A snapshot of the global smartphone market as of Oct. 1
Asymco‘s Horace Dediu has published a series of charts that show as clear a picture as you are likely to see of the state of the global mobile phone market today. The one shown here — of smartphone shipments in Q3 2011– comes with several caveats.
The dip in Apple’s AAPL iOS shipments reflects the fact that the transition from the iPhone 4 to the 4S was telegraphed to consumers through the press, suppressing sales in the quarter.
The extraordinary growth in Google GOOG Android (and Android-like) phones is tempered by Dediu’s estimate that as many as 10 million of the nearly 70 million shipped in the quarter may be sitting unsold in warehouses.
The chart does not show the 69% of mobile phones shipped in the quarter that were not smartphones. For that, and Dediu’s analysis, click here.