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08-24-2011, 01:42 AM #1
Apple and Samsung move ahead of NokiaNokia finally loses it numero uno position to Apple and Samsung and slips two positions down to number 3.
Both the present market leaders ended the 15-year long reigning period of Nokia which started long back in 1996 ever since the launch of the very famous Communicator phone.
Apple sold a record 20.3 million iPhones in the quarter despite the fact that its iPhone 4 model is now more than a year old. Apple unveiled its sales last week, but on Friday analysts also estimated Samsung sold 19 million smartphones in the quarter, well ahead of Nokia's 16.7 million as it was able to benefit from booming demand with smartphones using Google's Android software.
"Samsung's Galaxy portfolio has proven popular, especially the high-tier S2 Android model," said Neil Mawston, analyst at Strategy Analytics."
Stalwarts such as Nokia are losing share in the feature phone category to low-cost suppliers such as Micromax, TCL-Alcatel and Huawei.
Struggling Nokia, still the world's largest phone maker by volume, saw its phone sales shrinking 20 percent from a year ago. This helped Samsung to close the gap to the Finnish firm in the overall cellphone market to the lowest level ever.
Some analysts already forecast for Samsung to become the world's largest cellphone vendor next year....being a human...