Samsung Beats Apple in Smartphone Sales

Samsung, the number one Android smartphone manufacturer which has seen tremendous success with its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets, may have beaten Apple in terms of smartphone sales in the last quarter.

Nokia, which held the lead in smartphone shipments sold close to 16.7 million devices, while Apple sold around 20.3 million iPhones last quarter.

According to a research report by Strategy Analytics, Samsung may have surpassed them both with smartphone device sales of up to 21 million.

Apple recently sued Samsung over the Galaxy line of Android devices, saying that the Galaxy smartphones infringe on Apple’s patents related to the iPhone and the iPad. The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has been a huge hit, selling over 3 million devices in less than 2 months.

With Nokia’s market share on the wane, Samsung is on its way to become the world’s number one mobile company. It already has a 20% market share, compared to Nokia’s 26%.

“Samsung’s Android portfolio is selling strongly in most regions. Samsung stands a reasonable chance of capturing the top spot on a quarterly basis if it can continue expanding its Android portfolio across high-growth markets like China and Brazil. Samsung and Apple will be at similar levels in smartphones by the end of the year.” said an analyst.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 will launch in the U.S. market soon, which is likely to boost sales further.

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