Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone next week. It sent out invites to reporters for an event in San Francisco, though it didn't disclose the nature of the event.
Samsung and Apple dominate with nearly half of the worldwide market for smartphones. Samsung had an advantage in releasing its flagship Galaxy S III phone months ago. A new iPhone is expected to give Apple a boost as the holiday shopping season approaches.
Here are IDC's figures for worldwide smartphone unit shipments and market share in the second quarter of 2012:
— Samsung Electronics Co., 50.2 million units, 32.6 percent share (17 percent a year earlier)
— Apple Inc., 26 million units, 16.9 percent share (18.8 percent a year earlier)
— Nokia Corp., 10.2 million units, 6.6 percent share (15.4 percent a year earlier)
— HTC Corp., 8.8 million units, 5.7 percent share (10.7 percent a year earlier)
— ZTE Corp., 8 million units, 5.2 percent share (1.8 percent a year earlier)
— Other, 50.7 million units, 32.9 percent share (36.2 percent a year earlier)