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China Beats US in Smartphone Shipments

A new research conducted by Strategy Analytics proves that China has beaten US to become the largest smartphone market in the world in the third quarter of this year.

This is for the very first time that China has surged past United States in terms of "numbers of smartphones shipped", reported Market Watch (opens in new tab).

During third quarter of 2011 in US, 23 million smartphones were sold whereas in China this number was 24 million units. This figure has made China the undisputed king for the third quarter.

While researching, Strategy Analytics also considered break down of manufacturer and got the expected outcome. In US, Apple and HTC were the top two smartphone vendors. Together these two companies shipped almost half of the total smartphones sold during the third quarter in US.

On the other hand, Nokia and Samsung captured the first two spots in Chinese market. Nokia accounted for the shipping of 28.5 percent smartphones and Samsung accounted for sale of 17.6 percent smartphones from the sale of all smartphones in the same quarter.

Nokia had a very successful quarter in China and sold 6.8 million units of smartphones here. However, the question is whether this smartphone giant will be able to maintain this momentum or not.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.