Another smartphone data survey has arrived, this time by research firm Gartner – which shows Android and iPhone both enjoyed a storming 2009.
Upping its market share from 0.5% in 2008, the year it launched, Android OS phones racked up a 3.9% global market share figure when looking at total smartphone sales throughout all of 2009, while iPhone went from 8.2% in 2008 to 14.4% in 2009.
Here’s the raw sales data, comparing 2008 and 2009 smartphone market share. The figures represent thousands of units, so Symbian’s 80,000 figure represents 80 million handset sales:
So that’s 6.79 million Android phones sold during 2009. Symbian was the biggest loser, dropping over 5% of its market share in the course of 2009, with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile also showing a decline at the expense of rampaging iPhone, Android and RIM BlackBerry sales.
2010 is likely to show more of the same – and then some. Android sales and general awareness rocketed toward the end of 2009, thanks to Motorola’s aggressive push into Android and numerous other makers leaping onboard the Android phone bandwagon. 2010 will be immense for Android, no question.
Read the full research data over at Gartner’s press room.