HTC Ahead of Samsung and Apple in the US; 5 Million Units Shipped in Q3

November 1, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As you have already heard, Samsung has become the biggest smartphone vendor worldwide in Q3 2011 with more than 27 million units shipped in three months. Get ready for another surprise.

HTC has become the biggest smartphone vendor in the US markets, with more than 5 million units sold in the third quarter. May be, HTC’s reign has a strong contender for the next quarter as Apple is sure to be the winner – thanks to the iPhone 4S launch.

Canalys has released a report which speaks of all these numbers, which also says that more than 120.4 million smartphones have been sold around the world in Q3 2011, which is 49% bigger than last year’s Q3 sales.

Coming to the US, HTC has shipped 5.7 million smartphones in the US in Q3 2011; Samsung came second with 4.9 million devices, while Apple is third with 4.6 million iPhones sold.

It’s clear that HTC has done an impressive job, by becoming a trusted brand in a short period of time. Google had a hand in this as well; as HTC was the first to release an Android smartphone and also the first to manufacture Google-branded mobile phones.

Nokia and RIM have apparently been punished by the people for failing to innovate this year.

Samsung recorded a 252% year-over-year increase, mainly because of the Galaxy S II and their superlative marketing strategies. Samsung has sold more than 500,000 smartphones in the US under Google and T-Mobile brands and holds 23% in the worldwide smartphone market share for the third quarter. HTC, in the meanwhile, sold 70,000 handsets under the T-Mobile brand and holds 24% of the market share in the US.

Apple, for sure, is all set to make it big in the next quarter, with the iPhone 4 having become cheaper, and the iPhone 3GS now free with a new contract. It is believed that almost half of the AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint will be related to the iPhone, be it iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3GS.

Also, Big Red is said to have had a record quarter with the Droid line up completing two years.


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