Mobile OS Rankings for 2009
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iPhone and Android
The Android and iPhone OSes had some serious gains in market share along with RIM BlackBerry. Compared to 2008, RIM gained about 3% more market share to solidify its #2 worldwide ranking. Android also climbed 3% and is now about 1% below mobile Linux, which Android is expected to pass in 2010. The iPhone OS had the most growth in 2009 with a 6% gain that allowed it to leapfrog the downward-moving Windows Mobile.
Windows mobile fell 4% in 2009, but you can expect Microsoft to rally in late 2010 with the release of Windows Phone 7 Series. Symbian lost 6% market share in 2009 but still maintains a substantial lead over the other competitors. We don't know how long that will last though, with Nokia shifting its resources to the new MeeGo OS. Linux lost about 3% share in 2009. From top to bottom, the top seven mobile OSes were Symbian (46.9%), RIM (19.9%), iPhone (14.4%), Windows Mobile (8.7%), Linux (4.7%), Android (3.9%), and WebOS (0.7%).
The competition is also tight in Gartner's worldwide mobile terminal sales results. Nokia still has a commanding 17% lead over the next highest company even though the Finnish company dropped 2.2% in market share last year. However, they should have a tough start to 2010 since improvements to Symbian and the debut of MeeGo will take some time. Samsung had the best year, with 3.2% growth. Samsung plans on introducing a new operating system this year called Bada. LG had some light growth in 2009 with a 1.7% jump in market share. Motorola experienced a sharp 4.8% drop in market share last year, but they expect growth this year with their new Droid lineup. Motorola is still struggling outside of North America. From top to bottom, the top five mobile vendors were Nokia (36.4%), Samsung (19.5%), LG (10.1%), Motorola (4.8%), and Sony Ericsson (4.5%).
Source: Gartner (Feb. 2010)