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Gartner study says Apple, RIM and Android are on the move

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Its that time once again.  Its time for Gartner to release it figures about worldwide mobile phone sales for 2009.

According to the post over at Engadget:

Looking at smartphone OS market share alone, Gartner shows the iPhone OS, Android, and RIM making the biggest gains (up 6.2%, 3.4%, and 3.3% from 2008, respectively) at the expense of Windows Mobile (down 3.1%) and Symbian (down 5.5%). Although Gartner says that Symbian “has become uncompetitive in recent years,” (ouch) it concedes that market share is still strong especially for Nokia; something backed up by Nokia’s Q4 financials and reported quarterly smartphone growth of 5%. Regarding total handsets of all classifications sold, Nokia continues to dominate with 36.4% of all sales to end users (down from 38.6% in 2008) while Samsung and LG continue to climb at the expense of Motorola (dropping from 7.6% to 4.5% of worldwide sales in 2009) and Sony Ericsson.

All in all, its pretty much what I suspected.  In the US, we are an Apple, RIM and Android based country.  We like our iPhone OS, Blackberry messaging, and Android apps. For the rest of the world, its Nokia and Motorola.

Most people I know dont really have a Nokia/Motorola/Samsung phone.  It doesnt do enough for them. Dont get me wrong, I own a Nokia phone.  Its my backup when my G1 dies.  Nokia phones just work, but they arent as “sexy” and dont have the “wow” factor of a iPhone, a Blackberry or a Nexus One.

What does this report really mean?  It means that smartphones are here to stay and Apple, RIM and Android are going to go head-to-head for users over the next few years.  He who has the better OS/phone/user experience will win.

A 15-year veteran of the tech wars, Amy is a gadgetgrrl from way back. Amy is started with the her first PDA, a Palm Pilot III all the way through her current sidearm, a T-Mobile G1. She suffers technolust like any good gadgetgrrl, but its always tempers with whether it will match her shoes and handbag. She bounces from one device to another. She is an OS agnostic-- liking them all for different reasons. She has seen it all and wants to see more.

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  1. NookSurfer

    02/23/2010 at 4:26 pm

    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).

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