Smartphone worldwide sales rise, Google overtakes Microsoft

Smartphone sales across the world have risen 49% in the first quarter of 2010 with impressive figures coming from both Apple and Google. Gartner's research reveals that 54.3 million smartphones were sold in the first three months of this year contributing to a 17% rise of all mobile phone sales. The high figures help make the annual smartphone sales the strongest since 2006. 

Smartphone sales by operating system Q1 2010

Google's Android operating system has seen success in the past year going from a 1.6% share of the smartphone market in the first quarter of 2009 to taking 9.6% of the market for the first quarter of 2010. This has allowed Android to rise to the number four spot for smartphone operating systems overtaking Microsoft's Windows Mobile for the first time. 

Apple also had cause for celebration due to a raise of almost 5% to a 15.4% market share compared to the same quarter last year. The two companies were however the only OS makers who managed to increase their market share for the quarter. 

This sparked a warning for competitors in the crowded smartphone market from Gartner principal research analyst Roberta Cozza. "Just adding a qwerty keyboard will not make a device fit the communication's habits of today's various consumer segments."

Nokia's Symbian OS retained its number one spot with 44.3% of the market, however this is is down 4.5% from last year. RIM's Blackberry market share was also down 1.2% to 19.4% but overall sales for the top four competitors were up for year-over-year figures. 

The first quarter saw smartphone sales stand at 17.3% of all mobile phone sales for 2010, a rise from 13.6% for the same period last year. 

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ctrl+alt+delete said,
but isn't Microsoft the one getting paid?

but in anycase, Microsoft needs to make sure they setup windows phone 7 really good and don't delay

Yep your right i think WP7 is a make or break edition.

ctrl+alt+delete said,
but isn't Microsoft the one getting paid?

but in anycase, Microsoft needs to make sure they setup windows phone 7 really good and don't delay

The problem is going to be that a lot of people are gonna want to wait until they see how the first ones go before they buy so I don't think they'll see a huge jump in numbers. The numbers will still exceed their expectations but not huge. I still don't know if I'll adopt right away for wait a few months to see how things go or for a better phone. It depends on the phones too, not just the OS on them. I just can't wait to get rid of my iPhone 3G. If it's really disappointing, I'll have to go with the iPhone 4G, maybe Android but I've played with a few a lot and never really liked the look and feel (of the OS).

yardman said,
Yep your right i think WP7 is a make or break edition.

I don't think it would break them if it's not as big as they expected. It's never a make or break. They would be able to take what people like from WP7 to apply the suggestions/complaints(fixes for them)/praises to WP8. Then after that, if it sucks than they're in real trouble.

Edited by The Guru Network, May 19 2010, 4:27pm :

yardman said,

Yep your right i think WP7 is a make or break edition.

It will be a break with no effect on the market.

Unless Android really improves I don't think Windows Phone 7 will have a problem. I left Android and went back to an iPhone because the OS feels so choppy and laggy. Granted this was on an HTC magic, but I was with my brother today as he unboxed his new Nexus One and the OS still feels choppy. Flicking between screens is still no where near as smooth as the iPhone and scrolling lists with graphics in them doesn't feel any faster than my old magic. On Android, when you pinch zoom in the gallery (or anywhere else) it still feels like you're iterating through incremental zoom steps as opposed to the iphone which feels like you're directly manipulating the object in a 1:1 manner.

It seems like the loose hardware standards mean Android can't rely on pushing as much of it's screen rendering to the GPU, something that the iPhone obviously does and MS is saying they will be doing in WP7.

Edited by geoken, May 20 2010, 12:33am :

ctrl+alt+delete said,
but isn't Microsoft the one getting paid?

but in anycase, Microsoft needs to make sure they setup windows phone 7 really good and don't delay

I think one HUGE advantage that WP7 will have over Android is phone OS updates. MS can guarantee that your WP7 device will receive OS updates, while Android updates are held at the mercy of carriers and OEMs (just because Google develops a new version of Android doesn't mean that your phone will ever get an official update). This becomes a very important issue since people are signing 2 year contracts when purchasing these phones.

The empire continues to grow.

It will be interesting to see how much of a surge (if any) the soon to be released iPhone 4G will do for Apple's market share.

What will really increase Apple's iPhone sales is a 1X/EVDO (CDMA) phone in addition to the current UMTS/HSPA (GSM) iPhone. When Apple makes an iPhone that works on all mobile network technologies, then it's mobile market share will at least double. Of course, the 4th generation iPhone is also very capable hardware-wise, but really on par with what we're seeing come out on the Android front. In 5 years, Android & iPhoneOS will dominate the global smartphone market, and Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and WebOS will be on rapid decline or dead.

Edited by sabrex, May 19 2010, 7:15pm :