IDC confirms that Apple is the number one global smartphone vendor

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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43 Comments

1. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

2. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

This is awesome. Great job Apple.

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

*coughs* bullchit!!!!!!

4. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

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 ^_^

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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)

8. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 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.....

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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..

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

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

7. JS15278

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

N9 MEEGO NEW KING AND THE DEFINE OF SMART PHONE

9. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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!

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

24. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

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

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

30. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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?

14. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

18. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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!! :)

25. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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?

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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* :)

37. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

40. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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