Apple – the World’s Biggest Smartphone Seller

According to the Financial Times, Apple has replaced Nokia to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.

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.

Actually, Apple has already become the biggest smartphone maker by revenue and profits, but the April-June period marked the first time it had surpassed Nokia in volume.

Nokia has led the market in smartphone shipments since 1996. But since the announcement of iPhone in 2007, its market share came under attack.

Besides of Apple iPhone, Nokia is also faced with smart phones built on Google’s Android platform by the likes of Samsung and HTC.

Stephen Elop, the CEO of Nokia, said: “The challenges we are facing during our strategic transformation manifested in a greater than expected way in the second quarter of 2011.”

Of course, Apple also has faced stiff competition from Android over the last couple of years, but with dozens of manufacturers pushing out Android devices, no single vendor has been able to approach Apple’s shipment volumes. Samsung and HTC lead the Android pack and have experienced very strong growth, but each company’s smartphone shipments remains about half that of Apple’s.