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Apple moves into top five largest handset maker list

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Oct 2010 0:11 User comments (4)

Apple moves into top five largest handset maker list For the first time ever, Apple has moved into the world’s top five mobile-phone vendors, placing fourth in the Q3 2010.
The numbers come via IDC and Strategy Analytics, who both agreed that if Apple introduces a CDMA version of the iPhone they may be able to jump into third or even second place.

"The entrance of Apple to the top five underscores the increased importance of smartphones to the overall market," notes Kevin Restivo, an IDC analyst. "Vendors that aren’t developing a strong portfolio of smartphones will be challenged to grow and retain market share in the future."

Nokia, (according to IDC) which has held the top spot for every quarter since 1998, stayed in first but share fell to 32.4 percent, down from 36.5 percent year-over-year.

Samsung rose to 21 percent to remain in second, while LG saw its share drop to 8.3 percent, good for third.

RIM, maker of the BlackBerry smartphones, fell to fifth while Sony Ericsson fell off the list for the first time since 2004.

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4 user comments

130.10.2010 5:12

"The entrance of Apple to the top five underscores the increased importance of smartphones to the overall market," notes Kevin Restivo, an IDC analyst. "Vendors that aren’t developing a strong portfolio of smartphones will be challenged to grow and retain market share in the future."

...No, the entrance of RIM signaled that, and it was years ago. All the entrance of apple means is that they have a lot of blind followers that will buy anything that has an apple logo on it.

230.10.2010 8:50
jabberwolf
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Agreed, there is a large trend - to be trendy.

With the entrance of faster droid, more useful devices like RIM and MS phones, it wont matter if Apple enters the CDMA market. There will be more sales in carrier converts, but not handset converts.

330.10.2010 11:06
vPuik
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What kind of a "world" market share list only includes manufacturers available in the western countries?

430.10.2010 12:50

Originally posted by vPuik:
What kind of a "world" market share list only includes manufacturers available in the western countries?
Say what now? Samsung, LG, Nokia, Sony and Apple sell everywhere....

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