Gartner report on Q3 smartphone market: Android keeps dominating

15 November, 2011 | Comments (90) | Post your comment

The market analysts from Gartner have posted their report on the smartphone market in Q3 and have outlined some pretty interesting trends. The market as a whole grew by 5.6% and Android saw its share more than double and its total shipments nearly triple compare to Q3 of 2010.

The Google OS powered more than half of all smartphones sold in the third quarter. That's a total of over 60 million units shipped, which adds up to over 650 thousands for each day of the quarter. The sequential increase in the market share of the platform is quite impressive as well - 9.1 percent points.

Symbian took a distant second place with a market share of 16.9%. Its shipments fell both sequentially and year-over-year and it's pretty certain that this is the last quarter when Symbian is the second best-selling platform.

In third place, iOS suffered a minor setback as Apple missed its regular iPhone refresh pattern and sales of the platform took a rare-to-be-seen sequential dip. Still, the shipments were much higher than in Q3 of 2010 and back then we had a new iPhone in the market. The gap between iOS and Symbian stood at just 1.9 percent points in Q3, which is less than the iPhone 4S sold in its first day of existence.

RIM keeps struggling to match the growth rate of the market as a whole and while it maintained its 4th place and shipment volumes both YoY and sequentially, it keeps losing market share. BlackBerry powered just 11% of the smartphones sold over the past three months and with Windows Phone finally about to mount a serious challenge runs the risk of being relegated to the role of an also-run.

Interestingly though, Windows Phone is still unable to make any kind of serious impact and its sales are decreasing, instead of increasing. With a market share of 1.5% it was even overtaken by Bada, which now sits in fifth place.

Operating System

3Q11 Units

3Q11 Market Share (%)

3Q10 Units

3Q10 Market Share (%)

Android

60,490.4

52.5

20,544.0

25.3

Symbian

19,500.1

16.9

29,480.1

36.3

iOS

17,295.3

15.0

13,484.4

16.6

Research In Motion

12,701.1

11.0

12,508.3

15.4

Bada

2,478.5

2.2

920.6

1.1

Microsoft

1,701.9

1.5

2,203.9

2.7

Others

1,018.1

0.9

1,991.3

2.5

Total

115,185.4

100.0

81,132.6

100.0



Moving on to the other interesting bit from the Gartner report, the manufacturers' ranking, we see that Nokia has retained its top spot, though the gap to the second-placed Samsung is quickly closing.

LG comes in a very distant third and it too is on its way to being overtaken by Apple. RIM already knows how that feels as the company lost to both the Apple and ZTE in Q3 2011 and is now sixth.

And if RIM doesn't improve its performance right away, it risks falling victim to the fast growing HTC and Motorola, too. Even Huawei isn't that far behind.

Sony Ericsson comes last of the major manufacturers with a market share of just 1.9%. The joint-venture, which is on its way to becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony, shipped less than 8.5 million units in the past three months and unless it picks up its game, it might become another member of the dreaded Others group in some of the next reports.

Vendor

3Q11 Units

3Q11 Market Share (%)

3Q10 Units

3Q10 Market Share (%)

Nokia

105,353.5

23.9

117,461.0

28.2

Samsung

78,612.2

17.8

71,671.8

17.2

LG Electronics

21,014.6

4.8

27,478.7

6.6

Apple

17,295.3

3.9

13,484.4

3.2

ZTE

14,107.8

3.2

7,817.2

1.9

Research In Motion

12,701.1

2.9

12,508.3

3.0

HTC

12,099.9

2.7

6,494.3

1.6

Motorola

11,182.7

2.5

8,961.4

2.1

Huawei Device

10,668.2

2.4

5,478.1

1.3

Sony Ericsson

8,475.9

1.9

10,346.5

2.5

Others

148,990.9

33.8

135,384.1

32.5

Total

440,502.2

100

   417,085.7

100



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Gartner report on Q3 smartphone market: Android keeps dominating - reader comments

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