According to the latest report by the International Data Corporation Apple is now the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer.
Apple shipped 20.3 million iPhones by Q2, 2011, up by 141.1 percent from last year’s 8.4 million and its international market share now stands at 19.1 percent compared to 13 percent last year. Samsung, meanwhile, showed the most progress, with shipments reaching 17.3 million, a staggering 380.6 percent leap from last year’s 3.6 million and now commands 16.2 percent of the market.
Both of them ousted Nokia and RIM from their number one and two positions, with the former recording a 30% drop in shipment, dropping down to number three and RIM, despite shipping slightly more units than last year, not able to keep up with the others and falling down to number four.
HTC did rather well too but had to settle for the number five position. The second most popular smartphone maker in the US managed to ship 11.7 million units worldwide, up by a healthy 165.9 percent, with 11 percent of the total market share. Brands such as LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson along with several others occupy the remaining 26.4 percent of the market.
This again proves that although Android is the most popular OS, Apple is still the most popular smartphone manufacturer. However with the rate at which Samsung is growing, Apple with its lone iPhone, won’t be able to keep up for long.
Please tell me where all of these phones are manufactured. Are these millions of phones adding jobs in the U.S?
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