The International Data Corporation has reported that the worldwide mobile phone market grew 19.8% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2011, with smartphones gaining in popularity. A total of 371.8 million mobile devices were shipped in Q1 of 2011, compared with 310.5 million units in the first quarter of 2010.
In terms of overall market share, Nokia remained in the lead with 29.2%, followed by Samsung, LG, Apple and ZTE.
Last week we reported that Distimo had forecast Google's Android Marketplace overtaking Apple to become the world's largest app store in around five months, based on the number of apps available.
research2guidance has just published its own predictions - and it puts a similar timeline on events, anticipating Android Market becoming the world's biggest mobile content platform by August 2011.