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Summer smartphone sales give the European mobile market a welcome boost

The mobile phone market in Western Europe grew just 1.5% year-on-year to 43.3 million units in the second quarter of 2010, with smartphone growth offsetting a fall in the sale of traditional handsets. International Data Corporation's Mobile Phone Tracker says smartphone shipments were up 60% on Q2 2009 to 14.6 million units, while traditional phone sales fell 14% to 28.7 million units. That means 34% of all devices shipped were smartphones, up from 28% in the previous quarter.

According to IDC, Android shipments increased 450% year-on-year and its market share jumped from 4% to 15% in the last 12 months, becoming the fourth most-popular operating system among new smartphones. IDC believes Android will become the second most-popular smartphone OS in Western Europe by as early as the first quarter of 2011.

There's a similarly positive note from comScore, which has been looking at total subscribers in five European countries rather than shipments to all of Western Europe (and over a slightly different time period, too). It says the European smartphone market has grown 41% in the past year to 60.8 million subscribers. Smartphone usage is dominated by the Symbian platform, which appears on 54.4% of smartphones in Western Europe.

comScore calculates that Android's total market share in the five countries it surveyed (UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy) has risen from 0.5% in July 2009 to 6.1% in 2010, while Apple's share has risen from 10.2% to 19.2%.

IDC market share graph

comScore market share graph

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Iain Graham writes:

When you get up tomorrow morning and get in the car, why don't you screw up three £20 notes and lob 'em out of the window?!  Oh, and whilst you are at it, take out your driving licence, and put three points in the penalties column!!

Why would you do that, I hear you ask?

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I’m an optimist. I’m not quite sure why I’m wired that way but I’m perfectly happy with it. Much as you’d expect, I suppose. And although I tend not to tap-dance in the gutter when it’s raining, I firmly believe that life is like a musical.

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Web Browser vs. Application Stores

James Rosewell writes:

Anyone involved in the mobile industry will have hardly failed to notice the hype surrounding mobile application stores led by Apple. Application stores provide a really simple way for consumers to install applications on their mobile phones. They’re so simple I heard Iain Graham had used one the other week!

However they don’t solve the fundamental problem of handset compatibility.

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Why a mobile TV service is just like a zombie

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Here in the UK, we’re struggling a bit with mobile TV. Which made me wonder what the problem really was. Well, after a long evening with the finest stilton and the cheapest port, the answer came to me in a dream. A mobile TV service is just like the lurching, drooling nightmare creatures that appear in every zombie film. And once consumers understand zombies, they’ll understand the problems with mobile TV. Let me explain.

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Selling your way out of a recession? Of course you can!

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Everybody these days (apart from a lucky few!) is suffering from a lack of business or reduced sales due to the current 'downturn in the economic climate'. In my opinion, this is the time when sales people should stand up and be counted!

No, I don't mean the hard nosed, foot in the door double-glazing, second-hand car or mobile phone types (no offence!), I mean EVERYONE! Selling is a concept as much as it is a profession.

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