There are some interesting figures in the latest Gartner Q208 Smartphone sales statistics. It seems smartphone growth (as measured by its proportion of the market) is stalled at 11 per cent. This is due to…
"the current economic environment"
"compelling touch technology mainly available on enhanced phones (based on proprietary operating systems)"
At first sight, it’s disappointing that the smartphone (Symbian, Windows Mobile, iphone, Palm, Linux and RIM) market is only 11% of the whole market. However, this needs to be put into perspective with other consumer goods – especially as the whole market has seen significant growth over the last few years.
That’s 32 million smartphone devices in one quarter. By comparison, Apple should have sold between 2.7 million to 2.9 million Macs in the September quarter. Nokia S60, RIM and Windows Mobile each had more sales than there were Mac sales.
Additional information is available in the Gartner report "Market Share: Smartphones, Worldwide, 2Q08."