Canalys has released its latest set of figures for the global smart mobile device in Q1 2006 and RIM has taken over second position with an 84.7% increase in shipments. This also marks the first time RIM overtakes Palm globally and in the US market. In total global shipments of smart mobile devices are up 55% while traditional handheld PDAs are down 25%.
Nokia still easily leads the pack with global market share of 51.6%. The popularity of Nokia handsets has helped Symbian pull further away from Microsoft in the mobile OS wars with a share of 69% compared to Microsoft’s 12%.
This is also the first time we have seen the Asia-Pacific region beat out the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa). The increase in device shipments in the Asia-Pacific region is to a large extent driven by the success of FOMA handset from Sharp, Mitsubishi and Fujitsu who between them are responsible for 17.7% of global converged device sales (or around 15% of global smart mobile devices).
Canalys notes the market remains dominated by individual buyers rather than enterprises, but notes that with RIM putting it’s legal trouble behind it, Nokia shipping it’s Eseries devices and the advent of push email on Windows Mobile 5 this will likely chnage in the following quarters.