According to Gartner – the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company – HTC’s share of the mobile market doubled in the first quarter of 2011.
Gartner’s research showed that in the Q1 2010 HTC’s market share was only 0.9 percent. This year’s Q1 market share was, however, 2.2 percent.
At first glance, it can seem that the difference between these figures is not that big. But if you look at the results of other companies in the market, you’ll understand HTC’s increase is great, since most of other manufacturers, even the most famous ones like Nokia, are losing their market shares. Besides, I have to mention that most of the companies that still hold good market shares manufacture not only smartphones, but cheap and simple feature phones as well, and currently such phones are much more popular in many countries than the expensive high-end smartphones.
So, HTC holds the seventh position in the list of the most popular mobile device manufacturers according to their market shares. If everything continues in the current pace of development, very soon HTC will appear among five best manufacturers.
Gartner also tried to analyze the mobile OS market. Last year Google’s Android OS – the main platform for HTC devices – had only 9.6 percent of the market, and in Q1 2011 its market share increased to 36 percent. As for Microsoft, Windows Mobile’s market share declined from 6.8 percent to 3.6 percent. However, Windows Phone 7 and the upcoming Windows Phone 7.1 can change the situation significantly (according to the same Gartner, 1.6 million WP7 devices were sold in Q1 2011).