Samsung passes Apple, Nokia in global smartphone shipments
Apple may be seeing some success in the courts when it comes to its war on Samsung, but Samsung has the upper hand when it comes to sheer shipment numbers. According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung shipped 27.8 million smartphones globally during the third quarter of 2011, up from a mere 7.5 million during the same quarter in 2010. That’s an increase of 370 percent year-over-year, allowing Samsung to leapfrog both Apple and Nokia.
Apple, by comparison, shipped 17.1 million handsets during Q3 2011, up from 14.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Nokia’s smartphone shipments dropped from 26.5 million in Q3 2010 to just 16.8 million in Q3 2011, according to Strategy Analytics’ numbers. This puts Samsung at 23.8 percent of the global smartphone market, with Apple coming in second at 14.6 percent and Nokia at 14.4 percent. “Others” made up 47.3 percent of the market.
Strategy Analytics credited Samsung’s success to the popularity of Android, extensive global distribution, and “elegant hardware designs.” Samsung has taken some flak for its product designs as of late, with a German court ruling in August that Samsung had violated Apple’s European Community design registration for the iPad, and a US judge mirroring those comments earlier this month. US District Judge Lucy Koh still has yet to determine whether Apple’s US design patents should even be considered valid, but said that if they were, Samsung would be violating them.