Nokia had a pretty rough earnings call this morning, reporting a decline in smartphone sales of 34 percent-- down to 16.7 million handsets last quarter. As we reported yesterday, Apple had explosive success with the iPhone over the same time period, moving 20.3 million units. The new figures officially make Apple the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, a title heretofore held by the Finnish Nokia for about 15 years, or as long as the category has existed.

Nokia hopes to turn its fortunes around later this fall, when its much anticipated collaborations with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 are expected to ship to stores. But for now, the Apple onslaught just keeps on rolling along.

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