According to numbers published this Wednesday January 15 by the Gartner firm, 472M smartphones were sold around the world in 2011. Sales up 58% compared to 2010 and now represent nearly a third of the global mobile phone market (31%).
In the fourth quarter of 2011 alone, 149M units were sold, an increase of 47.3% compared to the same period the previous year.
This dynamism can be explained in particular by the success of Apple’s iPhone, which has also become the third largest manufacturer in the global mobile market. Nokia, for its part, remains the leading manufacturer for all mobile devices, but continues to lose market share. Second, Samsung holds 17.7% of the market share in the sector. Big loser of the year 2011, RIM saw its sales collapse and only arrived in 6th position on the global market.
In the specific smartphone market, Apple figures as leader in 2011, capturing 19% of the market share. Over the last three months of the year, the Apple brand is also ahead of Samsung with 35.4M smartphones sold, against 34M for the Korean manufacturer.
In terms of operating systems, Google’s Android remains the most used with nearly 50% of the market share. Apple’s iOS comes in second position (23.8%) while Nokia’s Symbian is on the third step of the podium with 11.7% of the shares.