RIM enters Top 5, replaces Motorola as the market recovers

Smartphones, smartphones, smartphones - itís what the people around the world want. Canít argue with numbers - smartphone shipments are on a rise and the market in general is bouncing back from the 2009 low caused by the poor economy.

In the first quarter of 2010, a total of 294.9 million units were shipped - a 21.7% increase over the 242.4 million units of the previous yearís initial quarter. Analysts remind us that this impressive growth is compared to an overall poor year, so a more realistic market growth for 2010 is 11%.

Motorola reported less bleak Q1 financial results compared to last year, but they lost the top US phone manufacturer to Apple, and they fallen behind on the worldwide scene as well - Motorola fell out of the Top 5 and RIM took their place, overtaking Sony Ericsson for the fourth spot.

RIM is gearing up to take an even bigger piece of the market share pie - the newly announced BlackBerry OS 6 is likely to gain more traction with the general crowd than the previous versions and there are new devices to help drive adoption even further.

Aside from smartphones, touchscreens were another sought-after feature, with touch-operated feature phones performing strongly in Europe. In North America, Android is gaining speed and quick messaging devices remained popular.

In Asia and the Pacific (sans Japan) low-cost smartphones were hot-sellers. In Latin America, both feature phones and smartphones recovered from the dip they took last year and social networking features are growing in popularity.

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RIM enters Top 5, replaces Motorola as the market recovers - reader comments

  • Anonymous

Ofcourse Apple leads in profits. It sells many other high profit products othen than the iphone. Whu are you comparing the profits of this large computer company against Nokia which sells only phone and a few other low profig sevices? Compare iphones...

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  • 2010-05-05 06:40
  • PEdF
  • Anonymous

Yeah, and that site also says that Nokia is expected to make a comeback with the introduction of the new Symbian3!!

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  • 2010-05-05 06:32
  • PU7u
  • Anonymous

so do u have the orange to orange figures regarding iphone vs. any touchscreen model by the almighty brand? Or better yet, combined sales of all touchscreen devices..all these years if u want, from the almighty brand?

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  • 2010-05-05 06:31
  • Er2M