Android Phones Set to Pass Nokia’s Symbian in Europe, IDC Says

Google inc.’s Android software willbe Europe’s top smartphone platform next year, according toresearcher IDC.

Android phones accounted for 23 percent of western Europeshipments in the third quarter, behind Nokia Oyj’s Symbian andApple inc.’s iPhone platforms, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimosaid in an interview. Android is set to pass Symbian and iPhonein the region, he said, adding that it is already second toSymbian worldwide.

Nine-month sales of Android devices in Western Europe wereled by HTC Corp. with 39 percent of shipments, followed by SonyEricsson Mobile Communications AB with 27 percent and SamsungElectronics Co. with 14 percent, Jeronimo said. Samsung isgaining following the launch of the Galaxy S in the second half,he said.

“The iPhone was last year’s hot device and now people arelooking for something different,” said Jeronimo, who is basedin London. the Galaxy S is seen as offering similar feel,function, and third-party applications to an iPhone for a lowerprice, he said.

Nokia shipped its new flagship N8 handset at the end of thethird quarter, giving customers a fast touchscreen with revampedSymbian software to compete with the iPhone and Android. SonyEricsson and other companies that sold Symbian smartphones inEurope have switched to Android on new models, leaving Nokia incontrol of Symbian.

Smartphones are expected to account for 49 percent ofwestern Europe handset shipments in 2011, up from 35 percentforecast for this year, Jeronimo said.

Western Europe Smartphone system Market Share (IDC data) FY 2009 9M 2010 3Q 2010Symbian 51 38 34iPhone 21 23 24Blackberry 15 17 14WiMo 8 4 3Android 4 16 23

To contact the reporter on this story:Diana ben-Aaron in Helsinki at dbenaaron1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story:Vidya Root in Paris at vroot@bloomberg.net.

Android Phones Set to Pass Nokia’s Symbian in Europe, IDC Says


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