Nokia has enjoyed 14 years at the top of charts for global market sales, but now we have a new champion. Samsung has replaced them and taken first place, thanks to their variety of low, mid and high-end phones.
Nokia sold 83 million phones in the first quarter of 2012, while Samsung sold 88 million. Interestingly Nokia was still on top in January apparently, but Samsung pulled ahead. It should be noted that these are analyst projections. The actual Samsung quarterly numbers come out on April 27.
This will be quite a blow to Nokia, but it gives Samsung reason to celebrate. It had to happen eventually as Nokia has struggled for years. It will be interesting to see what happens from here with both companies.