Apple rises to become the fourth largest mobile vendor in the world

Tech giants Apple have leaped above RIM to become the fourth biggest vendor of mobile phones on the planet. Appleā€™s market share grew from 2.5% in Q3 2009 to 4.1% in the third quarter of 2010, which then launched it to fourth place overall in the chart.

Nokia retained its place as the number one vendor with a 32.4% market share and Samsung and LG held on to second and third place with growth of 21.0% and 8.3%. RIM slipped down a place at the expense of Apple despite having a growth of 3.6%. You can see the full list of figures and growth by following the link to Mashable.

Apple’s growth in the market is outstanding as they only sell one breed of phone but with two variants. The iPhone 3GS and 4 have been flying off of the shelves for a long time now and the popularity of the handset is reflected in Apple’s figures. The three most common phones I see in people’s hands nowadays are a type of iPhone, Blackberry or Nokia.

Very strangely for the first time in a while, Sony Ericsson has fallen out of the top five, despite the release of their flagship phone the Xperia X10 amongst others. The X10 is a very good phone; however many Sony Ericsson users became frustrated at the repetitive delays of the 2.1 update and may as a result have jumped ship and purchased an iPhone or Blackberry. You may have also noticed that HTC did not manage to push itself into the top five, despite big sales of its Desire and Incredible.

What so you think about Apple’s rapid growth in the mobile market? Leave us all of your thoughts and comments on this subject below.