Apple had claimed the world wide top spot by transporting 20.3 million iPhones in its quarterly results released in the third week of July.
In its Universal Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker released, the Massachusetts-based IDC said, “The smartphone market crowned a new leader in 2Q11, and its name is Apple.”
The IDC said Apple transported 20.3 million iPhones out of the 106.5 million units sold worldwide in the second quarter, increasing its global market share to 19.1 percent – 141.7 percent up since same quarter. Though Research In Motion (RIM) registered gains by transporting 12.4 million BlackBerries, its market share went down to the fourth spot after Nokia, according to the report.
The global smart phone jumped 65.4 percent year over year throughout the quarter.
At number two, Samsung transported 17.3 million smart phones during the period, posting an increase of 16.2 percent, followed closely by Nokia with 16.7 million shipments.
Ramon Llamas, senior research said, “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. h analyst with IDC’s Mobile Phone Technology and Trends team. With an expected refresh later this year, volumes are set to reach higher levels.”
However Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, added, “There is no runaway leader in the market, which means there could easily be further Top 5 vendor changes to come.”
“The smartphone market leadership change signifies the parity that comes with a fast-growing market such as smart phones.”
The global smartphone market will increase 55 percent in 2010, according to IDC projections for the entire year.
Llamas said, “The first half of the year has demonstrated strong growth for the smartphone market. The second half of the year will bring new flagship models and refreshed user experiences to market. These will keep smart phones well out in front of the market, and keep growth on an upward trajectory.”