By December 4, 2008

iPhone overtakes Windows Mobile

image Q3 2008 saw Apple’s only current smartphone, the iPhone 3G, outsell the numerous devices based on the Windows Mobile platform not only in the USA but on a worldwide scale. Despite the global financial crisis the smartphone market share is still growing (though at a slower pace than last year) and territories are being remapped. The third quarter of 2008 saw some really interesting changes in position.

Nokia is still top with 42.4% market share in Q3, but for the first time they have a decline in sales as compared to last year.

Windows Mobile has shamefully slipped behind Apple proving that sometimes it’s not all about pumped up specs, but user experience and service integration count big time as well.

RIM’s Blackberry devices are also growing in popularity having 81.7% more sales than last year’s quarter. And they should do even better in Q4. Seems like the Bold and the Storm just might liven up the conservative facade of the brand.

Different OS’s are changing market shares too. For the first time Symbian has fallen bellow 50% market share possibly because of the rise in popularity of touch-screen devices, which effectively lacked in the Nokia portfolio in Q3. Sony Ericsson’s UIQ wasn’t there to fill the gap either.

So there you have it, Microsoft are in trouble with Windows Mobile, the added delay to Windows Mobile 7. The stop gap updates 6.14 and 6.5 had better offer something good or this slippage will start to spiral out of control, Microsoft over to you.

via GSM Arena

Posted in: Phones

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