Feeds

Nokia, Symbian boom as smart phone sales rocket

But PDA sales stutter

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Smart phones sales surged around the world during Q2 while the pure-play PDA market continued to contract, market watcher Canalys reported today.

Worldwide shipments of mobile devices jumped 105.4 per cent over Q2 2004 to 12.19m units. Smart phone shipments were up 186 per cent, but PDA shipments were down 14 per cent, Canalys said.

Palm typified the shift. Shipments of the Tungsten and Zire PDAs for which it is best known fell 32 per cent year on year, but that decline was countered by a 200 per cent increase in shipments of its Treo communicators.

Palm was the world's biggest seller of PDAs, with a 31 per cent share. Number two placed HP saw its PDA shipments contract 21 per cent, so this month's launch of its Treo-style iPaq he6500 family clearly comes not a moment too soon.

Once again, Europe proved a strong market for PDAs, with unit shipments up 18 per cent year on year. Here sales are dominated by GPS navigation and route-planning bundles, reflected by strong shipments from the likes of Acer and Mio. HP was still the European PDA market leader.

Palm remains the world's second most successful mobile device vendor in terms of units shipped, but its market share fell, from 18 per cent to 8.7 per cent. It Q2 shipments fell a single percentage point.

Research in Motion (RIM), the number three player, saw its share fall from 8.2 per cent to 7.4 per cent of the market despite an 84 per cent increase in unit shipments year on year.

The big winner was Nokia, which not only retained its market leadership but increased its share from 33.2 per cent in Q2 2004 to 54.9 per cent in Q2 2005 on the back of a 240.3 per cent increase in unit shipments.

Its unit-shipment growth was surpassed only by Motorola and Fujitsu, whose shipments were up 637 per cent and 259.5 per cent, respectively, year on year. Both experienced big market share gains, though their shares remain small: 4.6 per cent and 4.3 per cent, respectively.

Nokia's success helped Symbian extend its leadership of the mobile device OS market, as a 214.8 per cent jump in unit shipments pushed the operating system's share from 41 per cent to 62.8 per cent. That pushed Microsoft's share down, from 22.9 per cent to 15.9 per cent, despite a 42 per cent increase in unit shipments. Shipments of PalmSource-based devices dropped 13.3 per cent, knocking its share down from 22.5 per cent to 9.5 per cent. ®

Related stories

Motorola unveils would-be Blackberry beater
PalmOne regains old handle
HP stops Expansys importing non-Euro PDAs
LG throws PalmSource a lifeline
PalmOne to become Palm again
PalmSource CEO hands in resignation letter
GPS drives Euro PDA shipments
PalmSource sees red as device sales decline

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices
Screw copper phone lines, we're UNIQUE, bleats telco
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?
Oh, you've dialled the wrong number for ad fibs, rules ASA
EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder
Carrier is 'aware' of cockup, working on a fix NOW
ROAD TRIP! An FCC road trip – Leahy demands net neutrality debate across US
You crashed watchdog's site, now time to crash its ears
Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH
Congratulations, world media, for rediscovering submarine cable armour
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?