Nokia slips from 1 to 3 in smartphone sales

Apple (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) and Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea) ended Nokia’s (Espoo, Finland) 15-year reign as the top seller of smartphones in the second quarter, researchers said on Friday.

Nokia has dominated the smartphone market ever since its 1996 launch of the Communicator model, but competition from Apple and Samsung, as well as a slump in its own sales sent it from first to third place in second quarter.


Apple (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) and Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea) ended Nokia’s (Espoo, Finland) 15-year reign as the top seller of smartphones in the second quarter, researchers said on Friday.

Nokia has dominated the smartphone market ever since its 1996 launch of the Communicator model, but competition from Apple and Samsung, as well as a slump in its own sales sent it from first to third place in second quarter.

Apple sold a record 20.3 million iPhones in the quarter despite the fact that its iPhone 4 model is now more than a year old. Apple unveiled its sales last week, but on Friday analysts also estimated Samsung sold 19 million smartphones in the quarter, well ahead of Nokia’s 16.7 million.

“Samsung’s Galaxy portfolio has proven popular, especially the high-tier S2 Android model,” said Neil Mawston, analyst at Strategy Analytics.”

Strategy Analytics estimated smartphone market volume grew 76% from a year ago in the second quarter. ABI Research was somewhat more cautious estimating market grew 62%.

Growth on the overall cellphone market slowed too in the April-June period, as sales of basic phone models dropped for the first time in seven quarters due to consumers reining in spending, research firm IDC said on Friday.

IDC said strong smartphone demand boosted the market to still grow 11.3% from a year ago to 365.4 million phones, but this was a clear slowdown from the 16.8% growth seen in the previous quarter.

Strategy Analytics estimated the total market at 361 million cellphones in the quarter.

(Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Andrew Callus)