Samsung overtakes Apple as biggest smartphone maker – study

28 Oct 2011

The Samsung Galaxy S2

Samsung has reportedly surpassed Apple as the top smartphone maker between July and September of this year, thanks to a 44pc jump in shipments, according to Strategy Analytics.

Reuters reports that Samsung shipped 27.8m smartphone units in the third quarter, compared to 17.1m iPhones shipped in the same period.

The fewer iPhone shipments in this quarter were attributed to customers waiting for the release of the iPhone 4S, which rolled out globally from 14 October.

Samsung released its flagship Android smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S2, during the summer, which encouraged greater shipments.

Strategy Analytics said Nokia came in at third place during this period.

In a separate study, Samsung became the lead vendor in mobile phones and smartphones in Ireland during September 2011, according to GFK Retail and Technology.