Hot on the heels of the report from the analytics firm Canalys, market research firm IDC has reaffirmed Apple as the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Unlike the findings from Canalys, which grouped smartphone OS platforms together irrespective of manufacturer, IDC's study has broken down shipment numbers in Q2 2011 according to device vendors. The findings (courtesy of Engadget) are as follows:

Aug 11 - IDC

Smartphone shipments in Q2 2011 totalled 106.6 million, an increase of 42.2 million from last year. Out of that pie, Apple's total number of smartphones shipped is 20.34 million putting them in first place with a share of 19.1%. Despite Apple's growth they are not running away with the crown, as Samsung's surge in sales have seen them hop past beleaguered Nokia to take the second spot. RIM and HTC (the other Android manufacturer) round of the top smartphone manufacturers in the world.

IDC noted that:

“Apple’s success can be directly attributed to its distribution (more than 200 carriers in more than 200 countries), increased manufacturing capacity, and solid demand within emerging and developed markets from both consumers and business users ... Apple’s emergence as the number one smartphone vendor worldwide comes at a time when former worldwide leader Nokia is in the midst of a major transition. However, Apple has yet to top Nokia’s single-quarter volume record of 28.1 million units. But given Apple’s momentum in the smartphone market, it may not be a question of whether Apple will beat that milestone, but when.”

Source: Boy Genius Report

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • RockingmyEvo3D

    Not even on a good day can anything made by apple or samsung touch HTC. If your not walkking around today with an device made by htc then you should check into your nearest hospital.

    • J Rush

      I have to disagree. Lately HTC phones have been made too bulky, sucky battery life, crash, etc. Not saying HTC is a bad brand, but If given the choice I would go with Samsung anyday. Of course, Samsung has it's weakness's as well, i.e. poor build design, late updates, etc. And besides, you can clearly see HTC is at the bottom of the list for a reason.

    • squiddy20

      Then you should check into a hospital if you think gaming is completely flawless on any Android phone. The iPhone/iPod Touch plays pretty much all games better than and Android phone currently available. Get with reality for once.

      • RockingmyEvo3D

        The best TROLL android has ever seen JUST COMMENTED. Man o man what a lost soul he is a mere child.

  • kabuki

    Cough cough.... Photon.... Cough cough ehhh eck

  • azumihk

    Galaxy s2 RULEZZZZZZ :):)

  • RockingmyEvo3D

    Yeah apple may be the biggest but HTC is THE BEST HANDS DOWN. I would never EXCEPT an iphone even if you gave it to me for FREE...EVO 3D RULES the smartphone landscape..

    • J Rush

      The HTC Evo 3D is indeed a fast device, but horrible in my opinion. The 3D on the device is weird and unusual, and hardly works at all even if you use it right. But hey, that's just me. Maybe you have had a better experience than I have...

    • squiddy20

      Richard, shut up already. Everyone on the planet knows you hate Apple and would have sex with HTC if you could. And in this case, the word you were looking for is "accept" not "except". I'm half your age and know how to spell better than you. Try getting a better education. You desperately need it.

      • RockingmyEvo3D

        All children should not be allowed to comment this is and adult site. Go back to sleep better yet become an adult then comment I know your mom doesn't know your using her computer little boy

  • anonoumys

    if you think android is better than apple, your probally not even in reality