Apple, Samsung kick Nokia down in smartphone market

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New York, Jul 29: Finally for the time, the world's largest mobile phone maker Nokia plunged to third spot in the smartphone market during the second quarter, market researcher Strategy Analytics reported.

Nokia smartphone sales were came down 30 percent in 2011 second quarter while compared to the second quarter in previous year. Though Nokia still manages to hold the top spot in mobile phone market, its down trend in the smartphone market started after its announcement about their plan to use Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 as the primary OS for upcoming smartphones.

Nokia shipped 16.7 million smartphones in the second quarter, while it had manged to ship 23.8 million smartphones during 2010 second quarter. Nokia's market share fell down from 38.1 percent in 2010 Q2 to just 15.2 percent in 2011 Q2.

The iPhone maker Apple went up to first spot with 20.3 million shipments in this quarter, doubled its shipment from just 8.4 million in previous year. Apple has a 18.5 percent share in the smartphone market, up from second place with 13.5 in the last quarter.

The Seoul-based consumer goods manufacturer Samsung rested at the second spot with 19.2 million shipments in this quarter, moving up from mere 3.1 million smartphones shipped in 2010 Q2. Samsung has a 17.5 percent market share, up from just 5 percent on last year.

Meanwhile, Strategy Analytics said that smartphone market as a whole grew 76.3 percent year on year.

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