September 19, 2014

WSJ: Samsung wrestles top spot from Apple in smartphone shipments

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According to an article posted on the Wall Street Journal today, Samsung has taken the lead as the company which shipped more smartphones than anyone else.  Selling more than 20 million handsets in third quarter of 2011, it’s up five times over the 3 million sold in Q2 of 2010. The figures, which have not been officially announced or confirmed, look to see Samsung moving anywhere between 20-30 million smartphones.

Apple has already announced their Q3 numbers, indicating sales of 17.1 million, slightly ahead of Nokia’s 16.8 million.  The last few years have been dominated worldwide by Nokia however Android and Apple have put a sizable dent in Nokia’s lead.  In fact, the recent year or so would have us believe that the days of Nokia and Symbian dominance are behind us.

Things will get very interesting as we head into the fourth quarter as the Galaxy S II series begins hitting three of the top four carriers in the United States.  On the other hand, there’s thing called the iPhone 4S which looks to swing things back in favor of Apple.

How will Q4 play out?

Do you think the Galaxy S II series has enough to outweigh the iPhone 4S?

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