Gartner: Android Grows 8% in Global Smartphone Share


Research firm Gartner has published the latest quarterly smartphone numbers, and it’s easy to see why the honchos at Google (s goog) are all smiles at the I/O conference this week. Android grew an impressive 8 percent of smartphone market share this year, moving it into fourth place overall. This puts Android only trailing Nokia (s nok), RIM (s rimm) and Apple (s aapl) in smartphone sales. Windows Mobile (s msft) drops to fifth place behind Android.

Nokia remains the 800-pound gorilla in the smartphone cage with 44 percent of the market, although this share is a 4 percent drop. RIM showed a modest 1 percent YOY drop while Apple gained almost 5 percent. Windows Mobile and Linux both dropped almost as much as Nokia.

Microsoft faces a big challenge with the launch of Windows Phone 7 looming near. It will be worth watching to see if its market share goes back up once the new platform launches. WebOS is not garnering enough sales to appear as in individual line item on Gartner’s chart; HP (s hpq) has some work ahead with the integration of Palm (s palm).

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Hmmm. Interesting that Android keeps growing, and Linux keeps shrinking.

It’s obvious that they’re not counting Android phones as Linux, since the numbers are smaller, too. Kinda funny.

If Linux is really “other Linux”, is Maemo folded into the numbers for Nokia? Not that it would make a big difference.


Windows Phone 7, when it is released, will show worse sales figures than Windows Mobile.

It’s not going to hit the ground running, and be another Android or iPhone. Windows Phone 7 is going to be feature incomplete, have very few apps, and even fewer quality apps. It’s development APIs are weak, hence big names like Skype, Kinoma, Mozilla and others announcing they will abandon Windows Phone 7 plans, even before it is released.

The latest Gartner sales figures show that Windows Mobile has crashed and burned, with everyone now abandoning the platform. But Microsoft has always done badly in portable devices. Ever since PlaysForSure, and Zune failed, even though they were reasonable at the time.

How is Microsoft going to sell a feature incomplete phone OS, and expect it to compete against the next versions of Android and iPhone? It’s just fanciful.


I agree.

Either James’s statement was made anticipating that current WM users are holding back purchasing phones in anticipation of WP7 or that new users with find the new platform compelling enough compared to the competition. Considering Microsoft’s nearly unbroken string of first-gen disaster’s, I find that compelling enough to take a wait and see approach.

Sean Iannuzzi

You never know unless you have seen the actual Windows Phone 7 OS and the other vendor’s product development schedules. You seem to be very negative with regards to the success of Microsoft.

Only time will tell if Windows Phone 7 will be able to compete as when the Android first came out there were very few applications for that as well.

Did you have the same attitude then, if so you would have clearly been wrong.

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