Even though it only releases one smartphone per year and relatively only has one model to speak of, Apple has found itself at the top of the list of the world's leading smartphone vendors.
According to the latest survey from Strategy Analytics, a global independent research firm based in Boston, Apple is the became the "largest smartphone vendor in terms of revenue and profits" during the second quarter of 2011.
As seen in the graph below, the Cupertino, Calif.-based giant has secured over 18 percent of the market share with its iPhone, and its number of shipments worldwide has more than doubled in the last year.
Apple recently topped another list as well as it was named the number one maker for smartphones in June within the United States, according to Nielsen. Steve Jobs & Co. bested the Android set (mostly Motorola, Samsung and HTC) by securing 28 percent of the domestic market share. It also doesn't hurt that approximately 35 percent of consumers plan to buy the iPhone 5 when it is released - even though Apple hasn't said a single word about the device ever.
But as Apple rose, who fell? At least one of the answers, unfortunately for that company, is rather obvious: Nokia.
Tom Kang, director of Strategy Analytics, said in a statement:
Having become the first ever vendor to ship 100 million smartphones in a single year during 2010, long-time leader Nokia has slipped two places in our rankings in Q2 2011. The vendor’s 15 percent global smartphone market share is less than half of what it was just one year earlier, as the industry awaits Nokia’s pending transition to Windows Phone 7.
Samsung also rose in the shadow of Apple to the number two spot with very impressive growth figures, as did the "Others."
Overall smartphone shipments grew by 76 percent worldwide to 110 million units mailed out during Q2 2011, which Strategy Analytics described as a positive "record."
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