But Gartner report for Middle East suggests otherwise.
Recently, Gulf News posted a report citing Gartner on the Smartphone market in the Middle East where Nokia was shown leading the race with Samsung coming in at a distant second followed by RIM, iPhone and the rest of the Android devices. Here is the infographic showing the overall picture.
Any one who has been in the industry for a while can take one look at that graph and be able to tell you that something doesn’t look quite right. According to that graph, every other Smartphone user in the region uses a Nokia. Now honestly tell me, when was the last time you saw someone with a Nokia Smartphone? Next thing you see is that although Nokia’s share has merely fallen from 58% to 53%, Symbian OS usage fell a whopping 46%- from 85% to 39%.
Based on the above two numbers, I believe Gartner is also counting feature phones in this survey and not just Smartphones as the title suggests. If you read the Gulf News article, you will notice that the Nokia Asha is mentioned in there which, technically, is a feature phone. If Gartner is looking at the Smartphone + Feature phone market, then those stats above make a lot of sense as almost everyone buying a budget phone choses a Nokia or a Samsung.
I would love to see stats based purely on the Smartphone segment in the Middle East. If I was to guess, RIM would be leading that report followed by iPhone on the handset side and possibly Android on the OS side. Nokia would be all the way down and Symbian usage would be negligible. Now don’t think that I have no love for Nokia- as a matter of fact, their Lumia 800 device is superb and although Windows Phone is not quite there yet, I can easily see it becoming a force to recon with by 2013/2014.