Apple now officially the world's biggest smartphone maker

Apple now officially the world's biggest smartphone makerIt's bad enough that Nokia has just announced huge financial losses for the last three months, but not it's also lost its global top spot in smartphone sales too.

The Financial Times reports that Apple has now overtaken Nokia in the sales game, eclipsing its entire Symbian range with just the iPhone.

Apple has also announced its quarterly results this week, but is experiencing very different fortunes, and is going from strength to strength, as expected, and pocketing buckets of cash in the process.

But money is one thing, and the real measure of success for the man on the street is actual sales. Apple has now pushed passed 20 million sales for the quarter; that's up from 18.7 million units in the first quarter.

Nokia, meanwhile, has dropped from 24.2 million to 16.7 million, nearly a third down in just three months. Apple's now clearly on top, but more worryingly there's no evidence to suggest that the massive power-shift isn't going to continue in the third quarter.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 22, 2011 at 09:06

With an upcoming iPhone "5" I guess the trend will indeed continue.
Nokia are in trouble. And now networks take revenge - new Nokias either not adapted at all or overpriced. Example: Vodafone Ireland take the Nokia E6 and offer it simlocked for €389! It oughta be no more than the simfree price of €349. They basically put a Don't buy sticker on it.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 22, 2011 at 09:07

PS, hi :)
Welcome

Stelph  Jul. 22, 2011 at 11:26

Elops slating of Symbian probably didnt help either, he was right to slate but probably should have waited till Nokia could provide an alteranitive first!

To borrow his own analogy he brought down the burning platform but forgot to make sure he had another platform to step onto first

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 22, 2011 at 12:26

Totally. Elop is at fault, and frankly, I doubt his lousy 'decisions' were accidents. He couldn't be that daft. Could he? His platform speech gave techmedia carte blanche to pour fuel onto the platform. That is when sales started to fall...

Betas  Jul. 23, 2011 at 02:12

Elop.. Elop.. Elop... what have you done?
I find it quite amazing that networks have fobbed Nokia off so hard - the iphone contains no network customisations or labelling yet the networks love apple even though nokia have historically supported networks by offering exclusive devices and firmwares and better subsidy rate.

Funny how apple give networks the middle finger but they all want a slice of the action for some cash...

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 31, 2011 at 09:04

Study on cell phone sales in US: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2392125,00.asp
Apple is distant last when all phone (not just smartphones) are counted.

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