Berg Insight estimates that “Symbian OS was the leading smartphone operating system in 2006 with a market share of 63 percent. Linux was the second largest platform, followed by Windows Mobile. Nokia’s commitment to Symbian OS as the core of the S60 platform is the key to its success”, said André Malm, telecom analyst, Berg Insight. “In the future there will however be increasingly strong competition from Linux for consumer devices and Windows Mobile in the enterprise segment.”
Nevertheless, another report, from Canalys, “Worldwide smart mobile device market Q1 2007” shows that Symbian remains a strong leader in the first quarter with 72% market share. Symbian has announced its licensees have shipped 16 million smartphones during this period, a 35.9% increase on Q1 2006.
This Smartphone market growth and the presence of a limited number of operating systems represent a real opportunity for developers of navigation and other consumer GPS applications. The open environments of the Smartphone operating systems Symbian and Windows Mobile are offering an ideal place for innovation with long term standards and a large availability of development tools.