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Smartphone Market Driven by Operating System Wars and Feature Migration

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 27, 2009 While iPhone shipments are growing quickly, smartphones based on the Symbian operating system remain dominant and will continue to grow over the next several years, reports In-Stat. However, Symbian will wane, resulting a drop in net handset shipments in 2014.

Meanwhile, the basis of competition will change from the OS to the functionality and “experiences” that the phone can provide.  The advanced feature sets of smartphones continue to evolve as users demand capabilities such as touch screens, increased camera resolution and Wi-Fi connectivity options. 

“In-Stat believes new OSs such as Android and Maemo will cut away at Symbian market share,” says Allen Nogee, In-Stat analyst. “Although there are relatively few open source OS based on the market today, the open source OS momentum is difficult to ignore.  After years of hype, it is easy to see that 2010 will the year of Android.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • iPhone sales are projected to grow from 13.7 million in 2008 to 24 million in 2009 as Apple continues to lead innovation in the market that it re-invented.
  • Shipments of smartphones with touch screens will more than double from 2008 to 2009.
  • RIM OS has been gaining market share in the non-enterprise segment, speaking to the importance of clever hardware design in the segment
  • The total Smartphone market in 2014 will be 412 million units.
  • Shipments of smartphone with accelerometers will grow to over 350 million units by 2014.
  • Over 60% of a smartphones cost is made-up by displays (touch screens, baseband and apps processors, and software and licensing make-up.  Clearly, making a phone “smart” has significant cost impacts. 
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