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Samsung takes cell phone market lead

Samsung takes cell phone market lead

Samsung takes cell phone market lead
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -

Nokia is now the world’s second-largest cell phone company, ending a 14-year run at the top.

Samsung took over the top spot, shipping 92 million cell phones in the first quarter, compared to the 83 million that Nokia shipped, according to IHS iSuppli. It was the first time since 1998, when Nokia surpassed Motorola, that Nokia was outpaced in cell phone shipments.

Making matters worse for Nokia, S&P downgraded the Finnish company’s debt rating to “junk” on Friday. That follows Fitch’s similar downgrade earlier in the week.

Nokia’s decline has been a long time in the making, with shipments sinking by nearly 30% s…………… continues on WISC Madison

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No one disputes the transformative change that desktop and mobile computing platforms have had on human communication in recent years. While the hierarchy of these devices is continuously evolving, phones are increasingly replacing desktops and laptops as the primary computing device in our digital lifestyle. Google found that more people have a mobile internet-capable device than a PC or laptop in five key markets (U.S., UK, Germany, France and Japan). In the U.S., this figure is eight percent greater.

We’re also seeing growth in a complementary concept — let’s call it Nomadic Computing 2.0. In this model, the phone itself plays a central role in powering computing beyond its own small form factor. As the vice president of product design for the mobile media company Zumobi, I’ve noticed an interesting trend in the next generation of mobile user experiences. Increasingly, the functions and user interface scenarios that were once the purview of our other devices (PCs, laptops, TVs) are being powered directly by the computing hardware and software within our phones.

Devices like the television, once at the center of our media…………… continues on GigaOM

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