Rivals eat Apple’s dust in mobile market

Apple Online Store“It looks as if Apple is continuing to maintain its lead over rivals in the mobile space,” Richard Adhikari reports for MacNewsWorld.

“IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker showed that Apple ranks fourth of the world’s top five mobile phone vendors in the third quarter,” Adhikari reports. “Shipments of iPhones accounted for 14.1 percent of the market. Nokia was first, with 32.4 percent of the market, Samsung second with 21 percent, and LG Electronics third with 8.3 percent.”

Adhikari reports, “It’s worth noting that the three firms ahead of Apple sell a variety of handsets, from smartphones to low-priced feature phones. All the phones Apple sells are smartphones.”

Full article here.


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  2. @Killjoy
    Your hyperbole is lost on me. Apple has a strong share in the smartphone market, and the recent increases in Android sales do not appear to have been at the expense of iPhone sales. Apple is still selling every iPhone 4 that it can manufacture, and that is before ending the exclusive carrier arrangement with AT&T in the U.S.

    Currently, the majority of phones that are being sold are dumbphones. If the proportion of smartphones relative to dumbphones continues to increase in the future, then Apple is likely to benefit along with Android.

    In summary, Apple sells a lot of iPhone 4s, and Apple makes a lot of profit from iPhone 4s while selling them at highly competitive prices. The continuing shift in the consumer marketplace to smartphones will benefit Apple.

  3. I don’t think having iPhone on verizon will change allot. For apple to compete there needs to be a couple models just like with iPods and needs to be available on all 4 major us carriers.

  4. @Killjoy

    You are in the belief that there should be one mobile platform and the rest are doomed to failure. When the overall market for smart phones is still small (but growing rapidly) there is plenty of room for several mobile players. Yes, Android is showing up on more phones now, but the manufacturers are not making much money on them. Apple is in control of HALF of the profits in the mobile space, even with their small market share compared to Nokia. Apple is pulling in something like 20 billion a year and Google just reported that that they have made 1 billion off Android. Again, market share is nothing but a pissing match.

  5. *ECT News Network editor’s note – Nov. 3, 2010: The original publication of this article reported that Apple had 14.1 percent of the global mobile phone market in the third quarter, according to IDC. In fact, Apple had 4.1 percent.

  6. As stated above, Apple only sells the iPhone (and has only been selling phones for 4 yrs). All other companies have a wide array of smartphones. We have to keep in mind that Apple is competing with companies that have been selling phones far longer. There’s also the fact that some people (especially most older people) don’t want a smartphone, leaving Apple as not being an option at all. With all of this said, Apple is kicking the sh$t out of other companies with the highest odds stacked against them. One statement says it all: Apple compares it’s products to their Apple predecessors while ALL other manufacturers compare themselves to Apple (usually as their main selling point).

    Nuff said………

  7. The next time a market hears that Steve Jobs or Apple is only interested in 1 or 3 percent of a market, the players in that market are doomed!

    How did it go in the tablet market? I last saw Apple has 95% of that now too. Do you all wonder what Apple is doing with that BILLION DOLLAR SERVER FARM yet?

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