Samsung, maker of the popular Galaxy S mobile phone line, may have surpassed Nokia and Apple in smartphone sales for the first time on demand for its Android devices, a research company said.
Samsung is estimated to have sold between 18 million and 21 million smartphones globally in the April-June quarter, compared with 16.7 million for Nokia and 20.3 million iPhones, Neil Mawston, a London-based analyst at Strategy Analytics, a research company based in Boston, said in an e-mailed response to questions. The data exclude tablet-computer sales.
The estimates show Google’s Android is gaining ground on Apple in smartphones as Nokia, which is turning to Microsoft for software support, struggles to keep up with the pace. Samsung, which also produces low-end phones that aren’t capable of downloading applications, has said it aims to more than double sales of high-end devices this year.