Samsung has passed Nokia and may have passed Apple in global smartphone sales during the second quarter, according to estimates from Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston.
Responding to a recent series of questions from Bloomberg, Mawston pegged Samsung's second-quarter smartphone sales at anywhere from 18 million to 21 million.
Even on the low end, the numbers surpass those of Nokia, which sold 16.7 million smartphones for the quarter. And if they're are at or near the high end, it means Samsung also edged past Apple, which sold 20.3 million iPhones over the same period.
Either way, the numbers show Android gaining on Apple at the same time that Nokia is just trying to stay in the race, according to Bloomberg. An investor's report from Nomura Securities in June forecast that both Samsung and Apple would overtake Nokia in smartphone sales by the second quarter.
Though still the leading smartphone vendor across the world this year, Nokia's share has steadily dropped. A Gartner report in May discovered that the company's first-quarter share this year had dipped to 25 percent from 30 percent a year ago, its lowest level in 14 years.
In a bid to stay competitive, Nokia reportedly recently trimmed the prices of some of its specific smartphone models. In the meantime, the company is in a bit of a holding pattern as it tries to move ahead on its deal with Microsoft to jump from Symbian to Windows Phone as its core mobile operating system.… Read more