Gartner: Apple Displaces Windows Mobile at #3

Gartner has come out with its full year 2009 smartphone data. According to the IT consulting firm, Apple has displaced Windows Mobile (now Windows Phone) as the global number three player. RIM and Android also showed solid growth. According to Gartner:

The two best performers in 2009 were Android and Apple. Android increased its market share by 3.5 percentage points in 2009, while Apple’s share grew by 6.2 percentage points from 2008, which helped it move to the No. 3 position and displace Microsoft Windows Mobile.

Here are the marketshare charts by hardware OEM and operating system:

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Compare recent IDC smartphone estimates. Both IDC and now Gartner contradict Nokia’s claim that it grew marketshare in Q4 2009.

Window (Mobile) 7 was unveiled at Mobile World Congress to much fanfare but won’t be out until “holiday 2010.” That means that Window Mobile’s slide will accelerate as buyers either abandon or wait for the new OS to come out.