According to a Taiwanese website, global smartphone shipments are forecast to top 464 million units in 2011, with Apple being the top ranking vendor in terms of shipment volume, followed by Samsung Electronics and Nokia.
However, Samsung Electronics will overtake Apple in 2012 to be the world’s largest vendor by volume, while HTC will be third-ranked unseating Nokia. HTC is going great guns and very popular in Taiwan, China and have good share in India and other European Countries and US. Sales of HTC smartphones in the Taiwan market will top over one million units in 2011, accounting for 40% of the segment compared to 20% a year earlier, according to Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia.
Nokia, unfortunately, which is late entrant to smartphone market, is facing stiff competition in all the markets and its recent launch of Lumia range of smartphones on Windows platforms have received lukewarm response throughout the world despite its aggressive marketing campaigns. Apple sells by its brand equity and other smartphones especially from the stable of Samsung have been popularised by Google’s Android OS and with the arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich, in the first quarter of 2012, Samsung will definitely take lead in the race of smartphones.
Rounding out the Top 10 will be: RIM in fifth place, followed by Huawei, Sony, ZTE, LG Electronics and Motorola Mobility.
2012 will be very exciting for smartphones and tablets and we would see lot of new smartphone devices and tablets. Interesting devices to be watched would be smartphone and tablet by Google and tablets by Nokia and many more!