Smartphones to reach 113M units in 2007

Smartphones to reach 113M units in 2007
According to new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, global shipments of smartphones running advanced operating systems will reach 113 million units worldwide in 2007. Increasing at an average annual compound growth rate 25.6 percent, shipments are forecasted to reach 365 million units by 2012. Smartphones will then account for over 22 percent of all handsets worldwide, compared to 10 percent today.

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.

Thursday, May 24th 2007

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