black berry vs iphone vs android Nokia, RIM, and HTC steadily losing grounds to Samsung and Apple

Samsung and Apple are dominating the smartphone market, and that trend won’t stop in the second half of 2012.  Various reports have concluded that Nokia, RIM, and HTC won’t be able to compete with Samsung and Apple in the later part of this year.

Samsung and Apple are dominating the smartphone market, and that trend won’t stop in the second half of 2012.  Various reports have concluded that Nokia, RIM, and HTC won’t be able to compete with Samsung and Apple in the later part of this year. 

Nokia has been struggling to make its mark on the smartphone market ever since Android and iOS became the predominant smartphone OSs.  Windows Phone, being Nokia’s primary smartphone platform, hasn’t helped Nokia regain its market share.  Nokia is currently on shaky grounds as it is betting heavily on Windows Phone 8—which won’t be available to current Nokia devices. 

“It will also be more difficult for Nokia to push sales of Windows Phone 7.5-based models in the third quarter as consumers are waiting for the launch of Windows Phone 8 smartphones,” sources told DigiTimes.

Onto RIM’s woes, the once-upon-a-time smartphone goliath will delay their latest platform until early 2013.  BlackBerry 10 (BB10) is supposed to be RIM’s savior, and if RIM doesn’t deliver an OS that can compete with iOS and Android, then more people will be out of a job—or even worse, RIM goes bankrupt.  The company is reportedly spending over $1 billion to produce and market BB10.

Nokia and RIM are sailing in turbulent weather, but HTC’s situation may not be as bad.  The Taiwan-based handheld manufacturer is expected to ship 8 million units in the 3Q.  Unfortunately, analysts also predict that HTC will only ship 7 million units in the 4Q. 

HTC’s problem is mainly due to stiff competitions from its Asian competitor from South Korea—Samsung.  The two Android-favored smartphone makers both have flagship devices that are comparable in specs, but Samsung’s GALAXY SIII seems to be besting HTC’s One X by a slight margin.

Nokia, RIM, and HTC are currently under immense pressure to catch up to Samsung and Apple, and hopefully Nokia, RIM, and HTC don’t bow out of the smartphone race—leaving consumers with fewer choices when selecting their next handset.