Here’s How the Smartphone Races are Unfolding

As smartphone growth declined in key mature markets, the worldwide mobile phone market grew 12.8%. Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 393.7 million units in 3Q11, compared to 348.9 million units in the third quarter of 2010. However, the 12.8% growth was higher than IDC’s forecast of 9.3% for the quarter and stronger than the 9.8% growth in 2Q11.

Nokia (NYSE:NOK) reversed a global market share on a sequential basis last quarter thanks to stronger feature phone sales as well as the clearing of inventory backlogs in traditional strongholds, namely China and Europe, which led to a sharp year-over-year shipment (-3.4%) and share decline last quarter. Samsung had double-digit growth and also outpaced the market. The company’s growth was again driven by smartphone sales, such as the Galaxy S2. Smartphone sales were notably higher in emerging markets including China. LG Electronics maintained its position as the number 3 mobile vendor worldwide for the twelfth quarter in a row. ZTE’s goal of 12 million smartphone shipments worldwide in 2011 became more of a reality with the introduction of two new Android-powered smartphones for the North American market. Apple gained share and posted the third-highest growth rate of any Top 5 vendor but dropped to the number 5 position globally.

“Smartphone centricity continues to be the hallmark of the mobile phone market,” says Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC’s Mobile Phone Technology and Trends team. “Two years ago, smartphones comprised just a small portion of overall shipments among the leading vendors. Today, that proportion has grown considerably, thanks in large part to LG, Motorola (NYSE:MMI), Samsung, and Sony Ericsson (NYSE:SNE)(NASDAQ:ERIC) making Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android smartphones a priority. At the same time, the growing presence of companies focused exclusively on the smartphone market – Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), HTC, and Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) – also demonstrated the impact that smartphones have had on the mobile phone market as a whole,” according to IDC.

  • Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK): The shares recently traded at $7.18, down $0.13, or 1.78%. Its market capitalization is $26.64 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $4.82 to $11.75. Volume today was 18,580,636 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 33,267,000 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 28.16, while trailing earnings are $0.26 per share. The company pays a dividend of $0.48 per share for a dividend yield of 6.60%. About the company: Nokia Corporation is a player in the mobile industry. The Company makes a range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people to experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, business mobility and more. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MMI): The shares recently traded at $38.96, down $0.06, or 0.15%. Its market capitalization is $11.57 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $20.77 to $39.10. Volume today was 2,902,122 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 8,947,490 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-0.31 per share. About the company: Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. provides advanced mobile media solutions and multi-screen technologies. The Company develops products that include consumer mobile phones, business-ready smartphones accessories, cordless phones, and home networking products. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): The shares recently traded at $600.14, up $1.47, or 0.25%. Its market capitalization is $193.94 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $473.02 to $642.96. Volume today was 2,508,147 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,747,100 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 20.46, while trailing earnings are $29.34 per share. About the company: Google Inc. is a global technology company that provides a web based search engine through its website. The Company offers a wide range of search options, including web, image, groups, directory, and news searches. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): The shares recently traded at $404.95, up $0.26, or 0.06%. Its market capitalization is $376.31 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $297.76 to $426.70. Volume today was 11,529,964 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 22,782,600 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.63, while trailing earnings are $27.68 per share. About the company: Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices along with a variety of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. The Company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, its retail stores, its direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, and resellers. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM): The shares recently traded at $21.30, up $0.02, or 0.09%. Its market capitalization is $11.09 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $19.29 to $70.54. Volume today was 12,251,756 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 24,786,300 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 3.89, while trailing earnings are $5.48 per share. About the company: Research In Motion Limited (RIM) designs, manufactures, and markets wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. The Company provides platforms and solutions for access to email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet, and Intranet-based applications. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE): The shares recently traded at $22.38, up $0.43, or 1.96%. Its market capitalization is $22.46 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $18.10 to $36.97. Volume today was 1,192,403 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 1,347,910 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-3.95 per share. About the company: SONY CORPORATION manufactures audio, home video game consoles, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. The Company’s other businesses include music, pictures, computer entertainment, and online businesses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

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