noted, that after a long, long 14 years, Nokia has finally lost its crown as being the world's largest mobile vendor to Korean giant Samsung.
Others are also reporting that Samsung has also rested the smartphone crown away from Apple's iPhone, thus making it the world's largest smartphone provider as well.
The biggest problem, however, that I can see with that claim is that no one really can say for sure whether this is indeed the case, because, unlike Apple, Samsung doesn't really breakdown or report the actual number of smartphones sold, but rather just lumps all of its phones, dumb, smart, or otherwise, all together in one big heap.
Yes, even though Samsung may of soundly beat Nokia, the question of whether or not it actually beat Apple for the crown of the world's largest smartphone vendor is another thing as others are saying the complete opposite, like IHS iSuppli. According to IHS iSuppli, Samsung is still playing second fiddle to Apple's iPhone when it comes to smartphone sales, but only by a small amount, as seen in iSuppli's chart below:
In conclusion, like iSuppli and others, I believe that without actual numbers from Samsung the world's smartphone crown still rightfully belongs to Apple and its iconic iPhone, because had Samsung actually beaten Apple, their arch foe, than they would be shouting it from the rooftops. Their silence and their refusal to show their actual smartphone numbers means that they probably have something to hide and something that they don't want you or me to see.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Tuesday, May 01, 2012
iPhone Crown image via: iPhoneInCanada