Feeds

Smart mobile device market up 55%

Qtek emerges as star performer

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

Over 16.7m 'smart mobile devices' were shipped worldwide in the first quarter of 2006, up 55 per cent on the same period a year ago. According to research from Canalys, the Asia-Pacific region has now overtaken Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in sales of smart mobile devices. Asia-Pacific represented 46 per cent of all shipments during Q1 2006, compared to 39 per cent for EMEA and 15 per cent for the Americas.

Canalys defines smart mobile devices as "handhelds, wireless handhelds and smartphones."

EMEA shipments of smart mobile devices rose 25 per cent year-on-year over the quarter. However, sales in Western Europe declined 10 per cent versus the same three-month period in 2005.

Despite delays in the release of its enterprise-focused E-series smartphones, Nokia not only retained its comfortable lead in the EMEA smart mobile device market in the first quarter, but increased its market share to 76 per cent from 67 per cent a year ago. Both Nokia and second-placed RIM increased their respective device shipments above the market average of 25 per cent.

Qtek posted the highest growth among the top five smart mobile device manufacturers. Its 211 per cent rise took it above HP and Palm for the first time to make it the leading Windows Mobile vendor in EMEA by the end of the quarter.

Globally, despite a sequential fall in quarterly smart mobile shipments, leader Nokia's year-on-year growth of 60 per cent meant the Finnish firm increased its market share slightly, helped by demand for popular multimedia models such as the N70.

RIM, the company behind the highly popular BlackBerry device, made substantial gains to strengthen its position in second place, growing at 85 per cent and overtaking Palm both globally and in the US market for the first time.

During the quarter Palm posted slight growth and Canalys estimates that Treo smartphone shipments were up 44 per cent compared to a year ago. However, the firm said the Treo has yet to gain traction outside the US and, more worryingly, the firm experienced a sharp decline in handheld sales.

Globally, shipments of handhelds were down, with the top four players in this field (Palm, HP, Dell and Acer) all seeing year-on-year falls, according to Canalys.

This concurs with IDC's latest report on the world handheld device market - published on the same day as Canalys data was released - which also shows a decline in handheld shipments.

According to IDC's figures, the total number of handheld devices shipped during the first quarter of 2006 was down 22.3 per cent.

Copyright © 2006, ENN

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
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.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.