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Android grew nine fold in 2010
Gartner stats rank smartphone makers

The mobile phone world is growing quickly in the high-end with more and more mobile users migrating to feature laden smartphones from feature phones and entry-level devices. The average smartphone can often replace multiple devices for some users thanks to digital convergence.

The latest statistics in from Gartner show that smartphone sales are booming in the market with a growth rate of 72% last year. The global market for mobile phones of all types has blossomed to 1.6 billion units according to the research firm. While Apple grabs much of the news with the iPhone smartphone, the company is ranked as the fifth largest mobile phone firm in the world with RIM coming in fourth place.

Gartner also reports that Android smartphones passed Symbian devices in sales for Q4. Symbian is still listed as the best selling smartphone OS overall according to Gartner thanks to the widespread use by other makers of phones using the OS.

Nokia is hurting badly and feeling the heat with new CEO Stephen Elop noting that Nokia was standing on a "burning platform" referring to MeeGo and conceding that Apple owned the high-end market with the iPhone in an employee memo leaked today. Nokia is still the largest mobile phone vendor according to Gartner's numbers, but it declined from 36.4% of the market in 2009 to 28.9% in 2010.

Carolina Milanese from Gartner said, "The decline [of Nokia] is not solely attributable to Nokia’s continuing deficiency in high-end devices but is in part the result of the growth of legitimate white-box sales."

Gartner also noted that about half the phones sold in Q4 in Europe and North America were smartphones and that Android sales had increased by nine times. Samsung Electronics is ranked second in the Gartner list and LG Electronics is third. Both of these firms are selling a large number of Android devices.



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Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Gio6518 on 2/9/2011 1:53:21 PM , Rating: 2
Smartphone Sales Grew 72% And yet Apples marketshare shrunk !

Should of put a pic of the Android robot there instead...




RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Luticus on 2/9/2011 2:02:20 PM , Rating: 2
not surprising really, in fact i expect further growth of smart phones as regular phones become more irrelevant.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By rudy on 2/9/2011 4:21:14 PM , Rating: 1
It is kinda stupid actually. So phones with more features have always been showing up for the price of phones with less features from before. What is the difference between a smart phone and a feature phone? Nothing, so someone puts an arbitrary devide in there somewhere and tries to create a new market. The fact is just that phones with more features are coming out and at lower prices as has been the case for 15 years nothing has changed. And go figure people who buy new phones are not opting for old ones lacking in power, speed, features etc. Every spec on phones is going up, and has been for a very long time so what exactly is a smart phone what makes it smart? I have read and heard people to define it and there definitions always are senseless or based on the fact they are ignorant to what existed before they started calling phones smart phones.

The article migh have a point if it read on average people are buying more expensive phones, but this may not be the case, the roughtly 100-200$ range has been pretty common for a very long time, now you just get more features for that price.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Luticus on 2/9/2011 4:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
A smart phone to me is the "unification" of the pocket pc and the common cell phone. For example i have a dell x51v pocket pc running windows mobile 5.0 and i have a samsung omnia that runs windows mobile 6.1, the only real "major" difference between the two devices is that my omnia is a phone. Contrary to this my prior LG ENV does not do half of what my "smart phone" does. For example i couldn't sync my ENV with an exchange server, I couldn't side load apps outside of it's "app stores", i couldn't load my own ringtones without using 3rd party software (~hacking it), I couldn't teather with the ENV. I couldn't edit word or excel documents (or even view them), I couldn't change the interface or install a completely new one as i have on my omnia, i couldn't upgrade the operating system (hard to do but doable on a windows mobile phone), i couldn't remote desktop into my computer at home from work and manipulate it with a stylus like i CAN on my omnia, i couldn't connect to wireless network and surf the web the way i can on my omnia. The funny part is that the ENV is a fairly capable phone and i'd even go so far as to say that the env is about as close as you can get to a smart phone with out actually crossing the line. I think the new term is warranted.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Souka on 2/9/2011 5:49:57 PM , Rating: 2
When I started my job a few years ago I was given a Samsung Saga... Windows mobile 5, touch screen and physical keyboard.

That WASN'T a smartphone....


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By vol7ron on 2/9/2011 7:52:19 PM , Rating: 2
Smartphone is really a new term to define an old product/practice. Sort of like how the "RESTful" web service reference doesn't really refer to anything new.

In my opinion it's just marketing jibber-jabber to define more capable touch screens phones. I know you can take a jab at the history of touch screen phones, as I've owned quite a few myself (Palms, Handsprings, iPaqs, Axims) even to use the Handspring with a Sprint Compact Flash card. I think for techies the whole smartphone classification boils down to the CPU/GPU and how IOPS can be performed.

Whereas the old PDAs it was much less than today's standard.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Luticus on 2/10/2011 8:36:09 AM , Rating: 2
I think it boils down to: Is it a miniaturized pc with a phone integrated, or is it a phone that can do text and email?

