As Nokia continues to give up market share, Samsung and Apple are persisting in their tug-of-war to lay claim as the world's top smartphone vendor. And while Nokia's smartphone shipments have nosedived year-over-year for the first quarter, lagging overall sales have made Samsung the number one mobile vendor worldwide.
The overall mobile phone market declined slightly for the first quarter, with shipments down 1.5 percent according to market research firm IDC. Nokia, which had been the number one mobile phone vendor since IDC began tracking the market in 2004, has continued its slide in market share. With overall shipments down 23.8 percent year-over-year, it has now dropped to number two—still holding a respectable 20.8 percent market share.