Great news for RIM came from technology analyst Gartner today, who are reporting that RIM has raised their smartphone market share to 17.4 percent, roughly double last year’s numbers. In addition, RIM sold 5.6 million smartphones from April to June, far surpasing the 2.5 million sold during this period last year. Where is all this growth coming from? RIM’s newfound consumer demographic.
“RIM continued to execute well at the consumer level, increasing its global market reach,” Gartner analyst Roberta Cozza said in a statement.
Nokia is still the worldwide smartphone leader, but has seen it’s market share fall from 50.8 percent last year to 47.5 this year, mostly due to RIM’s inroads into the consumer space. Nokia also expects their market share to fall to 41.6 percent in 2009. Nokia sold 15.3 million smartphones between April and June.
Interestingly, Gartner also said that global smartphone sales growth has almost halved from Q1 to 15.7 percent. The reason? Global economic downturn.
“The current economic environment continues to negatively impact the market, limiting consumer spending and replacement purchases in general,” Cozza said, adding growth should pick up again in July through September.