Apple was the clear winner in last year’s smartphone market, gaining more market share than any other handset vendor. The company shipped 25.1 million smartphones in 2009 compared with just 4.4 million units in 2008, increasing market share 5.3 percentage points to 14.4%.
In contrast, rival RIM’s market share took a battering, falling from 19.8% with 34.5 million smartphone shipments, to just 15.5%, according to Strategy Analytics. Dominant smartphone vendor Nokia shipped 67.8 million shipped units to fall one point to 39%.
Global smartphone shipments stood at a record high of 173.8 million units, up 15% on 2008, according to the research firm.