Apple, Samsung Zoom Past Nokia in Worldwide Smartphone Market Share

Apple and Samsung have zoomed past lumbering Nokia to become the largest Smartphone vendors in the world.

According to recent figures dished out by research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 20.3 million Smartphone units in the second quarter, garnering a market share of 18.5 percent.

Samsung on the other hand, helped by its massively successful Android based Galaxy line of Smartphones, sold 19.2 million units in the same quarter, with a market share of 17.5 percent.

Struggling mobile maker Nokia sold 16.7 million Smartphone units during the quarter, with its market share dropping to 15.2 percent from 38.1 percent in the second quarter of 2010. The current market share is Nokia's lowest in over a decade.

“We had previously reported on Apple becoming the largest Smartphone vendor in terms of revenue and profits. Now, just four years after the release of the original iPhone, Apple has become the world's largest Smartphone vendor by volume with 19% market share,” Alex Spektor, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics said, Computer Weekly reports.

Nokia however, continued to lead the mobile phone market on the whole, selling 88.5 million units, with a market share of 24.2 percent.