In absolute cellphone market share, none of the "pure" smartphone makers breached the top five. However, poor performances in the smartphone arena are generally believed to have cost Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson overall share in 2009. Nokia in particular dropped from 38.6 percent to 36.9 percent as Symbian S60 lost out to fresher competitors. Motorola's move into the mid-range and high-end areas cost it share, though much of this was hurt by Motorola offering relatively few strong-selling devices until the success of its Android phones. It and Sony Ericsson had depended primarily on soon defunct mobile platforms like UIQ for some of the year and until the end of the year had depended almost exclusively on Windows Mobile for smartphones.
Symbian dropped below the 50 percent mark for the first time to 46.9 percent, narrowing its lead. Other traditional platforms have also suffered: the iPhone overtook Windows Mobile in share last year as Microsoft's aging platform dropped from 11.8 percent to 8.7 percent, effectively taking Apple's fourth place spot from 2008. Pure Linux fell from 7.6 percent to 4.7 percent as many of its proponents chose the Linux-based Android platform instead.