Analyst Canalys has released figures for global smartphone shipments in the third quarter of this year, and it's good news for RIM and Apple.
Nokia remains No 1 in terms of market share, shipping 16.4 million smartphones in Q3, 39.7% of the market. That's up from 38.9% in the same quarter last year. I wonder how much longer can Nokia maintain its leadership in this segment at the rapid pace RIM and Apple is eating into its market share not forgetting the release of more Android smartphones in the coming months.
However, Research In Motion is on the charge with BlackBerry, whose 8.5 million Q3 shipments bagged it a smartphone market share of 20.6% - up from 15.2% in Q3 2008. That means it's overtaken third-placed Apple, which shipped 7.4 million iPhones in Q3 for a 17.8% market share, up from 17.3% in the same quarter last year. Fourth-placed HTC shipped 2.2 million smartphones in Q3, giving it a market share of 5.3%.
Overall, smartphone shipments rose just 4% year-on-year to 41.4 million. 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.
Microsoft is the big loser in that chart, with WinMo shipments down 33.1% year-on-year. The full stats can be seen here.