Given all the doom and gloom surrounding Finland's finest phone maker at present, it may come as something of a surprise to hear that Nokia is still in fact the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer in terms of sheer number of units sold each month.
But not for long. According to Reuters, that small Korean upstart Samsung will overtake Nokia in smartphone sales this quarter, and the Big N will slip further to third in the rankings before the end of the year behind Apple.
The predictions come from analyst firm Nomura, which reckons Nokia looks set to lose its smartphone top dog status after 14 unbroken years of leading the way.
And it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Samsung is the company poised to take over, thanks to the constant revolving door that is seeing a seemingly endless array of Galaxy-branded Android smartphones arriving on the market – not to mention a couple of Windows Phone 7 handsets too.
Apple's performance is arguably even more impressive, however, as with just one model of both smartphone and talet on the market Apple can't simply rely on sheer weight of numbers like Samsung is able to.
As for Nokia, it must simply be worrying at this stage how much worse things are going to get before they start improving (if they ever do).
The company is largely in complete stagnation, with the first Windows Phone handsets still a good few months away, and the only new smartphones that have arrived this year – the Symbian-based Nokia E6, E7 and T7 for instance – running an operating system its own owner has decided to leave behind.
Via PC Pro