Shipments of Apple’s smartphones surpassed the number of RIM’s BlackBerrys shipped worldwide last quarter for the first time ever, according to the market-analysis firm IDC.
Both companies had strong growth in the July-September period, but Apple grew 90.5% year-over-year to 14.1 million units shipped, while RIM grew 45.9% to 12.4 million.
Despite this growth, these two are still behind rivals Nokia, Samsung, and LG. Much of these companies’ sales are of feature phones and even less advanced devices.
By the Numbers
According to IDC, there were 340.5 million mobile phones shipped globally last quarter, a 14.6% increase year-over-year.
Nokia continued to hold onto it spot on the top of the heap, but its dominance isn’t as great as it once was. It had a 32.4% of the market in Q3, but that’s down from 36.5% in the same quarter of 2009.
Samsung was the second largest phone maker with a 21% share. Its quarterly shipments saw an 18.1% YOY increase.
LG Electronics held onto third place, but it had a poor showing last quarter. Shipments actually decreased by 10.1%, making it the only company in the top 5 see a drop. It still had 8.3% of the world phone market, though.
Apple had a 4.1% market share last quarter, while RIM had 3.6%. Both companies’ share has increased — in Q3 of last year, Apple had just 2.5% of the global phone market, while RIM had 2.9%.
Sony Ericsson dropped out of IDC’s top 5 list for the first time since this company started tracking global phone shipments in 2004.