SmartPhone Sales Market Share – Symbian Falls, Android Rises

Apple vs. Nokia? Well, add ‘Others’ as well.

Latest report by Gartner suggests the top five mobile handset manufacturers’ combined share has dropped from 83 percent in the third quarter of 2009 to 66.9 percent in the third quarter of 2010. And ‘Others’, i.e. white-box manufacturers from China have moved up the chart from 16.1% in Q3,2009 to 33% in Q3, 2010.

Worldwide Mobile Terminal Sales to End Users in 3Q10 (Thousands of Units)

Company 3Q10

Units

3Q10 Market Share (%) 3Q09

Units

3Q09 Market Share (%)
Nokia 117,461.0 28.2 113,466.2 36.7
Samsung 71,671.8 17.2 60,627.7 19.6
LG 27,478.7 6.6 31,901.4 10.3
Apple 13,484.4 3.2 7,040.4 2.3
Research In Motion 11,908.3 2.9 8,522.7 2.8
Sony Ericsson 10,346.5 2.5 13,409.5 4.3
Motorola 8,961.4 2.1 13,912.8 4.5
HTC 6,494.3 1.6 2,659.5 0.9
ZTE 6,003.6 1.4 4,143.7 1.3
Huawei Technologies 5,478.1 1.3 3,339.7 1.1
Others 137,797.6 33.0 49,871.1 16.1
Total 417,085.7 100.0 308,894.7 100.0

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 3Q10

Company 3Q10

Units

3Q10 Market Share (%) 3Q09

Units

3Q09 Market Share (%)
Symbian 29,480.1 36.6 18,314.8 44.6
Android 20,500.0 25.5 1,424.5 3.5
iOS 13,484.4 16.7 7,040.4 17.1
Research In Motion 11,908.3 14.8 8,522.7 20.7
Microsoft Windows Mobile 2,247.9 2.8 3,259.9 7.9
Linux 1,697.1 2.1 1,918.5 4.7
Other OS 1,214.8 1.5 612.5 1.5
Total 80,532.6 100.0 41,093.3 100.0

Symbian is falling steadily and Android jumped from 3.5% to 25.5%. What remains to be seen is whether Android can take over iOS in terms of developer’s choice.

For 2010, Gartner now expects overall devices sales to show over 30 percent year-on-year growth fueled by white-box manufacturers. The impact of media tablets on mobile device sales will be tested in 2011. Gartner forecasts that media tablets (such as the Apple iPad) will reach 54.8 million units in 2011.

If you look at Indian market, Nokia’s market share in India continues to fall and expect a significant blow when Micromax (and others) start launching Android phones.

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