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2010: Great year for mobile phones in South Africa

May 17th, 2010

increase-chart-1Here is interesting news, the guys from cellular-news inform us that the South Africa handset sales will grow up 17% in 2010. Good news, right?

And it also make a lot of sense if you consider the fact that the  Mobile Trends and Predictions tell us 2010 will be a great year for smartphones overall.

Alex Spektor, Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “We forecast mobile handset sales in South Africa to grow by a healthy 17 percent annually to 11 million units in 2010. South Africa is the fourth largest handset market in Africa. Growth is being driven by post-recession economic recovery and the feel-good factor generated by the country’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, one of the world’s most popular sporting events.”


Apple, Android, and RIM winners in 2009 smartphone growth, Nokia and Symbian still dominate

February 23rd, 2010


A few interesting numbers according to a recent study by Gartner and an article by Thomas Ricker on Engadget.

Globally about 20% more smartphones were sold in 2009 whilst overall mobile phone sales remained roughly the same. Smartphones still only represent 15% of the overall market but that is obviously changing quickly.

Apple more than doubled its sales whilst RIM grew by close to 50%. Android has gone from nowhere to the 5th largest smartphone OS.

Despite impressive growth of the above Symbian is by far the largest (nearly as large as all other OS put together !!!) although not growing as fast as the other three. The new Symbian 3 OS could change all.  Microsoft is actually selling less but I expect they should turn things around with the new Windows 7 OS coming later this year and stay in the picture.


The battle of the smartphones!

November 27th, 2009


On the main Nimbuzz blog there was an article on Smartphone Web traffic this week. In summary the iPhone OS has 50% market share and Symbian 25% in the AdMob survey. Android seems to be rising fast and is 3rd on 11% whilst RIM (Blackberry) has surprisingly only 7% of the market share. For further details please see the article.

You know that Nimbuzz supports all these platforms. NimbuzzOut is now available for iPhone, Symbian and Windows Mobile and soon also on the other platforms.

I have used or experienced all of the platforms in one way or another and will share a number of my own views on the pros and cons of each.


SA tweets its way to tenth place in world

October 20th, 2009


South Africa has become the 10th largest user of Twitter in the world, while the country has the most Facebook users on the continent, even surpassing Egypt. The figures speak for themselves. Research company Sysmos claims that South African Twitter users make up 0.85 percent of total online Twitter interaction. Twitter receives about 55 million visits a month, generating a whopping 467 500 visits a month. In visited site terms, next best is (60 730).

Research data processing organisation Startup Africa states that there are 1.4 million Facebook users in South Africa, the highest number on the continent.

I think these stats are pretty amazing….10th place!!! I also hope you all know that you can send tweets from within Nimbuzz. A simple update of your status can automatically send a tweet from your twitter account :)

I found this article in IOL technology yesterday and it updates a few subjects we covered here earlier. Read the rest of the article after the break.