Nokia and Symbian continue to rule the smartphone world

gartnerOS2010We all know that Symbian leads the world in the smartphone sector, but no one can sit still in this fast moving space. The latest Gartner data for the 4th quarter of 2009 shows that Symbian leads with 46.9% market share with RIM in second at 19.9%. Unfortunately, Symbian saw a drop of 5.5% from the same quarter a year ago. RIM, iPhone, and Android platforms all saw large increases in market share and are definitely the ones to keep an eye on moving forward.

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Looking at the manufacturer numbers we see that Nokia dominates the world with 36.4% (down from 38.6%) with Samsung in second at 19.5%. Nokia did outperform expecations in a down economy though and is still in a very strong leadership position.

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15 Comments to Nokia and Symbian continue to rule the smartphone world

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NookSurfer
February 23, 2010

I’m interested to see how much of an impact does signing with a certain carrier have to do with these figures (ie. being tied in a 2 year contract).

aamir
February 23, 2010

well, somebody has to give way for new comers to gain the market share, and nokia has no way but to go down as android and others will grow… but american media will display it as if nokia is a dying company, when infact they expanded their sales numbers….

Tallbruva
February 25, 2010

It’s true Nokia still rules the world, but take a gander at that 5.5% drop. So sure, they’re on top now. But if they keep doing things as they are (like staying with S^3 instead of going with Maemo across the board), those numbers are going to keep dropping.


Case in point: Android was 0.5% in 2008 and 3.9% in 2009. That means if Nokia keeps sliding at 5.5% while Android goes up 3.9% (assuming a constant decline) and iPhone and RIM keep increasing by the current 6% and 3% respectively, any dominance will quickly fade.


General Motors used to be the No.1 car manufacturer in the world in the 1950’s……

Red_Munk!!
February 25, 2010

@ Tallbruva: Or you could look at the YoY numbers for the smartphone industry.

The entire market has increased along with the competition. Nokia being the incumbent, like in every other industry will loose the largest market share but this is not entirely true here. In Q4 Nokia actually gained marketshare and YoY sold more units than ever before despite shipping only a handful of models, one of which was the panned (rightfully so) N97.

Why do you think S^3 is a problem? The issues ppl have is with is s60 – the ui later on top f Symbian – & not the os. S^3 fixes these issues and inconsistencies while bringing new features. They are already working on s^4 which brings an entirely new ui & framework & is on track for a Q4 delivery & Q1 11 release.

Further more they will be releasing a Maemo6 device this year and more going forward.

Tallbruva
February 25, 2010

@Red_Munk!! I feel where you’re coming from. When I was deciding which phone platform I was going to develop on I choose Android because of the underlying architecture. But that’s my point exactly: why give us the S^3 interface when they could go with Maemo? In all fairness, I should wait until a production release of the OS. But if their video is any indication, I’m not feeling it. Plus, it doesn’t make sense to have multiple OSs when they could make one OS that is consistent across all hardware platforms (I was never a fan of all the different OSs Nokia used). Not to mention a consistent UI across all devices would do wonders as a brand. The fact that Google’s doing it with Android shows it’s possible to be done smoothly. If Nokia put Maemo’s interface on S^3, it would probably be a hit. But as long as the UI seems clunky, users will believe (even if erroneously) that the OS is as well.

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