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Apple's mobile share grew 78%

April 29, 2011: 4:57 PM ET

Meanwhile, Nokia, Samsung and LG all lost market share, according to IDC

Source: IDC

Apple's 5% slice of the mobile phone pie chart at right, drawn from IDC numbers released Friday, may not look like much, but consider this:

  • IDC is counting shipments all over the world, not just the U.S.
  • IDC is talking about all mobiles, from cheap feature phones to high-end smartphones.
  • Apple's (AAPL) share grew more than twice as fast as upstarts like ZTE.
  • Apple's biggest rivals -- Nokia (NOK), Samsung and LG -- all lost market share over the past year.

Below: IDC's spreadsheet and a bar chart showing the five largest manufacturers' respective growth rates.

Source: IDC

Via TechCrunch.

NOTE: An earlier version of this story confused market share growth and shipment growth. Thanks to reader KenC for catching the error.

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