Nokia retains top spot in smartphone market
The Finnish manufacturer claims the biggest smartphone market share in 2008, but rivals are gaining ground on it with their high-profile handsets, according to Gartner.
Finnish manufacturer Nokia shipped the most smartphones in 2008, but its worldwide market share continues to decrease as rivals roll out popular, high-profile handsets, according to Gartner. It also said Apple and Research In Motion commanded some of the biggest year-over-year gains at Nokia's expense, with HTC showing a healthy increase as well.
According to the research firm, Nokia sold 60.9 million smartphones last year for a total market share of 43.7 percent. That's more than double the market share of its closest competitor, Research In Motion, which commanded 16.6 percent.
But even as Nokia continues to claim the biggest piece of cell phone pie, its outlook is mixed. From 2007, Nokia's smartphone sales grew by just 0.8 percent, and its market share dropped from 49.4 percent. While Gartner predicts that the company's low-end smartphones will continue to remain competitive, its higher-end
Thanks to devices like the
Apple posted even better growth with the worldwide introduction of the
HTC, which introduced the
Samsung was not listed separately in the 2008 year-end list, but thanks to touch-screen handsets like the