Android-based smartphone vendors including HTC and Samsung Electronics apparently will draw a great opportunity to boost their market share globally in the third quarter in the absence of new models from Apple, Nokia and RIM (Research in Motion), according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Apple did not unveil its next-generation iPhone at the ongoing WWDC (Apple Worldwide Developer Conference) 2011 indicating that the iPhone 5 will not hit the market until September 2011, the sources indicated.
RIM reportedly will also postpone the launch of its BlakcBerry 7-based Bold 9900/9930 to September, noted the sources.
Although Nokia will continue to launch some Symbian Anna-based devices, the top-ranking vendor seems to be unable to compete efficiently with a flurry of Android models released by rival vendors until it rolls out Windows Phone 7.5-baded Mongo smartphones at the end of 2011, the sources commented.
The recently launched Galaxy S II from Samsung Electronics and the HTC Sensation from HTC are being noted as the two Android-based flagship models that will help Samsung and HTC drive up their market share, the sources indicated.
Sales of the Galaxy S II in Korea and the UK have outperformed the iPhone 4 since the device was launched in the two markets in May, noted the sources, adding that current monthly shipments of the HTC Sensation may reach 700,000-800,000 units.