LONDON Worldwide Smartphone sales surpassed 36.4 million units in the first quarter of 2009, a a 12.7 percent increase from the first quarter of 2008, according to market analysis firm Gartner Inc. (Stamford, Connecticut).
Smartphone sales represented 13.5 per cent of all mobile device sales in the first quarter of 2009, compared with 11 per cent in the first quarter of 2008. Gartner analysts said positive performance by Research In Motion (RIM) and Apple showed that services and applications are now instrumental to smartphones' success.
Nokia led the market for smartphones with 41.2 percent market share, followed by RIM (19.9 percent), Apple (10.8 percent), HTC (5.4 percent) and Fujitsu (3.8 percent).
Symbian accounted for 49.3 percent of worldwide smartphone operating systems market share in the first quarter of 2009, down from 56.9 percent share in the first quarter of 2008. RIM’s smartphone OS market share reached 19.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2009, up from 13.3 percent share in the first quarter of last year. The iPhone OS accounted for 10.8 percent of the market, up from 5.3 percent market share in the first quarter of 2008.
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