In 2010, 102 million smartphones were shipped. This year, manufacturers are eclipsing the number by more than 50 million, a gain of 40 percent. But who are the winners? Certainly, we can count on Apple considering their outstanding earnings as well as Android.
It’s no secret that smartphones are become more prevalent in the world since smartphone demand is rising and costs have been set low for the handhelds. Shipments advanced to 158 million units from 102 million a year earlier, exceeding IDC’s forecast for a gain of 40 per cent. So who are the winners?
- The iPhone 4S – Apple sold 37 million iPhones last quarter
- Apple’s share of the global smartphone market jumped to 24 per cent from 16 per cent a year earlier, regaining its top spot from Samsung, which had overtaken the iPhone-maker in the third quarter.
- Samsung’s share climbed to 23 per cent in the fourth quarter from 9.4 per cent a year earlier
- Nokia and RIM, both of which are struggling to reverse slumping sales with new phone operating systems, saw their respective share shrink.
- Nokia’s share fell by more than half to 12 per cent from 28 per cent a year earlier, and RIM’s dropped to 8.2 per cent from 14 per cent.