Apple revealed its quarterly numbers earlier this week, and we know it sold a whopping 3.79 million iPhones worldwide. Nokia's CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, touted sales of the 5800 XpressMusic, which are estimated to be at 3 million for the year. Devices such as these led the way, but the competition wasn't far behind.
"As always there are winners and losers," commented practice director Kevin Burden in a prepared statement. "Samsung and LG demonstrated healthy gains to take their market shares to 17.8% and 8.8% respectively. Another star performer was RIM which raised its share to 3.0% due largely to the success of its Blackberry Bold. It is a little curious that Apple's market share is just 1.5% given the success of its AppStore. As popular as the iPhone 3G has been, increased competition in the touchscreen segment and a lack of product differentiation may be dampening demand."
Apple claims it has sold about 21 million iPhones now it total. Not a big figure for nearly two years in the market. With iPhone OS 3.0 on the way -- and hopefully new hardware -- there's still plenty of room for Apple to grow its presence in the market. ABI's forecasts predict that the second quarter will also see a drop compared to the year-ago quarter, but also notes that 2Q08 was particularly strong with respect to mobile phone sales.
Any way you look at it, things could be a lot worse for the handset industry. A drop of 11% isn't great news, but it's not devastating news, either.