Apple overtakes Blackberry in smartphone market

Apple has overtaken Blackberry maker RIM as the number two smartphone...

Apple has overtaken Blackberry maker RIM as the number two smartphone provider, says analyst Canalys.

The introduction of the iPhone 3G in July and Apple's expansion into many more countries helped propel the supplier to second place globally, said the analyst.

"It was expected that Apple would figure among the smart phone leaders this quarter, with that huge initial new product shipment, it was just a question of how high up it would be - and this is impressive," said Pete Cunningham, a Canalys analyst.

"Despite RIM being nudged into third place, its growth of over 80% should not be overlooked either," he said. "This is a tremendous performance, especially considering the delays it experienced in rolling out the Blackberry Bold,"

Cunningham added, "Some customers will also have been waiting for the Blackberry Storm to arrive. With these new products and the clamshell Pearl 8220 available in Q4, it is quite feasible that RIM will return to the number two position."

Canalys said smartphone shipments rose 28% in the third quarter and that Nokia retained its lead in the market.

Shipments hit 39.9 million in the quarter with EMEA growth at 21%, helped by a 43% rise in Central and Eastern Europe.

Although Nokia retained its market lead, its share was reduced as a result of Apple's and RIM's large overall gains.

Microsoft's share of the smartphone market also increased despite being overtaken by Apple.

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