Samsung Overtakes Apple as No. 1 Smartphone Maker in 1st Quarter

Samsung Overtakes Apple as No. 1 Smartphone Maker in 1st Quarter
Germany. Samsung shipped 44.5 million smartphones in the first quarter, giving it 30.6 percent of the market. Photographer: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg

Samsung Electronics Co. regained the lead from Apple Inc. as the world’s biggest vendor of smartphones in the first quarter.

Samsung shipped 44.5 million smartphones in the first quarter, giving it 30.6 percent of the market, market researcher Strategy Analytics said in an e-mailed statement today. Apple shipped 35.1 million units in the first quarter, giving it a 24.1 percent share, it said.

Nokia Oyj was the third biggest, according to the statement.