Apple is rapidly closing in on Nokia in the race for smartphone dominance, as the iPhone grabbed 20 per cent of global market share in the last three months.
Figures released by analysts at IDC reveal that Cupertino now commands a fifth of the worldwide smartphone market having shipped 18.7 million units of the iPhone 4 in the first quarter, behind market leader Nokia which shipped 24.2 million units of its handsets and well ahead of third-placed Research In Motion, which managed just 13.9 million shipments.
Although Nokia still maintains a greater overall market share worldwide, it has been knocked off its perch in Western Europe by Samsung, which nabbed 13.2 million shipments of its smartphones, ahead of the Finns’ 12.6 million.
The smartphone market boomed during the period with 79.7 per cent year over year growth thanks to a deluge of affordable smartphones and intense but healthy competition between manufacturers.
Android was the overall winner as it continued on its steep rise as the dominant smartphone platform with 35.7 per cent of market share in Q1.
Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC, said: "The rise of Android as a prominent mobile operating system has allowed several suppliers to gain share quickly.
"Also, the relatively nascent state of smartphone adoption globally means there is ample room for several suppliers to comfortably co-exist, at least for the short term."