Apple passes LG, now third largest mobile phone maker in the world

Apple passes LG, now third largest mobile phone maker in the world

IDC has released numbers showing that Apple has surpassed LG to become the third largest mobile phone maker in the world.

Apple jumped into the third spot globally from the fifth spot last quarter thanks to a record-breaking quarter of shipments. That represents the Cupertino-based company's highest-ever ranking on IDC's Top 5 global mobile phone leaderboard. [...] Device sales in the U.S. and Japan were particularly strong given extra sales days in the quarter and carrier distribution.

These figures represent overall mobile phone sales, not just smartphone sales. A lot of Apple's recent growth in the mobile phone market can be credited to their latest quarterly results, where they sold through more than 37 million iPhone units. The majority of iPhone sales fell under the iPhone 4S, so it's safe to say the iPhone 4S had a big hand in pushing Apple to the number three spot.

Although they're pretty far off from taking the number one position held by Nokia (with 113.5 million units shipped in Q4 2011, the majority being feature phones), the fact is the iPhone jumped almost 100 percent in year-over-year sales growth with nearly 100 million units sold throughout 2011. Samsung, on the other hand, only grew about 18 percent.

The question is, with no new iPhone until later this year, and lots of new Android phones expected by summer, can Apple overtake Samsung at number two by the end of 2012.

Source: IDC

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Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Apple passes LG, now third largest mobile phone maker in the world


Don't think so...cuz they are competing with androids many phones. But hey...they are doing a good job being its only "one" phone and theyre reaching the top without any ice cream this and new 4.2 screen that is replaced the week after by a 4.2 1/2 screen. Lol :D

they have 3 iphones on the market...I would like to know how well the 3gs is doing...I would much prefer the inards of the 4s with the build of the just fits much more comfortably in the hand.

What? I thought Apple was first....
Wow look at Samsung, they are smoking.. also the "Other" is a lot bigger than I thought.

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