Smartphones are the hottest game in tech town these days, and the leader,
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, is losing steam.
Market share among the key smartphone players shifted dramatically last year, according to Gartners' fourth-quarter tally. The smartphone industry overall grew 3.7% in 2008.
The big winners in terms of percentage gains were
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Research In Motion
, up 138%, 112% and 85%, respectively, according to Gartner.
Smartphone Market Share
The only loser among the top five smartphone makers was Nokia, which suffered a 17% drop in market share, falling to 40.8% from 50.9% in the year-ago quarter.
Nokia's numbers are likely to slide until the second half of the year, when the Finnish phone firm delivers a new crop of smartphones.
Meanwhile, RIM has been seeing
for its new Storm and older Curve devices. And
some see hope
for Motorola in its new
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Android smartphones. There's also
upcoming Pre phone. All these smartphones are expected to land this year.
Nokia investors shrugged off the nearly three-month-old smartphone performance data Wednesday. The stock was up 52 cents, or 5%, to $10.23 at mid-day.