According to some new research from IDC, Sony has jumped to the third top spot in smartphone sales rankings, which is three spots ahead of where they were at the end of last year.

During the course of the last year the company has managed to overtake RIM, Nokia and HTC and secured a spot behind the two top dogs, Samsung and Apple.

However that doesn’t actually mean the company has risen in terms of market share, as according to the Wall Street Journal its market share actually fell year-on-year and what started as 5% in 2011 fell to 4.8 in 2012, the only reason they are now at the top spot is that HTC, Nokia and RIM have fallen even further.

Nokia have slipped from a 13.6% share in 2011 to just 3.4% in 2012, HTC dropped from 10.3% to 4.6 and RIM have dropped from 9.6% to 4.3%.

This now places Sony third, HTC fourth, RIM sixth and Nokia a very surprising Seventh.

So it seems the smartphone market may not be doing as well as we might have thought.

Via: Wall Street Journal

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