Gartner: Samsung leads mobile phone shipments, but global shipment growth slows
By Loh Ving Sung
17 May 2012 - According to Gartner, worldwide global handphone sales suffered a two percent overall decline on growth compared to the same quarter in 2011. A total of 419.1 million handsets were sold, but this represents the first halt since 2009.
The report says that the slight decline is credited to a slow-down in demand over here in the Asia Pacific region and also the lack of product launches at the start of the year.
Gartner’s figures confirm IDC’s as well, Samsung is now top dog, and has knocked off Nokia for 20 percent of the market. Smartphones sold 144.4 million units in the first quarter of 2012, and went up 44.7 percent year on year growth. Apple and Samsung combined takes 49.3 percent of the smartphone market.