Apple and Google dominate smartphone market

There used to be a time where Windows Mobile and RIM’s BlackBerry dominated the smartphone market, fast forward to 2011 however and Windows Mobile’s share has dropped to a mere 3% and RIM currently only hold 10% of the market share, so what happened?

Simple, throughout the past few years Android and iOS handsets have taken over the market, currently the who giants hold a combined 82% of the market.

According to data released on Tuesday by market research firm The NPD Group, “The competitive landscape for smartphones, which has been reshaped by Apple and Google, has ultimately forced every major handset provider through a major transition,” Furthermore more Ross Rubin, executive director adds “For many of them, 2012 will be a critical year in assessing how effective their responses have been.”

BlackBerry devices comprised half of all smartphone sales in Q2 2006, but have since seen a steep decline, ending the third quarter of 2011 with just 8 percent market share.

While Nokia remains the top handset vendor in the world, it has suffered a major blow in smartphone sales during the transition from Symbian to Windows Phone, seeing a decline from a 33 percent share in 2010 to 14 percent in 2011.

During the three months ending in September, Apple held its title as America’s top smartphone maker with a 28.3 percent share followed by HTC and RIM with 20.3 percent and 17.8 percent, respectively, according to Nielsen. Android phones as a whole dominated the market, however, garnering a 42.8 percent share.

If you would like to read the whole press release it can be found here.

What do you think, will Nokia and RIM be able to regain their market share?


Apple Projected as World’s Top Smartphone Vendor for 2011

Digitimes Research reports that it is projecting Apple to take the top spot among global smartphone vendors for the entire calendar year of 2011, leading the way with nearly 19% of the market at 86.4 million units.

Apple is projected to easily top Nokia, whose shipments appear set to drop 25% to under 75 million.Apple is expected to overtake Nokia as the top ranking vendor in terms of shipment volume in 2011, while Huawei Technologies will enjoy robust growth in shipments enabling the China-based company to close its gap with Sony Ericsson and Motorola.

Apple’s smartphone shipments are projected to top 86.4 million units in 2011, up 82% from 47.5 million units in 2010. In contrast, Nokia’s smartphone shipments in 2011 will decline to 74.4 million units from over 100 million in 2010, said Luke Lin, analyst for Digitimes Research.

Apple tops smartphone chart in Australia!

Apple continues to work towards complete world domination, as the iPhone continues to eat up the market share of its competitors. The iPhone has helped Apple push Nokia away from the pole position as the top smartphone seller in Australia.

According to reports from  The Sydney Morning Herald, Apple currently accounts for 36.5 percent of the smartphone market versus Nokia’s 30.5 percent share. You might remember that Nokia pushed Palm away from the throne in 2002, and are expected to remain one of the most dangerous competitors.

According to TUAW “The future will remain competitive in the smartphone market since Android’s market share is currently growing faster than Apple’s. For now, though, Apple is leading the trend in Australia and the next year will be interesting for smartphone analysts in Australia.”

iPhone is the most popular phone for Opera Mini

Since the launch barely 20 days ago, the Opera Mini version for the iPhone has soared up the charts. On the first day it was already downloaded over a million times. By now, the iPhone version is the third most popular for Opera Mini downloads worldwide, and number one in the US.

In the US the iPhone has already taken away the top position from BlackBerry for US phone downloads. Worldwide however, the iPhone still needs to take on Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets, who have both dominated the the top 20 lists for a while now.