Sony Ericcson has pushed LG Electronics out of the number four position in global mobile handset sales in the 3rd quarter thanks to strong demand for its Walkman phone.
The other interesting fact now is that Nokia and Motorola have further cemented their positions as number 1 and 2 respectively. Both of them saw market share gains and are pulling further ahead of the pack and ahead of Samsung in particular in 3rd slot.
As the mobile phone industry gets bigger and bigger, the rules of scale are applying, with the number 1 and number 2 seeing the greatest profits and as a result the greatest returns, which they can then invest in further market share gains. Expect it to continue.