In the end it's all really just semantics and marketing talk but there is a clear difference in the capabilities between a standard cell phone and what we refer to as a "smart" phone. Technically it's the same thing as calling a router "smart" or "dumb". It's all just how many features it has, they're both still routers.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Pirks on 2/9/2011 2:08:44 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Apples marketshare shrunk
While Apple profit share GREW

http://www.asymco.com/2011/01/31/fourth-quarter-mo...

Munch on this Gio, hehehe :)


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Luticus on 2/9/2011 2:10:47 PM , Rating: 4
Apple's market share will probably grow soon anyway as many verizon customers are finally going to get the shiny plastic toy they've been drooling over. Meanwhile I'm left trying to figure out what smart phone i don't hate... results are, so far, inconclusive.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Pirks on 2/9/2011 2:19:46 PM , Rating: 1
Hating a PHONE?! Do you hate your fridge and dishwasher too? :)))


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Luticus on 2/9/2011 3:52:22 PM , Rating: 2
My fridge is pretty sweet, my dishwasher, on the other hand, yes... i hate it :)


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Pirks on 2/9/2011 3:57:56 PM , Rating: 1
Luddite :)))


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Gio6518 on 2/9/2011 2:22:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
While Apple profit share GREW


Yup thats why I have Apple stock along with , Google, HTC etc. etc.

But never the less, they are following typical Apple patterns...

Back in the 80's everyone and I mean everyone wanted a Macintosh, then greed and failure to give the customers what they want, dropped them down to nothing. Same trend is following the iPhone, they should of and would of grown with the market at least to 5-10%, especially since Nokia and RIM are dying off, but they're not. If they don't change you will see the iPhone like the Mac's dwindle down to 5%.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Pirks on 2/9/2011 2:45:31 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
then greed and failure to give the customers what they want, dropped them down to nothing
More like the ousting of Jobs dropped them down to nothing. But how can it happen again when Jobs is back at helm?
quote:
Same trend is following the iPhone, they should of and would of grown with the market at least to 5-10%, especially since Nokia and RIM are dying off, but they're not
Why would they even try to grow market share if they can easily double and triple their profit share WITHOUT increasing market share substantially? Do you even understand that market share means nil when profit share is really really tiny?


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Gio6518 on 2/9/2011 3:08:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
More like the ousting of Jobs dropped them down to nothing. But how can it happen again when Jobs is back at helm?


HMMMMM isn't he gone again on medical leave

http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=17394...

Not saying to be a jerk or anything, but there's no guarantee he will be coming back.

quote:
Why would they even try to grow market share if they can easily double and triple their profit share WITHOUT increasing market share substantially? Do you even understand that market share means nil when profit share is really really tiny?


Marketshare will either encourage or deter software developers to continue support of their product, again look at the Mac, when marketshare dropped so did available software.

I'm not trying to say Apple will disappear, (because it won't) competition helps with continuing advancement in the smartphone industry. Look at pricing, iPhones pricing has become more reasonably priced due to high end Android devices (i.e. Galaxy class, HTC EVO etc.), and advancement in technology has been running rampant.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Pirks on 2/9/2011 3:17:06 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
there's no guarantee he will be coming back
There's no guarantee that Apple management (who learned a lot from Jobs over the past decade) will tank the company without him either.
quote:
look at the Mac, when marketshare dropped so did available software
Look at the Apple's smartphone app catalog, the largest in the world of smartphones, created WITHOUT capturing huge market share . How come they have the largest app catalog for their phone when their market share is so tiny? Tell me Gio ;)


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Gio6518 on 2/9/2011 3:25:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Look at the Apple's smartphone app catalog, the largest in the world of smartphones, created WITHOUT capturing huge market share . How come they have the largest app catalog for their phone when their market share is so tiny? Tell me Gio ;)


Wasn't tiny until the full momentum of Adroid started taking it's toll, even current developers have seen this and started porting their once exclusive to Apple apps to Android and some are looking to dump Apple and develop exclusively for Android.

quote:
There's no guarantee that Apple management (who learned a lot from Jobs over the past decade) will tank the company without him either.


That's true


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Pirks on 2/9/2011 3:46:52 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
current developers have seen this and started porting their once exclusive to Apple apps to Android and some are looking to dump Apple and develop exclusively for Android
Potential gains form the relatively large size of the Android market are seriously crippled by fragmentation and lack of updates for the smartphones (usually only Apple supports their phones for 2-3 years, the rest ship one update in best case, likes of Samsung etc don't do even this), so my take is that Jobs is looking at this huge mess of a dozens of Android versions, handset revisions of all sizes, capabilities and all kinds of hardware, most without updates or support, and just laughs while looking at all this zoo. What's the profit for the Android dev who has to support all this zoo? On iPhone he spends much less time/effort checking for compatibility issues. Console games eclipsed PC games for exact same reason - hardware uniformity wins the wallets of both consumers and devs alike. Google and yourself will learn it too, in time.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Luticus on 2/9/2011 4:21:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Console games eclipsed PC games for exact same reason - hardware uniformity wins the wallets of both consumers and devs alike.


This is mostly true. A large reason that console games have trumped pc games is that pc games require more troubleshooting "sometimes" to get to work. There's an install process and system specs to consider vs. just popping in a disc and hitting "play". The fact is that the computer is a "general device". This is why console games can usually produce "comparable graphics/game size" on 1/2 the hardware capability.

