A total of 18.7 million Symbian handsets were shipped in the second quarter, which contributed to a 7% increase in revenues for Symbian. Symbian is software licensing company that is owned by Nokia (47.9%), Ericsson (15.6%), Sony Ericsson (13.1%) Panasonic (10.5%), Siemens (8.4%) and Samsung (4.5%).
Japan's market is the most advanced mobile market in the world. Symbian is the platform behind the FOMA MOAP phones in Japan, S60 from Nokia, and Sony Ericsson's UIQ. Canalys says that Symbian represents fully 72% of the world's smartphone market. RIM is a distant second with 7.5%.
Despite these figures, Symbian has yet to really make a strong presence in the U.S.