Apple, Samsung holiday phone sales bring cheer to the new year

Reuters is reporting that brisk holiday sales of Apple’s iPhone 4 and Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone may have pushed the two manufacturers to become the only two major phone makers to increase their market share during the season. All other manufacturers, including industry giants Motorola, LG, Sony Ericsson and Nokia are expected to lose ground in the market share race.

None of the manufacturers have reported the results of holiday sales yet; Apple will announce its first-quarter (Oct – Dec) results tomorrow, and Samsung won’t be announcing until January 28, with the other manufacturers reporting in between these two dates.

CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber was quoted by Reuters as saying that 2010 saw a gulf emerge between the winners and losers in the smartphone wars that will only widen in 2011. One of the losers over the holiday season could be BlackBerry manufacturer RIM, not due to lower sales, but because sales of their devices may not have grown as quickly as those from Apple and Samsung.

Apple and Samsung won’t have it easy in 2011. LG will be pushing out the Optimus 2X and Revolution, Motorola seeks to grab users at AT&T with the Atrix 4G and Droid Bionic, and the Xperia Arc from Sony Ericsson will be released.

[via Electronista]

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