Samsung Overtakes Nokia As The World's Biggest Phone Manufacturer

Samsung has just toppled Nokia's 14-year run as the world's biggest vendor of mobile phones in terms of shipments. In the first quarter of 2012 Samsung shipped 93.5 million handsets — 36 per cent more than a year earlier — overtaking the Finnish phone giant who shipped a mere 82.7 million.

Bloomberg reports that it's Samsung's smartphones that have driven its sales, as it shipped a massive 44.5 million of the things in the first three months of the year. By way of comparison, Apple shipped 35.1 million units in the first quarter.

Nokia has been the world's biggest seller of mobile phone since 1998, a title which it snatched from Motorola. Remember those days, Moto? [Bloomberg]


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      AHahhaha. stay classy Motormouth

    Ah well, Motorola still held on after being knocked off the top spot (and could have continued IMHO, even without being bought by Google). Nokia isn't going anywhere, but Samsung is having an absolutely brilliant run. A branding success: "Galaxy" now means something other than a big group of stars to many people; hopefully "Lumia" will also penetrate the public consciousness and allow Nokia to keep up with the new King of the Hill.

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