Sunday, October 23, 2016
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Internet Disruptions Were Caused By Attacked Connected Devices
TSMC, GlobalFoundries/Samsung To Present Their 7nm Platforms At IEDM
Hon Hai Gains Apple Mac Orders From Quanta
AT&T In Advanced Talks With Time Warner On Merger
LG's Next Flagship G6 Smartphone Won't be Modular
Samsung to Exchange Galaxy Note 7 with New Galaxy S8
Qualcomm Said to Be Near A Deal With NXP
AMD Revenue Forecast Falls Short of Estimates
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > Mobiles > Samsung...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Samsung Reclaims Smartphone Leadership Position

The worldwide mobile phone market declined 1.5% year over year in the first quarter of 2012 (1Q12), as Samsung ousted longtime leader Nokia to become the world's top mobile phone vendor, and Apple slipped to second place.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped 398.4 million units in 1Q12 compared to 404.3 million units in the first quarter of 2011.

Nokia has been the global market leader in total mobile phone shipments since 2004. Samsung's ascension to the market's top spot is largely a reflection of its gains in the smartphone market over the past two years.

"The halcyon days of rapid growth in the smartphone market have been good to Samsung," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker program. "Samsung has used its established relationships with carriers in a mix of economically diverse markets to gain share organically and at the expense of former high fliers such as Nokia."

Meanwhile, the worldwide smartphone market grew 42.5% year over year in 1Q12, as Samsung overtook Apple for the smartphone leadership position. Vendors shipped 144.9 million smartphones in 1Q12 compared to 101.7 million units in 1Q11. The 42.5% year-over-year growth was 1% higher than IDC's forecast of 41.5% for the quarter, and lower than the 57.4% growth in the fourth quarter of 2011.

"The race between Apple and Samsung remained tight during the quarter, even as both companies posted growth in key areas," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and Trends program. "Apple launched its popular iPhone 4S in additional key markets, most notably in China, and Samsung experienced continued success from its Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet and other Galaxy smartphones. With other companies in the midst of major strategic transitions, the contest between Apple and Samsung will bear close observation as hotly-anticipated new models are launched."

Samsung reclaimed the smartphone leadership position and established a new market record for the number of smartphones shipped in a single quarter. Propelling the company forward was continued expansion of its Galaxy portfolio in nearly all directions - new and old smartphones, product and market segmentation, and multiple price points, screen sizes, and processor speeds.

Apple slipped to second place in the worldwide smartphone market, but nonetheless posted strong year-over-year growth to reach 35.1 million units shipped. Apple's gains in the market benefited from iPhone availability at additional mobile operators worldwide, as well as sustained end-user demand among both consumers and enterprise users.

Nokia's Symbian phone shipments declined precipitously last quarter as demand dropped in key emerging markets, such as China. The company's current smartphone woes make a speedy transition to products powered by the Windows Phone operating system, upon which it has bet its smartphone future, critical.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry unit decline continued last quarter, reaching levels not seen since 2009. Like Nokia, RIM is a company in transition. Smartphones running on its new platform, BB 10, will be released later this year. Until then, results like these may be a sign of things to come.

HTC's struggles in the U.S. market once again negatively affected its overall performance. However, its relatively strong performance in Asia/Pacific still allowed the company to maintain its position among the top 5 smartphone vendors. The company is staking future success in large part on its One X and S products.

Top Five Worldwide Smartphone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, Q1 2012 (Units in Millions)

Vendor 1Q12 Unit Shipments 1Q12 Market Share 1Q11 Unit Shipments 1Q11 Market Share Year-over-year Change
Samsung 42.2 29.1% 11.5 11.3% 267.0%
Apple 35.1 24.2% 18.6 18.3% 88.7%
Nokia 11.9 8.2% 24.2 23.8% -50.8%
Research In Motion 9.7 6.7% 13.8 13.6% -29.7%
HTC 6.9 4.8% 9.0 8.9% -23.3%
Others 39.1 27.0% 24.5 24.1% 59.6%
Total 144.9 100.0% 101.7 100.0% 42.5%

Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, May 1, 2012 - Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.

Micron and Hynix Gain NAND Market Share In Q4        All News        RIM Releases BlackBerry 10 Platform To Developers
Strategist Sees Apple To Become Direct Mobile Service Provider     Mobiles News      RIM Releases BlackBerry 10 Platform To Developers

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Samsung to Exchange Galaxy Note 7 with New Galaxy S8
Samsung Could Use LG Chem batteries For Future Smartphones
Samsung Rolls Out First 10nm 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM Package
Apple To Bring E-Ink Dynamic Keyboards In 2018 Mac Laptops
Samsung S3 Smartwatch Is Coming Next Month
Quick Benchmarks With The Samsung NVMe M.2 960 PRO SSD
Samsung' Next QLED TVs Will Be Launched Under The SUHD QLED TV Name
Samsung Starts Making 10nm SoCs, Gears Up For Galaxy S8
Samsung Launches The CFG70 Quantum Dot Curved Gaming Monitor
Samsung Introduces Galaxy TabPro S Gold Edition
Samsung Estimates Note 7 Recall to Cost At Least $5.2 Billion
Apple's Tim Cook Visits Nintendo Headquarters

Most Popular News
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2016 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .