According to Financial Times, Apple has surpassed Nokia to become the World’s Top Smartphone Vendor. Apple, with its smartphones iPhone 3GS and 4, has shipped more units than Nokia in the second quarter of 2011.
Shipments of Nokia smartphones declined by 34 per cent to 16.7m units, compared with the 20.3m iPhones shipped by Apple in its second quarter.
Apple was already the biggest smartphone maker by revenue and profits, but the April-June period marked the first time it had surpassed Nokia in volume.
Apple jumped into smartphone business back in 2007 — initially they made some dumb smartphones with features like menu within menu based interfaces, resistive touch screens, weak first party applications, etc. Later they went on to make some real smartphones with features like clean user friendly interface, capacitive touch screens, powerful native third party apps, etc., which has been a true revolution in the mobile industry.
The launch of iPhone by Apple has faced stiff competition from the likes of Samsung and HTC. Even though both companies are successful in making Android devices, their smartphone shipment volume are only half that of Apple’s.
Apple has already surpassed Nokia in terms of profit and revenue. But in terms of total volume i.e. smartphone units shipped, Apple surpassed Nokia between April and June.
Today Nokia is facing many crisis, in particular the confusion of which software vendor should they rely on. Initially they seem to be satisfied with Symbian OS but they later moved on to much powerful open source platform Meego. Finally, the Finnish company settled with Windows Phone 7. The first Nokia-Windows Phone 7 smartphone is expected to launch later this year.
On the other hand, Apple continues its success with the iPhone series of smartphones and it is expected to launch iPhone 4S/5 this September.