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It is not a surprise for apple watchers that the company sold 37 million iPhones last quarter. Tim Cook CEO of Apple reported this before two weeks.
Getting comparable figures from Apple’s competition is a different matter, and that’s where companies like IDC come in. Samsung, for example, used to report only the number of mobile phones it shipped, which is not the same as selling them and in 2011 it stopped sharing event that.
Apple claimed back into the market leadership position with the launch of its iPhones 4S worldwide, and in the process it reached a new shipment volume record for itself and for the entire industry for a single quarter.
Samsung: Samsung marked a series of milestones for the quarter: breaking the 30 million units mark for the first time, posting the largest year-over-year increase among the top vendors, and finishing 2011 as the overall smartphone market leader.
Nokia: Nokia posted the largest year-over-year decreases among the top vendors, but its smartphone strategy took another step forward with with the release of its first Windows Phone smartphone.
Research In motion: Finish the quarter with a mixed bag of resuts. Its new BB OS 7-powerd Blackberry smartphone reached additional markets, and total volumes for the quarter staved off a consective quarter of sequential decline.
HTC: HTC despite the many high-profile launches during the quarter. The Taiwanese vendors still shipped lower volumes compared to the previous quarter.
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