Worldwide Shipments of Smartphones Up Significantly

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The number of converged devices shipped worldwide rose 73 percent last quarter to 18.9 million, according to market research company Canalys.

This figure includes smartphones and cellular-wireless handhelds, but not tradition PDAs without cellular-wireless capabilities.

Much of this growth comes from Nokia, whose shipment of over 9 million Symbian-powered devices (95 percent of which used the S60 user interface) was a 35% gain over the same period of the previous year.

But a good amount of this growth came in areas some might not expect. Motorola had the second highest number of smartphones shipped  worldwide last quarter, thanks largely to the million or so Linux-based smartphones it shipped in China. This company also enjoyed strong initial sales of the Windows Mobile-based Motorola Q.

And Sharp saw year-over-year growth of over 3,700 percent as it shipped more than a million Symbian FOMA smartphones in Japan during the quarter, putting this company ahead of Palm, Inc. in the world market, but it remained a bit behind Research in Motion.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that an increasing percentage of Palm’s business is its Treo smartphone line, which now accounts for 58 percent of its shipments, up from 41 percent a year earlier.


Second Quarter 2006 Smart Mobile Device
Shipments* Worldwide

Company Shipments % Share
Nokia 9.03 million 47.7 percent
Motorola       1.59 million 8.4 percent
RIM 1.18 million 6.2 percent
Sharp 1.16 million 6.1 percent
Palm 1.13 million 6.0 percent
Other 4.85 million 25.6 percent

Source: Canalys

* Includes both converged devices and traditional handhelds .




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