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Symbian still the most widespread mobile OS in 2011, Apple surges with the iPhone 4S

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Symbian still the most widespread mobile OS in 2011, Apple surges with the iPhone 4S
StatCounter has released its January-December 2011 data, and the results come as no surprise to someone who follows with unbiased eye the world's smartphone market. Symbian, it turns out, is still the most popular mobile OS worldwide, installed on 33.46% of devices, while iOS surged to second place, according to StatCounter, thanks to the breathtaking sales of the iPhone 4S at the end of the year. 

The data is sourced worldwide, so probably the unabashed lead of Android and iOS new phone sales in the West, especially the United States, has been offset somewhat by existing phones in Africa and Asia, where Nokia traditionally carries a quite significant footprint.

Nokia has renamed Symbian as simply Nokia Belle for its upcoming handsets, as well as the February update of the existing ones, like the Nokia N8, and said it will support it until at least 2016. 

Rumors are that Nokia 803 - a Nokia N8 successor with optical zoom will be running Symbian as well, since the more modern Windows Phone has to introduce some additional functions in the camera interface to support a sophisticated sensor like the one expected on the camera-centric Nokia N8 heir, rumored to run Nokia Donna with dual-core support.

via NokNok


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posted on 06 Jan 2012, 08:27 1

1. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


these full graphs are fun. I wish they made one that spanned like 2 or 3 years. Android has a steady rise up while Apple rises and falls consistently with the new release and then time between releases. Symbian making such an uptick is surprising since Nokia has been losing share so rapidly. Then again, just because some new smartphone sales are slow doesnt mean all of their sales are slow.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 10:31 4

6. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Nokia also released 2 new lines of phones this fall with the 700, 701, 600, 603 Symbian Belle devices, and then also the 4 Asha phones anounched at Nokia World. Hope the Asha phones aren't included though as they run Series 40 and are feature phones (albeit very capable ones which now can download apps from a store and probably meet the older definitions of smartphones fairly well).

Still, Symbian does still have a following, has huge carrier support, and large user base - i'm sure the 60+ languages, carrier billing in (insert big number here) markets helps, as does the new Belle UI - much improved.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 10:33

7. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


so much for a dying OS right remix?

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 16:33 1

14. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Dying is not the same thing as dead. As far as true symbian smartphones go,which is what is being killed, they are on life support and about to be pulled. I'd bet money that the graph is showing these OSes on every device including ipods and feature phones

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 17:43 2

17. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


There's nothing like Symbian feature phone. Nokia's feature phones use S40 and S30 java-based platforms and the only thing they have common with Symbian is similar icon design.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 11:21 3

8. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


"the results come as no surprise to someone who follows with UNBIASED eye the world's smartphone market"

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 04:40

21. E.N. (Posts: 2291; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Keep in mind that it took much longer for the 4S to release than other iPhones. The tech sites said July, then August, then early September, then late September, then first week of October until we finally got the release date. Many prospective iPhone buyers waited all the way through.

Also, many people aren't going to buy a phone that's over a year old. When you have the iPhone 4 versus phones like the Bionic and SGII, a decline is inevitable. This year was a good year for Motorola and Samsung and the lack of a new iPhone is partly the reason why. Android had its steepest increase May-ish to late September. If Apple had stayed on track, that would have been iPhone season and you also would have seen at least a straight line all the way through, possibly an upwards increase.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 08:45 1

2. Sniggly (Posts: 6998; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


1. It is not revealed whether this counts all devices running iOS unfolding mp3 players and tablets.

2. It's funny how even with the newest iPhone Apple saw only a small uptick in market share only to drop back down in December.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 08:49 2

3. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i would assume its anything running iOS which definately includes ipods. There is no way symbian is getting an uptick from smartphone only sales so it must include symbian dumb phones. Its total sales from my understanding.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 10:04 4

5. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


surprise surprise... Sniggly and his boy wonder already disputing... since it doesnt favor Android...

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 13:29 1

12. Sniggly (Posts: 6998; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Problem?

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 11:28 4

9. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Android success also includes huge percentage of dumb phones ... Why are you not including those in any of your post ??

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 11:39 1

10. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


android ''dumb'' phones are still capable of doing everything the top end android and iphones can just have crappier spec and low res screen but they still have app stores,wifi,bt etc so i would not call the dumb phones but smartphone for people who dont want to spend 100 and 100 of pounds on a smartphone.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 16:34 3

15. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Cheap phones and dumb phones are not the same thing.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 13:29 1

11. Sniggly (Posts: 6998; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Since when? Android is almost exclusively a smartphone/tablet OS. Name one non smartphone sold anywhere that runs Android.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 17:39 2

16. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


There's no such thing as Symbian dumbphones. Nokia's dumbphones use S40 and S30 java-based platforms and the only thing they have common with Symbian is similar icon design.
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Symbian's november and december rise is clearly result of new batch of Symbian smartphones: 603, 700 and 701. Imagine their sales if Stephen Elop didn't make his dumb WP announcement, which resulted in all geeks repeating "symbian is dead" like a broken gramophone since then. Imagine if Nokia promoted new Symbian smartphones as much as they did with Lumia series (200 million $ only for US Lumia 900 launch).

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 18:22 1

18. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


You may be right on the symbian iinternals but it doesnt matter. If it is considered symbian then its tracked as symbian.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 21:36 2

19. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


It is not considered Symbian and is not tracked as Symbian, because it's not Symbian. And even if S40 usage would be added to Symbian, it wouldn't increase it that much, since MOST feature phone owners are not accessing internet on their mobiles.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 09:32 5

4. leossoliveira (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Symbian is still the best OS that's the truth and the best hardware manufactures that is indisputable. This account is only active with the smartphone OSs cited.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 13:55 1

13. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


:-D *wide smile*

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 02:29

20. enternamehere (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


keep it rocking Symbo :)

gettign my Nokia 603 asap, NFC build in maps and a battery life better than android .. they way to go :)

Also in the budget area The Ashas 300 and 303 offer some really good price/value points ... just saying

And for big flat phone fans tehres the N9 althoguh deemed as unwanted child i think its one of the most innovative OS designes ever and its nokai made - compared to lumias which are created by contractors ...

Anywas wish a good year to Nokia and the rest of you guys at phone arena :)

Cheers

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