Apple overtakes RIM in smartphone market

By on November 8, 2008, 5:03 AM
Apple is now the second largest smartphone vendor globally, according to figures from research firm Canalys. Being a newcomer to the market, the company managed to ship a total of 6.9 million iPhone devices, grabbing 17.3 percent of the market while vaulting past RIM and Motorola at the same time.

Nokia is still the leading vendor by a comfortable margin, holding 38.9 percent of the market but that margin was even more comfortable last year at over 50 percent. Despite being pushed into second place, BlackBerry shipments still grew by over 80 per cent, with RIM claiming a 15.2 percent share of the market, while Motorola ended a distant fourth at 5.8 percent.

On the software side of things, Canalys predicts that Symbian will remain the dominant platform due to its close association with Nokia. Apple and RIM obviously saw strong gains in that department as well their OS is proprietary and tied to their hardware whereas Microsoft increased the number of Windows Mobile handsets shipped by 42 percent.




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DarkCobra said:
Well with the Blackberry Bold just coming out and the new Blackberry Storm hitting any day now as well as an updated Blackberry Curve coming . . . the next fiscal quarter just might flip things back. The Iphone is pretty good but Blackberry is giving it a good run. They do have slightly different markets but we the consumer are the real winners as they are all fine products.
curiousjoe2007 said:
If Palm's laziest managements and programmers use their brain and work harder, Apple may not be that lucky. It's history now. iPhone is new kid in the block and doing well also has lots to do with other device makers just dont get the idea. People want simplicity and ease of use, yet eye easy screen. LG, Nokia, Samsung, RIM, Motorola etc. try very hard but still stuck in their stubbornness inside the box design.
curiousjoe2007 said:
If Palm's laziest managements and programmers use their brain and work harder, Apple may not be that lucky. It's history now. iPhone is new kid in the block and doing well also has lots to do with other device makers just dont get the idea. People want simplicity and ease of use, yet eye easy screen. LG, Nokia, Samsung, RIM, Motorola etc. try very hard but still stuck in their stubbornness inside the box design.
fada said:
Nokia are by far the best phones on the market, be it smart phone or not so smart phone, there is a reason that they are number one (and for the forseeable future stay that way) and that is that they have the best products, hands down winner no competition, the N95 kicks the pants off the iphone, and thats not even nokias flagship model.Damn Europeans always have the best products, from TV's to cars to phones, there simply the best engineers in the world.
DarkCobra said:
Hey "fada" . . . I'm in the market for the "best" TV. What European model would that be?
shl0791 said:
"I'm in the market for the "best" TV. What European model would that be? "That'd be Samsung, but that's Japanese, not European.
Julio said:
Actually Samsung is Korean. I'd also be reluctant to call a single TV brand the "best" when things could vary greatly from one model to each other. I have a LG 42" LCD in my room and it's got an awesome picture, only bested by some of the newer models from pretty much all brands because it's a two year old panel now.
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