Samsung takes the top spot for 2012 cell phone shipments, Nokia 2nd, Apple 3rd
On the smartphone side of things, Samsung retains the top spot with 28% of global smartphone shipments, and that extends Samsung's lead over Apple, which held 20% of smartphone shipments. Last year, Samsung had 20% compared to Apple's 19%. The smartphone side also shows how Nokia lost its overall lead as it dropped from 16% of smartphone shipments in 2011 to just 5% in 2012. HTC and RIM also came in at 5% of smartphone shipments this year.
The data also shows the general trends continuing to move towards smartphones. Global smartphone shipments are expected to rise by 35.5% for 2012, while overall cell phone shipments will increase by just 1%. This push by smartphones is expected to lead to 47% of the total cell phone shipments to be smartphones, which is up from 35% in 2011.
source: IHS iSuppli