24 February 2010 1:38 AM
by Stan Schroeder
Research and advisory company Gartner has released its worldwide mobile phone sales report for 2009, showing a seemingly unchanged smartphone landscape, but with trends that paint a very different picture.
Smartphones as a category grew fast in the last quarter of 2009, with 53.8 million units sold, a 41.1% increase compared to the same period in 2008. Looking at individual platforms, it's obvious that this growth came largely from iPhones and Android-based devices, as iPhone OS nearly doubled its market share, jumping from 8.2% in 2008 to 14.4% in 2009, while Android improved from meager 0.5% in 2008 to 3.9% in 2009.
Yes, Symbian is still on top, but it dropped from 52.4% to 46.9% market share, while its nearest competitor, RIM, grew from 16.6% to 19.9%. Another big loser is Windows Mobile, which dropped from 11.8% to 8.7% market share in 2009, and this trend will probably continue at least until we see the first Windows Phone 7 based devices.
As far as the entire mobile market is concerned, worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totalled 1.211 billion units in 2009, which is a 0.9 per cent decline compared to 2008.
The top five mobile vendors lost some market share to other vendors, with their combined share dropping from 79.7 in 2008 to 75.3% in 2009. Their order, however, is unchanged: Nokia sits on top with 36.4% share, followed by Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson.
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