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Today, a combination of three press releases from research companies provides a great insight into what’s happening in the overall world phone market, the smartphone market and the tablet market. Here’s a summary with a few comments on what I think are the significant changes that, in time, will affect developers.

idc.gifIDC have research on the worldwide mobile phone market. Of particular note is Nokia’s exit from the top 5 which isn’t surprising.

Strategy Analytics narrows in on the global smartphone market which grew 35% annually. Again, Nokia slipped outside the top three rankings. Interestingly, Samsung and Apple combined now account for over half of all smartphones shipped worldwide.

Strategy Analytics have a 2nd press release reporting on global tablet shipments. The initial surge in tablet sales has slowed but is still 43% year on year. As previously happened with smartphones, Android tablets are gradually taking market share from the iPad.