Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Oct 2011 14:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Remember when Apple surpassed Nokia to become the world's best-selling smartphone manufacturer? Well, Apple only had one quarter to enjoy this title, since Samsung just soared past them by quadrupling its smartphone shipments, making Samsung the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Update: As was noted in the comments, Apple also uses shipments - they just call them sales. Straight from their SEC filing.
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RE[3]: umm, fuzzy math ...
by zima on Fri 4th Nov 2011 21:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: umm, fuzzy math ..."
zima
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let's baseline this with some real number so that fuzziness like what happens in Q2 vs Q3 and what's shipped versus what's in customers hands is somewhat eliminated ....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems
If you look at mobile operating systems, as of LAST MONTH, these makeup about 5.57% of the market as a whole and of these iOS makes up 3.67%.
So, as of TODAY, iOS has 66% of the mobile operating system market as defined by devices connecting to the web.
I am not lying or twisting here, right? My numbers are purely based on median metrics derived from numerous sources of these metrics.

Well, yes you are. While, hilariously, in a post just below ( http://www.osnews.com/permalink?494797 ) you write "I actually think that Apple's market position will weaken over time simply because they won't ever make super competitive low cost products and won't do well in emerging markets" - THIS IS ALREADY RAPIDLY HAPPENING, it's well under way, and those "lesser" people are under-represented in web stats (like with desktop OS stats http://www.osnews.com/thread?493282 but probably much stronger, with costs of mobile data connections & how it pushes them into frugal or "it can wait" usage)

Presenting "as defined by devices connecting to the web" (which is also really mostly "big western sites") as if it brought more clarity is a massive distortion. There's not much "real"/"non-fuzzy" about this number, sources of those metrics.

And then, you might reconsider taking on the face value the "definition" of smartphones promoted by loud pundits in atypical places, the likes of yours (why SE A200 isn't a smartphone? S40? It does more than iPhone for its first year or two, and it has more share than anything).
You redefine (well, accept the definitions of your liking) the market as a matter of principle, it seems.

Edited 2011-11-04 21:47 UTC

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