We now have heard from Samsung Q2 results. Unfortunately as they often do, they did not give us the smartphone unit sales number in their Q2 results. So we had to wait for some other ways to get it. And today two of the big 4 analyst houses have called the Samsung Q2 number at 19.0 million.
We knew already that Apple had toppled Nokia who was last quarter still the biggest smartphone maker. But we didn't know until now, if Apple also got the crown. They did.
Wow! Congratulations Apple! In four short years you took the global smartphone market, what can be said to be the hottest and most-contested industry right now - and you won! Wow. Number 1. Congratulations!
Congratulations also to Samsung for passing Nokia, very strong growth continues. And sad to see the 15 year reign by Nokia come to an end, but you would have expected Nokia to put up more of a fight, to drop from 1st to 3rd in only one quarter, that is bad news for Nokia.
I have only 2 of the big 4 analyst houses having given their total smartphone industry number for Q2, so I can't give a certain market share count yet, but we can do the rankings for the top 8. They are as follows for Q2 (and ranking in previous quarter ie Q1):
1 - Apple . . . . . . . . . 20.3 M . . . (2)
2 - Samsung . . . . . . 19.0 M . . . (4)
3 - Nokia . . . . . . . . . 16.7 M . . . (1)
4 - RIM . . . . . . . . . . 13.3 M . . . (3)
5 - HTC . . . . . . . . . . 11.0 M . . . (5)
6 - LG . . . . . . . . . . . 5.4 M . . . (7)
7 - SonyEricsson . . . 5.3 M . . . (6)
8 - Motorola . . . . . . . 4.4 M . . . (8)
I will be coming with more analysis and hope to find a number for Android/bada/Windows split for Samsung from somewhere. But here the ranking list
PS - on a personal note.. Who told you first, eh? We broke the story here on this blog that Apple had passed Nokia, already on June 6, seven weeks before the numbers had come out and five weeks before anyone else started to call it for Apple. I would like to hope that the readers of this blog get some value out of my ramblings, haha..