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Global Smartphone marketshares: IHS and Strategy Analytics

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on January 28, 2012

The battle for smartphone device supremacy is all the way headed in 2012 with Apple and Samsung slogging it out. Nokia which was the market leader till 3 quarters back has now been pushed back to 3rd spot on the market shares. While Apple managed to sell 37 million iPhones in Q4, 2011, Samsung managed to edge out Apple as the year’s top smartphone manufacturer. Samsung played to a portfolio strategy and advanced in 2011 because of its strategy of offering a complete line of smartphone products, spanning a variety of price points, features and operating systems.

The relatively small growth of Sony Ericsson and Motorola may indicate that the Android smartphone market is becoming too crowded as the various licensees compete for limited consumer mindshare and shelf space.

With global smartphone shipments nearing half a billion units in 2011, Samsung is now well positioned alongside Apple in a two-horse race at the forefront of one of the world’s largest and most valuable consumer electronics markets. Nokia’s global smartphone market share halved from 33 percent in 2010 to 16 percent in 2011. A lackluster touch-screen smartphone portfolio and a limited presence in the huge United States market caused Nokia’s shrinkage last year. Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft will be very much in focus during 2012, and the industry will be watching closely to see how swiftly the two companies can expand in the high-value 4G LTE market that is rapidly emerging across the United States, Japan and elsewhere. The silver lining for Nokia was that a million Lumia’s have been shipped in 2 months since launch and Nokia has in over a decade has found some traction with US Operators with the Lumia.

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