ABI Research has lately issued some numbers for Q2:
- 103 million smart phones shipped, steady with Q1
- Nokia is down to third place amongst OEMs with 16.7 million units shipped
- Apple is number one with 142% Y/Y quarterly growth and 20.3 million units
- HTC shipped 34% of Android/Linux units shipped with 500% Y/Y quarterly growth
- Android/Linux had 46.4% share of smart phones shipped while iOS had 20%
That’s a lot of data but what it boils down to is that consumers want small cheap computers and choice. No single business is going to get it all. What a refreshing difference. We need FLOSS in all of IT to keep the big players honest. They must compete on price/performance not lock-in and exclusive dealing.
In particular the OEMs and retailers of the world’s PCs need to know that if they will not diversify their products and offerings someone else will. The days of Wintel are over. OEMs shipped less than 90 million desktops and notebook PCs. Nothing prevents OEMs now producing smart phones running Android/Linux from cranking out PCs of all kinds running Android/Linux or GNU/Linux. Shipments of notebook/desktop PCs were only up 2.6% Y/Y in USA but down 4.2% globally.
See ABI Research – Samsung’s Q2 Smartphone Growth Shows that the Race Is Its to Lose
According to IDC, cell-phones of all kinds shipped 365 million units in Q2 wih Nokia still leading there.