IDC: Android sales in Singapore “a drop in the bucket”

trashbin Demonstrating once again the disturbing gap between mind share and market share, Ms Melissa Chau, a market analyst with market-research firm IDC Asia-Pacific, said at the Motorola Dext launch in Singapore, that Android phone sales last year "were a drop in the bucket".

She added "Sales weren’t even close to those of the iPhone and other smartphones, like Windows Mobile phones."

Mr Shaker Amin, an industry analyst with Frost & Sullivan, said that his firm estimates the sales of Android phones here to be less than 2 per cent of the mobile phone operating-system market share.

"The market is still dominated by Symbian, which has a market share of well over 50 per cent, followed by Research In Motion and Windows Mobile," he said.

Android OS smartphones have been much hyped in recent years, but so far have failed to set the world on fire, with even Google’s ‘superphone’ the Nexus One, estimated to have sold only 20,000 units in its opening week.

Motorola has bet the company on the success of the Google-sponsored operating system, and expects to remain relevant with less than 5% global market share.

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