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The Bellinghman
Date: 2011-02-09 12:42
Subject: Smart phones
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Tags:phones
I see from the Reg that Android has overtaken Symbian as the most popular smartphone OS, with 33% of the market.

Apple has fallen back a bit (numbers doubled, but share down to 16%).

Windows Phone 7 is sitting on 2%.

This is interesting, for a number of reasons.

Firstly, Nokia have lost their dominance of the market. This is probably down to Apple and RIM having shown that there's no need to go for Symbian in a phone. Nokia could be in big trouble as a result.

Secondly, Apple have done only reasonably well - in theory, they could have been sitting there in first place, not well back in third, having effectively reinvented the smart phone model that Android is exploiting so well.

Thirdly, Android sales are up sevenfold year-on-year, so some further growth is to be expected. I wouldn't be surprised to see them top 50% of the market, at which point app makers will be really considering the platform.

Fourthly, though Microsoft have lost overall percentage, with WP7's introduction failing as yet to take over their earlier OSes, WP7 is very new to the market, and it's going to be another period or two before we can tell what its market trajectory will really be - they could yet follow Android.

I think the next year could be rather interesting.
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Perdita
User: perdita_fysh
Date: 2011-02-09 13:42 (UTC)
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Have you seen the Nokia memo doing the rounds today?
http://wallblog.co.uk/2011/02/09/nokia-ceo-says-it-is-unbelievable-it-still-doesnt-have-an-answer-to-the-iphone-in-leaked-memo/

Nokia certainly think they're in trouble! There's room enough for them to find a foothold though. I can't get on with touchscreen keyboards so was chuffed when the Sony Xperia X10 Mini Pro came out, giving me a physical keyboard and android phone with a sony camera in a pocket size at last. I figured I'd also get sony reliability and battery life. Sadly half the android apps don't work, the battery life is less than a day and it fails in numerous ways.

So Nokia - make a small phone with a keyboard that runs android properly and is reliable with a good battery life and you'll have one customer here at least, because no one else is doing it.
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martyn44
User: martyn44
Date: 2011-02-09 13:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Don't want much, do you, a phone that does what it says on the tin, day in, day out and doesn't require next generation LiPo batteries to last more than a text.
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