Global mobile phone shipments rose 14.6 million to 340.5 million units according to IDC. Strategy Analytics pegged them lower, at 327 million units, noting that the rate of growth slowed from the first half as component (Touchscreens, application processors and cameras) shortages trimmed sales. Many component manufacturers reduced production output during the recession of 2009 and they are struggling, or even unwilling, to restore the capacity in the upturn of 2010.
Nokia is struggling to hold on to the top slot and is relentless loosing volumes and shares to local OEMs in Asia and is getting battered by the likes of Samsung, HTC, Apple and Android-enabled systems in the smartphone segment.
Apple gatecrashed into the top 5 taking out Sony Ericsson from the list. Whats also interesting is that the “Others” segment is also gaining momentum and there’s a lot of Android powering that.
My Take: Nokia will still loose share and we will see a few more names in the list (HTC anyone?)