The big future markets of Africa, Asia and South America are very much dominated by Nokia’s Symbian O/S. Does this mean we could end up with a divided market – developed countries on Apple and RIM, developing world on Nokia? And if you are a mobile applications developer, which mobile O/S do you focus your development efforts on?
An interesting stat in Fortune, shows that the big mobile handset manufacturers – Nokia, Samsung, LG – ship over 400 million handsets a year, compared to Apple’s meagre 17 million. However, Apple has 39 percent of the profits of the industry – the big manufacturers combined have 32 percent.
My question is: does leading in profitability, or in units sold, indicate which vendor handset will become a global leader?