Analysts Agree Samsung Has Toppled Nokia From Top Spot

In a recent Reuters poll of analysts, on average they agree that Samsung has sold 88 million cellphones between January and March, besting Nokia’s 83 million during the same period. Globally, Nokia has held the #1 cellphone seller spot for 14 years, so this news is devastating to Nokia. “After 14 years as the largest global mobile phone maker, getting knocked off the top spot will come as a bitter blow to Nokia,” said Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight.

On Wednesday, Nokia announced their sales numbers and warned of losses in the first and second quarters. Samsung will release their sales numbers on April 27th, proving one way or the other if the analysts are correct with their predictions, though with Nokia’s struggles in the smartphone market and Samsung’s successes, it seems pretty likely they are on target.

Nokia has only been able to hang on to the top spot due to their dominance in the lower end feature phone market, but once the smartphone market took off, they have been playing catch-up. The rapid decline of Nokia is seen by the fact that a similar poll in January showed it was still far ahead of Samsung.

I think it will hurt them from a PR perspective,” Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi said, “but in reality it does not change anything: at the end of the day the problems are the same if they remain the No 1 or become the No 2.

I wonder if Nokia is regretting their decision to shun Android and partner with Microsoft.

source: reuters


About the Author: Ed Caggiani

Originally from the East Coast, Ed now makes his home in San Jose, California. His passion for technology started with his first ColecoVision and Atari gaming systems, and has grown stronger through Tandy computers, IBM clones, Palm Pilots, and PocketPCs. Ed's love for Android began with his first HTC Hero, then blossomed with the original Evo 4G, and now the Evo 3D and Motorola Xoom. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications, and is now a professional User Experience Designer working in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Ed enjoys video games, jamming on guitar, and spending time with his wife, two cats, and Logitech Revue.

  • Jona Sy

    The old saying goes, never place all your eggs in one basket. HTC and Samsung get this. It’s too bad, Nokia doesn’t.