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Apple doubles its iPhone market share

Saturday, May 23, 2009
The newest data from Gartner (an information technology research and advisory) shows that Apple's share of worldwide smartphone sales grew from 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2008 to 10.8 percent in the first quarter of 2009. In terms of unit sales, Apple jumped from 1.7 million in the first quarter of 2008 to 3.9 million during the same period in 2009.

Apple wasn't the only smartphone maker with big gains. RIM (Research In Motion: Canadian wireless device company) saw its BlackBerry market share rise from 13.3 percent in first quarter of 2008 to 19.9 percent in 2009. The company's unit sales grew from 4.3 million to 7.2 million over the same period.

Nokia saw its market share drop almost 4 percent, from 45.1 percent in first quarter of 2008 to 41.2 percent in 2009. Despite the decline, Nokia remains the world's No.1 smartphone maker, followed by RIM and Apple.

Smartphone sales for the first quarter of 2009 were 36.4 million, representing a 12.7 percent increase over the first quarter of 2008, and this growth in the smartphone category was driven by touch-screen products such as the iPhone and BlackBerry Storm, in addition to the tighter integration with applications and services around music, mobile e-mail, and Internet browsing.

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