Samsung Electronics Co. overtook Apple Inc. (AAPL) in the last quarter to become the world’s largest smart phone vendor along with a widening technology and legal battle between the two companies.
Samsung shipped 27.8 million smart phones in the last quarter, taking 23.8 percent of the market, Milton Keynes, U.K. - based Strategy Analytics said in an e-mailed statement today. Apple’s 17.1 million shipments, comprising 14.6 percent of the market, pushed the Cupertino, California-based company to second place. Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) maintained its third position, according to the statement.
Apple, which released its iPhone 4S this month, held the top spot for only one quarter after dislodging Espoo, Finland- based Nokia earlier this year. Samsung, based in Suwon, South Korea, has turned to Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android software to boost sales of its Galaxy smart phones and tablet computers.
“Samsung’s rise has been driven by a blend of elegant hardware designs, popular Android services, memorable sub-brands and extensive global distribution,” Strategy Analytics wrote. “Samsung has demonstrated that it is possible, at least in the short term, to differentiate and grow by using the Android ecosystem.”