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08/04/2011

Apple’s iPhone leads world market share

A new study on worldwide smartphone market share is handing the crown from Nokia to Apple.

The report from IDC says Apple shipped the most smarthpones in the second quarter of 2011 to clinch 19.1 per cent of the market, compared to 13 per cent at the same time last year.

Samsung, however, was also a big winner. It clinched 16.2 per cent of the market, surging ahead from 5.6 per cent last year for the measured period – roughly a 380 per cent change.

It’s also worth nothing HTC gained quite a bit of market share, commanding a 11 per cent slice of the pie from 6.8 per cent last year.

The two big players behind Android are reaping the benefits of an open operating system and a range of hardware.

Research in Motion, the target of much scrutiny lately, gained about 0.9 per cent market share.

Who were the losers? Nokia dropped its lead from 37.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2010 to retain a 15.7 per cent market share.

It gave up its spot at the top of IDC’s Mobile Power Tracker for the first time ever. Although Nokia will be rolling out exciting new Windows Phone 7-powered models in the next few months, the switch to the new operating system can’t come quick enough.

As for RIM, which recently pulled the wraps off new handsets, the future is uncertain. A report from CNet casts doubt on who would want to buy a phone running an operating system that will soon be replaced. The selection of apps for that system will likely evaporate like fog on a spring morning.

With a widely-rumoured new iPhone coming this fall, it's quite likely the iPhone's supremacy will stay put.

What mobile phone do you have? Why do you like it?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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