Nokia Leads Smarphone Market with 56% Share; Symbian Has 73% of OS Share

Nokia leads the smartphone market a 56.4% share of the 70.9 million units shipped in 2006, according to ABI Research. Nokia sold 40 million smartphones in 2006, compared to 28.5 million in 2005. Motorola occupied the second position with 8.5% market share, driven mostly by MING. 

In addition to the usual features, consumers are now increasingly seeking smartphones that have touch screens, MP3 players, Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth, fast processors, and lots of memory as well as an expansion card slot, according to ABI. 

In 2006, Symbian was estimated to have a 73% share of the smartphone OS market. ABI forecasts that Symbian's share will fall to 46% by 2012, due to strong competition coming most notably from Linux and Windows Mobile.

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