Android and iPhone OS Pave The Way For Huge Smartphone Growth [STATS]

May 19, 2010 by Post Team 

SmartphonesAndroid and iPhone OS Pave The Way For Huge Smartphone Growth [STATS]:Research and advisory company Gartner has published itsanlysis of worldwide mobile phone sales in the first quarter of 2010 and when it comes to smart phones, the numbers look really good for Apple and Google. Microsoft, however, might want to take a deep breath and looked firmly in the direction of your Windows 7, the success of which could determine the fate of the company’s smartphone market.

According to Gartner, which measures actual smartphone sales to end users, Google Android has moved to fourth place overall (see table below), groving from 1.6% to 9.6% of the market in a year. Apple’s iPhone OS is in third place with 15.4% in Q1 of 2010, also a healthy increase of 10.5% share it had in the first quarter of 2009.

Symbian remains the top dog, but its market share experienced a depression, from 48.8% to 44.3% in one year. RIM is at number two with a market share drop small, but the way things are going, could be overtaken by Apple’s iPhone OS in less than a year.

Android and iPhone OS Pave The Way For Huge Smartphone Growth [STATS]

As for the whole mobile market, smartphones are still a relatively small hole in the radar. Nokia dominates the transport 110 million units in Q1 2010 and holding 35% of the market, by comparison, 8.3 million devices sold by Apple and 2.7% of the market seems insignificant.

However, the smartphone grew a surprising was 49% in the first three months of 2010. “In the first quarter of 2010, sales of smart phones to end users saw their strongest year on year increase since 2006,” said Carolina Milanesi, Gartner research vice president. This growth is a great opportunity for players in a good position like Google and Apple, Nokia and Microsoft will have to improve its range of smartphones soon in order to stay relevant.

See Gartner’s entire report here.

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