Samsung Beats Apple in Smartphone Shipments

Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 20/10/2011 22:33

Samsung Electronics Co. shipped more than 20 million smartphones in the quarter ended Sept. 30, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday, beating close competitor Apple Inc., which sold 17.1 million units in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Sept. 24.

Samsung, the world's second-largest maker of cellphones by shipments after Nokia Corp., has sharply ramped up its shipments of smartphones this year, taking advantage of the popularity of Google Inc.'s Android operating system and strong demand from consumers as they shift from feature phones to smartphones. It is also stepping up production of its own software-based phones in Europe and launching new phones based on Microsoft Corp. software.

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