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According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global Android smartphone shipments will grow 900 percent in 2009. Healthy support from operators, vendors and developers is driving adoption. Apple iPhone OS will be the next fastest-growing smartphone operating system in 2009, with a 79 percent growth rate. Tom Kang, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “We forecast global Android smartphone shipments to grow an impressive 900 percent annually during 2009. The Android mobile operating system from Google gained early traction in the United States in the second half of 2008 and it is gradually spreading its presence into Europe and Asia during 2009. Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79 percent annually in 2009.”Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Android has fast been winning healthy support among operators, vendors and developers. A relatively low-cost licensing model, its semi-open-source structure and Google’s support for cloud services have encouraged companies such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, T Mobile, Vodafone and others to support the Android operating system. Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years.”
Six operators will launch mobile phones based on the LiMo operating system this year, announced the LiMo Foundation, an industry group promoting Linux software for mobile services. The operators planning LiMo devices include NTT Docomo, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. Further active operator participants in the LiMo Foundation include KTF, SFR, Softbank Mobile, Swisscom and Telecom Italia. To date 33 commercial handset models have been certified as LiMo Compliant, of which 10 will be on display at the Mobile World Congress by NEC and Panasonic. LG and Samsung will also show new prototype models at MWC in Barcelona.
The LiMo Foundation also announced that all technologies specified for the R2 release of the LiMo Platform have been contributed on time, and LiMo members are currently introducing reference implementations for devices. The LiMo Reference Implementations will include code specified within both LiMo Platform R1 and LiMo Platform R2. This code includes source code contributions from members as well as components originating from open source communities. LiMo Reference Implementation contributors include Access, Azingo, LG Electronics, Purple Labs and Samsung Electronics. The latest technologies in the LiMo Platform include support for features such as advanced multimedia, location-based services, device management and enhanced security. The LiMo Foundation also announced its endorsement of the OMTP Bondi specification, which future LiMo handsets using a web runtime will support for widgets.
The largest US cellular operator by subscribers, Verizon Wireless, has launched a new femtocell product which offers customers improved mobile coverage within their home or office. The new Network Extender indoor base station, which has been produced by Samsung, will retail for just under USD250 and improves coverage over an area of up to 5,000 square feet. ‘It’s like getting a million-dollar cell site in your home for USD249.99,’ said Jack Plating, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless. ‘Network Extender makes Verizon Wireless’ reliable network even more reliable, filling in nooks and crannies for customers who see the need.’ Smaller rival Sprint Nextel has already introduced its own femtocell offering, while second-placed cellco AT&T is expected to launch its own product in the near future.
We already knew Huawei’s gearing up to enter the Android smartphone market, and have confirmed plans to show its first device at Mobile World Congress which will happen on February. We haven’t seen any Huawei set as of yet, so the new phone might just stay in China. Huawei isn’t the only one with Android phones this year, Samsung is also planning a launch of their own. So stay tuned for more Android action on down the road.
According to Digitimes, LG shipped 100 million mobile devices during 2008, in this becoming the world’s third largest handset manufacturer. This allowed LG to exceed both Motorola and Sony Ericsson’s sales figures. Nokia still retains it top spot (470 million phones sold in 2008 and is followed up by Samsung (with 200 million units sold).
Samsung is full of sales figures, after announcing a couple of months ago that it just sold a bunch of cameraphones, now Samsung is announcing 10 million touchscreen phones were sold during 2008 alone. With 37 million full touch screens circulating around the globe, this translates into Samsung owning nearly one-third of the market. One in every four touchscreen phone is also a Samsung, and Europe sold over 4 million units sold, while 2.2 million units were sold in the U.S., 1.12 million in Korea and 910,000 in China.
Apple and RIM may be eating into its share of the smart phone market in developed markets, but Nokia is still king of the smart phone in China, where its third quarter share of sales reached an overwhelmingly dominant 69.3 percent, according to a new research report from China research group CCID Consultancy.
Nokia does especially well, CCID found, as the handset maker has a product offering that spans the low, mid, and high tiers of the market. There was also good news for the embattled Motorola, which has the second largest share of the Chinese smartphone market, cornering 19.9 percent of Q3 sales. Motorola does best with the mid-range of the market. The combined share of the two companies accounts for nearly 90 percent of smartphone sales in China. In third place, was local handset maker Dopod (4.7 percent), followed by Korean electronics firm Samsung (2.5 percent).
As for the actual number of handsets sold, the figure was 7.474 million, staying mostly flat (up 0.6 percent from the second quarter). Sales revenues in the third quarter hit 18.17 billion yuan ($2.65 billion), up 4.5 percent from Q2. Smart phone sales accounted for 19.3 percent of total mobile phone sales in China.
CCID expects China’s smartphone sales to grow moderately, but may see a boost from the launch of Android-based smart phones, which the research group said has caught the attention of many phone manufacturers in China.