Samsung Electronics Co, maker of the Galaxy mobile phone, may have surpassed Nokia Oyj and Apple Inc in smartphone sales for the first time on demand for devices that run on Androidsoftware, a research company said.
Samsung is estimated to have sold between 18 million and 21 million smartphones globally in the April-June quarter, compared with 16.7 million for Nokia and 20.3 million iPhones, Neil Mawston, a London-based analyst at Strategy Analytics, a research company based in Boston, said in an emailed response to questions on July 22. The data exclude tablet-computer sales.
The report finds that Samsung (005930.KS) is making the largest gains of all the companies creating devices for Google’s (GOOG) Android platform, accounting for 13 percent of all handset sales in the first quarter of 2011 and leaping up from only 3 percent of sales this time last year.
But Samsung is lagging behind Apple (AAPL) and its iPhone, which accounts for 19 percent of all smartphone sales this year and has climbed up from 16 percent in 2010. Apple recently posted its earnings report for the second quarter of 2011, where it showed record iPhone sales at 20.4 million. Samsung has been doing well, too, and offers lots of Android devices to make its growth pretty healthy.
Its very evident that Samsung has gained this position beacuse of it Android OS. When it comes to the Android sphere, it seems that Samsung is doing something right. It doesn’t have the pseudo-religious super-following that Apple does, but its many Android devices are helping the smartphone maker keep pace in the ever-expanding mobile market.