Saturday, May 21, 2011

Gartner: Android, iOS gain, RIM, Windows, Symbian decline

Gartner: Android, iOS gain, RIM, Windows, Symbian declineResearch firm Gartner has spelled out Android and Apple's dominance in the global smartphone market, revealing the Q1 sales figures today.

Android moved to 36 percent share from 9.6 percent in the Q1 2010, with sales increasing to 36 million from 5 million year-over-year (YoY).

Symbian, the now defunct smartphone OS, fell from 44.2 percent share to 27.4 percent, even though sales increased to 27.6 million from 24.1 million. Symbian should eventually fall to 0 as Symbian has been left for dead by Nokia as they move on to Windows Phone 7.

Apple's iOS saw 16.9 million sales and 16.8 percent share, up from 15.3 percent share and 8.4 million sales.

RIM, despite growth for its BlackBerry smartphones, saw market share collapse to 12.9 percent from 19.7 percent. Sales increased to 13 million from 10.75 million.

Microsoft saw a weak introduction for its Windows Phone 7 line and market share fell to 3.6 percent from 6.8 percent. Sales saw a minor fall, from 3.7 million to 3.66 million.

Other OS, like Bada, accounted for the rest of the sales.

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