Samsung has just released its Q1 results for the new year, making it the king of mobile manufacturers for the first time ever. Samsung’s victory came with gruesome news for Nokia who had been the largest mobile company since 1998, when they overtook Motorola. So just how good were Samsung’s sales? Spectacular, in only three short months they shipped 93.5 million phones, up 36% more than last years shipments and ahead of Nokia’s 82.7 million shipments.
Many blame Nokia’s demise on their recent switch to Windows Phone, which analysts believe will have low sales in the coming future, despite hopeful Lumia sales. Throughout Q1 Nokia has shipped 11.9 million Lumia smartphones while only managing to sell 2 million, leaving room for competitors to rise. Nokia’s decline has been an ongoing process, even dating back to the launch of the iPhone in 2007, when the company saw shipments sinking by 30% when Samsung only had about one third of the market share.
Samsung has been experiencing a tremendous rise in shipments due to it’s vast collection of Android smartphones, of which shipped 44.5 million units even beating Apple’s 31.5 million iPhone sales. While the Lumia series is perfect for the average phone user, Samsung has been pushing the limits of mobile technology for years, making their devices faster, thinner, and larger pushing the technology of smartphones. They have also managed to fill demands by offering smartphones of every category, from extra-large phones like the Galaxy Note to small phones like the Galaxy pocket. The upcoming release of Samsung’s Galaxy S III will spark even more sales for Samsung, and lead us to wonder what Nokia will do next.