Android, iPhone Big Winners In 2009: Gartner
Market research firm Gartner released its worldwidemobile phone sales report for 2009on Tuesday. Android and iPhone were the big winners among smartphones, although RIM also saw an uptick. Meanwhile, Microsoft was the big loser, although Nokia’s Symbian platform also saw a loss.
The iPhone OS nearly doubled its market share among smartphone platforms, going from 8.2 percent in 2008 to 14.4 percent in 2009. Android is now making a big move, with many more different devices and form factors introduced. Android nearly improved its market share eightfold, going from 0.5 percent in 2008 to 3.9 percent in 2009.
RIM also saw its BlackBerry OS continue to increase market share, with a bump from 16.6 to 19.9 percent. Palm finally saw its webOS platform broken out as a separate entity (from other), with a still meager 0.7 percent market share.
Meanwhile, Windows Mobile continues to drop, from 11.8 percent to 8.7 percent. In percentage terms, WM lost about 25 percent of its market share, and that will probably continue until Windows Phone arrives later this year.
Nokia’s Symbian platform still dominates, but continues its downward slide from 52.4 percent to 46.9 percent.
Gartner was cautionary on Android, with Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner saying that some are concerned about Google’s intentions in the market:
“Android’s success experienced in the fourth quarter of 2009 should continue into 2010 as more manufacturers launch Android products, but some CSPs and manufacturers have expressed growing concern about Google’s intentions in the mobile market. If such concerns cause manufacturers to change their product strategies or CSPs to change which devices they stock, this might hinder Android’s growth in 2010.”