New survey shows Android finished 2011 with 48.8% of the global smartphone market
While many have counted RIM out, for the year the Canadian based manufacturer increased its shipments by 5% to 51.4 million units. That works out to a 10.4% slice of the global smartphone pie. But things did deteriorate in the fourth quarter for RIM with its shipments for the three month period declining by 9.7% to 13.2 million. That accounted for 8.3% of the market.
whose shipments dropped 40.9% to 18.3 million phones, good for an 11.6% share. For the year, the OS accounted for 80.1 million smartphones and a 16.4% marketshare. That was off 29.1% from 2010.
The biggest loser for the year was Windows Phone which lost 43.3% of 2010's slice of the market to reach just 1.4% of smartphones shipped in 2011. The 6.8 million handsets shipped with Microsoft's mobile OS installed was even well behind the 13.2 million units that were equipped with Samsung's bada OS.
For the quarter, smartphone shipments rose 56.6% to 158.5 million units. For the year, 487.7 million smartphones were shipped globally, a rise of 62.7% for the year.
source: Canalys via WMPoweruser