Samsung Takes Top Mobile Handset Vendor Title 5/16/2012 3:00:04 AM
STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Samsung Electronics Co. (005930.SE) ranked the title of world's largest mobile handset vendor in the first three months of the year.
Gartner, which counts sales of handsets to customers, rather than the numbers shipped by manufacturers, said Samsung sold 86.6 million mobile devices in the quarter and had a global market share of 20.7%, up from 16.1% the year before. Apple mobile devices market shares 7.9% from 3.9%
Overall, 144 million smartphones were sold in the quarter, up 45% from the same period in 2011. Smartphones running Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system accounted for 56.1% of all smartphone sales, up from 36.4%, while Apple's iOS platform powered 22.9% of smartphones sold, up from 16.9% a year earlier.