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Apple replaces Nokia as world’s top smartphone maker


Apple Inc overtook Nokia Oyj in shipments last quarter to become the world’s biggest maker of smartphones for the first time since introducing its iPhone in 2007, research company Strategy Analytics said.

Apple accounted for 18.5 percent of global smartphone shipments in the second quarter, compared with 13.5 percent a year earlier, Strategy Analytics said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

Nokia slid to third place, falling behind Samsung Electronics Co, after the Finnish company’s market share declined to 15.2 percent from 38.1 percent, it said.

California-based Apple, the world’s most valuable technology company, posted record sales and profit last quarter, helped by demand for the iPhone, its biggest source of revenue.

South Korea-based Samsung and Asian handset makers such as HTC Corp (宏達電) have embraced Google Inc’s Android operating system to lure customers away from the iPhone.

“Apple’s growth remained strong as it expanded distribution worldwide, particularly in China and Asia,” Strategy Analytics said in the statement.

Global shipments of smartphones rose 76 percent to 110 million units last quarter, Strategy Analytics said.

Iphone sales rose to 20.3 million units last quarter, buoyed by international demand, particularly China, Apple said while disclosing earnings earlier this month.

The product accounted for 46.6 percent of revenue at Apple, maker of the iPad tablet computer and the Macintosh.

Apple is said to be planning a new iPhone with a faster chip for September that also boasts of a more advanced camera, two people familiar with the product said last month.

In contrast, Nokia reported its first quarterly loss since 2009 after handset sales slumped following an accord to shift to Microsoft Corp software.

Its handset shipments fell 20 percent to 88.5 million units, missing analysts’ estimate by 7.5 million phones.

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