Android gets ahead of Symbian in Asia in Q3

Android gets ahead of Symbian in Asia in Q3
Smartphone sales in Asia have been one in every five phones in the quarter ending September 2010, according to GfK Asia. That is almost fourfold increase compared to the same period of last year, and amounts to over 4.7 million smartphones sold, half of all sales in value.

What attracted our attention to the study, though, is not the growing relative percentage of smartphone sales, this is a worldwide trend. Much more interesting is that in the Asian region as a whole, Android has now taken the lead compared to the previous top dog Symbian, according to GfK Asia. Nokia's phones are hugely popular there, and Symbian is still leader in the Southeast. In North Asia, though, Android has overtaken iOS as the most popular mobile platform, while the trio Android, RIM and iOS has taken a sizeable chunk of Symbian's market share overall.

We will see if this is a harbinger of things to come, and still, it is better to judge Nokia's performance after the sales results for the Nokia N8 and Nokia E7 are in, and that won't be until Q1 of next year.

via Symbian-Freak


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15 Comments

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well that green little bastard (in a good way) seems to be working his ass of in there, GO little green robot! GO!

15. m2n unregistered

ur a little polish bastard "(in a bad way)"

2. sam unregistered

Hi how is android 3? Support FARSI language?

3. johnabis unregistered

android FTW, its funny how many I travel to asia and i see everyone with there nokia phones who think they have a smartphone just because it has a 8mp camera but can't do anything beside make calls...

14. whatever1 unregistered

The only nokia phones with an 8 mp camera are the n86, c7 and c6......and they are all smartphones. So you dont know what your talking about.

4. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Android's manufacturers better be releasing hardware that can keep up with Nokia because come next year, Nokia will reassert it's dominance on the market.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think Nokia needs at least one just one android powered device... Symbian is a great OS that has been in the market for around the most time, but a little green powered Nokia phone could also be a great thing to do =)

6. Allday28

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

What is so great about Symbian cause I cant find one thing that I like about it?? Its old out dated and slow. Someone please inform me why its so great please.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well (my personal opinion) -its stable -has a great multi tasking feature -its customizable -has many advanced features

10. Allday28

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Thanks for the awnser but I just cant get into symbian. To old and washed up for me I guess. Android will pass symbian up one of these days. Just my opinion I guess.

7. dan_md

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2010

Don't get too excited Android fanboys. Maybe it's my bias for Nokia, but IMHO, Nokia outnumber Android phones in most countries I've been too. Should these numbers be true, this is a great feat for Android, who at the moment is ranks number 2 in mobile smartphone OS marketshare. It's too early too tell. Let us wait for Q4 when all the numbers are already in with the sales of the new Symbian devices.

12. yeah unregistered

and its only this quarter that they recently unveiled the symbian^3 smartphones. actually nokia n8 in some stores are sold out. this quarter is only the first quarter for nokia. lets wait q1 2011 for the result of the penetration of this phones to asia markets then they make the prediction. people just go claim that the platform is dying when they themselves don't it's capabilities.

8. Freax unregistered

just imagine a nokia powered by Android , Tidy Hardware - Good UI - great Price!

11. ramza unregistered

nokia powered by Android damn this would be something.

13. FrostyM unregistered

Stay calm Childrens the Nokia Phone will have a new OS. this 2011. Nokia will have a proper OS. MeeGo. FTW!

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