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Nokia Sold Over 9M Units Still Lead Smartphone Manufacturer By Volume, Gartner

Worldwide sales of mobile devices to end users totaled 428.7 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 16.5% increase from the Q2 of 2010, according to Gartner. Sales of smartphones were up 74% year-on-year and accounted for 25% of overall sales in the second quarter of 2011, up from 17% in the Q2 2010.

According to Garnter report, which counts handset sales to users, rather than units shipped to sellers, “despite stiff competition and an uncertain future tied to the Windows Phone operating system, Nokia was still the top handset maker in the Q2 of 2011. Specifically, Gartner said Nokia sold 97.9 million mobile devices in the Q2, 22.8% of the market share.”

Nokia is still bleeding market share, dipping from the 30.3% it held in the same quarter last year, though it still out-performs Samsung, LG and Apple. Samsung came in second, selling 69.8 million handsets for a 16.3% market share. “Samsung achieved strong growth in sales of mobile devices. For example, the Galaxy S II sold well, and this model went on to chalk up 5 million sales by the end of July,” reports Gartner.

Apple continued to exceed expectations, even though the iPhone 4 will soon be replaced by a new model. Selling 19.6 million mobile phones in the Q2, its market share doubled from 2.4% to 4.6% in the last year. Part of its growth came from the 42 new carriers and 15 new countries that it entered in the Q2 2011, which brought its total coverage to 100 countries.

RIM’s share declined to 12%, from 19% a year ago. Also, it lost its No. 5 position in the worldwide ranking of mobile device vendors to ZTE. In the coming quarters RIM will have to deal with increased competition to its messaging offering and manage a platform migration from BlackBerry 7 to QNX.

In terms of mobile operating systems however, the Android OS still dominates the ecosystem. Gartner broke down sales to users by mobile os and reports that the combined share of iOS and Android in the smartphone market doubled to nearly 62% in the Q2, up from 31% in the same quarter last year.

In contrast, Nokia’s Symbian OS, which it is dropping in favor of Windows Phone, grabbed only 22.1% of the market share. Microsoft’s Windows Phone is still at the bottom of the list, selling only 1.7 million devices running the operating system in the Q2, 1.6% of the total market share.

[Source: Gartner]

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