Gartner Q109 Statistics

gartner136.gifGartner has just published their worldwide mobile phone sales statistics for Q109. The smartphone numbers will be of most interest for developers…
 
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"Symbian accounted for 49.3 per cent of worldwide smartphone operating systems (OS) market share in the first quarter of 2009, down from 56.9 per cent share in the first quarter of 2008. RIM’s smartphone OS market share reached 19.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2009, up from 13.3 per cent share in the first quarter of last year. The iPhone OS accounted for 10.8 per cent of the market, up from 5.3 per cent market share in the first quarter of 2008."

My thoughts? It’s interesting Symbian’s/Nokia’s quest for the cheaper single cpu phone never enticed the market and improved volumes. Also, unsurprisingly Nokia’s S60 5th edition (touch) hasn’t yet (N97 might?) been able to halt Apple’s gains in the market.

My thoughts for the future? The smartphone market was 36.4 million units out of a total market of 269.1 million units. That’s just over 13.5%. I feel there will come a time when smartphones (and connected netbooks – that will complicate, yet again, what is or isn’t a smartphone) will account for a much larger proportion of the market. Until then, the market is still there to compete for and anyone (or company) would be taking a large risk to bet on one particular platform at this point in time.