Apple grabs healthy share of smartphone market
EXCERPT: full article > HERE …The latest market data from analyst firm Canalys shows how much the converged device (smart phone) market has grown over the past year.
These, typically high-end, devices represented around 10% of the global mobile phone market by units in 2007, with annual growth of 60% making them one of the fastest growing segments of the technology industry. Year-on-year growth climbed every quarter throughout 2007, to reach a peak of 72% in Q4.
Canalys estimates that Apple took 28% share of the fast growing U.S. converged device market in Q4 2007, behind RIM’s 41%, but a long way ahead of third placed Palm on 9%. This was also enough to put Apple ahead of all Windows Mobile device vendors combined, whose share was 21% in the quarter according to Canalys figures. In EMEA, where the iPhone officially launched part way through the quarter in only three countries, Apple took fifth spot behind Nokia, RIM, HTC and Motorola, but ahead of several established smart phone providers such as Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Palm.
What would Ballmer say today about iPhone market share?
“There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I’d prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get.” – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, April 30, 2007
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughes at Apple iPhone, BSes, and makes up market share percentages, January 17, 2007:
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