Nokia still remains on top as number one mobile phone maker but…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Nokia retained on the top spot in the global mobile phone market with a market share of 23.4 percent in the fourth quarter, down from 27.1 percent the same period last year and down from 23.9 percent in the third quarter of 2011.
According to mobile phone market analysts’ organisation, Gartner in its quarterly summary of the global mobile phone market in which the research firm measured the volumes phones sold to end users, Samsung was second in that market with a market share of 19.4 percent in the fourth quarter. Compared with same period in last year, it market share was then 17.5 percent and 17.8 percent in the third quarter of this year. Samsung is therefore catching up fast.
Nokia's sales for the fourth quarter amounted to 112 million mobile phones against 122 in the past similar period and Samsung sold 93 million phones against 79 in the past.
Apple climbed to third place and sold 35 million handsets during the period, which strengthened the company's market share in volume to 7.4 percent, compared with 3.5 percent a year ago. Compared with the previous quarter's rate of 3.9 percent Apple’s position also strengthened.
ZTE ended up in fourth place with 19 million handsets sold and a share of 4 percent.
Sony Ericsson ended up outside the top-ten charts for the fourth quarter. During the full year 2011, Sony Ericsson sold just under 33 million units, representing a decreased market share for the full year of 1.8 percent against 2.6 in the past same period.
Google's Android operating system led the market for operating systems for the most advanced phones known as smartphones, with a share of 50.9 percent, compared with 30.5 percent in fourth quarter last year, compared with 25.3 percent in the third quarter of 2011.
Apple's Ios operating system ended up in second place with a share of 23.8 percent (15.8).
Symbian was third with a market share of 11.7, compared with 32.3 percent for the same period in 2011 and to 16.9 percent in the third quarter of 2011.
Microsoft operating system for Windows Phone, which the likes of Nokia selected as the platform for its upcoming smartphones, took a market share of 1.9 percent, compared with 3.4 in the fourth quarter of last year, compared with 1.5 percent in the third quarter of 2011.