Smart Phones Drive Global Device Revenue

undefinedThe global mobile phone market grew 2.4 percent, year over year, in the third quarter of 2012, lead by Samsung and Apple. Nokia dropped off the "top five" list of smart phone vendors. 

Vendors shipped a total of 444.5 million mobile phones in the third quarter of 2012,  compared to 434.1 million units in the third quarter of 2011,  IDC says. 

In the global smart phone market, suppliers shipped 179.7 million units in the third quarter of 2012,  compared to 123.7 million units in the third quarter of 2011. 

The 45.3 percent year-over-year growth was slightly above IDC's forecast of 45.2 percent for the quarter.

Top Five Smartphone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, 2012 Q3 (Units in Millions) 
Vendor
3Q12 Unit Shipments
3Q12 Market Share
3Q11 Unit Shipments
3Q11 Market Share
Year-over-year Change
Samsung
56.3
31.3%
28.1
22.7%
100.4%
Apple
26.9
15.0%
17.1
13.8%
57.3%
Research In Motion
7.7
4.3%
11.8
9.6%
-34.7%
ZTE
7.5
4.2%
4.1
3.3%
82.9%
HTC
7.3
4.0%
12.7
10.3%
-42.5%
Others
74.0
41.2%
49.9
40.3%
48.3%
Total
179.7
100.0%
123.7
100.0%
45.3%



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