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Apple Surpasses Nokia and is Now the World’s No.1 Smartphone Manufacturer

We all know that Steve Jobs and Co. have been enjoying quite a considerable amount of success especially in terms of hardware. This is especially true with Apple's mega-popular smartphone, the iPhone. And now according to a report of The Financial Times, the Cupertino giant has officially surpassed one of the world's most prominent cellphone manufacturer, Nokia. And with this, Apple is now the world's no. 1 smartphone manufacturer.

Apple Surpasses Nokia
Back Q4 of 2010, Apple had already came in second to in global smarthphone market dominance with the company having 16.1% of the market share. In contrast, Nokia had 28.0% of global market share.

During these last few years, Nokia's market share has been on a steady decline, and compared to last year, the decline has been quite significant at 34%. In Q3 2011, Nokia only managed to sell around 16.7 million smartphones.

Shipments of Nokia smartphones declined by 34 percent to 16.7m units, compared with the 20.3m iPhones shipped by Apple in its second quarter. Apple was already the biggest smartphone maker by revenue and profits, but the April-June period marked the first time it had surpassed Nokia in volume.

On the other hand, Apple's growth and continued increase in seizing the market share has certainly made this event to be quite inevitable. In Q3 2011, Apple has managed to sell 20.3 million iPhones. Now if you take into account the fact that the Cupertino company currently only has 2 smartphones in the market, namely the 3GS and iPhone 4, this feat just becomes a whole lot more impressive. Apple has already surpassed the Finnish cellphone manufacturer in terms of profit and revenue a while back, but this is the first time that Apple surpassed Nokia in terms of sales volume.

As of now, Nokia slumps into third place behind Apple and Samsung.
iPhone 4
The trouble that Nokia has been facing today can be attributed to the company's confusion on which software vendor to entrust their smartphones. For the record, Nokia was under the Symbian OS for quite a long time until they decided to move on another open source platform Meego which was widely regarded to be a failure. Now Nokia smartphones runs under Windows Phone 7 and it looks like the company will be sticking with it.

Apple's success in the smartphone industry continues to impress. If you have been paying attention to this blog then you know that Apple will be releasing its next major update to its mobile operating system, the iOS 5 in September which promises loads of new features for iPhone owners. In addition to that, there have been a cluster of rumors that Apple will be announcing a new iPhone soon. With this, it looks like Apple is looking to be determined to keep its well-deserved lead among its competitors.

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