Smartphones projected to as 28% of handsets sold this year, Nokia the big loser of Q1

Smartphones projected to as 28% of handsets sold this year, Nokia the big loser of Q1
The smartphone boom is in full swing these days. According to market research and consulting firm IMS Research, 2011 will see over 420 million smartphones sold, which would be 28% off all handsets sold. However, while the numbers look good overall, they don't look good for everyone. 

IMS also shows numbers for manufacturer sales comparing Q1 of 2010 to Q1 this year, and the numbers aren't great for everyone. Nokia took the biggest dive as it makes the switch to Windows Phone 7 devices. Looking at year-on-year numbers for Q1, Nokia dropped from 40% of smartphone sales in 2010 to just 24% this year, which was still good enough to make Nokia the biggest manufacturer for Q1 2011. But, moving into Q2, Nokia kept dropping with sales at just 16.7 million, which represented a 34% drop over Q2 2010. 

Not surprisingly, BlackBerry also saw a significant drop in market share, while Apple and HTC saw a slight increases. The big winner was Samsung, which increased its market share of sales from just 3% in Q1 2010 to 13% in Q1 2011. 

source: IMS Research



1. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

I really want Blackberry and Palm to make a come back!!!!

2. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

nokia will keep losing the market if they dont provide good hardware and OS.

5. donpeppino9

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 24, 2010

nokia makes good hardware, i think. they just need a more modern OS with lots of apps! hopefully they will make a phone with the E series form factor and windows 7... that would be a winner in my book!

6. Viper unregistered

As you said..Nokia makes good hardware but needs a good os..i see that Meego on n900 was a good os..isn't it??but i don't know why we didn't see it on another phone.

16. CellGrave unregistered

It is not just cosmetic hardware which counts, internal hardware and software compliment the outer looks. Unfortunately Nokia’s greed to supply the thirsty market took them down. They opened lots of manufacturing plants and I am seeing new countries being added to the already long list. I doubt if the new plants have the same quality control which Nokia had year ago. People are starting to realize that new Nokia’s fall behind in terms of quality and usability. If they only concentrate on quality low end cell phones, I am sure they will not lose their position anytime soon and eventually launch their new WP7 smart-phones.

9. me.

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

I like Nokia, specially small features like automatically changes the ringtone and volume in evening or night times, weekend home screen etc. I have 7 screens on my current phone with a bunch of icons on it but a small feature like the auto brightness does not work.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

hhmm i would understand BB but why palm??

4. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

"Nokia the big loser of Q1". Like I said before "the hate is getting pretty obvious" and it's not even funny. Can we just keep it professional!!

20. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

They stated a fact. They lost a huge amount of market share. Don't see anything unprofessional.


Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

i just dont understand why phonearena hate nokia so much smdh.....

22. checkmeda unregistered

becous phonearena geting more money nad more profit

8. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop are in cahoots to bring Nokia down, for a Microsoft buyout. Why bring out the N9 and tell buyers don't expect much support from us on this thing? And why dump two OS's, one that was never given a real chance, in favor of an OS that hit the market with a big thud!? If Elop really wanted Nokia to succeed, he would have kept Meego and SERIOUSLY considered Android along with WP7. Not saying it had to be Android, but they should have considered it. But I guess they didn't want to eat their old CEO's words about Android.

17. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

I understand what you mean, but trust me they know what they are doing. They needed an OS that´s fully supported, new, fresh, and also that would help them reduce costs. Just look at what MS is doing with WP7 and all these updates and new features. Do you think Nokia would have achieved all that in a short amount of time? I dont think so. They considered Android as an option but it didn´t work out for them and I´m glad it was that way so that we can have more options on the market. Elop might seem a troyan hourse, but if you start analyzing the strategy very carefully, you´ll realize that it was the right decision. What I personally don´t like is that they are ditching Meego. But let´s just hope everything comes right and that Nokia succeed.

19. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I hope your right because I love Nokia phones. Even though they neglected the CDMA market (VZW all the way!) in the past, I would love to see a something special come out of Finland that I could get excited about. I'm not a fan of Windows anything, but if it's made by Nokia, I would consider it.

10. joe unregistered

How Is nokia that high up in the smartphone market? I don't see anyone with Nokia phones anymore or any Nokia news on websites. I haven't even seen any commercials.

11. AST3R1X2545

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Nokia may not have a big presents in the US but it was king in the rest of the world (but then Steven Elop came on the scene)

13. me.

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Oversea. People pay there $400-$500 for nokia smartphones

15. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

I still have my n900 man.. one of the greatest!

12. AST3R1X2545

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Nokia should of stuck to their plan to make a transition from symbian to meego (both home grown OSes that they had full control of and had to pay no royalties to external companies) instead of going the path of WP7

14. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010


31. checkmeda unregistered

but you dont get much more futer in samsung becuse nokia having everthing u will get but ex android not saport data transfer message calender notes and u dont get miltitask and main android camera phone dont get flash and u will get only singal flash nokia was easy opreting and u have pc or laptap u can use in modem type use without cabel or with cabel u have wifi opption just download joikuspot apps u will get much more opption

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

It took samsung 1 year and pretty much just 1 phone (the galaxyS) to almost catch up to what has taken apple nearly 5 years to do in market share. Concidering the SGS2 hasnt been sold in america yet and is already one of the worlds hottest phones, I cant wait to see what next year looks like. The beauty of android and competition.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I hope you realize samsung sells a lot more than just 1 smartphone. Why do you look up so much to Apple that you compare everyone to them? You know what they say. Emulation is the biggest form of flattery.

27. jura21

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 20, 2011

but u may say that samsung's reputation as a smartphone manufacturer surged upon the good reviews of galaxy S......u cant say that their omnia 7 boosted sales...but i do agree.....several mid ranged phones like galaxy ace and galaxy 3 did contribute a lot

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

They contributed, but not a lot. Before the galaxyS thats all they had was omnia's and Ace's and beholds.. all which were kinda crappy. That would be that miniscule number from the year before. The only major difference in the line up was the addition of the GalaxyS. Which as a sales rep, i can tell you cannibalized sales of every other phone. I've probably sold 5x more galaxyS's than any other phone this year and more than most of them combined. Taco, Is that why iOS5 is such a direct copy of android 2.1? :) Thats flattering for sure. As you like to mention, the iPhone is the single device sales leader. The only single phone that is keeping up with it is the GalaxyS.

23. dandirk unregistered

Nokia just got caught sleeping.... just like bb. They did not predict the app/touchscreen/3g revolution. I honestly dont think the market can handle more then 3 platforms. Especially the us market. They had to choose... taken down ms or join one of the top 3. They made the right choice i think. No matter what they will be ok. They do own a vast majority of mobile patents.

25. shannbholla unregistered


26. jura21

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 20, 2011

i hate to say this..but nokia never updates old products once they roll out a new product......i had several nokias in the past.... the ngage never had an update the n81 had only 1 major update the 5800 had a terribly flawed firmware upon release which has been fixed over 2 yrs time,but still doesnt match iphone3g with which it was intended to compete. all these gave me no choice but to switch my device manufacturer to samsung.

29. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Actually, you're wrong Nokia do update their old products, just go to and you'll tons of updates for the old models. I think there are like 5 updates for the Nokia 5800.

28. John unregistered

Samung hats off keep going and dont care about the word copy cats,galaxy s2 is rocking and retina is look like garbage infront of sa plus,i bet samsung have one of the best screen in the world

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