Enters top five vendors
Research in Motion, maker of the Blackberry, knocked
Motorola off the list of the world's top five mobile phone manufacturers in the
first quarter of 2010.
According to IDC said RIM entered the list of top five
vendors for the first time on worldwide sales of 10.6 million units in
first three months of the year. This makes it a tie for fourth place
with Sony Ericsson. Motorola, which had been on the top five list since
was knocked out of the US league table by the upstart Apple.
Apple last week reported iPhone sales of 8.75 million
units in the first three months of the year while Motorola sold 8.5 million
units in the same time. Nokia remained in the top spot on the IDC list of leading
mobile phone makers with first-quarter sales of 107.8 million units and a
market share of 36.6 percent, down from 38.4 percent a year ago. South Korea's Samsung was next on sales of 64.3 million.
Samsung increased its market share to 21.8 per cent from 18.9 per cent a year
ago. LG Electronics, was third on sales of 27.1 million. Its
market share slipped 0.1 per cent to 9.2 percent.
RIM's sales of 10.6 million units gave it a market share
of 3.6 per cent, up from three per cent a year ago. Sony Ericsson sold 10.5 million units but saw its market
share slip from six per cent a year ago to 3.6 percent. Overall, global mobile phone sales rose 21.7 per cent in
the first quarter to 294.9 million units, fuelled by growth in demand for
smartphones and the global economic recovery.
The fact that RIM got into the top five is an indication
of how the smartphone growth trend that is driving the global mobile phone
market recovery," IDC senior research analyst Kevin Restivo said. It indicates that despite all the hype and publicity,
Apple is yet to dent the world-wide market.