Samsung Outpaces Nokia on Finnish Firm's Home Turf

      May 30, 2013 10:26

      Samsung Electronics has overtaken Nokia in the Finnish firm's home market for the first time. Nokia led the global mobile phone market for 14 years but came late to the smartphone revolution.

      Samsung sold 211,000 mobile phones in the small Nordic country in the first quarter as compared to Nokia's 196,000, according to market researcher IDC on Wednesday.

      The Korean giant took a 36.1 percent share of the Finnish market, 2.5 percentage points higher than Nokia's. Next came Apple with 14 percent.

      In the same period last year, Nokia was still on top with a 48 percent, with Samsung a distant second with 28 percent.

      Samsung has held the top spot in the global mobile phone market since the first quarter of last year, when it beat Nokia for the first time.

      Nokia has since joined hands with Microsoft to make inroads into the smartphone market, releasing the Lumia series with a Microsoft operating system. But that was not enough to catch up with products using Google's more popular android operating system or Apple's iPhones.

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