Apple - The new King of global smartphone market

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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New York, Aug 6: The data revealed by analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC) says that iPhone maker Apple has become the new 'king' in smartphone market with more than 20.3 million iPhone shipments in the second quarter of 2011.

"The smartphone market crowned a new leader in 2011, and its name is Apple." IDC said in its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report.

Apple's smartphone market share rose to 19.1 percent in 2011 Q2, up by 141.7 percent since the same quarter last year. Out of 106.5 million units sold globally in the second quarter, Apple shipped 20.3 million iPhones.

Seoul-based smartphone maker Samsung stands at second spot with 17.3 million smartphone shipments durin the 2011 Q2, grabbing a growth of 16.2 percent. World's largest mobile phone maker Nokia rested at third spot with 16.7 million shipments.

Interestingly, BlackBerry slipped to fourth spot below Nokia with just 12.4 million smartphone shipments.

"Ever since the first iPhone launched in 2007, Apple has made market-setting strides in hardware, software, and channel development to grab mindshare and market share," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and Trends team.

"Demand has been so strong that even models that have been out for one or two years are still being sought out. With an expected refresh later this year, volumes are set to reach higher levels,'' he added.

IDC report also said that worldwide smart phone market jumped 65.4 percent year over year during the 2011 second quarter.

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