buddy

56. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

The only thing getting demolished when the iPhone 5 comes out are its speed test scores: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCf0-MQswCo The iPhone 5 is going to use the same chip as the iPad2. The Galaxy S II *already* wipes the floor with the Ipad 2 when it comes to web page rendering speed tests. That's a MOBILE PHONE kicking a TABLET's arse!

25. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@remix. And if Apple released the iphone5 in June, it would've even sold more :)

44. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

gemini, I guess we will just have to see what happens when the SGS2 will be head to head with the iphone5. My guss is the i5 will have the edge in sales since it will supposedly be on every carrier and at that point, not be as saturated as the sgs2 since the sgs2 has been out a few months now.. ... everywhere EXCEPT AMERICA!!!! ugh!! lol maybe we should have an SGS3 vs iphone5? :)

57. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Actually, AAPL analyst cheer leaders were all cheering to buy their over priced stock since the iPhone would be sold on 2 networks instead of one, so sales would double! But VZ has been selling the iphone 4 for 3 quarters now, what are the REAL numbers? AAPL reported selling 20m iphones. VZ reported selling about 2m of those phones. Hmmm, so that means VZ only added about 10% to their total sales. So much for "double" the pent up demand! Everyone on Tmobile who wants an iphone already has one. I doubt Sprint users will care for the iphone because Sprint has a much better selection of 4G phones than VZ.

9. Laurynas unregistered

Actually they are from the table (which is posten in current news) and it is Global Smartphone Vendor Shipments (millions).

41. Laurynas unregistered

Actually they are from the table (which is posten in current news) and it is Global Smartphone Vendor Shipments (millions).

5. ryq unregistered

i dont own an iphone but all the people i know who have one, and they are many of them, only one complain about it while the rest were all praising it. samsung may move faster but apple started it all. they make owning smartphone looks cool! anyway, samsung just copying apple.

6. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

oh wow... i better get an iphone with 2007 technology to be cool too!! Im just going to through away my 1.2ghz, 768 mb RAM android because this smartphone doesnt make me look cool!! /sarcasm

14. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Your phone still performs like s**t tho. Even with your octacore processors.

16. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

atleast it performs better than any iphone even if jailbroken... i can even have more storage memory if i wnted too.. my phone may perform like s**t compared to other androids but against your crappy iphone or berry (dont give a s**t) it will dominate !

60. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

If by "sh!t" you mean it can render webpages FASTER than an ipad 2 TABLET: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCf0-MQswCo Then, I'd rather have my sh!t, non-trendy but gets the sh~t done phone over your trendy iphone anyday! ROTFLMAO!!!

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

and the iPhone's technology still outperforms your Galaxy phone and leaves it in the dust

22. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lol no it doesnt.. my isheep buddy owns an iphone 4 and it does not perform better than my galaxy, or my htc sensation... even the camara on it sucks

24. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

lol another dillusional android fanatic. you probably dont even own a smart phone. just another broke idiot with an envTouch trying to convince people its an android phone because it works about as equally terrible.

33. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

how do you know that?? soo because i dont have an iphone i dont have a smart phone?? your an idiot ...

34. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

actually you're the idiot

38. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

and your the retard

28. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I've used both and Galaxy is like using a clearance product compared to the iPhone. iPhone is way ahead of Samsung in all metrics. It's well documented.

37. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

the only thing i agree the iphone is better than the galaxy is that little screen.. otherwise your iphone is crap

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