Samsung to soon become the globe's biggest smartphone maker

Samsung to soon become the globe's biggest smartphone maker
Changes are coming to the rankings of the world's top smartphone manufacturers. Nokia, on top of the list since 1996, is about to drop all the way down to number three, while Korean manufacturer Samsung will have a coronation as the new King. According to the report from Reuters, Apple will be the new second place company. Samsung is currently led by its sizzling hot Galaxy S II smartphone, considered to be amongst  the top handsets currently available, although a Stateside launch has yet to be officially announced.

According to the research report, expect more changes to come. Taiwanese firm HTC is picking up momentum and should match Nokia sometime in 2012. HTC has been producing strong selling hardware designs to match the Android OS. And Apple's story has been an amazing one considering that the company entered the business only 4 years ago with the original Apple iPhone. Since its launch in 2007, the smartphone has become the Cupertino-based firms most profitable and largest selling product.

Nokia remains on top of the rankings of the world's largest cellphone makers with Samsung right behind. However, Nokia is also losing marketshare in that category as well. Nokia accounts for 29.2% of the world's total cellphone market with 108.5 million units shipped in Q1 of 2011. Samsung has an 18.8% share, shipping 70 million phones during the period. Apple doesn't compete in the featurephone market and as a result, finished fourth in the overall standings, shipping 18.7 million units for a 5% share. As a consolation, Apple had the largest revenue among cellphone manufacturers, bringing in $10.47 billion in its winter 2010 quarter vs. Nokia's $9.7 billion.

source: Reuters via AppleInsider

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26 Comments

1. smalltank

Posts: 19; Member since: May 26, 2011

so..the leader?..in building non eco phones and getting some good from their plastic casing..bright and vivid screens ok..but 3d graphic chips and cpu's are disappointing compared to other phones

2. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

just wait for the GS2 and the GS3 you will be pleased... almost sexually

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

so..the leader?.. Are you talking about Nokia now or the future leader Samsung? Your comment is extremely vague! I think you are talking about Nokia!

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

umm.. the hummingbird in the galaxyS and iphone4 is the strongest single core phone chip on the market graphically and in over all horsepower. Thats a samsung chip. They also make the new "A5" chip that powers the ipad2. What chip are you talking about that samsung makes is so dissapointing? Samsung makes the best hardware of any phone manufacturer between its hummingbird single core, exynos dual core, and super amoled + screens. They also embrace the mod community so much they sent cyanogenmod free GalaxyS-2's so they could mod them. They need to hire better software developers though.. lol.

13. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Chips alone do not sum up performance on a device. The samsung chips in the ipad and iphone are modified per Apple's specs. I don't think they're identical. Also, software algorithm contributes a lot to a device's performance and battery life as well. That explains why the iphone has a longer battery life than the galaxy s. Well, the screen size also needs to be considered, as well as other specs.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually, the hummingbird chip in the iphone4 is a lower power chip than the one in the galaxyS. The galaxyS uses a newer adreno core that has over all stronger polygon pushing power. They are not "altered" for apple. Apple just renames them. Other than the difference in the adreno graphics core, the chips are identical. Samsung saves the slightly stronger versions for itself. The dual core "A5" chip in the ipad 2 is a renamed and slightly slower version of the exynos chip that is found in the galaxyS-2. The difference in battery life doesnt come from hardware, but from software. Android does more at any given time than iOS. There are more things runing.. all which take more power. Also apple uses a totally different battery that it owns patents for and doesnt share with competitors.

18. zhenghua

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

samsung just a rubbish company

26. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

We need Nokia to make Android phones lol

4. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Samsung has done nothing but improve on products, from their screen res, to the construction, to the Touch wiz UI. Both Sammy and HTC continue to grow their market share due to their strong workmanship and focusing on the hardware side, while leaving the software heavy lifting to Google and Microsoft. Fan or no fan, you gotta at least respect Apple's machine- they continue to tout their product as the Lincoln, Caddy, and Rolls Royce of the mobile world all rolled into one, and the public keeps buying. As for Nokia- I am still sure they knew they were going to take several steps back when their decision trust decided to bail on Symbian to try and get ahead. I am just wondering how large those steps back will end up being.

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea Samsung actually made some nice improvements from the GS1 to the GS2. The others have somewhat too but Samsung surprised me more than the others.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

You do realize that samsung makes like 80% of the iphone's internals right? The screen is made by LG, the chipsets are all samsung, and the signal radios are all apple......... and thats the worst part of the phone.. lol.

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Exactly, Samsung & HTC make great high quality hardware. Google & Microsoft are making innovative OS's both Samsung & HTC stand to benefit. Apple on the other hand DOES make a great piece of hardware but their iOS is now starting to show it's age. iOS5 is nothing special. It's the same iOS with some minor changes & iCloud, something other OS’s HAVE been doing for some time now. People are starting to realize that other manufactures are making great phones, & have even better OS experiences than iOS. If Apple doesn't change its OS by the time iOS6 hits people will just jump to Android or Microsoft! The real reason why Samsung is going to be #1 is because of Android. You can have the best hardware, but if the software is not an engaging experience then the phone won’t sell. Look at Apple, they were the #1 OS & Android took it from them because of the innovation. Since Samsung sells kick ass Android phones, well the correlation is there!

20. zhenghua

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

great high quality hardware?? both suck company

28. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude you talk like the ass of a yack full of dingle berries. You sound like a stupid caveman. Stop Barking DOG! lol You barking f*cking DOG! lol

9. KingK unregistered

Samesung sucks, they just copy everyone. There's nothing special about their phones just over saturated screens to make blind kids happy.

21. zhenghua

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

i agree with you but you just a f**king dog barking here

10. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

let me guess you have an iphone.....

22. zhenghua

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

let me guess you have a rubbish galaxy s phone

11. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

i have always been against samsung. Since getting the sgs2, I can safely say that this is the best phone i have used. Its certainly the fastest phone on the market. They have changed my opinion of them.

23. zhenghua

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

fastest phone?? samsung always make suck product

12. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Meaningless. What's more important is, the net worth of a company. Apple rules.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

by that logic, microsoft rules all. Apple may be making more per share at this current moment, but over all company value, Microsoft and even google stomp the yard with apple.

27. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Huh? Last time I checked, Apple is worth way more than Microsoft and google. Microsoft Enterprise value = $164.39BApple Enterprise value = $272.79BGoogle Enterprise value = $131.07BApple is almost worth Microsoft and Google added up, lol, and you say that Microsoft rules all? Hmmmmmm.

24. zhenghua

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

apple products just a f**king rubbish products

14. Fookshnickens unregistered

If you ask me, the quality of Samsung's devices have gone down. They used to brag industry-wide about the extremely low amount of returned devices and defective units that they take back. But lately, from my perch at an undisclosed big-box, most of the defects have been Samsung (Bad Galaxy S phones and a few tablets). LG has been making cleaner devices, as is Motorola, and for some time now. HTC's have been really good lately. Sony Ericcson is hit or miss. Nokia doesn't have enough devices to even monitor this.

25. zhenghua

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

samsung always have the bad quality but you just a dog barking here

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