Uniformity, i don't believe, matters as much on phones because there's more to phones than games. The vast majority of apps out there for a lot of these phones are so basic and simple to write they are easily ported anyway. If this weren't the case then android wouldn't be nearly as successful. Besides that, there is a HUGE difference between "Angry Birds" and "Zelda" or "Mario".

Seriously, how hard is it to troubleshoot the "drink a fake beer" app or all the fart apps out there. I think, what we need to do is raise our standards regarding what we consider real "apps". Honestly, if it wouldn't sell in a box over the counter then it doesn't count as far as i'm concerned.

Another interesting fact is that consoles are artificially holding games back. Basically put, lets say i wanted to develop a game for the pc which gets regular hardware advancements. I could make that game completely max out the hight of pc hardware and have it look truly epic, or i could write a game for the xbox which has been out since 05 and so it's using ~5-6 year old graphics technology and therefore all games made for it are limited to use that technology. The new xbox slim has an artificially crippled processor just to maintain compatibility. Now i get why Microsoft did this and i agree with their decision, i just find it interesting.

And to be quite honest I'm an avid console gamer. I have the original nintendo, snes, n64, gamecube, wii, ds, ps2, psp, and xbox360. I am also a big computer gamer. I have many computers that are for many things, one of which is gaming. Though i prefer pc for gaming i recognize that consoles certainly have their place and are superior when it comes to certain things such as low cost in living room same unit multi-player gaming.


By Treknologist on 2/9/2011 4:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Potential gains form the relatively large size of the Android market are seriously crippled by fragmentation


When all else fails, go back to repeating the same nonsense - fragmentation. Have you not seen the recent data showing that over 90% of Android phones are running Android 2.x? How is that fragmented? Last I checked (which was last week), iOS had a similar level of this infamous fragmentation, if not worse. So, give it a rest.

Also to say that developers are not going to be willing to work with Android due to "fragmentation" is total nonsense. Why do I say that? Well, let's look at another "fragmented" OS out there, Microsoft Windows. There are machines running Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 yet developers don't seem to have a problem making software compatible with all these versions? You know why? Market share! Windows has a large market share, therefore, making software for it warrants sales and profit. The same will apply for Android even if it is perceived as being "fragmented." A year ago, Android had a little over 3% market share. Today Android has increased that number by 900%! This means that companies like Sony are taking notice and more and better software will be released for Android.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Gio6518 on 2/9/2011 2:23:02 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
While Apple profit share GREW


Yup thats why I have Apple stock along with , Google, HTC etc. etc.

But never the less, they are following typical Apple patterns...

Back in the 80's everyone and I mean everyone wanted a Macintosh, then greed and failure to give the customers what they want, dropped them down to nothing. Same trend is following the iPhone, they should of and would of grown with the market at least to 5-10%, especially since Nokia and RIM are dying off, but they're not. If they don't change you will see the iPhone like the Mac's dwindle down to 5%.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Gio6518 on 2/9/2011 2:23:49 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry it double posted


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Hiawa23 on 2/9/2011 2:45:03 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I was not part of the 72%. I needed a phone did not want a contract, did not want a data plan, just needed something that would ring when called, with low monthly payment, that I could text on once in a while, so I bought the Samsung Freeform II for $49-20discount, $40month, no contract from Metro PCS. Those smartphones, plus their data plans, plus their monthly service plans plus the cost of them was just way more than I wanted to pay, but good to see, even in bad economy technology continues to move forward.


RE: Smartphone Sales Grew 72%
By Gio6518 on 2/9/2011 3:21:42 PM , Rating: 2
Many feel that way, I know plenty. But soon there will be no choice, standard cell phones are dying off. Even Metro PCS is heading that route.

http://www.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-indul...

There are many advantages to smartphones, Microsoft SYNC is a great example, Bluetooth integration and if in an accident and unable to call, it will alert authorities to your exact location. There are many more advantages, its great to see the world move forward.


Here's the actual data
By Solandri on 2/9/2011 2:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
Not some news article which tries to sum up the already-summed-up press release (table 1 is all phones, table 2 is just smart phones).
http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1543014

Relevant to the discussion on Apple, Apple's market share increased in 2010 (14.4% -> 15.7%). It just didn't increase anywhere near as much as Android (3.9% -> 22.7%). It also looks like everyone's unit sales of smartphones went up except Microsoft's. So assuming similar profit margin per device from 2009 to 2010, you would expect everyone's profit to be up except Microsoft.




RE: Here's the actual data
By DanNeely on 2/9/2011 2:43:10 PM , Rating: 2
Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and LG all lost global volume. Moto got hammered badly, selling roughly 1/3rd fewer phones than the year before.


Burning platform
By Calin on 2/10/2011 2:57:06 AM , Rating: 2
Nokia's burning platform is Symbian, not MeeGo. Symbian is difficult to develop for (MeeGo is not yet a finalized platform, Nokia expects at most one phone based on MeeGo this year)




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