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Apple Closing on LG for Title of Third Largest Mobile Phone Vendor With 142% Growth


Research firm IDC today released results for global mobile phone sales for the second quarter of 2011, showing strong growth for Apple as it sits firmly in fourth place and closes quickly on LG in the race for third place among global phone vendors.
Apple maintained its number four position overall but closed the gap on Top 5 competitors thanks to another record unit shipment quarter. The company easily posted the highest growth rate of the worldwide leaders despite the fact that its flagship iPhone 4 is now more than a year old. The triple-digit shipment volume growth allowed Apple to more than double its share when compared to the same quarter last year. Apple’s ability to bring its smartphone momentum to developing economies, where it’s less successful, will help dictate the company’s smartphone fortunes in future.
Apple's share of the global market grew to 5.6% after hitting the 5% milestone last quarter, and grew up over 140% year-over-year against the backdrop of a market that grew by only 11.3% overall.

IDC within the next few days should be breaking down the data to reveal results for smartphones specifically, and while Apple has been reported to have passed Nokia to become the world's largest smartphone vendor, some analysts have suggested that Samsung may have ridden Android's popularity to even stronger growth that may have allowed it to surpass Apple last quarter.

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45 months ago
whats funny is apple is doing this with one phone, the iphone.

samsung, etc all have a variety of phones out there.
Rating: 5 Votes
45 months ago

Who's ZTE?


Android low-end phone maker. And that's putting it lightly.
Rating: 4 Votes
45 months ago
all they have to do now is release a redesign for ip5 and they will continue the expansion
Rating: 4 Votes
45 months ago

Why is the apple store down


Apple is adding the news that they just bought Barnes and Nobel. :)
Rating: 3 Votes
45 months ago

...some analysts have suggested that Samsung may have ridden Android's popularity to even stronger growth that may have allowed it to surpass Apple last quarter.


I think Samsung may have ridden the "photocopy the Apple product look" to surpass Apple last quarter.

But it's fascinating that Apple in in 4th place with two of the three above them loosing altitude, while RIM is somewhere down in "other" and snagging power lines and tree limbs.
Rating: 2 Votes
45 months ago

What's so special about 2nd last?


What's so special about being able to read?

You didn't really think there were only 6 companies in the world making phones, did you? The top company being named "Others"?
Rating: 2 Votes
45 months ago

Macrumors post titled:

"Apple Tops Nokia to Become World's Top Smartphone Vendor
Thursday July 21, 2011 6:22 am PDT by Eric Slivka"

I'm confused.


Apple is the largest smart phone dealer not mobile phone in general
Rating: 1 Votes
45 months ago

Android low-end phone maker. And that's putting it lightly.


What do you mean by that? Are you talking about the quality or just the price?
Have you actually used one?
I haven't, so all I can judge from is specs and reviews, and ZTE seem to be very low-price, yet fully capable smart phones and reviews are generally positive.
Rating: 1 Votes
45 months ago



Why is the apple store down

Because only Amazon can operate a store that's never close.

Apple is adding the news that they just bought Barnes and Nobel. :)


Nobel, right... :confused:
Rating: 1 Votes
44 months ago

Had no idea whatsoever that Nokia and Samsung are so far ahead of everyone else, would be interesting to see if Samsung can overtake Nokia. As for Apple, they'll no doubt overtake LG soon and perhaps catch up with Samsung and Nokia fairly soon. :)


The reason Nokia and Samsung is so far ahead is that they have products in all price segments. The only way Apple could catch up in the foreseeable future is if they also begin selling cheap, simple dumbphones. I don't think that's going to happen, Apple is already no. 1 in the smart phone segment and making a huge profit from it, that's what matters to Apple
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