Nokia E7 handset delayed

Nokia has announced its E7 device, which was due out this month to make the most of pre-Christmas sales, is now delayed until January. The company said the change in shipment date was due to a hardware problem.

The E7 is touted as Nokia’s rival device to the likes of the BlackBerry Torch. It is based on the latest version of Symbian, version 3, and hasa touchscreen larger than the iPhone 4.

In a ranking by smartphone operating system for the third quarter of 2010, Symbian is still the number one OS with Q3 shipments of 29,480,100 according to research firm, Gartner, but its market share declined further to 36.6% from 44.6% a year ago. Android is now the second-largest mobile OS globally with a 25.5% market share and Q3 shipments of 20,500,000, up from only 1,424,500 and a market share of 3.5% a year ago.

Nokia remained in the top spot for overall handset sales – including basic, feature and smartphones – in the third quarter of 2010, with total sales to end users of 117,461,000. But the Finnish company’s market share declined to 28.2% from 36.7% compared to a year ago, the research showed.