Apple (AAPL) Retakes Top Spot in Global Smartphone Shipments in Q4

January 27, 2012 7:32 AM EST
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) shares are indicated (surprise) higher Friday morning, as better-and-better information comes out for the media and tech giant.

Today is no different. According to reports and data, Apple ousted rival Samsung atop the global smartphone production mountain, grabbing a 23.9 percent share following the sale of 37 million smartphones for its first-quarter 2012.

On Thursday, Samsung reported quarterly results which contained the shipments estimated to be 36.5 million smartphones worldwide (no specific numbers were given, only reporting growth of 30 percent). The number was obviously shy of Apple's, and put Samsung with a 23.5 percent market share in calendar fourth-quarter 2011.

Overall, however, Samsung bested Apple in shipments and market share for 2011, with 97.4 million units shipped and a market share of 19.9 percent for the period, according to Strategy Analytics.

As expected, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) placed third with shrinking smartphone sales. From 28.3 million units in last years fourth-quarter, that number dropped to 19.6 million units. Nokia ended 2011 with a 15.8 percent market share, down from the top sport of 33.4 percent in 2010.

Total global smartphone shipments increased 55 percent in 2011 to 155 million in the fourth-quarter, with a record 488.5 million shipped in the year (a 63 percent increase).

Shares of Apple are up about 0.3 percent pre-market, whilst Nokia is down about 2 percent.

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