Apple inches past Samsung as world’s top smartphone vendor

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Apple inches past Samsung as worlds top smartphone vendor

(Credit:
IDC)

Apple has been crowned the victor in last quarter’s smartphone wars by yet another research firm.

Among the top five global manufacturers, Apple grabbed the top spot with a market share of 23.5 percent, according to IDC. That proved a healthy gain over the 15.9 percent share from a year ago.

The iPhone maker also shipped the greatest number of phones last quarter at 37 million, compared with just 16.2 million in 2010’s fourth quarter.

Brisk sales for the iPhone 4S helped Apple narrowly surpass its smartphone rival Samsung. The Korean handset maker’s share rose to 22.8 percent, a leap from 9.4 percent last year. Samsung shipped 36 million phones for the quarter, just a percentage point behind Apple .

The new iPhone helped Apple achieve a record number of shipments, both for itself and across the entire industry, according to IDC.

The heavy demand came despite some initial disappointment that the iPhone 4S would not be the rumored iPhone 5 with a larger screen size and other whiz-bang fatures. But the combination of holiday shopping, a delay in the iPhone ‘s launch to the fourth quarter, and the addition of Sprint as a carrier all added up to higher volumes.

Samsung may have come in second for the quarter but its 275 percent growth in shipments was tops among all five vendors. The company kept expanding its Galaxy-class lineup, focusing on both high-end handsets such as the G… [Read more]

Apple inches past Samsung as worlds top smartphone vendor

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