Growth in the global smartphone market slowed to 4% between July and
September but still outstripped the overall mobile phone sales,
according to research agency Canalys.
Canalys analyst Pete Cunningham said: ‘While growth has undoubtedly slowed,
it is still outperforming the overall mobile phone market by some margin, as
well as driving data revenue for operators.’
Canalys said increasing sales of cheaper models would boost growth and
market penetration over the next two years.
Nokia has lost some share in Q3 but still remains market leader with 40% of
the smartphone market. RIM is in second place with 21%, whilst Apple is a close
third with 18%, Canalys said. Meanwhile HTC is fourth with 5% and Fujitsu fifth
Separate research from Canalys
revealed that 38% of those surveyed said they planned to get a
touchscreen on their next mobile phone, but only 47% of people who already own a
touchscreen said they would get another one.
Of those smartphone users surveyed, most Apple and HTC smartphone users were
happy with their user experience while only 29 percent of Sony Ericsson users
were ready to stick to their current user interface.
Cunningham said: ‘A poor experience with one touch-screen device may
dissuade users from trying another in the future, and it is imperative that
vendors focus on usability and practicality, as well as visual appeal, and
continue to enhance their interfaces.
‘There has always been a question mark over how well touch-screens would
work among an SMS-centric audience, and the results indicate that the
transition has not been totally smooth.’