iPhone Growing 5 Times As Fast As Overall Smartphone Market

Submitted by lalit on August 12, 2009 - 7:42pm.

Gartner has released the worldwide cellphone market share report for Q2 2009. The mobile phone sales declined 6 percent, but the smartphone sales grew 27 percent during the period. In smartphones Nokia came in top but their market share dropped from 47.4 percent in Q2 2008 to 45 percent in Q2 2009. RIM saw 1.4 percent jump in market share, which brought their number to 18.7 percent. Apple saw the biggest jump from 2.8 percent in 2008 to 13.3 percent in Q2 2009. Unit shipment jumped 500 percent for Apple from 0.892 million to 5.4 million. HTC was fourth with 6 percent market share followed by Fujitsu with 3 percent share.

In smartphone OS market, Symbian (51%) and Microsoft (9%) continued to drop market share, while RIM and Apple continued to grow their year-on-year share. Microsoft’s OS market share has dropped more than half from over 20 percent in 2007, before iPhone was launched to just 9 percent in 2009.

Gartner says “Apple’s expansion into a larger number of countries in the past year has produced a clear effect on sales volumes, as have the recent price adjustments on 8GB 3G iPhone. Apple brought its much-anticipated new device – the iPhone 3GS – to market at the end of second quarter of 2009, but its full potential will only start to show in the sales figures in the second half of 2009.”

iPhone is growing at a very impressive rate and with introduction of iPhone 3GS, Apple looks all set to overtake RIM by mid of 2010 and become number two player in smartphone market. BlackBerry’s UI and feature set is outdated when compared the iPhone and RIM has been very slow to react to all the advancement put forward by the iPhone.

Analyst Chris Umiastowski of Newcreast research firm has posted a video titled “Evaluation of BlackBerry and iPhone”, the video clearly shows how far behind RIM is in user interface and performance. RIM says it would be adding all the features present on the iPhone by mid of next year, which might turn out to be very late for RIM.