IDC has released its third quarter 2012 statistics for the ever dynamic global mobile market, and the report has interesting trends.
The top 5 spots in the smartphone market are:
- Samsung – 56.3 million units
- Apple – 26.9 million units
- RIM – 7.7 million units
- ZTE – 7.5 million units
- HTC – 7.3 million units
Here are some key points for smartphones from the IDC report:
- Nokia lost the most ground and dropped out of Top 5 list
- Despite all the gloom and doom, RIM outsold HTC, Motorola, Sony, Huawei, ZTE and others to clinch the 3rd spot
- Samsung is about the only smartphone manufacturer gaining market share in the last few quarters. Apple, Nokia, RIM, and HTC are all losing ground.
What of Feature Phones?
In the features phones market, the picture is a stark contrast. Here are the top spots:
- Nokia – 76.6 million units
- Samsung – 49.2 million units
- LG – 10 million units
- ZTE – 6.3 million units
The landscape keeps changing so drastically. On the smartphone front, Samsung is a runaway hit, gobbling up market share and leaving everyone else in the dust. It is simply phenomenal.
Meanwhile, Nokia’s faulty transition to Windows Phone keeps hurting them. If the Finnish brand had handled the transition better, introducing Windows Phone before announcing the killing off of Symbian and MeeGo (or even running them side-by-side), it would have a much stronger smartphone presence today. Sadly, that is history. One can only hope that sales of their Lumia range picks up soon – and strongly too, or Nokia shall soon be known as a feature phone maker.
As for RIM, another company in transition, we can only wait till Q1, 2013 for any hopes of an improvement.
The bloodbath continues, of course, and I look forward to how things play out in the next one year. yes; this is Sparta!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.