Nokia holds No. 1 slot in Germany, but Samsung challenging

A comprehensive study of the German mobile phone market indicates that Nokia has managed to retain its leadership with 35 per cent of the handset market. However, the company only recorded 0.3 per cent growth over the three month period between August and November 2009, whereas Samsung managed to lift its market share from 13.4 per cent to 15 per cent in the same period.

Slightly worrying news for Nokia came from its Symbian OS which also managed to stay No. 1 with over 58 per cent of the smartphone OS market--but down 1.5 per cent from the previous 3-month period. Microsoft also registered a slight drop in OS figures down to 18.4 per cent--but still at No. 2, followed by Apple with 15.2 per cent share (up 1.7 percentage points), RIM with 6.1 of the market and Google with a 1.4 per cent share.

Messaging continued as the dominant service with over 80 per cent of German mobile subscribers using SMS, up one percentage point from three months prior. However, of note was that 31 per cent of the total German mobile subscriber base downloaded an app in November 2009.

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