1 Aug 2011

Apple now top seller of smartphones

12:08 pm on 1 August 2011

Apple is now the world's biggest seller of smartphones, according to industry analysts.

The company overtookNokia and Samsung in the second quarter of the year, when total smartphone sales were a record 110 million.

Figures from Strategy Analytics also show that 361 million handsets were shipped, up 13% on the previous year.

Nokia remained the biggest seller of all types of handsets, but the numbers shipped and its market share fell.

The BBC reports it shipped 20% fewer handsets in the second quarter - 88.5 million.

The company's market share dipped to 25% - its lowest level since 1999.

Apple more than doubled its handset shipments to a record 20.3 million units.

However, its share of the overall market was 6%, making it the world's fourth biggest mobile phone seller behind Nokia, Samsung and LG.