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Infographic: Smartphone Vendor History

We created this simple infographic to give you a quick glimpse of (almost) all of the global players in the smartphone industry.

While some companies such as Nokia started out over a century ago as a milling company in 1865, it was only in 2002 where they first introduced the modern day smartphone. Check out the infographic below to see who are the players and how long have they been making smartphones.

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As you can see, the smartphone is still a fairly new device with just a little over a decade in development. It was only during the time after the Open Handset Alliance of 2007 where Android became the flagship mobile operating system and soon became the dominant OS.

A few brands did not survive, with Palm biting the dust even before the smartphone wars even erupted. Other big names struggled – the likes of Nokia and Motorola used to be giants of the industry — and soon died or sold off in parts.

The landscape is more diverse now with dozens of competing brands. But, who knows, the next decade could reveal another totally new picture.

This article was written by Heland Ortega, Junior Contributor of YugaTech. He is a graduate of Information Technology and Multimedia Arts at FEU Institute of Technology in where he is also now working as a full-time faculty. You can follow him at @helandortega.

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12 Responses

  1. Buboy says:

    How about Xiaomi, Lenovo, Elephone and etc

  2. mark says:

    i have a question. didn’t microsoft made windows mobile before 2015? likely even before with the partnership with nokia?

  3. roiji says:

    kawawang Xiaomi at Sony Ericsson..

    at ano yung first smartphone ng Asus? 2007 ba talaga yun? may nakita akong 2002 running Windows Mobile..

    • Crimson says:

      Pocket PC is different from smartphone. Pocket PC is more of a personal digital assistant (PDA). If you saw the ASUS MyPal series, walang SIM card slot yun so it can’t be considered a smartphone haha.
      But I think their first smartphone was the ASUS P305, running Windows Mobile 5.0 and released 2006.

    • Epal says:

      they’re right there, sony nasa 2005 and xiaomi nasa 2011.

  4. jchriz says:

    Where’s Sony?

  5. hee hee says:

    What kind of research has the author done?

  6. hee hee says:

    Get your facts straight? A smartphone in 1984? Ffs. RIM was borne then but it doesnt mean they were already making smartphones then not even phones.

    • W says:

      The definition of “smartphone” changes. Smartphone noon, di na smartphone ngayon, pero they were during that time. Wasn’t the N-series from Nokia considered smartphones?

  7. wired_boy says:

    ang alam ko ang ALCATEL halos kasabayan yan ng NOKIA at SEIMENS, panu sya naging 2011? Hindi ba sya considered na ‘smartphone’ ?

  8. MEL says:

    In 1999 Alcatel (in a tie-up with Sharp) came out with its own smartphone called the Alcatel One Touch Com.

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