MOBILE PHONES running Nokia's Symbian mobile operating system are outselling those running Microsoft's Windows Phone, according to the latest statistics from Gartner.
The research firm's third quarter 2012 numbers show that Nokia's ageing Symbian mobile operating system is still clinging to 2.6 percent of the worldwide mobile market, 0.2 percent higher than Windows Phone's share. Even worse, Samsung's Bada mobile operating system is ahead of both Symbian and Windows Phone in fourth place on the list, with a comfortable three percent market share.
These figures don't mean that Symbian is doing great though, which says a lot about the position of Microsoft's Windows Phone at number six. According to Gartner, Nokia's obsolescent mobile operating system is "nearing the end of its lifecycle" as it sees Research in Motion (RIM) overtake it to take the third spot.
Of course, Android is sitting smugly at the top of Gartner's table with 72.4 percent of the global mobile market, with IOS in second at 13.9 percent market share. However, the research firm expects this to change in the fourth quarter as Apple's share increases following the launch of the Iphone 5.
"With the launch of Iphone 5, Gartner analysts expect IOS share will grow strongly in the fourth quarter of 2012 because users held on to their replacements in many markets ahead of the Iphone 5 wider roll out," Gartner said.
Just as unsurprisingly, Gartner revealed that Samsung remains on top when it comes to smartphone shipments, accounting for 23 percent of the market. Nokia fills the second spot with 19.2 percent, which Gartner says it due to good sales of its budget Asha phone line, and Apple comes in third with 5.5 percent.
ZTE, LG and Huawei take the third, fourth and fifth places in the list, while HTC comes in at tenth place behind RIM and Motorola. µ