Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

Summary: 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.

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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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  • RE: Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

    But the #1 operating system is Android. Which is more important? Phone share or operating system share?
    fergdoug
    • How do you mean 'important'?

      @fergdoug ... Important for what? Important to whom?

      I suppose the bottom line is money, right?
      HollywoodDog
      • iOS is still way bigger in active use share, though it was topped in recent

        @HollywoodDog: ... quarterly sales.

        Lets see how things will develop in the nearest quarters.
        DDERSSS
      • RE: Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

        @HollywoodDog
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      • RE: Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

        @HollywoodDog

        It does not take time to topple companies in the smartphone business. Blackberry did to Nokia and apple did to iphone.
        Customers change the mobiles more sooner than politicians.
        I probably would bet on samsung as the next one to top the table

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    • RE: Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

      @fergdoug
      This topic is not for the OS, it is about Phone. If you are talking about Android OS, then consider iOS Vs. Android not iPhone (device) vs. Android (Operating System).
      Ram U
    • RE: Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

      @fergdoug Android is not the #1 OS by any metric except "there is a lot of them out there".

      In other words, Android's "market share" is irrelevant. It hasn't translated into anything other than delivering eyeballs to Google.
      His_Shadow
    • From a bottom line stand point, profit share.

      @fergdoug

      And Apple mopped up 66% of that.
      Bruizer
    • The one that makes you the most money as a company

      NT
      fr_gough
      • RE: Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

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        compras2
    • 222 Million iOS devices sold Vs 135 million Android

      @fergdoug <br><br> 222 m iOS vs 135 m Android devices sold, both are latest official stats from the two companies.<br><br> Also an analyst calculating from Apple's financials worked out that iPhone (without iPad, or iPod Touch) took 66% of the world cell phone profits of the top eight manufacturers, i.e iphone alone took in TWICE the profits of the androids, Nokias, WP7 and Rim phones COMBINED.<br><br><br>iOS beats android in installed base, in profits, in number of apps, in customer satisfaction rankings (JD power, changewave etc)<br><br>so how is Android the #1 operating system?
      Davewrite
      • RE: Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

        @Davewrite So, what you're saying is, People really are paying more for less?
        slickjim
      • Subjective matter of opinion and you and

        @Peter Perry i so disagree on this. I see plenty of value in Apple's products that I have purchased both past and present. I feel that Apple being the one who owns/creates it all makes a better product but putting together all the individual parts tech specs, OS, UI, and other pieces to make a product that is more than the sum of it's individual parts. So I see real value in Apple products and the way Apple does things.

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        James Quinn
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        Davewrite
      • @Peter Perry: Nope, Apple offers a product people want.

        because of better design. Why do you think the Xoom tanked? It appealed on to people that hate Apple or worship Google.
        Bruizer
      • RE: Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

        @James Quinn - seconded.

        As long as they don't outsource work and introduce a variable element by doing so, their quality has always been consistently high...

        Still, iOS is a tad too restrictive. (I hope OS X doesn't go down the same road - imagine how much more Adobe Creative Suite would cost if it was only a digital download FROM the Mac store... okay, 30% more and I don't think Adobe has to pay any brick'n'mortar store such a ridiculously high premium to have their software sold through those outlets... to say nothing about Apple Store only selling versions of Creative Suite that don't include Premiere, because they don't want to put up competition to their recently-devolved Final Cut "Pro" X toy... )
        HypnoToad72
      • RE: Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

        @Peter Perry
        I disagree with you.
        1. I sold my original iPad (16GB WiFi) for $300, which I bought a year back for $499.
        2. My friend bought G-Slate couple of months back for full price ($700) and sold it for $380 recently.

        That makes I made more money out of my a year old iPad than his couple of months used G-Slate. He sold that and went for iPad2, which is lesser in specs than G-Slate, but he has found more usability in iPad2.
        Ram U
    • Yeah, but looking at the data,

      @fergdoug, Android isn't taking away from Apple, rather Android is crushing Nokia and the Others.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
    • RE: Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

      @fergdoug

      Neither. Profit share baby! ...of which Apple had about 66% last quarter. Let's see where Android would go should one actually pay for it? Hmmm...
      ShamooToo
      • RE: Apple named as world's top smartphone vendor

        @Angrypug - and unlike how Microsoft made it big, Apple didn't need to leech off of IBM or anybody else.

        I'll definitely give credit where it's due...
        HypnoToad72