04 Nov '11, 2am

Samsung overtakes Apple to become the world's biggest smartphone maker, cornering 20% of the market

NEW YORK - Samsung Electronics became the world's biggest smartphone maker last quarter, pushing Apple into second place, as its phone shipments more than tripled, according to market research firm IDC. Samsung took 20 per cent of the market, up from 8.8 per cent a year earlier, according to IDC. Apple's share dropped to 15 per cent from 17 per cent, while Nokia's share fell by more than half to 14 per cent. Apple had taken the top spot worldwide in the second quarter, IDC said. Samsung is riding a wave of popularity for devices built on Google's Android software, including the Samsung Galaxy S II. Android phones, also made by HTC and Motorola, have greater variety than Apple's iPhone and tend to be cheaper than the latest Apple models. "Samsung's ascendancy to the leadership position is the direct result of its broad and deep product portfolio," Ramon Llamas, senior resea...

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