Releases global shipment stats showing 65.4 per cent growth overall as Nokia falls to third place.
Analyst firm IDC has published its estimates for global smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2011, sorted by manufacturer rather than operating system.
Matching previous estimates, IDC has Apple as the largest smartphone maker for Q2, shipping 20.3 million iPhones for a 19.1% market share, up from 13% in Q2 2010.
IDC estimates that Samsung sold 17.3 million smartphones in Q2 for a 16.2% market share, up from a mere 5.6% this time last year. That relegates former top dog Nokia to third place, with 16.7 million shipments and a 15.7% market share in Q2 - a sharp decline from its 37.3% share in Q2 2010.
RIM is in fourth place with 12.4 million shipments and an 11.6% market share - down from 17.4% a year ago - followed by HTC's 11.7 million shipments and 11% market share, up from 6.8% a year ago. Other vendors accounted for 28.1 million shipments in Q2 - 26.4% of the market.
"The smartphone market crowned a new leader in 2Q11, and its name is Apple," says IDC's Ramon Llamas. "Ever since the first iPhone launched in 2007, Apple has made market-setting strides in hardware, software, and channel development to grab mindshare and market share."