Smartphones are getting popular nowadays. Following the recent market trend on this electronic gadget is really interesting as it shows that Google operating systems are taking over.
Recently, Nokia is suffering dramatic falls in market share worldwide, and RIM has seen a calamitous fall in its US sales, while the Android mobile operating system is streaking past rivals in almost every developed country to become the dominant player everywhere.
New figures provided exclusively to The Guardian by Kantar WorldPanel Comtech shows Nokia’s market share for smartphones dropping from 10% to just over 1% in the US over the past six months.
The story is no more encouraging for RIM, which according to Kantar has seen a huge fall in the number of sales in the US, the world’s biggest smartphone market. There its share has fallen from 32.5% in June 2010 to just 10.6% in March 2011, meaning that it only sold an estimated 1.4m devices there.
Apple is also being rapidly eclipsed by Android devices, though Kantar notes that the introduction in the US of its iPhone to the Verizon network provided uplift to sales, so that it actually increased its market share there. But in other countries, notably the UK, Germany, France and Japan, the iPhone saw double-digit falls in market share. Windows Phone launch has made barely a ripple, with the company’s share of the market falling in every country as the last of its previous-generation Windows Mobile phones are phased out.
So, how do you view this trend in the market?