Smartphones outship feature phones for first time in Western Europe

Smartphones outship feature phones for first time in Western EuropeWe’re quite fond of the International Data Corporation (IDC) here at Mobot. The crystal ball gazers reckon that come 2015, Windows Phone 7 will take second place in the OS race behind Android. Fascinating.

Anyway, the cheeky IDC chaps are reporting fact this time, namely that smartphones have outshipped feature phones in Western Europe for the first time.

A whopping 21.8 million smartphone units were shipped in Q2 2011. That’s a rise of almost 50% over the same period in 2010AD. Android accounted for almost half of all smartphones shipped, with Samsung being the most popular manufacturer.

Meanwhile, feature phone shipments were a paltry (ahem) 20.4 million. That’s a drop of 29% compared to Q2 2010.

The IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo observed that the Android guys “have been able to drive strong volumes and to grab the biggest slice of share" from old dead man walking, Symbian.

And hey, let’s not forget the iPhone. It gets some lovin’ too, and is credited with playing a significant part in the continued rise of smartphones.

via: The Independent

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 12, 2011 at 15:24

Oh, look... that Superman was just a Cessna...

C'mon, shipping numbers mean zilch. Samsung shipped over a million first gen Galaxy Tabs. Estimates of actual sales range from 20,000 to 20,001.

That's just 1 example. Hell, over to shipping kings LG ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 12, 2011 at 17:58

That's a fair point, LG love to ship millions of units...shame no one buys them :p. Though smartphones do really seem to have become a thing of everyday life in the last few years, whereas they used to be the reserve of business people and geeks who liked hacking things. Interesting article, Lewis :).

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 12, 2011 at 18:14

I lost the link, but just last week it was published that in the US actually fewer than 30% of folks use smartphones.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 12, 2011 at 18:25

Jan, really? Less than 30%, that's surprising. Pretty much everyone I know, bar my mum, uses a smartphone. I suppose it depends who you know. Can you remember if that 30% was 30% of the total population or 30% of mobile phone users? As you can probably tell, I quite like numbers :p.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2011 at 12:46

Oops, coulda been 40% - I can't find the thing, but the point was that studies had suggested by 2011 there'd be more smarties than dumbphones in the US, and the actual number was way below even 50 %...and the actual number was way below even 50 %...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 13, 2011 at 15:43

That's genuinely surprising, though it's easy to forget that the likes of me and you are probably way more "into", technology than most people. I think lots of people buy a phone that looks pretty if I'm perfectly honest.


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