Samsung topples Apple in smartphone market: Report

Samsung topples Apple in smartphone market: Report Zeebiz Bureau

New Delhi/New York: Samsung smartphones sell the most in the market, helping it become the number one and outracing Apple in the smartphone business, a research group IDC has reported.

According to the research firm, Samsung shipped 50.2 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter and had a market share of 33 percent, up from 17 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, Appleā€™s share fell slightly to 17 percent, from 19 percent a year ago. It sold 26 million iPhones in the April-June quarter.

Samsung sales peaked up thanks to their Galaxy models. Samsung launched its Galaxy S III and got good reviews when it was released late in the second quarter.

However, Apple is yet to launch its next version of the iPhone. The smartphone with 4G capabilities can be expected only in October. The current model, the iPhone 4S, came out in October, and sales typically drop several months after each release.

Now it is time to watch whether Samsung's phones will sell at their new found pace once the new iPhone comes out.

Reportedly, analysts believe Samsung will achieve a record-high profit again in the third quarter when Galaxy S3 sales are expected to reach a peak, but sales are likely to drop or slow in the holiday quarter once Apple's new iPhone comes out.

With Agency Inputs