KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung continued to dominate the smartphone market in the second quarter, analysts predict, shifting an estimated 50 million smartphones.
Analysts quizzed by Reuters have predicted that Samsung increased its lead over Apple in the second quarter with sales of 50 million handsets compared to Apple's estimated 30.5 million. This has been boosted by huge demand for the Samsung Galaxy S3, the 41 analysts unanimously agreed, along with the previous generation Samsung Galaxy S2.
"Samsung is expected to be the smartphone hero in the second quarter," said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.
"We are also expecting to see the biggest smartphone volumes ever shipped from one single vendor in one quarter, driven by strong demand of the Galaxy portfolio, particularly the Galaxy S II and S III."
While Samsung looks to be dominating the smartphone market now, this is likely to change towards the end of the year. It's likely that Apple fans are holding off upgrading until the launch of the next generation Iphone, which is expected in October.
The analysts also predict that Samsung will further increase its lead over Nokia as well, as it struggled to shift its Lumia-branded Windows Phones. They estimate that Samsung will sell 15.7 million more handsets than the Finnish phone maker in the second quarter, compared to a lead of 3.4 million in the first quarter. µ