The Samsung Galaxy S2 or S II is certainly the smartphone that everybody is talking about at the moment, especially as the iPhone 5 release still seems to be some distance away. The U.S. is still waiting for the release of this impressive Android handset although release rumors abound and today we have news that the Galaxy S2 could in fact help Samsung overtake Nokia as largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.
A research note from analysts at Nomura says that Samsung is set to pass Nokia this quarter and that Apple is also likely to overtake Nokia in the following quarter, pushing the Finnish company into third position. Apart from this Nomura analysts added, “Further emphasizing the shift in power to Asia is our forecast for HTC to almost match Nokia during 2012,” according to Tarmo Virki on Reuters. Sales of the Galaxy S2 have been phenomenal in the countries that have already seen its release and so this handset is certainly helping Samsung sales projections.
As well as this Gartner and Canalys, both research firms, both predicted that Nokia would lose their lead by later this year. Carolina Milanesi, Gartner analyst said, “If Nokia’s new phones are not well received in the third quarter and (with) the Galaxy S2 ramping up, Samsung might overtake them and become the smartphone leader in Q3.” This is despite Nokia’s attempts to reestablish a firmer foothold in the smartphone market by overhauling the business and adopting Microsoft software instead of its Symbian platform.
You can also see an example about the success of the Galaxy S2 in this article on Eurodroid, which tells how the smartphone is smashing sales in Germany. Are you surprised that Nokia’s reign is set to be surpassed or maybe you’re more surprised that it hasn’t happened sooner? Let us know what you think with your comments.
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