Global Shifts In Mobile Power: Top 5 Mobile Phones Worldwide


5. ZTE

With 9.1 million units sold in the first quarter, Chinese telecom and networking giant ZTE continued to increase its market share in North America and Asia/Pacific, where most of its sales occurred. According to Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team, the success of ZTE is indicative of a "major trend" in the industry: "the emergence of Chinese companies among the leading smartphone vendors" and the displacement of BlackBerry (formerly RIM), HTC and Nokia among the top five. "Chinese vendors, including Huawei and ZTE as well as Coolpad and Lenovo, have made significant strides to capture new users with their respective Android smartphones." The company also is developing a phone to run Firefox OS.