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  • Apple's Gains Are Sony's, Motorola's Losses


    According to the latest data from research firm Gartner, Apple's 2010 smartphone gains translated to corresponding losses for smartphone makers Sony Ericsson and Motorola. On Wednesday, Gartner published it's findings, which noted that worldwide handset sales to end users rose 32% in 2010 to 1.6 billion units. In particular, however, smartphone sales spiked 72% from a year earlier (reaching 297 million units), a growth spurt largely cultivated by the ten-fold increase in sales for Android-based devices.

    But as the Wall Street Journal observes this morning, "the wider availability of the iPhone 4" helped Apple secure a 16% share of the smartphone market in the fourth quarter, an expansive gain for the company that Gartner says comes at the expense of Sony Ericsson and Motorola. Both phone makers saw their market shares and unit sales fall for 2010. Apple, meanwhile, crept in to become the world's No. 5 device maker for 2010, selling better than 46 million iPhones. Placing ahead of Apple were Nokia, Samsung, LG Electronics, and RIM.

    Gartner credits Apple's 87% year-over-year growth last year to Cupertino's aggressive expansion of the iPhone into new countries and territories. It's also important to note that Apple's market share climbed this dramatically in the absence of the device on Verizon in the US. Consequently, Apple's market share in the US and around the world is set to explode in the next ten months. For the time being, however, the iPhone is still available through nearly 200 communication service providers across the globe.

    Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's Gains Are Sony's, Motorola's Losses started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      iP5 will crush this once and for all. Bring on the iP5 World!!
    1. DJ NiveK's Avatar
      DJ NiveK -
      The only way I'm gonna be a loyal apple iPhone owner is if the iPhone 5 has lightscribe
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Lol@ dj. Bring on the iPhone 5 and watch android crumble


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    1. DJ NiveK's Avatar
      DJ NiveK -
      I hope it don't have a 3D screen, or if it does... Have a way to turn it off.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      I HATE apple the company, I HATE there computers, I HATE there Mac os, BUT!.......

      I LOVE the iPhone platform & that's why I'm here.
    1. DJ NiveK's Avatar
      DJ NiveK -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      I HATE apple the company, I HATE there computers, I HATE there Mac os, BUT!.......

      I LOVE the iPhone platform & that's why I'm here.
      lolk
    1. bojew's Avatar
      bojew -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      I HATE apple the company, I HATE there computers, I HATE there Mac os, BUT!.......

      I LOVE the iPhone platform & that's why I'm here.
      im glad someone sees it the same way i do. i hate apple i just love IOS
    1. thxride's Avatar
      thxride -
      Quote Originally Posted by bojew View Post
      im glad someone sees it the same way i do. i hate apple i just love IOS
      Yep

      I to hate the way apple does business but I love they're products
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJ NiveK View Post
      The only way I'm gonna be a loyal apple iPhone owner is if the iPhone 5 has lightscribe
      Lol that would be cool

      But now with verizon apples is only going to gain more ground, and if they have something special for iPhone 5 then forget it, hopefully it's not just an upgraded iPhone 4
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      Quote Originally Posted by bojew View Post
      im glad someone sees it the same way i do. i hate apple i just love IOS
      Ya know it's ironic but not bad that there are people that hate everything about Apple minus iOS here. It's kind of weird as I was never a smartphone user before the iPhone but I've been using Macs since before OS 7! I always loved NeXT too and OS X has been amazing to/for me for a decade! I guess to each his/her own... I do commend Apple for iOS, it has changed the market... I must say that I couldn't use it if I couldn't jailbreak though I would never use android if I couldn't root and make it vanilla! It's sad to me that android users(especially ones that root) can't see that we all need to "jailbreak" or "root" whether it's a carrier or OEM restriction!
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      I passed on the ip4 in hopes the next iPhone would have 4g,I think Ill pass on the ip5 unless its 4g compatible.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Too bad ppl hate Apple just to hate. They obviously make great products, their numbers show that every year. Just because you like to use something else doesn't mean you have to hate the one you don't use.

      Sony and Moto are great companies and have excellent products. Maybe this will make them want to create something to beat what's out there!
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      ^ I completely agree with you. I was on an android site and it had an post about android being the most used OS currently and an iFan started blasting android and of course some fandroid people were more than happy the blast iPhone. In the end all of the competition between phone makers just means a better product for the consumer
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPittsburgh View Post
      ^ I completely agree with you. I was on an android site and it had an post about android being the most used OS currently and an iFan started blasting android and of course some fandroid people were more than happy the blast iPhone. In the end all of the competition between phone makers just means a better product for the consumer
      +1
      Well said!
      There's no need to hate other companies just because we don't use their stuff.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I often go into an ATT store to check out the other phones in person. I like to try other phones out all the time. I actually tweeted, before our news post on it, about the dual screen one the other day about how I would like to try it out if it wasn't on Sprint.
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      Im holding out for the iPhone5 on one of my lines and really hoping its 4g capable, but if not I may look into the motorola atrix 4g but Im gonna try it out at an att store beforehand, because its gonna take an awesome phone to pull me away from an iPhone.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      According to reps at my local AT&T store, the i5 will be 4g compatible.