Samsung moving up on Nokia as Apple passes LG for 3rd place in global phone share

Samsung moving up on Nokia as Apple passes LG for 3rd place in global phone share

Summary: Samsung cut Nokia's worldwide lead from 10% to just 4% in 2011 and Apple passed up LG. 2012 will likely see continued rise of Samsung and Apple in the global phone market.

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I wrote about Nokia's continued feature phone focus a couple of days ago and today we see that the IDC 4th quarter 2011 report confirms Nokia is still the worldwide leader in mobile phone shipments and market share. Samsung closed the gap with Nokia from 10% to just 4% though and we may soon see them take the lead. Apple moved up, actually doubled their market share in a year, and passed up LG in 2011.

These figures obviously include all mobile phones, including feature phones where Nokia is shipping its greatest volumes, so the data is actually a bit shocking when you look at Apple's continued rise. Apple only makes iPhone devices and is still able to garner 3rd place in global phone shipments.

Samsung is HOT right now with Windows Phone, Android, Bada and feature phone devices flooding the market and this diversity is why I think they will pass up Nokia in 2012. I am LOVING my Galaxy Nexus from Samsung and think it is the best Android device currently available for a number of reasons.

Topics: Nokia, Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Samsung, Telcos

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  • RE: Samsung moving up on Nokia as Apple passes LG for 3rd place in global phone share

    Rezound is Better than the Nexus, just needs ICS to be complete.
    slickjim
  • As I've said all along. Androids growth means little to Apples upside:)

    Apple is still growing. And taking in lots of green. So it's all good. Android can have the market share number one spot (divided amongst how many OEM's). Apple does not require such.

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
    • RE: Samsung moving up on Nokia as Apple passes LG for 3rd place in global phone share

      @James Quinn When WP rockets into the dominant position in mobile, what are you going to say? A 1-2 combination of Nokia/Samsung could easily crush the iJunk phone within the next (let's say) 7 months.
      Stephen-B
      • RE: Samsung moving up on Nokia as Apple passes LG for 3rd place in global phone share

        @Stephen-B hehe Stephen-B is the only kid in the block with a windows phone! look at me look at me loooook!! LOL we're still waiting for WP7 to be the dominant position in mobile... Not going to happen anytime soon. Think about it would you buy a ZUNE or an iPod?
        Hasam1991
      • I guess if you want to buy your music twice, iPod is the way to go

        @Hasam1991
        William Farrel
      • RE: Samsung moving up on Nokia as Apple passes LG for 3rd place in global phone share

        @hasam1991

        I don't own either but i'll take a zune over the ipod any day. Either way, they are both dead because people are just using their smartphone to play and store music.
        business owner
  • Samsung still trails Nokia in build quality though so people might start

    waking up to that. Regardless both of them will sell a lot more phones in 2012.
    Johnny Vegas
  • RE: Samsung moving up on Nokia as Apple passes LG for 3rd place in global phone share

    With all the advertising I have seen lately from Nokia I don't think they are going to give up the #1 spot easily.
    Loverock Davidson-
  • RE: Samsung moving up on Nokia as Apple passes LG for 3rd place in global phone share

    I think Nokia still have a chance, they're working hard on fixing their mistakes.
    Stephens_Eloped
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