Over 27 million handsets sold in the time frameAccording to the Symbian Foundation, the independent, non-profit organization aimed at bringing innovation to the mobile space, it managed to ship a number of around 300,000 mobile phones each day during the second quarter of the ongoing year. A total number of 27 million devices were moved in the time frame, far more than what other mobile platforms managed to ship.
“The Symbian Foundation today revealed it has shipped over 27 million devices in the Q2 period. This equates to almost 300,000 per day, 207 per minute or over three a second. These figures, released in Canalys’ latest report (www.canalys.com/services/reports/spmt), highlight Symbian’s continued position as the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, which has now become the first to be shipped in over 25 million devices in the space of one quarter,” the Foundation announced recently.
Mountain View-based Internet giant Google announced not too long ago that it is currently activating around 200,000 mobile phones each day, double the number of devices it used to activate daily about three months ago. The figure certainly seems to be one of the most impressive, especially when taking into consideration Android's short life on the market, but it would easily pale when put side by side with sales of other OSes, such as Symbian.
“These figures make for very positive news for the Symbian community. The smartphone market place has become more crowded than ever. So the fact we continue to outsell our competitors by such large margins, combined with all the feature commitments and developments published on our roadmaps, make us highly confident in our outlook and we will continue to embrace the challenges ahead,” Lee M. Williams, Executive Director of Symbian, commented on the Canalys report.
The Symbian platform has been a market leader for quite some time now, but other mobile operating systems are getting closer to taking the smartphone market crown from it. According to some of the latest reports, the OS is losing market share fast, and Android might catch up pretty soon. Even so, the OS should remain a leader, especially since the upcoming Symbian^3 and Symbian^4 flavors should make it more competitive on the market.