Another report confirms Apple as world's top smartphone vendor

Another report confirms Apple as world's top smartphone vendor

Summary: The latest figures from the IDC further confirm Apple's dominance in the global smartphone market.

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In case there were any doubts, a second research firm has reported that Apple is the leading smartphone vendor worldwide.

Just last week, Strategy Analytics published a report noting that the Cupertino, Calif.-based enterprise had secured approximately 20.3 percent of the global smartphone market share during the second quarter.

Today, IDC published the same finding with slightly different numbers, pegging Apple in the number one spot with 19.1 percent of the 106.5 million smartphones shipped last quarter.

Here's why IDC thinks that Apple has risen to the top of the leader board:

Apple's success can be directly attributed to its distribution (more than 200 carriers in more than 200 countries), increased manufacturing capacity, and solid demand within emerging and developed markets from both consumers and business users. Apple's emergence as the number one smartphone vendor worldwide comes at a time when former worldwide leader Nokia is in the midst of a major transition. However, Apple has yet to top Nokia's single-quarter volume record of 28.1 million units. But given Apple's momentum in the smartphone market, it may not be a question of whether Apple will beat that milestone, but when.

As for Apple's competitors, Samsung is hot on Apple's track with 16.2 percent. Nokia isn't too far behind with 15.7 percent. It slips a bit farther down with Research in Motion at 11.6 percent, and HTC rounds out the top five with 11.7 percent of the international vendor market share.

Domestically, comScore just released its latest survey of the U.S. mobile market share. Apple trails Android in the top smartphone platform category but still manages to hold on to second place. It came in fourth for the top mobile OEMs.

None of these numbers should be considered disappointments considering Apple hasn't had an actual new smartphone model in over a year, and the next version of iOS won't even be available until this fall.

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  • RE: Another report confirms Apple as world's top smartphone vendor

    Gee, let's see how many reports of the same topic can I find on Zdnet lol. Yes Apple is doing amazing... congrats... I dunno how many of these "Apple is on top!" Tweets I see in one day, but it's getting repetative and old.
    5FingerDiscount
    • Buy some stock... AAPL

      @5FingerDiscount

      If you own stock, all that news will keep you smiling all day long...
      i8thecat3
    • RE: Another report confirms Apple as world's top smartphone vendor

      @5FingerDiscount
      Sucks to be a hater.
      Tigertank
  • Errr....

    Apple top vendor but Android sells more. Apple pays for the phone and iOS R&D. Google pays just for the Android R&D.
    It's like saying [possibly in a few years] that Apple sells more desktops and laptops - but Microsoft Windows still controls [let's say] 85% of the OS market because the Mac OS X only runs [officially] on a Mac.
    Gisabun
    • RE: Another report confirms Apple as world's top smartphone vendor

      @Gisabun I gotta agree with you. I think you are saying it's silly to compare hardware vendor share to OS share. Apple handily outsells every Android device vendor although Android OS is on more units across all of the vendors. Apple's position is still the one you want to be in by a long shot.
      CowLauncher
      • iOS (the OS) sells 4 times more than Android OS

        @CowLauncher Android only wins in numbers when everything but the iPhone is ignored.

        But the fact is, if you are going to count all devices with one OS, you must count all the devices with the other OS. And when the total count is out Android is only 1/4 in number compared to iOS.

        iOS is not just the iPhone. It is the iPod, iPod Touch, iPad, iTV and the iPhone.
        wackoae
      • RE: Another report confirms Apple as world's top smartphone vendor

        @wackaoe That doesn't make any sense when we're discussing phones, not tablets, PMDs, DVRs, etc. That would be like discussing desktop OSes and someone bringing up that Linux powers their microwave or something.
        jgm@...
  • RE: Another report confirms Apple as world's top smartphone vendor

    "Dominance" in a strong word to apply in the byline given the very close percentage figures in the actual chart. Having two competitors less than 3% market share behind you is leading, but not dominating.
    jgm@...
  • IDC 2011 prediction: 32M Windows mobile units

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9177499/Microsoft_admits_using_inaccurate_Windows_Phone_7_forecast

    How's that working out?
    symbolset
    • Sure they will

      @symbolset Funny how 8 months into the year they haven't sold 2 million devices .... but somehow they are going to sell 32 million this year (that is 30 million in the next 4 months ... in case you don't understand basic math).
      wackoae
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