Apple crowned top smartphone vendor of 2011 by Gartner

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Apple crowned top smartphone vendor of 2011 by Gartner

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Apple won last year’s smartphone wars, according to data released today by Gartner.

Other reports have pointed to Samsung as the leading vendor in 2011, but the research firm placed Apple on top with a 19 percent market share overall.

Driven by the iPhone 4S, the fourth quarter was especially strong for Apple with a 23.8 percent share amid sales of 37 million iPhones. And many of those sales came outside the U.S., helping boost the industry as a whole.

“Western Europe and North America led most of the smartphone growth for Apple during the fourth quarter of 2011,” Gartner analyst Roberta Cozza said in a statement. “In Western Europe the spike in iPhone sales in the fourth quarter saved the overall smartphone market after two consecutive quarters of slow sales.”

Apple ‘s smart management of its retail channels helped it inch past Samsung, which saw some buildup in its smartphone inventory, according to Gartner. As the availability of the iPhones 4S continues to expand, Apple should see healthy demand in the first quarter. However, Gartner expects sales to decline from the December quarter, which was boosted by delayed purchases for the new iPhone .

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Apple crowned top smartphone vendor of 2011 by Gartner

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