IDC: Nokia top handset maker, followed by Samsung and Apple

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The latest numbers from research firm IDC are in, and wouldn’t you know it, Nokia is right on the top of the heap followed closely by Samsung and Apple. The latest figures have been culled globally as part of the firm’s fourth quarter analysis. The firm from Espoo shouldn’t drop their guard however, as the report cites Nokia actually 8.2% of its market share from last year. In sharp contrast, Apple has been growing like crazy, and has experienced massive 128.4% growth compared to last year’s numbers. Samsung also posted 20.9% growth this year compared to last year. The biggest loser for this year? That other phone manufacturer from Korea, LG. IDC reports that they lost a a massive 42.2% of their market share compared to last year.

Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, Q4 2011 (Units in Millions) 

Vendor

4Q11 Unit Shipments

4Q11 Market Share

4Q10 Unit Shipments

4Q10 Market Share

Year-over-year Change

Nokia

113.5

26.6%

123.7

30.7%

-8.2%

Samsung

97.6

22.8%

80.7

20.0%

20.9%

Apple

37.0

8.7%

16.2

4.0%

128.4%

LG Electronics

17.7

4.1%

30.6

7.6%

-42.2%

ZTE

17.1

4.0%

15.7

3.9%

8.9%

Others

144.5

33.8%

135.9

33.7%

6.3%

Total

427.4

100.0%

402.8

100.0%

6.1%

Source: IDC