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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Worldwide mobile sales up 17%... and smartphone sales up 49%

Gartner's latest report into worldwide mobile phone sales says end-users bought 314.7 million devices in the first quarter of 2010, 17% up on the same period in 2009. Smartphone sales rose 48.7% to 54.3 million units.

Hong Kong-based manufacturer G-Five made its debut in the top 10, while an increase in OEM 'white box' manufacturing has seen the 'others' category increase.

In order of Q1 2010 market share, the top ten mobile phone manufacturers are Nokia, Samsung, LG, RIM, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Apple, ZTE, G-Five and Huawei. Top operating systems are Symbian, Research In Motion, iPhone, Android and Microsoft Windows Mobile.

Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, said "In the first quarter of 2010, smartphone sales to end users saw their strongest year-on-year increase since 2006. This quarter saw RIM, a pure smartphone player, make its debut in the top five mobile devices manufacturers, and saw Apple increase its market share by 1.2 percentage points. Android’s momentum continued into the first quarter of 2010, particularly in North America, where sales of Android-based phones increased 707% year-on-year."

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