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Reminder: Apple Has Never Led the Smartphone Industry in Market Share

Dawn Chmielewski, writing for Recode:

Apple, which years ago ceded the top spot in the global smartphone market to rival Samsung, appears to have pulled into a dead heat.

It’s true that Samsung passed Apple in smartphone market share years ago, but “the crown” was never Apple’s to cede. In the years prior to Samsung’s rise in 2010, Nokia led the industry, by far, in smartphone market share. RIM, too, was ahead of Apple until 2010.

From the DF archive: “Ceding the Crown”, back in March 2013.

Update: According to IDC, Apple had a slight lead over Nokia (then falling) and Samsung (then rising) for one quarter in 2011.

Saturday, 31 January 2015