The smartphone shipment numbers are in for the second quarter, and while Samsung is blowing everyone out of the water, the market is beginning to fragment as rivals LG, Lenovo and ZTE finally gain some traction.
Apple may be plagued with a trademark dispute over the iPad name at the moment, but that hasn’t distracted them from expanding the horizons for the iPhone, which will finally debut on China Telecom next month as widely rumored.
Apple is projected sell 86.4 million iPhones by the end of this year, crushing former market leader Nokia. In 2010, Nokia sold over 100 million smartphones -- more than double Apple's 47.5 million sold -- to lead the market. This year, however, looks like a different story, with Apple expected to climb 82 percent and grab the top spot, and Nokia projected to drop to second place with 74.4 million units sold.
Samsung looks strong in third place, with the highest projected shipment growth in among the big five companies 2011; Lin expects Samsung to ship 67 million units, up 44 percent from last year.