Apple World’s Top Smartphone Vendor in Q4 2011

Research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) revealed in a report earlier today that smartphone vendors shipped 157.8 million units in 4Q 2011 compared to 102.0 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Not surprisingly, Apple took the top position with 37 million iPhones shipped in the 4Q 2011, accounting for 23.5% of the market share in the quarter.

The report points out that demand for iPhone 4S was high, even though it disappointed some users who were expecting a redesigned iPhone with a larger screen and support for 4G LTE network. It also cited that “the combination of holiday seasonality, the delay in product launch from 3Q to 4Q, and the addition of multiple mobile operators helped drive volumes higher”.

Samsung took the second with 36 million smartphones shipped, accounting for 22.8% of the market share in the quarter. Nokia took the third spot with 19.6 million units shipped, followed by RIM’s 13.0 million units and HTC’s 10.2 million units.

Meanwhile, Samsung was the top smartphone vendor in 2011, by shipping 94 million units accounting for 19.1% market share, followed very closely by Apple’s 93.2 million units, which accounted for 19% market share.

It will be interesting to see how things play out in 2012. Any guesses?

[via IDC]

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  • Doobs

    Hard to say, lots of people would have got locked in to a 2 year contract for a subsidised iPhone, Apple will have to make the next one something really special.

  • Hmmm?

    That is some insane growth from Samsung. And if the next iPhone does not come with a 4′ screen then I might jump ship to Android. Really can’t stand to use a non jailbroken iPhone and who knows how long it will take for the next iPhone (June or October) or when it will be jailbroken. Contract is up in August and if I don’t renew then I will lose my monthly credits.

  • wow . hope they get cheaper on the next gen., and stay away from contract