Canalys Q2 09 data shows touchscreen smartphones taking off

Canalys Q2 09 data shows touchscreen smartphones taking off

Summary: The Gartner Q2 2009 data was posted last week and now we have the Canalys data to compare and confirm that everything reported last week is pretty consistent between the two. The North American data shows that Apple made significant increases, 365%, over the 2nd quarter of 2008 and continues to rise. RIM leads in North America with 52% of the market share, followed by Apple now at 23.3%, HTC at 4.6% (I believe this only counts HTC branded devices), and Others at 19.2%.

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The Gartner Q2 2009 data was posted last week and now we have the Canalys data to compare and confirm that everything reported last week is pretty consistent between the two. The North American data shows that Apple made significant increases, 365%, over the 2nd quarter of 2008 and continues to rise. RIM leads in North America with 52% of the market share, followed by Apple now at 23.3%, HTC at 4.6% (I believe this only counts HTC branded devices), and Others at 19.2%.

Canalys also took a look at primary input methods on the devices and we see that touchscreen devices are taking off in a big way with growth of 283% (from 11.7% to 39.6%). Keypad devices are down 42% and keyboard devices are up 29%.

As a fan of Windows Mobile devices it is disappointing to continue to see their numbers fall, but I have a feeling this may change in the next quarter with the Touch Pro2 and HTC Snap devices generating quite a bit of excitement across all major US wireless carriers. IMHO, the Touch Pro2 is the best Windows Mobile device I have ever used and should appeal to a number of people who have no desire to switch carriers.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, HTC, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, Smartphones, Software, Wi-Fi

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  • impressed

    matthew, call me impressed, as much as i am absolutely unable to
    understand how someone can be a "fan of windows mobile" and as
    much as you are the last qwerty type standing i am still impressed
    that you break the news instead of denying or ignoring it.

    but there is one last truth you have to get used to: there is no hope for
    windows mobile.

    because no matter how good their version of wm 6.5 or windows
    phone 7 (or however they are calling their software mess these days)
    will be, why should any hardware producer pay redmond a fee if they
    can have android, symbian or any kind of linux flavour for free? there
    is no valid business model anymore.

    and beside of you there is probably no one on this planet who has any
    hope that wm 6.5 will be any good.
    bannedfromzdnetagain
  • RE: Canalys Q2 09 data shows touchscreen smartphones taking off

    That's a silly comment. The HTC Sense UI can be skinned for WinMo - as can the new TouchFlo - and both look amazing.

    No-one really cares about the OS - it's the phone and the easiest to use or the most familiar will win out.
    Sleeper Service
    • skin deep

      these Ui disguises are only one or two levels deep. after that you are
      deep in winmo land. i had the htc touch, it is horrible, i even sometimes
      needed a pen because the wm ui elements were too small for my finger!
      can you imagine that? which year is it? 1999?
      bannedfromzdnetagain