WSJ.com - Symbian Grabs Bigger Market Share "Symbian Ltd., the consortium backed by large cellphone maker Nokia Corp., has widened its lead against Microsoft Corp. in the race to dominate the global market for software used in high-end handsets, research figures show.
Software supplied by London-based Symbian controlled 41% of the personal organizers and smart phones shipped world-wide in the second quarter, compared with 37% in the same quarter a year ago, according to research firm canalys.com Ltd. of Reading, England. A smart phone is a cellphone that can run computer-style programs, such as three-dimensional video games or spreadsheets.
The research figures show that Microsoft's share remained steady at 23%, while PalmSource Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., saw its share fall to 23% from 31%.
Research in Motion Ltd. of Waterloo, Ontario, was the fastest-growing device maker in the second quarter, according to canalys. The research firm said shipments of RIM's BlackBerry devices, which mainly are used by companies to give employees access to e-mail, quadrupled to 488,000. A spokesman for RIM declined to comment on that figure, but confirmed that his company's sales have grown rapidly. RIM uses its own software in the BlackBerry."