Samsung, Apple knock Nokia off top handset spots
King dethroned in European markets
Nokia has been knocked off the top spot as Europe's best-selling phone maker by Samsung, and in the smartphone arena by Apple.
First-quarter figures released by market watcher IDC give the South Korean giant 29.3 per cent of the market, just ahead of Nokia's 27.9 per cent share.
Nokia's unit shipments fell ten per cent on its Q1 2010 tally, while Samsung rose five per cent - the same as the market as a whole.
Apple took third place with 9.8 per cent of the Western European market, ahead of RIM and HTC, each of which accounted for 7.8 per cent.
The three saw unit shipments grow, respectively, 49, 48 and 271 per cent year on year. That's a telling sign how much the Western European phone biz is shifting toward smartphones - these three companies make nothing else.
Then again their combined share still doesn't match Nokia, let alone Samsung, so it's clear Europeans are still buying plenty of ordinary handsets.
When you look at smartphones alone, Nokia outsold Samsung, which came fifth, with a market share of 12.1 per cent in Q1 2011. Nokia's share, 19.6 per cent, was second only to Apple, which grabbed 20.8 per cent.
RIM came in join third with HTC, both taking 16.5 percent.
Nokia's smartphones shipments slumped 15 per cent year on year. The next three suppliers' growth figures are listed above, but Samsung was on fire, racking up an shipments rise of 744 per cent.
Apple and RIM are continuing to sell more smartphones, but they're not grabbing as may new users as Samsung and HTC are.
That's in Europe - worldwide, Nokia was top dog, taking 24.3 per cent of the global smartphone market, according to IDC. Apple followed with 18.7 per cent, RIM with 14 per cent, Samsung with 10.8 per cent and HTC with 8.9 per cent.
Again Samsung and HTC put in three-figure year-on-year growth rates - 350 per cent and 229.6 per cent, respectively - but so did Apple: its world shipments were up 114.4 per cent. RIM's were up 31.1 per cent, Nokia's 12.6 per cent.
The world smartphone market as a whole? Up 79.7 per cent on Q1 2010's total. ®
No love for Symbian then. After all, this is the last chance to buy Symbian phones before that platform expires.
Bar charts. They've heard of them.
Samsung dethroned Nokia. Apple were just an also-ran, as usual.
Why the Reg continues to puff them as if they were important is baffling.
Shame about Nokia
Nokia has way better customer service and long term Support than Stinky Samsung has.
But I admit, I will neither buy another Symbian phone ever again, i hate that crap (won't go into details here) nor will I take unnecessary chances on Microsoft's vagaries...
Samsung dazzles everybody (including me) with the best hardware to make the sale, But soon after, you're on your own. Can only hope you got a model that sold exceedingly well, so you have a supply of custom roms from hackers later on, when Samsung gave up on fixing things cause they have a newer model out.
Anyway, while all the phone makers are basically traitors to the people who buy their phones, cause they care more about making the stinking telco's happy, I wish Nokia would deliver some phones with as close to straight-up Linux as possible, and use Python to make apps. Voila, no nightmares with Larry Ellison, no royalty and patent bs.
These phones are small computers, and we should be able to do with them what we want, including the attachment of peripherals, from tiny geiger counters to anything else someone can think up.
I don't think Windows Phone will work as a lifeboat... I certainly will not buy one, and neither is anyone else I know. Nobody is that fond of Microsoft that they'd specifically want them on a new device.... not if there are alternatives.
The platform won't expire. It's leaking fuel now and it's about to explode. Remember the burning platform memo? Too bad for Nokia that the Windows Phone lifeboats haven't been inflated yet...
Flames, for obvious reasons.