Symbian handsets shipments triple from last year

Mobile OS developer Symbian said that shipments of handsets running on its mobile OS tripled in the first half of 2005 compared to the same time period last year. In the second quarter, 7.8 million handsets shipped with the Symbian OS, up from 2.4 million a year ago. In the first half of 2005, 14.5 million phones shipped with the Symbian OS, an increase of 191 percent from H1 2004. Symbian also claims traction in the 3G market, with 16 Symbian-powered WCDMA phones now available.

Despite its continued growth, Symbian has yet to capture the mobile phone OS market. Symbian is clearly the mobile OS market leader, but the company continues to face competition from proprietary handset operating systems used by handset vendors and the threat of Microsoft's Windows Mobile.

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