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Apple Grows To World’s Leading Smartphone Provider

August 5, 2011

According to research firm IDC, Apple has taken away Nokia’s grip as the world’s leader in smartphones.

The research firm said Apple’s sales of 20.3 million iPhones around the world during the second quarter of 2011 helped the company grab hold of 19.1 percent market share and the lead over all other vendors.

Apple’s shipments grew 141.7 percent compared to the second quarter of 2010, when it sold just 8.4 million iPhones and secured 13 percent share.

Samsung showed significant growth, with 380.6 percent year over year to sell 17.3 million during the second quarter.

The company was able to secure 16.2 percent market share, and IDC said Samsung’s success is due to the company’s high-end device.

“What originally began as a series of high-end smartphones has proliferated well into the mass-market, but has not strayed too far from its high-end roots,” IDC wrote about Samsung in its report on smartphone shipments. “Moreover, its steady cadence of device releases and updates has kept Samsung’s smartphones well out in front of the competition.”

Nokia saw its shipments drop 30.4 percent during the second quarter.  The company had 37.3 percent market share last year, but was only able to secure 15.7 percent this year, according to IDC.

“Nokia ceded the number one position for the first time in the history of IDC’s Mobile Phone Tracker, with smartphone volumes dipping below the 20 million unit mark for the first time since 3Q09,” IDC said. “Even as the company released new smartphones running on Symbian^3, demand for its products running on the aged Symbian platform has shifted to other devices.”

Research In Motion, the creator of BlackBerry devices, and HTC rounded out the top five, securing 11.6 percent and 11 percent market share. 

IDC said the worldwide smartphone market grew by 65.4 percent to 106.5 million shipments overall.

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