Strategy Analytics says global mobile-phone shipments grew only 1 percent annually, reaching 362 million units in 2Q12, with Samsung garnering a 26-percent marketshare (click here for more information). Senior Analyst Neil Shah adds, “Apple shipped 26 million handsets worldwide in 2Q12. Apple delivered 28 percent annual growth, which was bolstered by solid demand in Asia. Apple’s next major task is to ensure that the upcoming release of its rumored iPhone 5 upgrade is a success. The hardware design, screen size and any integrated new technologies for the iPhone 5 will need to wow consumers and operators and make the new model stand apart from competitors like Samsung’s Galaxy S3.”

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