Samsung remains the world’s largest smartphone vendor during the third quarter of 2012 (July to September), as the South Korea-based company shipped 56.3 million units of smartphone, as per data from IDC. Compared to the same quarter one year ago, Samsung shipped only 28.1 million units or an increase of 28.2 million units (up by 100.4%) within the past twelve months. In term of worldwide smartphone market share, Samsung controlled about 31.3% share during Q3-12.
Majority Samsung handsets run on Google Android mobile operating system. Top Samsung smartphone models for Android users include Galaxy III and the upcoming Galaxy Note II (also known as Phablet). In conjunction with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating system this week, Samsung will also launch a new model called ATIV S.
America-based Apple and the world’s most valuable technology company remains at the second place. Apple shipped 26.9 million units of iPhones in the third quarter. Compared to one year ago Apple shipped only 17.1 million units. In term of worldwide smartphone market share, Apple controlled only 15.0% share during Q3-12. With the launch of iPhone 5 which is now equipped with a larger screen and can handling 4G LTE network at the end of the third quarter, Apple will sell more iPhones in the coming quarters. Due to the company’s Asian suppliers and manufacturing issues during the launch, Apple cannot sell as many as iPhone 5 the company has planned.
Other smartphone manufacturers including RIM BlackBerry continues to suffer from loss of clients. BlackBerry shipped only 7.7 million units in Q3-12, compared to one year ago, the Canada-based company shipped 11.8 million units, or a drop of 4.1 million units (down by 34.7%)
(Chart: International Data Corporation, IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Q3-12)