More than 321 million mobile handsets were shipped globally in the second quarter of 2010, according to ABI Research. That's an increase of 5.9% on the previous quarter and 19.4% year-on-year.
Figures from Strategy Analytics differ slightly; they've calculated a 13% year-on-year growth to 308 million devices. The International Data Corporation (IDC) puts worldwide shipments for Q2 2010 at 317.5 million units, up 14.5% from Q2 2009.
Kevin Burden, practice director at ABI Research, said "Mobile phone users seem to be shrugging off their economic woes and going handset shopping. It is remarkable that the smartphone is starting to appeal to a very wide market cross-section. The smartphone is about to go multi-generational and the popularity of the number one handset form-factor, the ‘candy-bar’, could be waning."
Nokia leads in terms of market share, followed by Samsung and LG.