HTC beats Apple, Samsung in smartphone shipments in the US, RIM collapses in Q3

HTC beats Apple, Samsung in smartphone shipments in the US, RIM collapses in Q3
HTC has become the biggest smartphone company stateside after last quarter data revealed that the Taiwanese company shipped the most smart handsets to US retailers than any other phone maker. The company has surprisingly managed to outship both the iPhone and Samsung's smartphones, according to a report by Canalys. 

Now, that's not actual sales, just shipments, but nonetheless it's an impressive achievement. The Taiwanese company recorded 5.7 million shipped smartphones, more than Samsung's 4.9 million and Apple's 4.6 million in the third trimester of the year.

"Apple did not stir the usual excitement levels in the industry with the announcement of the iPhone 4S, but that was never likely to dampen volumes, due to pent up demand from the later than expected launch and the addition of Sprint as a third carrier," said Canalys Principal Analyst Chris Jones. "Early iPhone 4S sales have shown this is the case, and we expect to see a strong Q4 for Apple."

However, it was RIM's downfall stateside, which is truly shocking. Canalys is reporting that the company's market share dropped from 24% to a meager 9% in just the last quarter.

"RIM’s market share has fallen below 10% for the first time, and the current outlook for it in the US is certainly bleak," Tim Shepherd, Canalys Senior Analyst, said. "While Apple can for now get away with not having a 4G smart phone, no other vendor in the US can. RIM must deliver a competitive high-end 4G smart phone in early 2012."



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42 Comments

1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

apple is 3rd ! LOOOL GO SAMSUNG AND HTC ! :D

2. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

HTC is the s**t.

28. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

i guess he is in favour of htc :)

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

RIM's market share evaporation doesn't surprise me. What o you expect when the best they can do for 'new' product lunches is something that was where Android was at back in 2010? A day late and a dollar short. Oh, and now RIM has problems with their 'new' phones with BBOS 7 bricking.... Now, the best that RIM can do is to send out a customer satisfaction survey?! At this rate, there on't be many customers to poll about their satisfaction - they will have left BB/RIM....

4. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

ya RIM is pretty much dead.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I see so many parallels to the PC industry ca. 1990. You've got: iPhone = Mac (duh) Android = PC - Motorola = IBM - Samsung = HP - HTC = Dell RIM = Commodore - BBX = Amiga Things don't look so good for RIM in this analogy. Give them 3-4 years at most.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Wow. Even Motorola is only two percent behind Apple. Considering that both Moto and HTC deal almost exclusively in smartphones now, I'd say these numbers are pretty damn impressive. I'm not saying Apple didn't do well, by the way. I'm only remarking on how well everyone else is doing. May I respectfully request that we keep the flaming down to a dull roar?

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Flaming Sniggs? On Phone Arena? Perish the thought....

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

who would ever do such a thing!?

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The real news is how badly RIM's market share evaporated. RIM's evaporation is what made everyone else's numbers look so good.

8. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

it is very urgent that apple spend all his money in lawsuits if not apple is going to be behind nokia

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay ..... That is a little flaming ...... But Apple does need an iPhone 5 that really grabs attention this summer. They wiil be fine and extremely successful for the short term with the 4S.

9. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I do wonder how much better Samsung would have done had they and the carriers had gotten the GS2 on the market at a decent time. But I do agree with everyone else, and this statement is a big turnaround for me: RIM is done as a major consumer player. I still wouldn't bet against them as a corporation and government top option, but the high end, basic consumer base does not care about Blackberries. They have their 2 top dawgs in charge to directly thank for that.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

2011 is going to be the year that RIM succumbed to the Android (and to a lesser degree, iOS) onslaught. 2012 is going to be the year that Nokia comes into the crosshairs. If MS doesn't step up it's game with WP7, Nokia will see the same market share evaporation in 2012 that RIM is seeing in 2011. Mark my words.

15. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Windows Phone is in no way remotely similar to Blackberry OS. That comparison is far-fetched. Microsoft has been making top-notch quality software for decades, one of which is world-renown operating systems. They will not fail when it comes to OSes. It may take a long time for them to become competitive. But from an engineering perspective and long-term competitiveness, it much more prudent to do everything right at a slower rate than to create poor engineering designs that you will have to fix in a hodgepodge manner later. The ending result is almost always superior to the rushed approach.

29. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

You are applying a PC-centric model to support your contentions. The world has moved way beyond PC-centric. If PC-centric applied, Apple would be locked into milking iTunes for everything it was worth and Google would be just a search engine company. The world has changed. You need to update your understanding of current technology and where MS fits into the new world. WP7 is about 1 to 2 years behind the curve compared to Android. Android is seeing 1 million activations A DAY, while WP7 is struggling to get to 600,000 activations in A QUARTER. Nokia is not going to get WP7 into position to challenge Android. Maybe iOS, but not Android.

32. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I was not applying a PC-centric model. I was applying a software development centric model. Microsoft has some of the best engineers in the world. Microsoft does not only make software for PCs. Microsoft makes software for video game development, Direct X, Visual Studio; cutting edge technology like Kinect and Microsoft Surface. The breadth of competent Microsoft software is immense. Microsoft started with the Xbox years after the first video game system was made. Are they still here?

11. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

That's for now. By the same time next year, the ZTE and Huawei et al will gain share at the expense of Samsung, HTC, and Motorola. Apple has a long term strategy and will continue to gain share as android becomes more commoditized. Samsung's Exhibit 2 is a $200 4G device meaning we will see more low price android devices over the next 12 months. It's going to be harder for HTC or Samsung or Motorola to justify their expensive handsets. It's going to be an ugly bloodbath for android OEMs.

16. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Not if the carriers begin to collude on high-price fixation.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

concidering Apple's marketshare has been all but stagnant, i fail to see where you have a point. Android is taking everyone else's market share. Apples has barely changed in 4 quarters. Eventually android will start taking from apple if the i5 doesnt present a large change from current models.

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Does this go hand in hand with your prediction that low cost prepaid carriers will completely take over, even though they couldn't survive without the high cost postpaid carriers who have actually built the networks the prepaids rely on?

38. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Sniggly, do you know why you constantly have your foot in your mouth? If a major carrier like Verizon is offering $50 a month prepaid plans for unlimited everything, that is because Verizon has to compete for customers. Prepaid plans are now becoming very compelling offers versus contract plans. If the network carriers could make money of their exisiting customers, then they wouldn't have to lease the network to the tracfones of the world. But don't tell Sniggly. One more thing, if you checked the data, the low cost prepaid plans are continuing to taking share, which is exactly what I am predicting. In the next 12 months, you will see cheaper android phones in the prepaid market and that will increase penetration. Right now, android phones in the prepaid market costs as little as $100.

39. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

thank you that was lovely......(standing ovation).. clap clap clap "Sniggly, do you know why you constantly have your foot in your mouth?" priceless

42. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its not about "having to lease".. its about having "tons of spectrum and noone using it". its also about "not losing potential customers". Technically most postpaid style companies do not like prepaids. its part of the business that they can not control and predict future growth and revenues on because its constantly in flux. I remember working at VZW and how much they put the screws on the reps to keep the churn obnoxiously low. Prepay was only there so they didnt lose a potential sale to someone else. It wasnt pushed, and it was generally relegated to a back corner of the store. Heck, it was a "big deal" when VZW finally gave reps the ability to activate a pre purchased phone on a plan without forcing a contract. Sprint has a huge network and wide swaths of spectrum that go mostly unused because the network was built to handle many more customers than they currently have. Sprint sells off to prepaid companys so that they can get a ROI on all that spectrum and all of its operating costs. Do they make money on them? Sure, absolutely.. but its nothing to write home about compared to what they make per contract customer.

14. tra101

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

lol htc still has to pay apple 5$ for every handset sold. im no apple fan an i find that pretty funny

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

wasn't that MS?

18. androidsbiggestfan

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Yes, it is Microsoft, I love when people post when they don't know what they're talking about! =/

21. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Why? What do you gain?

19. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

What I don't get about HTC, they produce smartphones only, and you'd think they could spend a lot more time and resources optimizing Sense UI for the underpowered S3 chip. Samsung's Touchwiz is smoother than Sense and its mobile division is far smaller then HTC.

20. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

This is quite sad considering RIM has been putting a lot of effort into expanding their App store and making their devices smoother. The Playbook had everything, great screen, great CPU, good camera and great multitasking. If it was bigger and of it had more apps it would have been a better success.

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