This was a very busy and exciting week in mobile – lots of news, rumors and earnings.  I’m sure all of you heard the Apple letdown announcement, all the follow-on analysis, etc etc… so I’m not going to discuss it here.  The biggest news from all the Apple hoopla was Steve Jobs claiming Apple is the “largest mobile devices company”.  Hmm, that’s an interesting claim but I wonder what metric he’s using. That statement definitely got the attention of Nokia, the world’s number one handset company (for a several years).  The two companies are in the midst of a nasty lawsuit battle, so there was no love lost.  As I’ve mentioned in past posts, Nokia’s been on the skids lately but are starting to show positive signs again – this week they announced a 65% gain in Q4 profit and increased smartphone sales.  Apple’s ego will get them into trouble.  Didn’t anyone teach them not poke a sleeping bear… it’ll wake up angry and hungry.

The other big story this week was the latest handset numbers.  Strategy Analytics and IDC shared that global mobile phone sales rose 10% in 2009 and 11% in Q409 alone.  The top spots went to Nokia, Samsung, and LG (umm… Mr. Job’s where’s Apple?).  IDC’s report went on to predict big growth for Google Android which they expect to move into the #2 OS spot by 2013 behind Symbian (Nokia’s preferred OS).

With handset shipments increasing last year, it’s no wonder 2010 seems to be starting with a lot of handset news.  Here’s this week’s summary of articles:

As always, below are additional posts I found interesting and want to share with you (as I mentioned earlier, there is a lot this week):

See or hear anything else interesting in mobile.  Let us know by leaving a comment below.