According to MobileTopSoft, a Canalys report states that Windows Mobile ranks fourth among smartphone sales in the third quarter of 2008. First up is Symbian, led by Nokia. Apple and RIM round out the second and third place spots with the iPhone and BlackBerry devices. Motorola and its partners took fourth place in the number of smartphones sold with the Windows Mobile operating system. The number of overall smartphones sold did increase by 28% and Microsoft actually fared pretty well:
Despite being overtaken by Apple globally in Q3, Microsoft has increased its share of the smart phone market year-on-year, helped by the volumes being achieved by vendors like HTC and Samsung in particular. With Android about to be thrown into the mix, Canalys expects that 2009 will see Symbian remain on top, but that it will be fairly closely fought between the other major smart phone operating systems, presenting operators and application developers with some challenges around where they deploy their resources.
If you’re interested, you should read the full Canalys report