But Gartner expects it to bounce back in Q4 after “strongest ever” orders for iPhone 4S
The slowdown in iPhone sales in advance of the October release of iPhone 4S is reflected in the report on mobile phone shipments for the third quarter of 2011 issued Tuesday by Gartner, Inc.
Apple AAPL shipped 17 million iPhones in the quarter — up 21% year over year but down nearly 3 million units from the previous quarter. Samsung, meanwhile, shipped 24 million smartphones in the quarter, overtaking Nokia NOK to become, for the first time, the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones.
The quarter also marked the first time Google’s GOOG Android operating system accounted for more than 50% of the global smartphone shipments. Apple’s iOS, meanwhile, fell from a 16.6% share in Q3 2010 to a 15% share one year later. (See, however, Android sells the smartphones; Apple makes the money.)
Regarding the iPhone’s prospects, Gartner’s press release had this to say:
Below: Gartner’s spreadsheet of global shipments of all mobile phone sales, smart and not-so smart.