SAN JOSE, Calif. - Having posted a record Q1 shipment volume, South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. further closed the gap against market leader Nokia and extended its lead ahead of third place vendor LG Electronics, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).
''LG unit shipments declined on a year-over-year basis for the third straight quarter. The phone shipment drop off was most noticeable in Europe and the CIS countries where shipments on a combined basis declined,'' according to IDC.
''Apple maintained its number 4 spot on IDC's Top 5 list thanks to a record quarter for unit shipments. The company posted the highest growth rate of the worldwide leaders,'' according to the firm. ''ZTE held on to the number 5 slot in the rankings thanks to strong year-over-year growth in countries and regions where it does particularly well, such as China and Latin America.''
The worldwide mobile phone market grew 19.8 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2011 (1Q11), according to IDC. vendors shipped 371.8 million units in 1Q11 compared to 310.5 million units in the first quarter of 2010, according to the firm.
Top Five Mobile Phone
Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, Q1 2011 (Units in Millions)
Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, April 28,
Now, that would take a good effort from Samsung to trump Nokia off its perch at the top for number of units. At 9% growth, it might still be some time away and considering the windows experiment, who knows nokia might be able to arrest the trend by then.
For me the interesting comparison will be Nokia's Q4'2010, Q1'2011 and Q2'2011. Nokia has lost so much ground in last two quarters that if it keeps this dismal performance then it will loose out from its rank 1 by this year end.