Apple is the Global Smartphone Leader
International Data Corporation has called Apple the world leader as Blackberry slips to rank 4 in the top smartphone list. Apple had claimed the global top spot by shipping 20.3 million iPhones in its quarterly results released in the third week of July. The number is expected to rise with a significant value as Apple plans its next releases.
Ever since the first iPhone launched in 2007, Apple has made market-setting strides in hardware, software, and channel development to grab mindshare and market share. Demand has been so strong that even models that have been out for one or two years are still being sought out. With an expected refresh later this year, volumes are set to reach higher levels.
– Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC
At number two, Samsung shipped 17.3 million smart phones during the period, posting a growth of 16.2 percent, followed closely by Nokia with 16.7 million shipments. According to IDC projections for the whole year, the worldwide smartphone market will grow 55 percent over 2010.