Smartphones at a Glance

Smartphones are every increasing in numbers day by day.  How many people even use “normal” cell phones anymore?  More than likely they have one because they can’t decide between an iPhone or an Android phone..or maybe a Blackberry…or maybe its because they can’t afford the data plan..yet.

Smartphones are here to stay.  To show what kind of growth is out there, the staff over at GigaOm but together the graphic below:

What does all this mean?  Well, lets let one of GigaOm’s subsidiaries, JKontheRun, provide the analysis:

The major takeaways from the graphic:

Symbian — we often overlook Symbian in the U.S. but it is still the 800-pound gorilla in the smartphone space. Even though global market share has dropped over the past 3 years, if Nokia ever figures out how to seriously enter the market here, many players have good reasons to be concerned.

Research In Motion and iPhone– the growth of both the BlackBerry and iPhone over the past 3 years has been outstanding.

Windows Mobile– the platform from Microsoft has continued its downhill spiral. Windows Phone 7 series is hoped to end the skid, but recent revelations concerning what will be missing from the next version aren’t likely to help.

Android — Google’s smartphone platform is growing at a tremendous rate, but it’s still a drop in a very big bucket.

I tend to agree with JKontheRun’s assessment here.  Symbian is forgotten here in the US.  Most people have a Nokia phone as a “starter” cell phone from their carrier, since its usually free or really inexpensive, before they move to something else.  I use a Nokia phone as a back up for my cell phone.  Nokia phones just work.  They just arent “sexy” like my G1.  Blackberry and iPhones will continue their growth.  The only thing that will stop them, is them with their lawsuits and other nonsense.  Windows Phone 7?   Not sure on that.  Windows Mobile has been in steady decline for a while.  Maybe the new Windows Mobile 7 will revitalize them back into the smartphone game.  And Android, well I am rooting for these folks.  They are the little operating system that could…and hopefully will.

Its a big market out there, with lots of options to choose from. The smartphone isnt going away, its just going to continue to grow into whatever our grandkids wind up using to talk to their friends.  I am hoping for a combo Dick Tracy TV watch with holographic imaging and surround sound.