[NY Times] Nokia is about to drop from its position as the leading cellphone maker in the world, according to the latest sales estimates made by the technology analysts at Gartner.
Nokia was still No. 1 in the second quarter of the year, but its worldwide market share slipped to 22.8 percent from 30.1 percent in the same quarter a year ago.
The rest of the horse race goes as follows: Samsung at 16.3 percent, down from 17.8 percent, and LG at 5.7 percent, down from 8 percent.
Hugues De La Vergne, the author of the report, said sales of cellphones and smartphones were starting to slide in Europe, where those three makers are strong. He also said that Nokia appears to have stuffed the sales channels to get rid of inventory, which it won’t be able to do in the current quarter.
Gaining strength was Apple in the No. 4 slot with 4.6 percent, up from 2.4 percent, followed by ZTE with 3 percent, up from 1.8 percent.
Research in Motion, to no one’s surprise, also slipped. Its market share is about 3 percent, down from 3.2 percent.
Cellphone Market Share Shifting