The market research conducted by IDC revealed that Nokia shipped around 108.5 million mobile devices in the first quarter of 2011. Nokia managed to increase its mobile phone sales as it was 107.8 million during the first quarter in 2010.
Anyhow, IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker study found that Nokia's market share decreased to 29.2 percent from 34.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010.
Meanwhile, iPhone maker Apple managed to ship 18.7 million smartphones during 2011, which was 8.7 million units in 2010. Also, Apple's market share increased from 2.8 percent in 2010 to 5 percent in 2011.
Another leading mobile phone maker, Samsung bagged the second spot by shipping more than 70 million devices. But, Samsung's market share slipped to 18.8 percent from 20.7 percent in 2010.
"Samsung having posted a record Q1 shipment volume, further closed the gap against market leader Nokia and extended its lead ahead of third place vendor LG Electronics," an IDC statement said.
LG settled for the third spot with fewer shipping than in 2010. LG's shipping decreased from 27.1 million in 2010 to 24.5 million, resulting decline in market share. LG's share dipped into 6.6 percent in 2011 from 8.7 percent in 2010's first quarter.
The 2011 first quarter witnessed a new record in mobile phone shipping. Mobile phone manufacturers shipped 371.8 million units in the period between 2011 Jan to Mar.