updated 04:40 pm EST, Mon February 7, 2011
IDC has iPhone share flat as HTC, Samsung catch up
New market share data from IDC has cemented the view that Android and the iPhone have been rapidly draining the share of Nokia and RIM. Android phone makers HTC and Samsung doubled and tripled their fall market share respectively in the past year to get 8.5 percent and 9.6 percent of the market. Apple's share was even at 16.1 percent, but it was enough to move the iPhone up to second place in smartphones.
Nokia's share is now thought to have collapsed even more than its official predictions. It tumbled from 38.6 percent to exactly 28 percent. RIM's BlackBerry phones dropped by almost much of a relative amount and fell from 19.9 percent share in fall 2009 to 14.5 percent, knocking it down to third place.
HTC and Samsung's gains were reflected in the total year's share. They jumped to 7.1 percent and 7.6 percent. Apple's iPhone 4 launch still gave it a share increase to reach 15.7 percent. Nokia and RIM again dropped over the year but kept their earlier places, at 33.1 percent and 16.1 percent each.
The gains in Android were catapulted by a slew of important phones, such as the HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S. Apple thrived on its southeast Asian launches. Nokia had the advantage of its new Symbian^3 phones like the N8, but most of its lineup was too old to compete. Both Nokia and RIM were hurt by their weaknesses in the US, where Android and the iPhone took much of their share.
IDC declined to predict the effect of the CDMA iPhone on Verizon and other carriers.