Smartphone sales rising, Nokia share declining

Canalys has just released their latest smartphone sales research for Q3 2008.

Whilst the whole sector is shipping more products, Nokia sales are slipping, softening by 3.4% to 15,485,690 units.

Apple, however, has had a phenomenal rise of over 500% to nearly 7 million units.

BlackBerry and HTC sales have also risen ahead of the market to 6m and 2.3m respectively.

Consequently sales of Symbian handsets are declining rapidly (down to 18.5m from 21.2m), though still leading the market overall.

This may turn round later in 2009 as manufacturers take the opportunity to use Symbian’s open source code in preference to LiMo or Android, though that could be doubtful.

Perversely it is Samsung that is now showboating Symbian with their i8510 INNOV8, whilst Nokia suffers from the delay to market and terrible feedback from their underwhelming 2008 star handset, the N96.

This has to be worrying for Nokia moving into 2009.