Canalys Says Mobile Device Shipments UP 60%

canalys.jpgThe latest market data from analyst firm Canalys shows how much
the converged device market (all smart phones and wireless
handhelds) has grown over the past year. These, typically high-end,
devices represented around 10% of the global mobile phone market by
units in 2007, with annual growth of 60% making them one of the
fastest growing segments of the technology industry. Year-on-year
growth climbed every quarter throughout 2007, to reach a peak of 72%
in Q4.

2007 Converged Devices

  • Converged device shipments (smart phones and wireless
    handhelds) rose 60% to hit 115 million in 2007
  • Shipments of handhelds fell 47% to 3.0 million, from 5.6
    million in 2006
  • North America is growing fast - shipments doubled to 20.9
    million, from 10.3 million in 2006
  • Nokia remained global market leader, shipping 60.5 million
    smart phones
  • RIM shipments grew 112% year-on-year to 12.2 million,
    strengthening its second place position
  • By OS provider, Symbian leads on 67% share, followed by
    Microsoft on 13%, with RIM on 10%.

Q4 Converged Devices

  • Converged device shipments rose 72% year-on-year in Q4 2007,
    the highest growth seen all year
  • Nokia and RIM retained their number one and two positions
  • Apple achieved third place despite its limited geographic
    coverage, with 7% share
  • Symbian leads with 65% share, ahead of Microsoft on 12%, RIM
    on 11%, Apple on 7%, and Linux at 5%