Smartphone sales surpassed 36.4 million units in the first quarter of 2009, a 12.7 per cent increase from the same period last year according to Gartner, and Apple was able to benefit from that by more than doubling their iPhone sales year-over-year.
Apple’s iPhone was able to sell 3.94 million units during the first quarter of 2009, which grabbed them a 10.8 percent share of the worldwide smartphone market. That was good enough for Apple to maintiain its third-place position. RIM was able to move 7.23 million BlackBerries, which helped them grab 19.9 percent of the market, putting them well ahead of Apple. Nokia was the overall leader with 14.99 million units sold, putting them at a whopping 41.2 percent market share. HTC and Fujitsu rounded out the top five with 5.4 percent and 3.8 percent market share.
The “other” category contains the rest of the pack, including Palm which should see their share of the market rise quickly with the impending release of the Pre on June 6th.
Overall the iPhone is still fairing well, but with everyone and their uncle waiting for the new iPhone to drop, the second quarter stats could be a bit deceiving. We will just have to wait and see how big of an impact that along with the release of the Pre will have on overall sales.