Samsung Beats Apple to Become World’s Leading Smartphone Vendor

Recap: Apple Won Round Q2

Apple beat Nokia in the second quarter of 2011 to become the leading smartphone vendor in the world, by shipping 20.3 million iPhone units. Samsung came second that quarter with 19.6 million smartphone shipments while Nokia came in third with 16.7 million smartphone shipments.

However, the third quarter of 2011 wasn’t as good for Apple in terms of iPhone sales, which slowed down following news that Apple was going to launch the next version of the iPhone in October.

In its recent earnings release, Apple revealed that it shipped only 17.1 million smartphones in Q3 2011. Nokia announced that it sold 16.8 million smartphones.

Samsung Beats Apple to Win Round Q3!

According to a report by WSJ, Samsung shipped more than 20 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2011, which makes it the leading smartphone vendor worldwide.

Samsung is the top Android smartphone manufacturer, and also ships Bada and Windows Phone devices. It recently announced that its Galaxy lineup of Android smartphones (Galaxy S and Galaxy S 2) sold 30 million units worldwide since launch, with the Samsung Galaxy S 2 selling more than 10 million units in just 5 months.

What Next?

It’s highly likely that Apple will be back on top next quarter, with the iPhone 4S selling like hot cakes already and the holiday season coming up. Apple posted guidance for the next quarter, projecting $37 billion in revenue, which could make the next quarter its best ever.

A large part of that revenue is going to be generated by sales of the iPhone 4S.

However, Samsung’s sales are booming too, so it may be a tough fight. It recently launched the Galaxy Nexus which is undoubtedly going to boost sales. Even so, my money is on Apple coming back on top of the smartphone sales chart in the next quarter.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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