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

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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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randomrazr Avatar
168 months ago
whats funny is apple is doing this with one phone, the iphone.

samsung, etc all have a variety of phones out there.
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winston1236 Avatar
168 months ago
all they have to do now is release a redesign for ip5 and they will continue the expansion
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*LTD* Avatar
168 months ago
Who's ZTE?

Android low-end phone maker. And that's putting it lightly.
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SandynJosh Avatar
168 months ago
Why is the apple store down

Apple is adding the news that they just bought Barnes and Nobel. :)
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santaliqueur Avatar
168 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"?
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SandynJosh Avatar
168 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.
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