No. 4: Apple
Market share: 4.1%
Hot Geographies: Western Europe, U.S.
Apple claimed its spot among the top five mobile vendors for the first time, capturing a 4.1% global market share last quarter. The iPhone-maker shipped 14.1 units this quarter -- jumping ahead of both RIM and Sony Ericsson.
The Cupertino, California-based company's growth was due largely to the iPhone 4, whose availability increased from five countries at its June launch to more than 85 by September. Last week, Apple launched its first online retail store in China, and sold out of iPhone 4s in less than 10 hours, according to blog M.I.C. Gadget
Analysts predict even stronger growth trends for the iPhone going forward, expecting Apple to launch with the country's largest wireless carrier, Verizon, early next year and to shift from single carrier to multi-carrier in many countries.
While the worldwide phone market grew around 14.6%, according to IDC, iPhone shipments were up 90.5%. Apple's success underscores the increasing importance of smartphones to the overall mobile phone market, Restivo said.
This quarter, Apple net income rose 70% to $4.3 billion on $20.3 billion in revenue, up from $2.5 billion in profit on $12.2 billion in revenue during the same period last year.
CEO Steve Jobs discussed the competitive nature of the smartphone market during Apple's post-earnings call, emphasizing that fragmentation within the Android platform would push developers towards Apple. He also said it was unlikely that RIM would catch up with Apple.
Apple rose 1.1% on Monday to close at $304.18. The company's stock has surged more than 60% in the past year.