Nokia, RIM Continue To Dominate As Global Smartphone Sales Soar

Despite Apple’s mindshare, Research In Motion and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) continue to dominate the smartphone market on a global basis.

Strategy Analytics said that global smartphone shipments increased 30 percent to a record 53 million units in the fourth quarter, compared the same period a year ago. While the appetite for smartphones continues to grow, both Nokia, RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) have been able to increase their marketshare. Nokia owns roughly 39 percent of the market; RIM maintains 20 percent, and Apple is in third with 16 percent. Report.

Over the next year, the three may struggle as other handset makers begin producing competitively priced and attractive 3G devices. Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics, said: